Before we get into the intricacies of locks and security systems, let me confess that my family has been locked out of our home on more than one occasion and it is inconvenient, embarrassing and expensive. On one occasion we found the key a few days after the lock was changed.
Coming back to the topic here, if you are locked out of your home, then the first thing that you do is start calling other members of the family and then panic sets in when you realize that you lost the last key to the house. Many other accidental events do not affect people as much as much as the loss of the house key does. That is because it becomes a war like situation.
The lost key represents a loss of control on the situation as you have no access to your own place and all that it symbolizes. Do not get into the panic mode as it will not help in any manner. Take a deep breath and start thinking rationally. There are thousands of people living in a city and it is fairly common to lose the house key once in a while. In fact, there are people who have lost their car or house keys many times or at the most unfortunate times, making everyone around them go through the trouble.
What can you do if you are locked out?
If you live in a community like a college hostel or residential apartment block, then the maintenance team may have lockout service as a part of the package. They may have a technician who can help you.
If you do not have a team at disposal, then search online and look for ‘lockout service near me’. Find a trustworthy locksmith, recommended by people and they will come and help you. These services are available 24 hours and they work even on holidays. So without getting upset get that friendly neighborhood technician to come and assess the situation.
What will the technician do?
The company understands the pressure that you are under. So they try to reach the place as soon as possible. The time is taken to reach you will depend upon the distance. Most services nowadays have a mobile group that takes very little time to respond and reaches the place. The teams comprise of technically well-trained members, who assess the situation and decide, the following:
- Whether they can open the lock with the help of a duplicate key.
- If the lock needs to be changed.
- Can they make a key with the least amount of damage to the existing lock?
They will take the most appropriate action and ensure that you are able to enter your home as soon as possible.
What should you do?
Do not try to climb up and break any window or door. Forcible entry will result in damage to the property and will cost more to be repaired. Take care of the elderly and children, if any.Pay attention to any sick member of the family and arrange for the necessary things for them, like water or medicine that needs to be done immediately. Otherwise just be patient and keep everyone around you calm. And wait for the Lockout service team to arrive.