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Some simple steps to avoid being locked out

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Being locked out of your home or car can be a frustrating experience, but fortunately it's relatively simple to avoid by taking a few easy precautions. 

Make a duplicate key in advance

A spare key is the easiest way to get back into your home or car if you've been locked out. Any locksmith can provide you with a copy of your house key. You might assume that your car dealer is the best place to go for a copy of your car key and transponder, but a local car locksmith can probably provide you with an aftermarket copy at a lower price. These replacement keys can take up to a few days to provide, so order your replacement early.

Store your backup key

A duplicate key is no good if you can't get to it, but you need to balance the needs of accessibility and security. Leaving your key with a trusted neighbour or friend is a good way to keep it safe. Avoid the temptation to put it in an obvious place such as under a doormat or inside a false rock; these types of locations are well-known to criminals and could endanger your home's security. 

Know who to call 

Many people program emergency contacts such as doctors into their phones, but a 24-hour locksmith is another good number to include. If you find yourself locked out of the house, it's handy to know the number to call. It's also a lot easier to find out what services your locksmith offers and compare prices and services when you're not standing on your doorstep with an armful of shopping bags. 

Losing your keys

These simple precautions can help you avoid the lost time and frustration of locking your keys inside your home or car. If you're locked out because you've lost your keys, on the other hand, you should probably consider changing your locks or adding additional security features, even if you have a replacement key. This is especially important if you've lost both your keys and a wallet, handbag or other clue to where you live. Your locksmith can advise you on your options.

No matter what the shape of the problem -- whether you need to get into your home or car, to have replacement keys made or completely replace your locks -- your local locksmith should be the first person you cool when you're locked out.