How to Avoid Getting Locked Out -- and What to Do if You Are

Getting locked out of your home or car is a frustrating experience, but a few simple precautions can make it less likely. These tips will not only help you reduce the risk of being locked out, but they'll also put you in a better position to deal with it if it does happen. 

Make spares

It's always a good idea to have spare keys for your home and car in case you need to get in in an emergency. House keys are easy to get from a locksmith, while you can order copies of your car keys -- including the transponder -- from your dealer or a local car locksmith. A locksmith may even be able to offer you a less-expensive aftermarket car remote. 

Choose secure places

Once you've got your duplicate keys, you'll need somewhere to keep them. Don't go with the old standbys of placing your keys in a flowerpot, under a doormat or in a false rock; well-known hiding places like these are not secure. Instead, leave a set of keys with a trusted friend, relative or neighbour. You may have to wait a little while for them to come to your rescue, but you'll be much safer. If you're not concerned about losing both sets of keys, you could also keep a spare house key in an unobtrusive place in your car and a spare set of car keys at home. 

Know what to do 

Planning what to do if you ever do get locked out is a good way to deal with anxiety relating to the idea. Look up a 24-hour locksmith in your area and save their number in your phone. A locksmith who does both home and automotive work is ideal. If you ever do find yourself locked out, you'll know who to call to get you back where you need to be. Once you're back in your home or car, your locksmith can advise you on what to do next: if you've lost your keys or had them stolen, you may need your locks replaced. If you've simply accidentally locked yourself out, you should be ready to get back to your day. 

No one wants to get locked out of their home or car, but it doesn't have to be a disaster if it does happen. Plan in advance and know how to contact your locksmith, and you'll soon be back where you belong.