Lost Keys

Lost Keys

Lost Keys Car/Home/Commercial

You know that feeling – The one you get when you realize you can’t find your keys. You frantically pat down your pockets, and tear things apart as you overturn items to search for your lost keys. You panic until they are found or until you have a new set of keys in your hands. The most common lost keys are those to your car, your home, or to your commercial property. Whether the lost keys are for your car, home, or commercial space, you now have two things to consider:

  1. You need to find the key or have a duplicate key made immediately
  2. Since you don’t know who may have found or stolen the key, even if the lost key is located, you now have potential security concerns to consider

 

Lost Home Keys

The morning was going as planned, or perhaps it was rushed and hectic in a hurry to get to an important meeting. Everything seemed on par, until you heard the door latch behind you and suddenly realized your keys are not in your hand, and the door is locked from the inside. Or, maybe you had no idea that you had lost your keys until you arrived back home after a long day’s work and go to reach for your keys to open the front door. Regardless of how it happened, the only solution is that you need to either find your keys or you need a replacement key or another way of entrance immediately.

 

Lost Car Keys

You reach for your keys to start your car’s ignition, only they’re nowhere to be found. Or, you find yourself completely locked out of your car, maybe even stranded in a parking lot. It happens everyday to somebody. Today, that somebody is you. Chances are, you are in a hurry and have no time to waste. Maybe you even have an electronic keyfob or a transponder key that starts your car remotely and requires a bit more than metal and a key cutter to make a duplicate key to get you back on the road again. Not only that, but when your keys are lost, you wonder whose hands they may have fallen into.

 

Lost Office or Commercial Keys

When you own or rent office space for a business or own commercial properties like condos or apartments that you lease to others, lost keys is almost a daily worry. What if your employee loses his or her key? You not only have to provide them with a new key so they can open the office door, but now you wonder who may have unlimited access to your valuable assets that are usually locked up at your business. When it is a commercial property with many tenants, lost keys is an ongoing consideration.

Millennium Locksmith Lost Keys

A qualified locksmith is able to make you a new set of keys on the spot, even for transponder automobile keys. However, having a duplicate key that works is not your only consideration when you have lost keys. After you have lost your keys, it’s a good idea to have your locks replaced or rekeyed. The reason for this is because unless you know absolutely for sure that your keys were never in the hands of a stranger, the truth is that whoever found your keys could have made a copy of them and now has access to your home, car, or commercial space whenever they choose to use it.

Lockout

How To Prevent A Lockout

How To Prevent A Lockout

Preventing a lockout from happening in the first place is the best solution to avoiding an inconvenient and unsafe lockout scenario. Take preventative measures like these helpful tips:

Trust a Friend

Trust a friend or relative with a spare key. Just make sure that the friend or relative is willing to come to you in your time of need.

Loud Keys

Noise triggers reactions. Attach a noisy accessory to your key chain. If you drop your keys, they will make a loud sound that can’t be missed.

Not a Tether

Never hand your keys to your baby to use as a teething ring or toy, especially not if they are on an electronic key fob. The slobber can get inside the electronics and cause them to malfunction. Even if the keys never go into the child’s mouth, they can be easily dropped and lost in the hands of an infant.

Never Can Be Too Sure

Don’t become overly obsessed with the fear of losing your keys, but make it a habit to check and double check for your keys before you leave your home or workplace and before you shut that car door to lock. If necessary, set a reminder on your phone or place a checklist next to your doors that remind you to be sure your keys are in your hands before locking doors.

Bags or Clothing

Keep a spare set of keys for your home, office, and car inside a bag, a brief case, or an item of clothing that you wear every day. If you are a student and have a book bag, put a spare key inside. Or if you carry a computer bag or brief case to work, tuck a spare key in one of its pouches. Or if you carry a purse, place a spare key inside a small zippered compartment, so it is there when you need it.

Jewelry or Hooks

Carry your keys on a lanyard around your neck or on a hook that attaches to your belt loop. This method used to be a common method used for children who needed to let themselves into their home after school but before mom and dad got home from work, and keys were safely tucked on necklaces worn under clothing so as not to make it obvious that the child would be home alone during after school hours. The method of keeping a spare key as part of your jewelry or latched to your clothing doesn’t have to end with a method used for children. Regardless of the age of the person, knowing that a spare key is accessible and attached to your clothing or on a chain around your ankle, wrist, or neckline is reassuring.

GPS

Use a GPS tracking device to attach to your key chain, so you can locate your keys if they become lost.

