Tips to Help Avoid Locking Yourself Out of the House

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It happens to the best of us, especially these days with juggling so many things at one time: Locking yourself out of the house.

Our Preferred Safe & Lock locksmiths are frequently called out to Metro Detroit homes to help homeowners who’ve locked themselves out. But you can avoid this by following our locksmiths’ recommendations.

Ways to Avoid Locking Yourself Out

There are quite a few precautions you can take to avoid finding yourself without your house key and locked out. Just follow these recommendations, and you’ll be back in your home in no time without breaking a sweat––or a window.

Train Yourself to Check for Your Keys Before you Leave

According to experts, it takes a minimum of three weeks to create a new habit. So for the next three weeks, made a conscious effort to check for your keys each time you leave your house or you’re leaving somewhere to return to it. That conscious effort, though tough at first, should pay off in no time with you always having your keys in hand.

Have Spare Keys Made and Share Them

Always have spare copies made of your house key. It’s never a safe or cost-effective practice to only have one key, because there are too many opportunities for something to happen to it. So make copies, and give one to a trusted neighbor, friend, or family member. The friend or family member may not live next door like your neighbor, but at least you’ll save the expense of calling a locksmith if you end up locked out. (Of course, remember to retrieve the copies if your relationship with these people ever changes. It could evolve into a safety issue.)

Keep a Spare Key in Your Car or Purse/Briefcase

Alternately, instead of (or in addition to) relying on someone else’s proximity to your home and his or availability, keep a spare key in your car or purse/briefcase. If you do choose to stash one in your vehicle, avoid the glove compartment or inside the bumper (magnetically attaching it). Hiding the key in the glove compartment is the first place burglars look, and attaching it to the bumper can easily result in it dislodging and being lost.

Try a Lockbox

Instead of hiding a key outside your house, since most burglars are familiar with all the hiding places, try hiding a lockbox containing your key. Be sure all household members have the combination, and you’ll be prepared. The biggest hardships with this recommendation are remembering the combination and putting the key back in the lockbox after unlocking the door.

Change Your Locks to Smart or Keyless Locks

The most obvious precaution to take is to change over your locks to smart or keyless locks. The most popular choice is still a keypad combination lock, but growing in popularity is the fingerprint lock. Whichever you choose, be sure it’s a high-quality lock. That completed, you’ll never need worry about forgotten keys again.

Invest in a Key Finder

If you’re like some people, and no matter what you try, you simply forget or lose your keys often. A perfect solution for you is to purchase a key finder. There are several different key finders out that are of high quality. They’re very good at helping you track down those lost keys. Of course, if you’ve left your keys somewhere you can’t retrieve them in a timely manner, having one of the other recommendations in place as well may be a good idea.

Contact Us

Though it hasn’t happened to you yet, the possibility is there. You close the front door without thinking, and you suddenly realize you’ve left your keys inside, locking yourself out. By following one of our Preferred Safe & Lock locksmiths recommendations above, it won’t be a stressful situation for you. You’ll have immediate access to another key. Feel free to call us at 586-757-7742 or request service online if we can help you in any way.

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