Imagine you’re rushing out the door and trying to get to an important meeting that starts in 30 minutes. As soon as you hear that familiar click from your front door, you immediately stop dead in your tracks. You just realize that you don’t have your keys with you and you’re locked out of your home!
Unfortunately, this scenario happens more often than most people in Myrtle Beach, SC would care to admit. Although the issue can easily be resolved with the help of an experienced locksmith, many people simply prefer to avoid the hassle and embarrassment. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you make sure you are never locked out of your home again, courtesy of your friendly neighborhood locksmiths at Coastal Contract Hardware in Myrtle Beach, SC:
Set Up a Hook Near the Front Door
Coat hooks can easily be used for items other than your coats and bags. You can easily hang your house keys there as well. The ideal set up here would be to place the hooks near your front door. This way, it’s fairly easy for you to hang your keys as soon as you get home and the last thing you see are your keys right before you step out. If space is an issue, as is usually the case in apartments, you may want to attach the hooks to the door itself.
Purchase a Locator Keychain
Technology has come a long way. Even if the basic principles of locks have not changed in centuries, the humble keychain has been ushered into the 21st century. Drop by your local hardware store and ask if they have any “locator key chains” available. These special key chains can often be tracked with GPS or will set off an alarm if you are having trouble remembering where you placed your keys. You may want to ask your locksmith to see if he recommends a particular brand if you are unsure of which one to buy.
Store Your Key with Your Company ID
If all you need is a single key, purchasing a brand new keychain hardly seems like an economical idea. In such cases, it’s probably best to store your key inside something you know you would never leave your home without. A good example would be inside the card holder of your company ID, which can easily accommodate a single key. If you have more than one key, you can simply attach your keys to the base of your lanyard. Another option would be to store your key inside your wallet.
Have a Spare Made and Leave It with Someone
Don’t go with the cliché of having a spare key made and leaving it underneath your welcome mat or a flower pot. Doing so is an incredible security risk as anyone can easily stumble upon your spare key and enter your home. It’s better to have a spare key made and ask a neighbor or a family member within the city to hold on to it for you in case you forget your keys or get locked out again.
Consider Switching to Keyless Locks
Since the problem of getting locked out of your home is tied to forgetting your keys, why not just ditch those keys altogether? A trusted locksmith, such as Coastal Contract Hardware, can easily take your old locks and replace them with keyless locks. These special locks will only open when you input your designated access code. If you have a cleaning service or babysitter arriving, you can easily provide them with a temporary access code that you can delete later on. Although this is definitely an advanced and modern type of lock, the system can easily be installed on any exterior door in your home.
Coastal Contract Hardware services areas in North and South Carolina including Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To find out more, get in touch by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500. Save our number in your phone in case you ever get locked out of your home and need a locksmith in a hurry!