If you’re human, you probably despise unexpected expenses. It’s bad enough all the expected bills have to get paid. So when something as silly as locking yourself out of your own house happens, you’re pretty close to throwing a rock in a window just so you can get in. It’s understandable though, calling a locksmith can get pretty costly.
Don’t feel too bad!
The need to call a locksmith is actually a good thing!
Why Would You Want to Have to Call a Locksmith?
Alright, it may sound foolish to say but wanting to call a locksmith is a positive thing. Well, not in the sense that it’s good to have to wait for someone to let you into your own home. Also, not in the sense that it’s going to cost you money.
It’s a good thing because it means your home is at least somewhat secure. Chances are you took the time to try a few little tricks which didn’t work before deciding to call the locksmith. These tricks obviously didn’t work if you needed to call the locksmith, which means the home is protected from easy entry.
When people break into homes, they want to be able to make a quick and silent entry. They don’t want to have to smash the window next to the door to unlock it. They also don’t want to have to kick the door in. Doing anything like this will make too much noise and it will alert the people in the home. For all the intruder knows, this is enough time for them to call 9-1-1 or to grab their handgun. So if a prospective intruder tries to pry your door open, they may flee from the property when it’s not easily done.
What Are the Easy Entry Methods?
There are many simple ways that an intruder may try to break into your home. The most common involves a plastic card and a spring bolt. The intruder can simply insert the card dead centre in between the door and frame, right where the spring bolt is, and cause it to spring itself out. From here, if there is no chain or deadbolt they will be able to open the door and walk right in.
If there is a chain, sometimes that’s manoeuvrable as well. However, a dead bolt will prove to be a major challenge and the quick and easy plastic card technique will fail to prevail.
Then there’s the window prying technique. This involves taking a screwdriver, typically a flathead, and inserting it at the bottom of the window. The individual can give it a bit of force to wedge it in and then put pressure down on the screwdriver to pop the window up. Many homes have windows with a lower level of protection than the homeowner realises.
Getting in through the window is also often easier than many think. Believe it or not, the majority leave at least one of their main floor windows unlocked. This usually comes from not realising and some homeowners and renters don’t even have locks on their windows.
Patio doors are also a very easy means of access. They are not the most common choice as they usually require the intruder to enter the backyard first. However, if the intruder scouts out the property they will know the sliding doors are there and they will likely choose this entry point as it’s incredibly easy to break in through.
The lock itself is very insignificant by nature and incredibly easy to break. Even if you have a broomstick or similar object between the door and wall, it doesn’t guarantee protection. Sliding patio doors are installed by lifting the moving door and putting it in the top track, then into the bottom track. This means the intruder can simply lift up then out.
Calling a Locksmith in Case of Emergencies
Many cases where people are locked out of their homes are just a minor inconvenience. They have to wait for their partner to get home or drive to meet them. Alternatively, in rentals they just have to contact the landlord for a new key. However, not everyone can be that lucky.
Sometimes calling a locksmith is not preventable. If that’s the case, it’s important to plan ahead of time for the unexpected. If you are confident your home is safe from easy break-ins, then you may want to have the phone number of a locksmith in your area in your cell phone, as an emergency contact. After all, your phone book isn’t going to be very useful if you can’t get into your home to use it.