Learn Some Locksmith DIY Techniques if You are Locked Out of Your Home or Car

Do you want to save money and avoid calling a professional Jacksonville Locksmith when you get locked out? Calling professionals can always be costly and hard on the pocket, which is why you need to know some tips on how to manage on your own when you get locked out of your car or your home. Let’s find out more about what you can do.

Call for Help

If you are ever in a situation where you are locked out of your home or apartment or even your car, instead of calling some professional locksmith to break open your locks, call your friends, family or neighbors. People who might have a spare key, or if you live with someone, your partner might have spare keys to let you in. Calling for help should always be your number one priority in order to save money.

Check for Unlocked Windows

When you are locked out of your home, before calling anyone, you should always check each and every accessible window outside your house to see if any are unlocked. That way, you can get in through the window and unlock your doors and hopefully find a spare key.

Use Your Credit Card

If you are trying to open the locked door of your home, a common trick used by many is to pick the lock with a credit card. This also depends on what kind of doorknob and door lock you have though. Deadbolt door locks will not break with a credit card. But if your door lock has spring bolts and is a standard doorknob, this just might work for you.

Use a Wire Coat Hanger

If you are ever locked out of your car, you may want to try this useful method of using a coat hanger to unlock your car door. It will definitely save money from calling a locksmith in Jacksonville, but it requires a bit of your time. A wire coat hanger can be untwisted so that it can look like a hook and can easily be pushed inside the weather strip in the window. It will require a bit of wiggling and jiggling of the hook wire in order to find the locking mechanism to unlock the car door though.

Rod and a Screwdriver

Depending on what you keep in your car or in your bag, a rod and a screwdriver can really help you open up a car door easily when you get locked out. It doesn’t even require much time. If you don’t have a rod and a screwdriver, try to find something that can be used as an alternative. Although this method could help save money, it could also do a bit of damage to your car door, so it is advised to be very cautious when using this method.

When trying to get into your home or car it is always better to be cautious. We typically recommend that you reach out to a professional locksmith rather than trying to break into your home or car, as you could make a bad situation worse.  We have been on many calls where someone was locked out of their car and tried to unlock their doors themselves, in turn cracking a window, destroying the internal mechanism of the door and scratching their car. Many times it is worth a small investment to save yourself time and additional costs due to a mistake.

If you are locked out of your home or car and need the services of a professional Jacksonville locksmith call J & J Locksmith today. We specialize in automotive, residential and commercial locksmith services throughout Jacksonville, Jacksonville Beach and Orange Park. Call us today for a free estimate (904) 400-5150.