Have you ever been locked out of your house? It could have been because you lost your keys whilst you were out, or perhaps it was because you left the keys inside, shut the door, and only then did you realise. Whatever the reason behind it, you’ll know that awful moment of grasping panic that clutches at you. It’s not a nice feeling. But it’s an easy one to brush away, as there are a number of ways (some easy, some less so, some cheap, some very expensive) to get back inside.
Firstly, think about all the people you know and whether any of them might have a spare key to your home. Yes? Great! Give them a call (assuming you have your phone on you of course). No? That’s a shame. Leaving a key with a neighbour is a great way to ensure that you’ll always find your way back inside if you do happen to get locked out. Alternatively, you could hide a spare key somewhere on your property – not perhaps the safest idea, but it will work in a pinch.
If that fails, check your windows and doors. It could be that you accidentally left something unlocked when you went out, and this could be your way in. It could also be the way in for a burglar, but you’ll be glad of an unlocked back door or ground floor window if there’s no other way into your home!
If these tricks haven’t worked, it’s time to get serious. If you’ve ever seen an action or spy thriller movie you’ll know that it’s possible to open a door with a credit card. This is something that is true in real life as well as the in the films, so if you’ve got access to a plastic card and you know what you’re doing, you might want to try it. If you’ve never done it before it’s probably not worth starting now, no matter how desperate you are – you could break your card and, worse, cause additional damage to your lock. Also, if you can get inside using a card, you might want to consider changing your locks; a burglar will also be able to get into your home.
If you’re still not in your home, what about breaking a window? It’s an expensive way to get inside, as replacing a broken pane is pricey, and it can be dangerous too (make sure you cover your eyes, stand well back, and use a tool, branch, or rock rather than your arm or hand), and will only be of use if it means you can reach in and open your door or pick up your keys. It’s not an ideal solution.
The best way we can suggest to get back into your house after you’ve been locked out is to call a locksmith. Getting in touch with a local Ipswich locksmith won’t be as expensive as you may have thought, won’t cause as much damage as breaking a window or trying to break inside, and will be much quicker than hunting around for someone with a spare key. It’s got to be the first choice.