Sometimes, we get a call from a customer who has lost their set of keys. This can be a particularly nasty state of affairs, especially if they aren’t home. Not only are they locked out of their car, but they’re also locked out of their house unless someone has a spare key and is able to meet them. Surprisingly, many one-person households don’t give out the spare key to their car or home. They’re tossed in a drawer someplace in their house!
Fortunately, we have 24-hour service, so you won’t be locked out for very long. One of the things we have noticed, though, is the number of security issues which crop up when a person loses their keys. Not just the car and the house, but also the storage key, office, safe, lockbox, gun cabinet and even a key to the neighbor’s house!
When you look at the number of keys on your keyring, it gives you an idea of the cornucopia of security you hold in your hand.
What if those keys aren’t lost, but stolen?
Unfortunately, it’s easy for a thief to identify you if they steal your keys, because your registration, along with your address, is right inside the glovebox of your car.
If a thief has a set of keys, and the address for those keys, he can use your car to go straight to your house and steal what he can before you find a way to get home.
Let’s start fighting back!
First, if your keys have been stolen, call the police. Immediately.
If this hasn’t happened to you yet, consider diversifying--your keyring no longer has to be the focal point of your security.
- Use a combination of security measures. For example, keypads instead of keyed locks for entry, smartphone entry, and even objects like The Tile can help.
- Use your home security alarm, even if you only leave the house for a short time.
- Make friends with your neighbors. Even if you don’t have something formal like a Block Watch in place, “I’ll watch yours if you watch mine” goes a long way.
- If your keyring has a key to your office or shop, remove your occupation information from social sites. Use a lanyard if you’re in the habit of putting your keys down in strange places, and when you’re at work and home, put the keys in the same place. Every. Single. Time.
- Have spare keys made if you don’t have any. Make sure they’re accessible to you in the event of an emergency. If you lose your keys, have your home rekeyed.
Losing your keys or even having your keys stolen doesn’t have to be a traumatic event. A little preparation and diversification can go a long way in making it just another bump in the road.
Kwikpick Lock and Safe offers FREE lockout service for children or pets. If you need locksmith services for your Surprise, El Mirage, or Phoenix home or auto, call today! Bill 623-300-1889.