What To Do If You Lose Your Car Keys

There is never a good time to lose your car keys or have them stolen. The likelihood is that it’s going to happen when you are off out somewhere or are out and about, this can be especially bad if you are in a rush or are on a time deadline like getting to work or the kids to school.

Would you know what to do if you came to leave the house and couldn’t find your keys or you got locked out of your car? We will break down your options for resolving the issue and the benefits and drawbacks of each.

 

Firstly, If Your Keys Are Stolen

If you discover your keys have been stolen, but you are still in possession of the car, then you will need to phone the police. Unless there is a threat to life, you should call 101 to report your keys as stolen. Once you have done that you will need to get a car key replacement, but also need to have the car’s engine control unit wiped, so that the stolen key cannot be used anymore. This is because the key will contain a chip that is unique to your car. It’s important that you do this as quickly as possible, to stop someone from stealing your car.

 

1.      Contact an Auto Locksmith

If you need the problem sorted out quickly then an auto Locksmith is your best bet. An auto Locksmith is a locksmith that has been specially trained in car keys and locks. Not all Locksmiths will have the training to be an auto Locksmith, so you need to be sure you are calling the correct Locksmith. Auto Locksmiths will carry blank keys and recoding machines in their vans, meaning they will be able to replace your lost or stolen key with ease.

 

Why Choose an Auto Locksmith?

Most auto Locksmiths are mobile, so should be able to come to you and cut you a new key. To get the situation resolved as quickly as possible, its best to have the following information to hand when you call the auto Locksmith:

  • Make and model of your vehicle
  • The registration number
  • Vehicle identification number (VIN number) you will find this in your V5C document
  • Picture ID, so you can confirm you own the vehicle
  • Your exact location

Using an auto Locksmith may also be your fastest option as most auto Locksmiths carry key programming equipment that will be able to replace keys for almost any make and model of car, without having to outsource the parts.

Hiring an auto Locksmith is often cheaper than sourcing a new key through the car dealership. If you order a new key from the car manufacturer, this can take days to arrive. So, if you are in desperate need for a car key replacement, then an auto Locksmith is your best bet. Most auto Locksmith should be able to cut you a new car key in one visit.

 

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2.      Go Through Your Insurance

If your car key is lost or stolen then you might be able to claim for the cost of the car key replacement through your car insurance. There are some car insurance companies that automatically cover the cost of replacing a car key in your policy, so you will need to check if this is part of your cover.

A comprehensive insurance policy can cover reprogramming the engine control unit and alarms, which you will need to have done if your keys have been stolen. Depending on your provider and level of cover, you may be provided with a taxi to retrieve a new set of keys, a curtesy car until you get new keys or they may even send out an auto Locksmith themselves. Depending on how your no claims bonus works, it might not be affected. However, if claiming for a new key causes your premium to go up, then you might be better off paying out of pocket for a new key, as it may save you money in the long run.

Find out more about your insurance in our Guide to Insurance.

 

3.      Call Your Breakdown Service

This might be the slowest option for you, so we don’t recommend this if you want to get back on the road as quickly as possible. A lot of breakdown services cannot guarantee a time that they will be with you and if they don’t class it as an emergency, you won’t be high up on the list to be attended.

With breakdown services, it also depends what type of vehicle and key you have, as they may not have the right key coding equipment. They also may subcontract the job out to an auto Locksmith, so you are better cutting out the middle man. They are also not specifically trained as auto Locksmith, so will not have the experience an actual auto Locksmith has.

 

4.      Contact Your Local Car Dealership

This is one of the most expensive ways of getting a car key replacement and potentially the slowest. This is because the car dealership may not have all the specialist equipment that an auto Locksmith has. It’s more than likely that the car dealership will have to order in a blank key fob, which will take time and then if they don’t have the specialist programming equipment then this will also add a delay, while they contract it out.

It’s also likely that a dealership will just hire an auto Locksmith to complete the work, as before, you may as well cut out the middle man and contact an auto Locksmith yourself.

 

5.      Use a Local Garage

You will encounter the same problems with a local garage that you will at a dealership. They are unlikely to have the blank keys and reprograming equipment you require to successfully replace your car key. This is especially true if you need to replace the key in a hurry.

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What We Recommend

As you can clearly see, with all the different options, going to an auto Locksmith will be the quickest, cheapest, and best option for you if your car keys are lost or stolen. They should be able to replace a car key and reset your car in one visit. This means you can get on and go about your day as quickly as possible.

If you need a car key replacement, find your local auto Locksmith.

