It’s dark out and you return from a long day spent at work or out with family, and you just want to settle into bed for the night. As you reach into your purse or pocket, you realize that your keys are missing. This isn’t the first time you accidentally left your keys somewhere. If you find yourself locked out of your home often, you should find a new security solution. Here are a few of the best ways to never get locked out of the house again.
Install Smart Locks
Smart locks are the future of security technology. As more and more people own smartphones, the entire Smart industry grows. At this point, smart locks typically work through the software on your phone that communicates with your door. Since your phone has a passcode or lock, the door lock will only open once you establish your user identity. Personalized security systems you control from your phone, or other smart technology, will only become more sophisticated and prevalent in the coming years. Try them out with your home.
Hide a Spare Set of Keys
It’s not only the keys that create problems, our forgetfulness also plays a role. However, there are ways around the physical limitations of a jagged metal stick. Copy your keys at a local hardware store and hide a spare set in a secret place. Find the most inconspicuous location around your house—don’t follow the trope of hiding them under a welcome mat or rock. This hiding solution does increase the chance that people could find the keys and break in. However, it does save you from repeatedly locking yourself out.
Use a Set of Lock Picks
Another way to solve your security problem is to have a set of lock picks on hand. Lock picking tools come in all shapes, sizes, and capacities, so find the right set for your residential door locks. You may spend some time practicing and perfecting your ability to solve the lock, but lock picks will always come in handy when you leave your keys elsewhere. If you ever run out of options, call a locksmith before you break into your own home and cause any damage.
Use these ways to never get locked out of the house again and stop all future frustration with new security solutions. Each person has their technological and security preferences, so figure out what works best for you!