I was visiting my niece for thanksgiving day and today ( friday ) a
woman across the street had locked herself out of her home. She came
across to us to ask for help. She had no backup key around the area,
her son was working for the day, and obviously could not get into her
home. We suggested that she call a locksmith, but for some reason she
hesitated..probably the cost..I told her she should have a secret spot
for a backkup key in the event like this would happen. All windows were
shut, garage door remote she had, but there is no access to the house
through the garage. Has anyone faced this problem and somehow managed
to get into your home without the benefit of calling a locksmith? She
finally had to call her son and he worked about 30 miles from home and
came back to solve the situation. But what if a locksmith was not
available for one reason or another..holiday or just closed.
I have come in basement windows a couple of times. They are usually the
easiest way in. Of course you can break a window, or if you are really
good, pick a lock . It might take me many hours to pick a lock, my father
(a locksmith) could do it is seconds.
Its probably way out of date as an idea , but when I was a kid , a
trusted friend nearby had a spare key. If we got locked out we just
went to see them and got the key.
This was in a time where most Moms stayed home.
I dont like hidden keys , they are usually too easy for a thief to find.
That reminds me of the rough neihborhood I used to live in. There was
a very small-statured woman, under 5 ft tall, who sometimes walked
her great dane on my block. Instead of carrying her purse on her own
shoulder, she put the purse straps around the dog's neck.
Make it as simple as possible, but no simpler.
Larry Wasserman - Baltimore Maryland - firstname.lastname@example.org
I have an electronic push button lock connected to the garage door (uses
four digit code), good when I am doing yard work etc and need to get into
the garage without going into the house first. As long as you have ac
power, you can get in. I believe I bought it about 15 years ago at Sears
for $29, also have a buried (in a jar) hidden key just in case.
First,how do you KNOW she actually lives there?
I'd be wary of helping a stranger asking for help breaking into "their"
You could keep a key hidden in a garden shed locked by a combination lock.
A man could keep a spare key in his wallet. A woman could keep one on a
Also,if you only use a DEADBOLT lock that must be locked using a key,then
you don't get locked out.
Using doorlocks that latch behind you without any key leads to lockouts.
Deadbolts are better security anyways.
I've had the problem a couple of times over the years. There are safe
places where a key can be hidden outside. I don't mean those stupid fake
rocks though. They can be out of site in a shed, under a deck, behind a
shutter, under a fence post cap, on a tree, birdhouse, etc. In her case, it
could have been in the locked garage since she had an opener. You just have
to use a little ingenuity.
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