We have a lot of confidential corporate information in our office that we need to keep secure. Having key codes is hard because a lot of the staff forget them regularly and end up writing them down, which ends up making our office a lot less safe! As a result, we have switched to using fingerprint and facial recognition security which is working a lot better. It's not like people can forget to bring their faces into work! This blog has some tips on how to switch your office to using more modern security options like fingerprint scanners and facial recognition security.
Whether you get locked out of your office, home or vehicle, everyone can agree that getting locked out is very frustrating. However, by taking a few simple precautions you can ensure you never get locked out again.
Do a Pat Down Check
One of the biggest causes of getting locked out is forgetting or losing your keys. You should get into the habit of patting down your pockets to check for your keys every time you leave a location. This will prevent you from going out and leaving your keys locked in the house. If you lose your keys while out of the house, the pat down check will quickly alert you to this fact and if you perform the check every time you are leaving a location, you will easily be able to easily identify where you last had your keys.
Have Spare Keys
Leaving a spare set of keys with a friend or neighbour you trust is a great insurance policy against forgetting or losing your keys. You should ensure you have up-to-date contact details for spare key holders in your mobile phone so you can easily contact them in case of a lock out. If you don't have anyone you can leave a key with, consider hiding one on your property. However, you should avoid leaving a front door key under the nearest plant pot. This is such a common tactic, thieves will now often check these locations for spare keys. Instead, you should hide the front door keys in a garage or other location and use a code to get into the garage.
Duplicate Keys Correctly
While having a spare key is a good idea, you should avoid having further sets produced using duplicate keys. Every time a key is duplicated, small errors and differences are created. If you use a duplicate rather than the original key to make another copy, you increase the number of errors. You will probably notice that a duplicate key made using another duplicate does not turn in the lock as easily, which increases the chance it will break while in the lock.
It isn't only bad keys which can cause you to get locked out. Bad locks can also cause many problems. If a lock is proving difficult to open, the stress and strain placed on the key as you force it to turn can cause it to snap. Once a key is broken and half remains in the lock, having a spare key is useless. You should ensure that all locks are working correctly, as a difficult lock could fail at any time. If you are having problems with a lock, it is best to have it checked by a locksmith.
If you don't take any of these precautions and then get locked out, you should call a locksmith for professional help gaining entry to your home, car or office.