Cycling Safety 2022

Last Updated: 05/05/2022

On a beautiful day what could be more perfect than a bike ride! With so many people going on bike rides during the pandemic, it’s become a popular hobby and a fun way to exercise. While cycling has many benefits both physically and mentally, it’s important that you stay safe while riding your bike. We will go through what the law says about cycling, how to keep yourself and others safe, while also looking at how to keep your bike secure.

 

Cycling and the Law

As a cyclist it’s important to be road safe and follow the laws around cycling and the advice given by the Government on how to cycle safely.

Currently there are over 20 laws on cycling on the road, including laws for general regulations, road junctions, roundabouts and crossing the road. This includes information on light’s, cycle lanes, pavement safety, safe clothing, traffic lights, road positioning, junctions, turnings, and crossings.

In 2022 the new Highway Code was released which changes the hierarchy of the road, placing pedestrians, cyclists and horse riders above any vehicles. This gives them greater authority on the road minimising the risk on the road to those more vulnerable.

Have a read through what is and isn’t legal and what are the important rules to follow to make sure your safety knowledge is up to scratch.

 

Know Your Turn Signals

To Turn Left:

Extend your left arm out to the side well before you intend to turn. Slowly begin to break and then make your turn.

To Turn Right:

Extend your right arm out to the side well before you intend to turn. Slowly begin to break and stop if it is not safe to turn. Ensure that there is no oncoming traffic and safely take your turn.

To Stop:

Extend either arm downward in an upside down ‘L’ position and come to a stop. Ensure that there is sufficient time between when you make the signal and when you come to a stop.

 

Check Your Equipment

Ensure That Your Seat Is Adjusted to The Proper Height and Locked in Place

The very tops of your toes should be able to reach the ground whilst on the bike, but you should not be able to place both feet on the ground at the same time. If you can do this, then your bike seat is too low.

Check The Tyres Are Inflated

Your tyres should be fully rounded with no punctures or holes. You’ll be able to tell if your tyre has been punched from a wheezing sound that is made when the tyres are inflated or if your tyres seem to deflate very quickly.

Ensure You Have Installed Reflectors at The Front and Rear of Your Bike

This will increase your visibility which is especially important at night and dusk where there is very little light. For extra safety, you can install reflectors on the pedals and spokes. However, most new bikes come with reflectors on all 4 points.

Add A Horn or A Bell

If you ever are riding in car populated areas, install a horn or a bell to be able to make people aware of you. Much like a car horn, you can alert people to your presence if you have not been seen.

Make Sure Your Breaks Are Working

Perform a brake test before every journey to ensure that your breaks are working. Spin your front wheel to a reasonable speed and then grasp the breaks and measure how fast the wheel stops spinning. It should stop almost instantly, if not you might need to get your breaks check by a professional.

 

What Should I Wear When Riding a Bike?

Ultimately, your clothing should be both comfortable and practical which will keep you safe and increase your visibility to other road users.

Bright Colours

Wear bright and fluorescent clothing to increase your visibility; this will keep you safe as drivers will be able to see you better which will decrease the chances of an accident. Try to avoid dark clothing, especially at night, but if you must, we recommend having a florescent jacket on hand to make sure you stay safe.

Tight Clothing

Don’t wear loose fitting trousers or long skirts. Wearing clothing that is loose fitting can increase the chances that it will get caught in the gears and chain of the bike causing an accident. We suggest wearing tighter fitting trousers such as jeans or leggings that would allow the best movement and minimise chances of getting caught.

Safe Shoes

Choose shoes that will grip the pedals. Shoes such as heels, sandals, flip flops, and cleated shoes will not give you sufficient grip on your bike pedals which could cause harm to you and other road users if you lose grip. Trainers are great for bike riding.

 

Wear A Helmet!

A bike helmet is the best thing you can wear to protect yourself when cycling. You are not required by law to wear one, however there are many reasons why you should wear one. They will help protect your head and brain. The risk when cycling is that you may come off your bike, this can happen for several reasons and can range in severity. In some cases, a helmet may help to prevent you getting a serious injury.

This seems like a straightforward point but surprisingly there are many things you must remember when either buying or wearing a helmet.

  • Make sure it fits snugly on your head by adjusting the sizing pads or fit ring. It should not wobble when you move your head

  • Position the helmet level on your head, it should be around about one to two fingers width above the eyebrow, so it sits covering the forehead and not tipped back

  • Adjust the side straps so they can form a V shape in either side of your ears with the buckle centred under your chin. The strap should be tight enough that only one or two fingers can fit between the chin and the strap

  • Ensure that it is well vented to stop you from overheating

Bell Avenue MIPS Road Helmet

£53 from Amazon

This helmet is easy to adjust and works very well. The helmet is made of polycarbonate and features 18 vents, which helps to keep your head cool, while cycling. It also features reflective strips on the outside, to help you be visible. It is slightly heavier than most helmets, weighing 310g, but is a good price and works well to protect you.

