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Lockout Tips

When You Lose Your Keys

At some point, we’re all going to be in this situation: you’re locked out of your car or home without a pair of keys and no spare hiding under a rock at the front door. When this happens, panic can start to set in, and you might make decisions in trying to get into your home that could damage your property.

How to handle the issue of losing your keys is going to depend largely on what kind of key you need.
A car key and a house key are more different than you might think and require different actions to handle. But, there are ways to deal with virtually every lockout that don’t involve breaking windows or locks.

Car Key

This is the most common lockout and the simplest to deal with. Call 24 HR Lockouts and get help right on the spot. However, a caveat to this is that unusual cars, exotic models, or very old models may be a bit more difficult to recreate a key for and require more intensive work to get the door open. However, the majority of modern cars will be able to be unlocked this way.

Fob Key

Many keys are switching towards key fobs as an alternative to traditional car key models. The fob works electronically to unlock doors and even start a car. As you might imagine, a lockout here is a little bit trickier. If you have your traditional key still, you can use that. If not, simply do the steps above and get a replacement fob which is relatively inexpensive.

Smart Key

On many new cars, more people are opting for a keyless ignition with a smart key. This operates on a proximity sensor to start the car when the key is nearby, and a foot is on the break. If you lose your smart key, the dealership will have to issue you a new smart key once the door is unlocked.

What About House Keys?

Getting locked out of your house is a bit more complicated. A professional locksmith service is your best bet. Especially if you want to avoid injury or damaging your home. Once you get in, you’ll want to let your insurance company know and have your locks changed immediately. Keep track of your property and make sure a break-in hasn’t occurred.

There are different ways to tackle different types of lockouts. The important thing is to not panic and remember there are professionals for this. Contact 24 HR Lockouts first for reliable, professional advice and prompt service.

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