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.
How many times have you locked yourself out of your car? If you've never done so, you need to read this article in preparation for your first lock-out, which is an almost inevitable occurrence.
If you've locked yourself out a couple of times, you're likely to do it again. This article discusses three items you should carry in your trunk just in case you lock the keys inside your vehicle by mistake.
A Pair Of Shoelaces Or A String
The laces on your shoes or a sturdy piece of string could easily be your key back into the vehicle after a lock-out scenario. However, this is only possible for older model vehicles that have a pin lock installed on top of the door (next to the window) instead of lever locks embedded within the internal door latch.
Your ideal shoelace/string should be thin enough to fit through the tiny space between the door and the frame of the car. You'll need to tie a slip-knot at the centre of the string/lace and to maneuver the lace through the space mentioned above. Once inside, you'll need to ensure that the pin lock is surrounded by the knot. This will give you a relatively firm hold of the lock once you tighten the knot and you should be able to pull the lock open. Here is a video of the "shoelace technique" as described above.
An Air Wedge
Wedges are among the most common tools used to re-gain access into a vehicle. The working principle behind 'wedging' a car door open is that the wedge is used to 'expand' the space between the door and the vehicle's frame. The increased space allows you to insert a long-reach device (e.g. a long stick or a thin piece of wire) that you'll use to reach the keys.
Air wedges are inflatable bags. They're inserted into the space mentioned above when empty and then they're inflated so as to expand this space. An air wedge is preferable to a wedge made of plastic/wood because it's less likely to scratch/damage the vehicle's paintwork.
A Wire Coat Hanger
As indicated above, an air wedge will create enough space for you to insert something long enough to reach the key inside the vehicle. You might not always be lucky enough to find a stick or wire that'll fit into the space created by the wedge. You could easily dismantle a metal coat hanger into a long piece of wire, which will help you reach the keys.
If you wouldn't want to carry the mentioned items in your trunk at all times, perhaps you should have your auto locksmith's number on speed-dial.