In an earlier blog, we discussed a quick list of five things you can do if you find yourself locked out of your apartment. Hopefully, that experience is a distant memory and you have had time to reflect on the error of your ways (no judgment here – we’ve all been there).
Now is a good time to explore the things you could have done to prevent that little incident in the first place or to make sure it doesn’t become a repeat performance. A little advance planning can save a lot of time and hassle when the inevitable lockout of your home happens.
Make an Extra Set of Keys
Of course, just making that extra set isn’t going to help. You also need to take the next step and hide them in an inconspicuous place (like the glove box of your car) or leave them with a friend who can be there to rescue you at a moment’s notice. Having a spare key made is very inexpensive and can save the cost of calling a professional to help you gain entrance to your apartment or home. Taking the time to visit a locksmith to have those spare keys made is also a good idea. They can produce an affordable, and more reliable, copy of your key in minutes to have on hand when you need it.
Install Keyless Entry Locks
Keyless entry locks use a coded password to gain entrance, typically a sequence of numbers. As long as you don’t forget your password, you can never misplace it like you might a key. There are also a number of smartphone applications on the market that manage home security such as locking and unlocking doors, but most locksmiths don’t offer support in the event that those fail. Some pose inherent security risks themselves, so be sure to do your homework if you go this route.
Pre-Select a Professional Locksmith
It’s a great idea to already have a locksmith you trust programmed on speed dial. The last thing you want to do when locked out is to hope you have enough battery life on your phone to find a reliable resource to help you in your time of need. Look for locksmiths that are located in your neighborhood or have multiple locations, offer 24-hour emergency service and have excellent consumer and business reviews to back up their service claims.
Put Big Red Locksmiths on Speed Dial: (402) 554-0499
Using the suggestions provided can make it a little easier should you find yourself locked out again. But, if you need to call us, just know we’ll be the last to say, “I told you so.” After all, that’s what we are here for. Professional, prompt and non-judgmental locksmith service when you need it. And, if you didn’t get our number added to your contacts list, it’s not too late. Give us a call at 402-554-0499 and we’ll be there, day or night.