Losing your house keys can be a stressful experience. You may be locked out of your home, or you may be worried about someone else gaining access to your property. In this article, we will discuss what to do if you’ve lost your house keys.
What to Do First
The first thing you should do is try to retrace your steps. See if you can remember where you last had your keys. If you can’t remember, ask your family members or friends if they have seen them.
If all else fails, you should do a grid search of the most common places you have your keys, if you can’t find them there you may have dropped them somewhere if you have been out and about.
Make sure to visit businesses or homes you have visited to see if you have dropped your keys there, or if someone has handed them to a shopkeeper who may be holding them for you.
If after taking all these steps and exhausting all options, you may have lost your keys for good, or, they may have been stolen from you and you will need to acquire new keys.
If You Can’t Find Your Keys
If you can’t find your keys, you will need to get a new set made. You can do this at a locksmith’s shop. When you get a new set of keys made, be sure to give a set to a trusted family member or friend.
Giving a set of keys to a trusted friend or family member can solve the first piece of the puzzle by allowing you to get enter your home, at which point you can draw up a plan to get a new set of keys, its important to note that you should exhaust all options before you take on this task as it will also lead into the next part of this article and making 100% sure you cannot recover your keys can save you money you may not need to spend.
Rekeying Your Locks
Another option is to have your locks rekeyed, this means that the locks will be changed so that your old keys will no longer work.
Rekeying your locks is a more expensive option than getting a new set of keys made, but it can give you peace of mind knowing that no one else can use your old keys to gain access to your home.
If you’re unsure of where you have lost your keys or, if they have been stolen, getting an entirely new lock and key system may be the way to go as you won’t be sure if someone has your old keys and can enter your house at any time and steal from you.
Rekeying your locks sets the field back to 0 and gives you peace of mind knowing you’re the only person with a set of keys that can enter your home with its new locks.
If you are concerned about security, you may want to consider installing high-security locks. High-security locks are more difficult to pick than standard locks. They can give you added peace of mind knowing that your home is more secure.
High-security locks also come with modern features such as RF readers, authorization, and apps that can be controlled on your phone, likewise, you can set them up to only open when you allow it, even if you or someone else has the key that fits the lock.
These locks are more expensive than standard locks, but they also come with a much more reinforced security system that can in some cases, remove keys from the equation entirely and give you total control of who enters your home.
It’s important to note though that these locks are more expensive than standard locks as they are more customized locking mechanisms and will require a different setup from a locksmith than just simply installing a lock that is only opened by a key.
You can also have locks to be retrofitted by these new systems should you choose to take that option.
Whether it be just yourself or your family members, you want to make sure you’re completely secure from people entering your home, this all starts with how you secure your home, and that you take proactive steps in the case of emergency if you do lose your keys or cannot find them, or, you suspect that someone may have stolen your keys from you.
Losing your house keys can be a stressful experience, but there are a few things you can do to regain access to your home and protect your property. By following the tips in this article, you can ensure that you are safe and secure.