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Getting Locked Out Of The House Is No Laughing Matter

Updated on October 25, 2015

Locked Out Of The House

All of us try to ensure our homes are locked securely from intruders. What happens when we are the ones who got locked out instead? Well I was locked out once and it was quite embarrassing when I had to be creative in trying to find a way to get in. It was definitely not something I would laugh about at the time.

You would be surprised the number of people who get locked out of the house or get locked out of their car. Even President Obama found he was locked out of the White House recently. You can find out what happened as you read further.

Good news for those who find themselves regularly locked out of the house. Soon you may be able to make a keyless entry by locking and unlocking your front door using your smart phone. Lock makers Yale are looking into the possibility of incorporating new technology to do this.

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Did You Ever Get Locked Out Of The House?

Keys locked in the car

It was another usual day. I had just dropped my daughter off at college. As I was getting out of the car I received a call from a friend. We chatted for a bit and agreed to meet up later in the week. When I wanted to unlock the front door I discovered my house keys were not in my purse. I had left them in the car.

It was then I realized my problem. I was locked out of the house, I had locked my keys in the car and a now locked gate stood between me and my car.

Be Creative When You Are Locked Out

How to get in when keys are locked in car

Since I was locked out of the house, what I needed to do was to get my house keys from my car. It was mid morning and no friendly neighbor was around. My husband and sons were not due back for quite some time yet. It was actually a minor problem.

I could just climb over the five feet high gate and voila! I could unlock my car and get the keys. After all what was so difficult about climbing over the gate? My sons had done it lots of times, even my daughter.

My tight denim skirt was not the right dress code to do any climbing over so I hitched it up higher. Of course, as I was managing this incredible acrobatic feat in my mini, mini skirt who should come round but the local security guard on his rounds.

Bad Time To be Locked Out!

Neighborhood crime watch on their rounds!

The neighborhood crime watch had engaged the services of a security firm to patrol the area to curb any criminal activity. Of all the days for a new guard to be on patrol duty and for me to be locked out of the house, he should choose today.

I suppose it did look a bit suspicious. He diligently did his duty and stopped by to make sure I was not a potential burglar attempting to climb into someone's home. Hey, I was climbing out, not in!

Before I could explain what I was doing, there was a familiar honk. It was my son! Well, I certainly didn't need an audience for my infamous climb to freedom. He had seen my perch on top of the gate even from a distance and wondered what I was doing.

My Moment Of Fame

A welcome end to being locked out of my house

My son managed to convince the security guard I was not a burglar and I got back my house keys from the car. Since he was home I didn't even have to use my own keys. He had come home unexpectedly to get some files for work.

Well, my son really enjoyed telling about "Mom's Climb To Freedom". Of course the guard remembers me very well each time I pass by him at the guard house. I wonder whether the other guards know of my climb too!

How To Get In When You Are Locked Out

Think outside the box and be creative! Don't allow a locked door to keep you from entering your own home.


Locked Out Of The House? Use Your Smart Phone To Get In

Mobile Key Technology from Yale

The days when when you are locked out of the house may soon be over. In the near future, you can use your smartphone to unlock your front door with the use of an authorized smartphone. Lock makers Yale demonstrated their Mobile Key technology recently at the electronics expo CEDIA Expo 2011.

You can simply lock and unlock a door by holding the device near the door. It would replace the use of a physical key but there are concerns of security. Research has shown that similar remote access to cars is prone to hacking. In this case thieves could hack the system and enter the house.

The technology used is called NFC or "near field communication". So far this technology has been in use for mobile payments. Mobile phone carriers are incorporating more NFC technology into their products. Soon we may not only open doors but control our home electronic gadgets with our smart phones.

But what if we lost the phone or left it somewhere? Or what if the phone ran out of charge? We would still be locked out of the house.

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The Most Important Thing To Remember

DON'T ever leave a window or door unlocked as a safeguard from being locked out. A burglar can also break into your house this way!


How To Get In When You Are Locked Out - Always good to have a contingency plan

Having been locked out of the house made me realize that I had to have a back up plan. After all, I may find myself in a similar situation again.

  1. Leave a duplicate key with a neighbor you trust. Maybe your neighbor would want to do the same thing too and leave their spare key with you.
  2. Carry an extra key in your wallet or keep it in the car.
  3. Have the telephone number of the nearest locksmith handy in the event that you cannot get anyone to open your locked door.
  4. Call a family member or friend who has keys to your house to unlock the door for you.
  5. Break a window to get in especially if you have a child inside alone or you need to get inside in a hurry. You can always replace the broken window.
  6. Call the security company that has installed the alarm system for your home. They will know the best ways to help you get into your locked house.

How To Hide A Key

A hidden key will ensure you are never locked out of the house

Bad Places To Hide A Key - Beware of the burglar!

Since having a spare key is the best possible solution to prevent yourself from being locked out of the house, what would be the best place to hide the spare key? Don't leave your key where a burglar can easily find. You are practically inviting him into your home.

Hide Your Keys In Garden Set

Gift Craft 2.1-Inch Cast Iron Insect Design Key Holder, Small, Dark Brown
Gift Craft 2.1-Inch Cast Iron Insect Design Key Holder, Small, Dark Brown

This set of three ladybug, turtle and frog key holder look line part of a garden theme. The tops can be opened to hide your spare keys.

  1. Under the mat. That is the first place anyone will look.
  2. In the mail box.
  3. Under a flower pot right by the doorway.
  4. In the dog's kennel. The dog may even think it is a toy.
  5. Taped under the door or window ledge.

Getting locked out can happen to anyone. Celebrities and even Presidents have found themselves is this predicament at least once in their lifetime.


President Obama Locked Out

Even Presidents Can Get Locked Out!

President Obama can't get into the White House

Don't worry if you have found yourself locked out of the house. Even President Obama found himself locked out temporarily recently.

He had returned earlier than expected from a trip to Latin America. He found the French doors at the White House locked and had to try another set of doors before he could get in.

I wouldn't advise you to keep another set of doors open in case you got locked out too!

Some People Get Locked Out Of their Car

Jennifer Garner Locks Her Keys In The Car And Daughter

Locking your car keys in the car is a common occurrence. A shopping day for Hollywood star Jennifer Garner and her two year old daughter, Violet went awry when Jennifer locked her car keys in her Lexus along with Violet. Good thing Violet was freed from the vehicle after some patient instructions about how to unlock the door from her mother.

The happy pair continued their shopping after the crisis with a visit to Brentwood County Mart in California.

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