Don’t Panic In A Lockout Situation

Locked out in LA

If you are ever in the unfortunate situation where you find yourself locked out of your own home, office or car, the first and most important thing to bear in mind is not to panic! Yes, you may get the momentary satisfaction of having a good scream, but after that you will have to get down to the business of getting access into your property.

Getting locked out of your home, car or office is a fact of life and it has happened to all of us at one time or another. Ideally, you should be prepared for such an emergency; however, usually most of us are not. In the event of an emergency lockout, here are some steps that you can take; firstly as prevention and secondly, if it is already too late, how to resolve the situation.


One of the smartest ways to prepare for an emergency lockout is to keep a set of keys off-site. You can give a spare set of keys to a trusted friend, family member or neighbor; remember the operative word here is trusted as they will potentially have access to whatever you give them the keys to – your house, car or office.

Whoever you trust with your spare keys should be within a short driving distance, where you can either take a taxi to fetch your keys or someone can drive out to you. It is even better if the person keeping your spare keys is within walking distance; this way you save yourself a lot of trouble by being able to access them quickly and without added fuss.

Alternatively, you can also leave a key in a secret location on your property; of course you should be aware of the risks that this poses if a thief should happen to find it.

As a cautionary measure, keep your local locksmith on speed dial.


All that being said and done, there are times when you may not be prepared or you cannot access your spare keys. When this happens you will have to resolve your emergency lockout in a different way.

First, see if you can find an alternative way into your home, office or car; check for open windows or doors. If you cannot find an opening that is easy to access then it is time to get professional help.

Call Your Local Locksmith

Your Local Locksmith is trained for such emergencies; he is available 24 hours a day 7 days a week and you are guaranteed to get professional help with the least amount of inconvenience.

The most important reason for calling a professional is that you will get into your property without causing any damage. If you attempt to get into a building or your car by yourself you will probably resort to breaking a window; besides the damage that you will cause to your property and even to yourself, this can lead to even more trouble.

In attempting to “break” into your own building or car, someone can alert the police and they will arrest you despite your protestations that you are the owner, and will only release you once this has been verified; which can take a long time.

Forewarned Is Forearmed

By following the simple steps outlined above, you will always be prepared in a lockout situation. Ultimately, a small amount of planning and preparedness can prevent a great deal of inconvenience in the long run.

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