Understanding What A Locksmith Does

New Tech For Safely Ensuring You Never Get Locked Out Of Your Home Again

by Maëly Richard

The key to avoiding getting locked out of your own house in the future is preparation. If you've managed to get back in this time only with a lot of effort and the help of locksmith services, your goal now should be to avoid that outcome in the future. Here are a few ways to avoid being locked out in the future that are safe.

Saved Key Designs at a Hardware Store

If you go down to your local hardware store, there are often kiosks that will let you put your key into them, and then save this pattern. You can use this to immediately create more keys for usually not more than a few dollars. But, you can also use this in case of a future issue.

For example, if you choose the lobby of a hardware store that is open most or all of the time, then you can drive there if you ever lock yourself out of your house. By swiping your credit card, you can recall the pattern you saved in the kiosk, and then print out a spare key. This way, you can be sure that it won't be available at your house for thieves to find, but you will still have access to it.

Smartphone Apps

Another possibility is to save your key on a smartphone app fit for the purpose. The app will use your phone's camera to take pictures of both sides of the key, and then save the pattern on your phone. You can have this key quickly printed out at any area nearby for the purpose. Or, if you don't need it right away, you can have the key sent to you in the mail. In the future, you may be able to get this sent to you very quickly. 

In addition, there are applications coming out where you'll be able to print a key from a portable 3D printer in order to get back into your house if you've been locked out at any time. This does require that you have both your smartphone and a portable 3D printer either on you or somewhere outside of your house, such as your car. But you'll feel better knowing that you're prepared.

Overall, you'll be glad you took a little effort to make yourself ready for next time, especially if you can do so in a way that doesn't give thieves a potential into your house.