Like all major cities, one of the most important things for homeowners to remember about living in London is the security of your house or apartment. It’s crucial that things like doors and windows to our homes are secure to prevent theft or damage from damp and rot. Your home and car should have a working alarm, and if possible, other security features to prevent break-ins. If you’re vigilant and follow basic security protocol, you’ll be able to stop people from gaining access to your property or vehicle.
There is one problem that can occur when you take the correct measures to secure your home and vehicle. And that’s when you lose or misplace your keys. It happens to us all, but when you secure every lock and close your windows, you won’t be able to get into your property or car without using force. The Fort Box team is always looking for ways to give our followers helpful tips and can often make referrals to reliable locksmiths and other tradespeople. Here are some of our best tips on what to do when you lose your house or car keys, as well as ways to prevent it.
What You Should Do If You Lose Your Keys in London –
In the event that you can’t find your house or car keys, these are some necessary steps you should follow –
If you’re already very security savvy, you will lock every door and close the windows before you leave. Even the most attentive of us forget from time to time, so it’s a good idea to check for any ground floor windows that might be open or ajar, as well as the back door. Remember to let your neighbour know you’re doing it, just in case they mistake you for a burglar. They might also have a spare key if you made a plan with them.
If this doesn’t work, it’s time to locate your closest locksmith. Use your smartphone to check online for the nearest locksmith in your area in London. Alternatively, you can also download an app to do this for you. We recommend the LockSmit4you app or Master Locksmiths Association for this. You’ll be able to type in your details, and they’ll locate the best choice.
You should always try to have something with your details on, like a utility bill and proof of ID. It will help the locksmith when they arrive because they’ll want to identify you as the homeowner. Remember, you’re technically getting them to break into your house, so they want to make sure you live there. A driver’s license or any other form of ID will work. Also, you can ask your neighbour to vouch for you.
Find somewhere safe to wait for the locksmith – don’t stand outside your home, especially if you’re alone. Again, if you have a friendly neighbour, you should wait with them. Alternatively, ask a friend or family member for help. The important thing is to make sure you’re safe until the locksmith arrives.
Spare Keys and Home Security Awareness –
It’s essential that you get at least one extra set of keys cut for your front and back entrance, including the side gate if that’s relevant. Leave the spares with a trusted family member or friend for situations like this. It will save you a lot of stress and money, and it’s easy and inexpensive to get spare house keys cut. You’ll also remove the need of sending for a locksmith in the first place.
Things get a bit more complicated if you lose your car or van keys. A typical locksmith won’t be able to break into your car or replace the lock, especially in a new vehicle. Make sure you have the details of someone you can contact at the dealership. Usually, you’ll get at least one spare set of car keys when you buy your car.
However, what happens if you lose your house keys as well, and the extra car key is inside the house? This may sound a bit over the top, but it’s not out of the question. Keys often seem to have a life of their own. See what options are available to get a new set of keys cut or a new toggle for your car from your dealership.
There is one failsafe option that Fort Box’s self storage customers can also do. You can leave a spare set of house and car keys in your storage unit.
Fort Box – London’s Number One Self Storage Company –
Fort Box works with thousands of customers every year, and we hear some amusing or regrettable stories about lost keys. The common response that most people have is that they now have a least two spare sets of keys to save another expensive callout for a locksmith. It makes a lot of sense, it’s easy to do and is cheap. All you need to do is drop off your keys, collect the new ones and leave them with someone you trust. And there’s no safer place than a Fort Box self storage unit.
There are many reasons why Fort Box is London’s number one for storage and related services. We have contacts in just about every business sector as both associates and storage clients. That means we can refer and arrange things like locksmiths, professional cleaning, removals and of course, we have various storage options.
Whenever we talk about keys, another point is also worth considering. If you want to make sure you’re 100% vigilant, it’s worth checking how secure your home or car is from theft. If you have old locks, then you should ask a locksmith to check if they’re up to scratch. It’s possible to contact a security expert to visit your property and vehicle to see what their feedback is.
The Fort Box team not only strives to provide the best self storage in London, but we also try and pass on any relevant information to our followers and customers. That’s why we’re more than happy to make referrals to trusted locksmiths, in addition to giving out useful tips.
The Fort Box team understands that, when you put the customer first, everything else works.