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How to Avoid Getting Locked Out This Winter

February 11, 2019

Did you know 28% of Americans misplace their keys at least once a week?

Getting locked out any time of year is frustrating, but in the winter it can be uncomfortable and even dangerous. Fortunately, there’s a lot you can do with your home security to help ensure you don’t get locked out this winter.

What you don’t want to do? Don’t hide a spare key on your porch. Because the practice is so common, thieves look for it regularly. Sometimes part of scoping out your home is watching to see if your kids or visitors use a hidden key.

Instead, use these tips to make sure you can always get into your home – without leaving a red carpet for thieves!


Give a Trusted Friend a Spare Key

Someone else who has a spare key can be a lifesaver if you’re ever locked out. Of course, you don’t have to stand miserably on your porch waiting for them – go to a nearby gas station or coffee shop. They can meet you there and drive with you to your home to let you in.

Someone you trust who has an extra key can also help when you’re away from home for a time by checking in on your home. These check ins can boost home security by avoiding piles of mail or newspapers. Those piles are a sure sign to thieves that you’re not home.

Of course, it’s important to limit who has extra keys. If something goes missing, you want to be able to narrow down who had access.


Create a Habit of Checking For Your Keys

We all have habits that are so natural we don’t even think about them. You might brush your teeth every night, no matter how tired you are. Or, you might put on your seatbelt without thinking about it.

You can create the same kind of habit for checking to make sure you have your keys before you leave home or work. To make it easier, keep your keys in the same spot every time.

Once you create this habit, you’ll not only be able to get into your home without issues, but you’ll probably lose your keys a lot less often.


Get a Smart Lock

One of the best ways to never get locked out is to invest in a smart lock as part of your home security system. You can control the locks to your home remotely from your smartphone.

A smart lock allows you to use either the app or a regular key to open the door. This can be helpful in a variety of situations – for instance, did you remember to lock the door? Instead of crawling out of bed down to your door, simply use your smart lock app to lock it.

Be sure your smart lock comes from a high-quality provider and has strong security protocol. Unfortunately, an inexpensive low-quality lock won’t offer you much security.


Maintain Home Security and Easy Access Today

When you have excellent home security, you can rest easy knowing that your home is safer from thieves and criminals. That doesn’t mean you have to struggle to get into your own home, though.

By following these tips, you can safely maintain access to your home while also keeping out those who don’t need to be there.

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