Getting locked out of your house because you've left your keys inside or lost them can be a frustrating, embarrassing experience. Fortunately, it's easy to avoid with a little advance planning.
Make a spare
The simplest way to get back into your home if you've been locked out is to have a spare key available. Your local locksmith can make a copy of your house key for you quickly and affordably. A few copies of your key placed in the right locations can help you avoid getting locked out, so make them ahead of time.
Hide it well
A spare key is no use unless you place it somewhere you can get to it in the event of being locked out. Many people leave spare keys in flower pots, under doormats, or in commercially-available key hiders such as false rocks. All of these common hiding places pose a risk to your home's security and should be avoided. Instead, leave your spare key with a trusted friend, relative, or neighbour. It may take a little longer to get to if you're locked out, but it'll be much safer.
Develop a good key routine
The easiest way to avoid being locked out is to make sure you don't forget your keys. That means developing a routine for storing and handling them. Set up a key hook or bowl near your door, and make sure you put your keys in it every time you come home and take them out every time you leave. Don't leave the hook or bowl too close to a door, window or other opening, though; making them too accessible could add a vulnerability to your home's security.
If you're worried about losing your keys while you're out and about, secure them with a cable or chain. Be a little cautious with your keys -- if they're marked with a duplication code, even a photo of your keys on social media could give a potential intruder the ability to duplicate them.
Plan for emergencies
If you get locked out of your house and don't have a way to get back inside, a mobile locksmith can help you get back to normal. It helps to be prepared, though: program the number of your local locksmith -- preferably a 24-hour locksmith -- into your phone ahead of time so that you won't have to spend extra time on your doorstep hunting for the number of th eperson who can help you.