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The Most Common Causes of Home Lockouts and How to Avoid Them

As one of Sydney’s most trusted locksmith companies, we’ve seen countless cases of people getting locked out of their homes or apartments. While some of these situations are avoidable, others can occur unexpectedly. That’s why we’re sharing the top reasons or ways people get locked out of their homes or apartments…and how to avoid them.

1. Lost or Misplaced Keys

No surprise here. This is one of the most (if not the most) common reasons people get locked out of their homes. Keys are easily lost or misplaced, especially when you are in a hurry or have a lot on your mind.

To avoid this situation, leave a spare key with a trusted neighbour or family member or consider using a keyless entry system.

2. Broken or Damaged Locks

We’ve all dealt with “sticky” locks that make it difficult to get into our homes. Unfortunately, that sticky lock can turn into a full-blown lockout if you continue to ignore it and the locking mechanism finally fails. Locks can break or get damaged over time due to regular use or external factors such as weather conditions.

If you notice any signs of wear and tear on your locks, it is best to have them repaired or replaced as soon as possible to avoid getting locked out.

3. Dead Batteries in Electronic Locks

Electronic locks are becoming increasingly popular due to their convenience and high-security features. However, they are only as reliable as their power source. If the batteries in your electronic lock die, you may find yourself locked out.

To avoid this, it is important to keep spare batteries on hand and replace them as needed.

4. Slamming Doors

It sounds like a scene straight from your favourite rom-com, but it is not uncommon for doors to slam shut unexpectedly, especially if there is a draft or if the door is not properly aligned, leaving you locked out. If you do not have a spare key nearby or a keyless entry system, this situation is definitely not funny.

To avoid this, make sure your door is properly aligned and consider installing a doorstop or a soft-closing mechanism.

5. Forgetting to Take the Keys

Not everyone drives to work. If you don’t have a reason to have a key chain in your hand, it’s possible to leave home without your house key, especially if you’re distracted or have other priorities on your mind.

To avoid this, try to develop a routine and always check that you have your keys with you before leaving your home.

If you’re looking for a reliable locksmith who can repair those sticky locks, install high-tech electronic lock systems, or let you into your home when you find yourself locked out, we hope you’ll contact us at One & Only. Our team of professionals is on call and ready to assist you with your locksmith needs both day and night.

We know that getting locked out of your home or apartment can be a frustrating and inconvenient experience. But, by taking these simple precautions, you can avoid lockouts and ensure that you always have access to your property.


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