It’s happened to all of us before. You pull the door closed behind you only to realize a moment too late that you’ve left your keys inside and now you’re locked out. Now what? Locking yourself out tends to result in a combination of things, from inventive MacGyver-style attempts to get inside your house or car to utter panic, but luckily when all else fails, you can always call the locksmith.
There are a lot of ways – hilarious, dangerous, and otherwise – that people try to get into their homes and cars before calling the locksmith. Here are a few things you should NOT try in pursuit of your keys.
Leave A Key Under The Mat
Leaving a spare key under the mat is an old standby, meant to quickly resolve the problem if you lock yourself out or if there’s an emergency while you’re away. Unfortunately leaving a key under your doormat is more likely to cause problems than solve them. The inconvenience of being robbed, for instance, far outweighs the inconvenience of calling a locksmith to let you back in.
Break The Glass
Here’s the thing – if you have a deadbolt that you can unlock by sticking your hand through a pane of glass and flipping it open, you’ve got a safety problem. If you break the glass to get in for your keys, you’re just going to have to pay for someone to come replace the glass anyway.
Better to pay the locksmith to open your door and save the rest of your money for a new lock. What you need is a double cylinder lock that won’t expose you to as great of a burglary risk.
Pick The Lock
Lock picking is best left to the professionals as you can seriously damage your lock in the process. But more pressingly, picking a decent lock will take a long time. Calling a locksmith is so much faster, and since locksmiths are available 24 hours a day, there’s no reason to wait, even if it’s the middle of the night. You’ll waste hours trying to pick a lot that a locksmith could open in minutes.
Call Your Landlord
If your landlord or building manager is on site, they are the obvious ones to call if you lock yourself out. However, if you lock yourself out after business hours or on a weekend, they may be unavailable. What’s more, your landlord is not your college dorm head – they’re not up at 3 AM on Friday night, so don’t wake them up. They deserve to sleep and have sweet dreams in which you have not carelessly locked your keys in your apartment.
At the end of the day, locking yourself out is the ultimate test of your problem solving skills. If you can get back in without destroying property and attracting the attention of concerned neighbors or the police, you’re good to go, but it’s a risk. You wouldn’t be the first person to read their rights for trying to get back into their own home.
If and when you lock yourself out, the best plan will always be leaving a key with a trusted family member or neighbor. But when that isn’t an option, never fear – your reliable local locksmith is always there to help.