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Why you shouldn’t try to get into your property yourself when locked out

Locked out property

Nobody likes being locked out, it’s always going to be a mildly embarrassing and highly inconvenient thing to do, and calling the locksmith might seem like an expense you can do without. You could be tempted then to try and break back into your property yourself, but this is never a good idea, and here’s why.

Save yourself time

Unless you yourself understand how to properly pick a lock you’re not going to get into the property any faster than a qualified locksmith can. Quite the opposite. If you have things to do, people to see, or you’ve just had a long day at work and you’re dying to get into a hot bath, you’re going to get there much quicker if you call a qualified locksmith as soon as you realise you’re locked out. Don’t wait, it’s only wasting time. The sooner you call, the sooner you’ll be back inside your home.

Avoid possible damage

Locks on doors and windows are designed to withstand tampering, but if you’re having the kind of bad luck day where you’ve been locked out in the first place you can virtually guarantee you’ll do more harm than good to your property by trying to get back in yourself. Countless people have found the hard way that snapped keys, broken windows, and warped locks are a lot more inconvenient and expensive than just sitting down somewhere comfortable and waiting for a qualified locksmith to arrive.

It looks suspicious

How many of your neighbours do you really know? You might think it looks totally innocent to tamper with your front door, but to your neighbours who maybe don’t know you well or can’t see you properly, it might looks suspicious. Similarly, if you live on a busy road and passing traffic sees you trying to climb over your back gate or fiddle with locked windows, alarm bells might start to ring. Literally. The sight of a locksmith’s van arriving is a lot more appealing than a dispatched patrol car.

It takes years of training to become a good locksmith and locks are designed to resist attempted picking from seasoned criminals, they’ll have no trouble withstanding you after you’ve had a long, stressful day at work and can’t think clearly.

Unless you’ve left a window open which you can climb through easily, in which case why even bother locking the door, a locksmith is always the answer.