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Locked out? Here’s what you need to do

Locked out

Getting yourself locked out is something that nobody ever wants to happen, but in life, mistakes are always made and you need to be prepared for what to do in the unfortunate event you find yourself locked out of your home or your car.

Follow this handy guide however, and it should be nothing more than a mild inconvenience.

Stay calm

First thing’s first, when the moment of sinking realisation hits that you’re locked out you need to take a long, deep breath and remain as calm as possible. It’s inconvenient, it’s a little embarrassing and it’s the last thing you wanted to happen but it’s the way things are and panicking isn’t going to make the situation any better.

Take a step back and do whatever’s necessary to calm yourself down. When that’s done you should have a quick look to see if there’s any other way for you to get out of the situation, maybe for example, it’s the one day where you’ll be happy you forgot to close the back window tight. Failing that, reach for your phone.

Call a locksmith

If there’s no obvious way for you to solve the problem yourself, don’t waste an hour trying to think of something genius because it likely won’t work and you could end up in even bigger trouble. Your very first call should be to your locksmith of choice, remember that the sooner you call the sooner they can come and help.

Shop around, you will be surprised how wide an area most locksmiths cover. If you’re looking for a locksmith in Maldon for example, or a locksmith in Chelmsford, then don’t be afraid to contact a locksmith that serves the wider Essex area. You may be able to get a better price than a local locksmith.

Make yourself comfortable

Your locksmith will get there as soon as they possibly can, but you’re still going to have to wait a short while until they arrive. If a neighbour is home, then front out your blushes and knock on their door, an hour spent with a cup of tea is going to be preferable to being perched on your doorstep waiting.

Wherever you settle, make sure that you’re as safe, sheltered, and comfortable as possible. Now is the time to make any calls you need to make to your work, your partner, or anyone you’ll be delayed in meeting.