Unfortunately, getting locked out of your home can happen to anyone. It just takes a moment of thoughtlessness to lock your keys in the house. It may be when you just stepped out to check the mail, chat with a neighbor or any other reason. You might even feel awkward when people pass by, or worry that you look suspicious lurking around your front door or checking to see if the windows are open. What if someone thinks you’re a burglar and calls the police? First Lock & Security Technologies has prepared a helpful guide for what to do next if you get locked out of your home.
Call a Family Member, Friend or Your Landlord if You Get Locked Out
Firstly, if you live with a family member or roommate that has a key, call them. If they are available, they can drive home to help you get into your house or apartment. If you a renter, you can call your rental office or landlord for help. Most rental agencies and landlords keep spare keys on hand and as long as they know you or your identification matches their records, they will be willing to let you in. Finally, you may have a friend or family member you have entrusted with a key to care for your pets or plants when on vacation or in the case of an emergency. Now is the time to call anyone who has one of your spare keys to see if they are available to let you back into your home.
When Locked Out with No Key, Check for Open or Unlocked Doors & Windows
You should never leave your windows or back doors unlocked or open when you are not home. It is not safe and makes it easier for burglars to break into your house. Of course, if you just stepped out of your house for a moment, you may not have locked up your house like you would if you planned to drive away and leave the premises. If you did leave a window open or your back door unlocked, it works in your favor because you now have a potential way to get into your house when you are locked out of the front. Note that if you do find an unlocked or open window, be prepared to explain yourself to random passers-by, who will probably assume you’re attempting to break into someone else’s home!
Ask a Neighbor for a Place to Stay
This is the type of situation when you will be thankful to be on friendly terms with your neighbors as you can knock on their door and see if you can hang out at their house while you wait to get back into yours. This is especially helpful when it’s too hot or raining outside.
Call an Emergency Locksmith to Open a Locked Door
First Lock & Security Technologies offers emergency locksmith services to help you get you back in your home fast. When you call us and explain the situation, we dispatch one of our skilled locksmiths out to your home to help you get back in. Our locksmiths carry special tools that allow us to open up locked doors, without keys, in a way that keeps the integrity of your door lock intact. Most doors can be opened in this way, which means you will not need to replace your doorknob or lock. Please note that in some rare cases, we may need to drill to remove the lock or doorknob, and then replace either the cylinder or the entire lock.
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If you have locked yourself out of your home or apartment, you need help fast. At First Lock & Security Technologies, we work quickly to get you back into your residence. Call us for all your emergency and non-emergency locksmith needs!