Specialized S-Works Evade II ANGi MIPS Road Cycling Helmet

£199.99 from Tredz

This helmet is super comfy and well ventilated; it also boasts a sleek, aerodynamic design. The ANGi technology is basically a posh crash sensor. It sits in the helmet and if it detects an impact that is powerful enough to incapacitate you, then it turns your mobile phone into a beacon. A countdown will start on the app and if you do not stop it before it reaches 0 then a designated emergency contact will be sent a message with your last know coordinates. This feature is great for those who cycle off road and in remote locations. It’s not the cheapest on the list, but you get what you pay for.

Bontrager Circuit Wavecel Road Bike Helmet

£134.99 from Trekbikes

This helmet is a good all-rounder, suitable for on and off-road cyclists at any level of skill. It’s a neat, compact helmet that stands out from other with its distinctive shape. It’s well ventilated and boasts a Boa dial retention system.

 

Bike Locks

These days, bikes are not cheap whether you have a road bike, mountain bike or a child’s bike, you want to protect it. You must lock your bike up whenever it is unattended, in public or even in a garage or outbuilding. Make sure to check the Sold Secure rating of the lock that you buy, to ensure you are giving your bike the best security.

Abus Granit X-Plus 540

£100 from Halfords

Sold Secure: Diamond

The Abus Granit doesn’t have any frills or fancy features; it purely focuses on being the strongest lock out there. It has a super hard square shackle which reduces the effectiveness of any jaw cutting tool that might be used to break it. A bonus is that even if a thief does manage to cut it, its square shape prevents it from being twisted and removed. This means a thief would have to cut it twice to remove it, this would take them more time and hopefully someone would notice what they were doing. It’s quite expensive, but not as expensive as buying a new bike if yours is stolen.

Kryptonite Fahgettaboudit Mini

£88.99 from Bikeparts

Sold Secure: Gold

This D lock is a great lock for your bike, specifically designed for urban use. Kryptonite is so confident in their locks that if your bike is stolen while secured with their lock then they will give you £2,500 towards a new bike. It’s on the smaller side, but it uses this to its advantage, the narrow width makes the lock even tougher to break. It is also one of the heaviest locks on the market. This 18mm Gold standard U lock specs should reassure you of its durability and effectiveness.

Onguard Pitbull Dt Shackle U-Lock Plus Cable

£33.99 from Tredz

Sold Secure: Gold

If you are looking for a bike lock that’s not expensive, but still very secure, then look no further than this Onguard Pitbull. It has full Sold Secure rating but is half the price of its competitors. It’s relatively light at 1.77kg and has a nifty light feature that will help you unlock it in the dark. The U bar is covered in a vinyl that protects your frame and wheels from scratches.

How to Get a Car Key Replacement

Whether you have lost your keys, had them stolen, or they have broken, you may not know how to get a car key replacement. There are various ways to purchase a replacement car key, all of which vary in price, technique and time to complete. Depending on what situation you find yourself in, different options might work best for you.

 

Fast and the Least Expensive

If you are in a hurry or want your car key replaced as quickly as possible then calling an auto Locksmith might be the best option for you.

An auto Locksmith is specially trained and owns the right equipment to replace all types of keys for most vehicle manufacturers and models. The benefit of an auto Locksmith, is that they are mobile and can come to you, depending on how busy they are, they may be able to be with you within the hour.

It’s more than likely someone who advertises themselves as an auto Locksmith will carry the equipment that reprograms car keys and should be able to reprogram keys for all makes and models of vehicles. An auto locksmith should be able to complete the job in one visit as they are well stocked with the relevant equipment and blank eye. They will also be able to disable keys that no longer work.

 

Least Upfront Cost

If you want to get your hands on replacement car keys without having to pay upfront, then you may want to go through your car insurance provider. Not all car insurance policies cover replacement car keys, so you will need to check with your provider. It’s worth remembering that you may not pay up front, put if you do claim on insurance, it’s likely to increase the cost of your policy on your next renewal and may affect your no claims bonus.

Some insurance providers give you an add on of ‘Car Key Cover’ which you will usually pay for as extra alongside your standard policy. This could be a good way to safeguard yourself from a big bill if you need to replace your car keys.

