Being locked out of the house can be a nightmare. It is not something that is likely to happen, but the truth is it can happen, at any time, and without warning. It’s happened to me before and it has happened to most people I know too. If you’re like most of us and you haven’t ever prepared for being locked out of your house, then your only options are to call a locksmith or attempt a break-in on your own home. Of course, you could always take preventative measures to ensure you don’t get locked out, so here’s a few ideas that will give you access to your home when your keys can’t:

Stash a spare key somewhere

There’s always a minor risk associated with hiding your key somewhere where the public can access it (after all, it’s not going to be of any use hiding it in your home). However, most of us will have a place or two surrounding our home where we could safely stow a key. Whatever you do, just ensure that it is somewhere that only you know about. Also, don’t put it in any obvious, cliché places, such as under the welcome mat. This will be the first place a potential burglar will look. If you do decide to stash a key and you have to use it at some point, then it can be a good idea hiding it somewhere different for the future.

Give a key to your neighbours

If the idea of leaving your key out in the open for all to find leaves you unsettled, then you could always leave the key with your neighbours. Obviously, this truly depends on the relationship you have with your neighbours. If you’ve had a few run-ins in the past, then it may not be a good idea. However, if you’re on good terms or you don’t really interact that much, then they’ll probably be more than happy to look after a spare key, they may even ask you to do the same. The only thing to bear in mind here is that your neighbours have lives of their own, and they may not be home when you decide to lock yourself out of yours.

Invest in a codelock

This is an extreme measure to take simply to avoid the circumstance that you become locked out of your house. Coded locks reduce the need to use a key all together by using a coded system. However, they can be quite expensive and they do pose some security issues. With a key, you know that only you or others who have a key can access your home, whereas with a codelock, people only need to know the code to get in to your house. Although codelocks may sound like a great idea, they can be a lot of hassle just to ensure that you never get locked out.

That should give you a few preventative measures you can take to ensure you don’t get locked out. Of course, measures one and two are a lot more viable than measure three, and the best way to avoid being locked out is to keep your keys safe and remember where you put them!

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