We’ve all been there at one time or another; we’ve been a little forgetful and ended up getting locked out. I’ve had to break into my house multiple times with the help of ladders and an open window (hopefully no thieves reading this know where I live). However, it isn’t always possible to get back in on your own. So, if you’re thinking ‘help! What now?’ I can help you.
Check for an Open Window
This is the first thing I do. It might look very glamorous if you have any neighbours watching, but you gotta do what you gotta do. If I’ve left my bedroom window open a teeny tiny bit, I can usually climb up with the help of ladders and pull it open. I’m hoping no thieves would be as brazen to do the same in broad daylight (I’d never leave anything open if I were going out at night!). No ladders? Knock on your neighbours doors and see if they’ll help a neighbor in need. Consider your home security too – be prepared to shut off your burglar alarm as soon as you make it inside.
Call Your Family
Sometimes, It’s a good idea to give a spare key to your family members for this very reason. There may be multiple reasons you give family members a spare key, but this can be a great help. Then all you need to do is find your way to them. If they live close by, that’s even better.
Consider Breaking in
This is another option, although most won’t want to do this. Weigh up the pros and cons: would you rather find a locksmith, or smash a window? If you have old locks, you have the option of smashing the locks from the doors and then replacing them when you’re in the house. Either way, you’ll have to replace something and pay out some cash. If you’ve left your keys near the door, you could try to fish them out of the letterbox (I’ve done this once before). Just remember afterwards that if you can do it, so can an intruder!
Just Call a Locksmith
If you’ve exhausted all of your options then the only thing to do is call a locksmith. Many of them are reasonably priced and should get you back in with little fuss. I think I’d rather do this than break a window. If you don’t have a number, you should be able to ask one of your neighbours to call one for you. However, I know most people will have a smartphone with battery that allows them to search for one themselves.
I’m afraid there isn’t much else you can do if you’ve locked yourself out. Perhaps if you live with other people, you could wait for one of them to return home and let you in. You may only have to wait 10 minutes. If you had my luck it would be hours away. Decide which the best option for you is and then go from there. Good luck!