 

It’s The Middle of The Night

If you find yourself without your keys in the small hours of the morning, the choice of auto Locksmiths may be minimal. If you struggle to find one, then you may have to call a breakdown service such as the RAC or AA. However, they might not be able to replace all types of keys as it will depend on what kind of equipment they have in their roadside vans.

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This is likely to be a slow option, as they will be dealing with several breakdowns and if you are in a safe place, you will not be top of the list. It’s also worth noting that a lot of breakdown services use auto Locksmiths, so, if possible, it’s easier just to go with an auto locksmith.

 

You Want a Genuine Branded Key

It could be that your Mercedes or BMW is your pride and joy, and you want to have a key that is fully branded and authentic from the manufacture. To do this you would have to find and go to a local franchised dealership.

This is a very expensive option but is probably the only to get a key with your car’s logo on it. It’s also a very lengthy way of getting a replacement key, as the dealership will have to send away for a blank key that might take a long time to arrive. It’s likely that a dealership, won’t have the equipment to reprogram a car key on site, so its quite possible that they themselves will call an auto Locksmith to do the work. If you’re not fussed about having a branded key, then it will be easier to go directly to an auto Locksmith.

 

How To Get a Replacement Car Key?

As you’ve probably gathered the fastest, easiest, and cheapest way to get a replacement car key is through an auto Locksmith. Replacing your car key won’t come cheap, but there are ways to keep the costs down and going directly to an auto locksmith is one of them. To find out more about our auto Locksmiths, visit out auto locksmiths’ page.

What is Car Key Programming?

If you have lost or misplaced your car keys, many people think they need to go to their car manufacturer to get a new key. Whilst this is a good option, it can be expensive and take a while. This is where the efficiency of car key programming comes in. Rather than waiting for hours or even days when you are in an emergency situation, you could get instant results through a reprogrammed key!

In this blog we will discuss all about car key programming to help you know where and when to look for a car key programming specialist!

 

What is Car Key Programming?

Car key programming is where a blank car key is programmed to work with the unique settings of a single car.  Often, you’ll need a car key programmed if you lose or break a car key.

 

How Does Car Key Programming Work?

Do all cars work like this?

Car keys work by transmitting a code to a receiver, in this case the transmitter is your key and receiver is your car. Once they are synchronized, you can quickly open your vehicle’s doors through clicking a button on your key. However, if your keys get broken or damaged it can stop this synchronization and stop your key from working.

Car key programming works by synchronising a car key to your car, where it transmits a code to the onboard computer system to unlock the door.

 

Who Can Help You with Car Key Programming?

There are a few options if you are looking to get a car key programmed, most notably a car dealership, your car manufacturer, and an auto Locksmith.

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Car Dealership

If you bought your car through a dealership you could go through them to get a car key programmed. Whilst this might be a good option in theory, often they won’t be able to help in emergency situations and it can be very expensive.

This can be a lengthy option as the car dealership will often send off for a blank key and often won’t have the right equipment on site to complete the job there and then.

 

Car Manufacturer

If you want a specifically branded key, going to your car manufacturer is another option. Much like going to a dealership, they most likely will be able to provide you will car key programming services, but this is often lengthy and can be quite expensive.

 

An Auto Locksmith

We always recommend looking for a local auto Locksmith to assist you with car key programming. In the majority of cases where car key programming is needed, an auto Locksmith will be able to provide you with a quicker service and often on the same day.

Auto Locksmiths will usually carry around all of the equipment need to program car keys in their Locksmiths vans, so usually will visit you wherever you are to offer the services. Saving you time and money and getting you on the road again in no time!

Another reason why calling out an auto Locksmith when you need a car key programmed is that the issue with your car key might be a separate issue all together rather than an issue with the transmitter. An auto Locksmith will not only be able to reprogram a car key, but also help with general car key replacement services and any other issues you might be having with your car locks!

 

How Long does it take to program a car key?

Depending on how fast or slow your auto Locksmith is, the average spent time on programming a car key is 15-30 minutes. However, sometimes it could take longer, and this is a case of an auto specialist going through the whole process of cutting the mechanical spare key. This could take longer than hour most of the time.

Having to handle it yourself will certainly take much longer that auto specialist’s work. Consider ll the DIY guides you will have to waste time on. So, if time is your top concern for programming a car key, it is always best to contact a local auto specialist!

 

How Much Does a Car Key Programming Cost?

The cost to program a car key depends on several factors. The following are some things to consider as they will affect the cost of car key programming.