Go Keyless

Consider setting up keyless entries for your home and car. If you own a business or commercial property, have keyless entries or electronic access card systems in place for your employees. Some personal keyless systems can be operated directly from your cell phone. Both personal or business keyless entries are able to be programmed and reprogrammed as needed without needing to get a key cut.

Cover Your Tracks

Keep a spare house or office key in your glove box of your car, and keep a spare car key inside your house, at your desk at work, or in your wallet. Don’t make so many duplicate copies that you lose control of who has access to your keys, but have at the very minimum one extra set that are for no other purpose but to tuck away in a safe place in case of a lockout emergency.

Smart Hiding Place for House Keys

Scottsdale Lockout ServiceChoose a place to hide your duplicate key that is not the first place a thief will be likely to look. Select a hiding place for your spare key that is not screaming, “something precious is hidden here”. Never leave a key hidden under a door mat. This is too obvious and allows a too-easy access option for burglars. And, never use those garden rocks that are meant to look like real landscape rocks with a hidden compartment. Thieves who break into houses are not that naive as to not notice these obvious hidden keys. It only makes it that much easier for them to gain access to your house.

Hidden Car Keys

A spare car key can be hidden inside a magnetic key storage box that is placed out of view underneath the vehicle. Though, sometimes easily found, these do often provide a great way to store a duplicate key in case of a car lockout. Another option is to store a spare car key inside your wallet, wear it as part of your jewelry, or leave a duplicate copy with a friend. Of course, the electronic keys prove to be more tricky when finding hiding spots like these.

Key and Lock Maintenance

Not every lockout occurs because of a lost key. Sometimes, a key breaks off inside an ignition or door knob, or the lock itself wears out. In fact, approximately one third of all lockouts are because of a damaged lock or key. Avoid these situations the best you can by making sure you provide proper maintenance to your locks. This involves frequent lubrication and cleaning your locks on a regular basis. Replace damaged or malfunctioning keys as soon as you realize they are in bad shape.

Key Checkup

Knowing that you have a spare key tucked away is only reassuring if that key actually works in an emergency. Of course, a traditional cut key will work as long as the lock itself is not broken, but electronic key fobs require working batteries and connections to get the job done. Regularly check to make sure your spare electronic keys or key fobs are working properly.

Locksmith

It never hurts to be completely prepared for any situation, and calling a locksmith doesn’t necessarily have to be your last option. To make sure you are never stranded in an emergency lockout situation, keep the contact information of a locksmith on hand:

Millennium Locksmith – Scottsdale Lockout Service – (480) 378-6767

Car Lockout Service

Car Lockout Service

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Being locked out of your car can be frustrating, but an experienced locksmith can unlock your door quickly without compromising your locks or damaging your door.It’s never a good idea to try and unlock your car door with standard tools in your toolbox because doing so can damage the door or lock and be very costly to repair. You need to call a professional car lockout service in Scottsdale AZ to unlock that door using specialized equipment and tools. In most cases, this only takes a couple of minutes.

Here are some ways to prevent car lockout:

Check for Your Keys Before You Get Out of the Car

This seems like an obvious preventive measure but needs to become a habit to prevent a car lockout situation. Get into a routine of checking where your keys are before you open your car door or exit the vehicle. Make sure you have all keys in your hand before you exit. Avoid setting your keys down on the passenger’s seat, on the dash, or anywhere else in the vehicle where you might forget about them.

Keep a Spare Key in a Safe Place

Consider having an extra key made and store it in your handbag, wallet, or somewhere in your home. Don’t put an extra key in your glove compartment, under the seat, or anywhere else inside the car as this will also be inaccessible when you lock your keys in your car. You could also give the spare key to someone you trust for safekeeping.

Don’t Carry Keys in Your Jacket or Cardigan Pocket

Many people make the mistake of storing their keys in the pocket of a blazer, jacket, or cardigan. However, these articles of clothing are often left in the passenger seat or hung up on a seat when driving and can end up getting locked inside the vehicle.

Carry Keys on a Weighted Key-chain

Carrying your car keys on a weighted key chain or lanyard that you can wear around your neck or wrist can reduce the risk of losing your keys. The weight of the key-chain will remind you that the keys are safe inside a purse or other bag you are carrying. Lanyards keep the keys close to you at all times.


Car Lockout Service

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Locked out of your car? Key locked in car? One of our car lockout service technicians at Millennium Locksmith can help you FAST. For emergency car lockout Scottsdale AZ service contact us right away. We offer car lockout services 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. In additional to our car lockout service we also offer full range of car locksmith service. 

 

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