If you are locked out due to a faulty lock, lost keys, or for any reason it may be, we can help with speed and efficiency. Our service operates across London and the local suburbs. We can usually be with you within 30 minutes of your call to get you back into your property or sort out any locking issue.
Our lock defeating techniques will make sure that your premises suffer minimal damage and that the locks might be reusable. Our technicians will only take the most suited lock opening methods to ensure least costs to you are incurred and make sure that the door is properly secure before leaving your property.
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Before and After
Have you ever given any thought to being locked out? It’s not something most of us think about very much, and yet it’s a very distinct possibility for us all. Getting locked out can happen for a variety of reasons and it’s always unpleasant.
Losing your keys or locking them inside is easily done. You’re not paying attention as you grab your belongings, or there’s a hole in your handbag. Maybe you accidentally and unwittingly turn your jacket upside-down when you pick it up. All these are simple every day motions that can lead to a lost key. So, the chances of losing a key and facing a locked door to your own house or office premise is relatively high during a life time. This is why being prepared to handle such a situation can take away the trauma from this, if you are ever locked out. Lock out situations due to faulty door and lock mechanisms are harder to prevent. Below are some tips about what you can do before and after getting locked out.
How to Avoid a Lock out
The first step is to know that losing a key or locking them inside can happen to anyone. Developing a routine of bagging your keys or putting them in a secure pocket is important. By learning to pat your pockets and check that you have everything you need before you go anywhere, you can ensure you always automatically check for your keys before leaving any place. This is a great thing to do in any case; it will keep you from leaving the house without the things you need. Modern handbags are also able to provide a key-ring you can button onto the inside of a pocket, allowing you to prevent keys from falling out. However, all these precautions may still be not save you from a lost key and being locked out. If this happens, don’t beat yourself up over it as these things simply happen to us all at some point. Many people find themselves angry with themselves or just upset when they lose their keys. This will however not resolve the situation. Being prepared with a professional 24 hour locksmith’s number is the more practical solution.
Other reasons to being locked out can be jammed and faulty locks or doors and broken/snapped keys. To avoid these, from time to time have a check on your locks and doors and make sure they are not loose or stiff (while using them), if they do seem to act a bit funny, it is better to have them inspected by a locksmith.
If it already happened
If you find yourself locked outside your home or office, and the reason being is a slammed shut door (if you haven’t used a key to lock it and when locks are not faulty), there is one thing you can try before calling a locksmith. Using a plastic card such as a credit or oyster card, you can try slipping the latch of the lock while inserting the card between the door and the frame at the height of the cylinder. Other methods of opening doors requires special tools and it’s better not to try anything else if you don’t know exactly what you are doing. Simply because the result could be more damage than success and higher costs of repairs.
If you decide to call a locksmith, try to look for someone reliable using the help of friends and relatives or the internet.
Make sure that the locksmith has you contact number and if you don’t have one available, that they have the full address and knows how to find you.
Do you have a spare key somewhere?
A couple of decades ago, keeping a spare set of keys to your house with the neighbours was not at all unusual. People were close with their neighbours and lived near their families almost all the time, and as such a spare set of keys was easy to entrust to someone else. When a key was lost, they simply went and knocked on their neighbour’s door and retrieve the duplicate. Nowadays, however, families go further a field and a lot of people find that they don’t develop a great deal of closeness with their neighbours. When they are locked out they find themselves either very far away from their spare set of keys (assuming they have given it to somebody they trust), or simply locked out with no other route than a forced entry. Keeping a spare key with a neighbour or friend that lives in your area, or maybe even at your work place, is a great way to prevent situation of lost or locked keys, which are the main causes to being locked out.
Key holding services
If you are a person whose relatives live far away and neighbours who they see rarely, why not consider leaving a set of spares with a professional key holding firm? Leaving keys with your locksmith is a service in which you pay a small yearly fee (£10-15). Another small fee applies if happens that you do loose your keys (usually around £20-30), that’s a relatively small amount to pay in cases you are locked out, especially if you have high security locks on your door (which you’ve lost the key for). When choosing a key holding service, make sure to pick a reliable company that can assure you safety and reliability. This will ensure you can salvage your locks from being totally ruined by a forced entry.