Locking your keys in may seem like a pretty normal scenario you can get out of easily. However, many people are still unprepared for this. Assuming you have already locked yourself out, you will, at this point, be concerned about entering without causing too much damage or raising suspicion. It is important that you remain calm and carefully analyze the situation. After which, you can do any of the following:
Ask For the Spare
If you have kept a spare with a trusted friend or neighbor, you could just ask them for the spare. If on the other hand, this is not the case, then you may need to ask some other persons legitimately keeping a spare. If you have a roommate, you may want to call them to open the door. If you stay in a complex or block of apartments, with a manager or caretaker, you can approach them for the spare. You may have to prove that you stay in that particular flat if they do not recognize you. If you are a tenant, your landlord has a spare, and you can ask him for it. Any of these instances can be quite the inconvenience, but that is just the way that it goes.
Look For An Opening
If you have no means of getting a spare, you should try opening another door. If you are lucky, they may just unlock, if not, then look for an open window. If you find one, slip it back into your house. Be careful to analyze furniture and equipment that may be under the window before going in.
Pick Your Lock Yourself – Not advised
If there is no open window or the window is too small to get in, the next available option is picking your lock. The skill used in handling this will largely depend on the kind of lock or door. If it is a lock made of spring bolt, you can use a credit card. Pick a card of less or no importance, laminated cards are better because they are more flexible. Wedge the card between the door frame and the bolt while turning the handle, till it springs back. If there is a door window attached to the door, use a screwdriver to remove the door window. Put your hands through the opening and open the door.
If it is a chained lock, you will need a rubber band. Open the door as far as you can and loop the rubber band across the center of the chain. Then hang the other end of the rubber band on the door handle inside and shut with force. The force should unlock the chain. If it is a doorknob, you should use a pin to unscrew the door knob and unlock the locking mechanism.
Call A Residential Locksmith
If none of the above tips work, you should call a qualified residential locksmith to help you unlock the door and change the lock. In most cases trying to perform locksmith services yourself is not recommeneded. You will want to hire a residential locksmith to assist you. A residential locksmith will have the right tools and skill set to get the job done right without damaging the door.