The realization you have lost your keys is not only inconvenient and annoying; it’s also unnerving. Have you misplaced your keys or have they been stolen? Either way, you are stranded outside your home feeling helpless wondering where your keys are and how you are going to gain access to your residence. According to research, 20 million keys are lost or misplaced every year which means the likelihood of losing your keys at least once in your lifetime is high. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to minimize the risk of being stranded and locked out of your property including hiding a spare key. Some examples include in or under a pot plant, a window seal, under a decorative rock, or inside a light fixture. You may never need it, but knowing it’s there and can easily be retrieved will give you peace of mind. If you don’t like the idea of hiding a key, another option is giving a copy to a trustworthy friend or neighbor who you can call to retrieve the key should you ever need it. If you do not have a spare key, contact your First Lock & Security Technologies specialist for professional assistance. Your locksmith has the equipment and expertise to gain access to your home quickly and safely without damaging your door. We outline what to do if you lose your keys and when to call a professional locksmith below.
Should You Change Locks if You Lose House Keys?
If your keys are missing and you suspect they have been stolen you should make arrangements to change your locks as soon as you can. The last thing that you want to do is put the security of your home and the safely of your family at risk. If your existing locks are older changing them will also give you an opportunity to upgrade to a more secure locking system.
Lost House Key; Should I Rekey Locks?
If you are confident that you have lost your keys and there is no chance of finding them you may opt to rekey your locks instead of replacing them. Rekeying your locks involves replacing the combination of pins within the main cylinder of the locking mechanism. You will be given a new set of keys to open the lock and this is the perfect time to get a spare set of keys cut.
Should I Get a New Set of Keys Cut?
Your First Lock & Security Technologies professional locksmith can cut a new set of keys to replace the old ones that have gone missing. Getting a new set of keys cut is only recommended if you have misplaced or lost your keys and there is no chance they can be traced back to your property. You may want to consider getting an extra set cut so that you have a spare key to give to a trusted friend or neighbor should you ever find yourself locked outside of your home again.
Opt for a Keyless Door Lock System
If you or a family member, especially if you have teenagers in the home, find yourselves in the position of losing keys on a regular basis, a great solution is to opt for an automated or an electronic locking system with a keypad. Keyless locking systems are convenient and safe and you will never have to worry about losing or misplacing your keys ever again.