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Call A Locksmith!
Your phone contacts probably include your spouse, workplace, doctor, and so forth. Another you should include is a locksmith. In the rush of our busy lives, it is so easy to forget the key when we leave home or work and end up jabbing away with a credit card or improvised tool. In other situations, we may need to get help with a security issue at our home or workplace. Here are some examples of times when a locksmith’s number may be the most important one you have.
It’s always a good move to leave a spare house key with a friend or neighbor, but it’s not practical to call that person in the middle of the night when you’ve locked yourself out. Workers who are clocking out from work after most people are already in the bed can easily find themselves in this situation.
With access to quick assistance from a 24 hour locksmith, a member of the graveyard shift can easily get back into the house after a lockout. The same is true for people who typically work during normal business hours but could be required to work over. This would include hospital personnel, utility workers, and others who may face an unexpected surge in work at the end of the day.
If you are subject to being called out at any hour of the night, you can find yourself locked out of the house when you return. The problem is made that much worse when you may be called out in a hurry because that’s when it is easiest to forget things like the house key.
Medical personnel and utility workers are on this list too, along with volunteer firefighters, public works personnel, and even IT support workers. It’s so easy to rush out to help with a problem and forget that you’ll need to get back in the house when you return. Knowing how to reach a locksmith at any time of day is an occupational necessity in jobs like these.
If you oversee rental property, you know that your tenants get locked out from time to time. Some of them may have jobs like those above, leaving you to get that midnight call of a lockout. Most likely, you’ll have a skeleton key to get them inside, but not always. Sometimes there will be problems that call for the services of a professional.
Where property managers are even more likely to need a locksmith is in the case of evictions and move-outs. Whether it’s by their choice or yours that a tenant is leaving, you’ll need to secure the unit quickly to make sure the ex-resident can’t come back in with a copied key that you didn’t know about. Once their final belongings are out, you need to get the locks changed and get the unit secured.
On your first day of work, you were probably issued a key for each door that you would need to open. So was everybody else in the building, perhaps dozens or even hundreds of them. A workplace of any size will have multiple keys floating around, and it can be hard to keep tabs on all of them. From time to time, an ex-employee (or a thief who stole a key from a current employee) might attempt to make entry.
When you’ve encountered that situation, your only practical step is to get the locks changed immediately. If there’s one key that you’ve lost track of, there are probably many more. That’s why it’s a good idea to change locks periodically anyway, but it may have to be done at a strange hour if someone has attempted to get in. The only solution is to have a locksmith come immediately.
It is very easy to lock yourself out or to have a problem with someone possessing a key that he or she should not have. A locksmith can get you in quickly without risking the damage associated with your own attempts to get in. Additionally, a locksmith will be able to help you regain control of the building when there are keys in the hands of people who shouldn’t have them.