Posted on: 16 March 2018Share
Are you locked out on a regular basis? If you're in the habit of misplacing your keys and are very familiar with the front entrance of your home (having had to sit and wait for someone to come home on numerous occasions), then you are going to benefit from finding a solution to the problem. While these three straightforward solutions aren't going to prevent you from misplacing your keys, they will certainly ensure that you can still get inside your home.
1. A Spare Key
Sometimes the most obvious solution is the most effective. Get a spare key cut and keep it somewhere handy. Be cautious about your idea of handy. It can be unwise to carry a loose spare key in your wallet. If it's stolen or lost, someone will not only know where you live (courtesy of your driver's licence), but will also have the means to enter your home. Try keeping a spare key in the glove compartment of your car. Make sure your address isn't recorded anywhere inside the vehicle in case it's stolen (and this includes removing any listings for 'home' from your GPS).
2. A Lockbox
Hiding a spare key somewhere on your property might also seem like an option, but it's not the most secure way to go. Many thieves will have a rough idea of the most likely spots, so your ingenious hiding place might not be as well-concealed as you thought. Opt for a wall-mounted lockbox to be attached to the side of your home. It's essentially a small outdoor safe that can be accessed via a PIN code. Your spare key can be safely held inside and retrieved as needed. Even if thieves spot the lockbox, they will be unable to gain entry without some heavy duty tools, and this is not exactly something that can be done discreetly.
3. A Smart Lock
You could also do away with a key altogether and upgrade to a smart lock. This is a Bluetooth enabled lock that is synced to your smartphone. A proximity alert is generated when you approach your front door and the lock disables itself. You can also remotely grant entry to any visitors. Any locksmith will be able to provide and install such a lock.
So instead of having to sit around and wait for someone who hasn't misplaced their keys to come home, why not utilise one of these solutions?