How often do you find yourself locked out of your house, car, or business? Some people are unlucky enough to suffer through these lockout events several times each year. If you are one of those unfortunate souls, you can make a few changes to help avoid those situations and handle them with ease.
Note Emergency Lockout Service Contact Information
You've probably used the emergency lockout services in the past, but did you save the contact information? How long did it take you to find the person that would come and let you in the building or vehicle? If you note the contact information in several places, you'll have that number at the ready for the next time you lock yourself out.
Tip: Write the number on a small sticker and stick it to the upper edge of your windshield as well as on the windows of your home and/or business so that you can see it from outside. If you store the number in your phone and lock your phone in the car or building, you'll still be able to find a phone and call for help must faster.
Upgrade to Keyless Locks
You can't lock yourself out of a building or vehicle if you don't have a key to lose. Invest in upgraded keyless lock systems. These can be found in various price points, but all will provide you with the ability to unlock the door by entering a pin, rather than using a key.
Tip: Keyless locks are also beneficial in allowing home servicing to be performed while you're not at home. You can provide the service technician with a pin for the door, and when the service is complete, you can remove that pin from the database and prevent it from unlocking the door again.
Stash Some Hide-a-Keys
Now, you don't want to have extra keys scattered all over the place, but you do want to have at least one extra copy of each key that you use. Those extra keys can be placed inside hide-a-key compartments and attached to the outside of your vehicle or somewhere around the home or business.
Tip: When using hide-a-keys, make sure to change the location of the key each time you use it. You don't want anyone seeing where it was kept and use it to access your home when you're not there.
You don't have to have a complete melt-down when you're locked out. A little planning and a few changes can eliminate the risk altogether.