We all have that fear of rumbling through every coat pocket and digging into every nook and cranny of your bag to try and locate your house keys when stood outside on a cold, rainy evening. But what if you don’t find them? Here are our top 5 tips on what to do if you lose your keys in 2021!
1. Retrace your steps
Your first point of action is to retrace your steps. You may find that your keys have just managed to escape whilst walking home, or perhaps they managed to slip underneath the car seat.
2. Spare Key
If you still haven’t found your keys, now is a good time to grab that spare key from your trusted person. At least you will be able to access your home and put your shopping away for now. It won’t solve your lost key situation but at least you can access your home.
If you don’t have a spare key, sit with a neighbour to get you out of the cold and to calm your nerves.
3. Don’t break into your own home
It may be tempting to attempt to pick the lock yourself or to gain entry another way. More likely than not you will cause damage to your property and will end up paying more in the long run.
4. Call a Locksmith
Once you have got yourself into a safe and comfortable location it is time to call a Locksmith. Inform the Locksmith you have lost your keys and are locked outside as here at the NGCL we understand that this is an emergency situation and aim to be with you as soon as possible.
5. Change your Locks
Even if you have a spare key it is vital that the Locksmith changes your locks as well as gains entry to your home for security reasons. You never know who could’ve picked up your keys after you lost them. They may even know your address already so it is wise to change your locks to prevent a burglar targeting your home. Remember if a burglar enters your home with a key, your insurance claim will be invalid.
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