  1. Model of vehicle

  2. Location and time of the day – the more inconvenient the time or location is, the higher you can expect to pay.

  3. Type of car key

  4. Who do you call out for key programming – car dealers, manufacturers, and locksmiths will all have different pricing!

However, on an average scale, car key programming is estimated to cost from £50 to £200.

 

To conclude, as infuriating as it is to lose or break your car key, you can easily get a car key programmed with an auto Locksmith!

 

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What Causes a Car Door Lock to Malfunction?

Car door lock problems is one of the most common experiences people go through. Whilst there could be several reasons for a car door malfunction, we take you through some common reasons and what you can do to get everything work again properly. Read through our blog below!

 

Key Fob Issues

Faulty key fobs are one of the most common reasons why your car door can stop working and it’s worth noting that it is a little bit more complicated than the process of just replacing your dead car batteries with newer ones.

Car key fobs operate with batteries and like any other battery-operated device, batteries are prone to wear and tear.  Once the battery dies, the fob chip will lose power and stop working, which means you won’t be able to open or close your car door!

 

How Can I Solve This?

Whilst most key fobs also have a manual key attached, it’s always a good idea to get your key fob battery replaced. If you don’t have a manual key attached to your fob it’s worth making sure you have a backup battery and get a manual spare car key created (if possible).

 

Weather Conditions

Extremely cold weather is known to cause any door, whether car or home, to malfunction. This happens due to ice sticking to your car door surroundings and handle, making it very sticky and hard to be opened or closed. What you can do in this case is to pour some warm water but NEVER boiling around the frozen part to help melt the ice around your door or handle. Once opened, make sure you dry any wet parts from the water you have poured so you can avoid more ice formed.

 

Can Auto Locksmiths Help in Car Lock Issues?

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The simple answer is, yes! An Auto Locksmith can assist with any vehicle lock mechanism issues, which could include a damaged or broken car lock, a lock that is jammed and won’t open, a car key that is stuck in the ignition, or even if you have lost your car keys. Auto Locksmiths can also assist you with most other vehicle types where you may have a lock-related problem.

Why they are efficient is also their fast response. Most Auto Locksmiths in the UK will have an emergency response to help you out!

 

To conclude, whatever your issues are with your car door lock, you’ll want to get them resolved as soon as possible. Simply determining what is wrong is a vital first step, and whilst you may have the knowledge on what to do when facing a car lock malfunction, we always suggest calling out an auto Locksmith or specialist to help you in case it needs a deeper understanding in car devices and eventually get everything working again properly!

How Not to Lose Your Keys in 2022

Losing your keys is one of the last things that you want to happen in everyday life; you might be locked out of your car, running late to an appointment or caught out in the rain, which undoubtedly, would have a negative impact on your day. However, there is a silver lining to this situation, as like most things it can be avoided. Make sure you never lose your car keys again through some nifty gadgets and helpful tips below!

If you have lost your house keys and are in need of a locksmith, we can help. 

If your car keys are lost stolen or damaged we can get an auto locksmith to you.

Can keys be tracked?

Most key fobs do not hold within them the technology to track them; however you can get some great gadgets that will allow you to track your keys. These devices can often be attached to your key ring and be activated and tracked through an app on your phone.

 

Is there an app to find lost keys?

Some tracking devices, such as the Amazon Tile work with an app on your phone that will allow you to locate the most recent location that your valuable has been pinpointed in and if in range will allow you to send a push to sound an alarm on the device attached to your valuable. Make sure you never lose your keys again with Tile!

 

What is the best tracking device for keys?

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Our top pick for a key finder device is the Amazon Tile.

This nifty gadget can attach to just about anything; your key ring, your backpack and even your purse! Using the smartphone app, you can locate any nearby valuable that you might have misplaced by the Tile Mate playing a loud tune to help you find it one prompted.

But what if your missing valuable is out of range? Have no fear, the Tile Mate tracked and pinpoints previous locations so you will be able to see where it was last pinpointed, but it doesn’t stop there. Through the extensive Tile community you can report an item missing on the app and if it is close to one of the over 5 Million Tile users can report its location to help you find it. Likewise, should you lose your phone, simply double tap the Tile button on any Tile device to make your phone ring, even on silent.

However, what is probably the best feature is that it is compatible with Alexa, so should you lose your keys down the back of the sofa, you can simple ask Alexa to find your keys activating the loud tune from your Tile device.

With 3 ways of securing your valuables, through adhesive dots; allowing even items such as your camera to be secure, the thread Tiles; which can threaded onto just about anything, or the slimline card version; allowing for it to be discreetly slid into your purse or wallet, whatever possession you would like secure there is a version that will fit you!

Buy the Essentials Combo on Amazon for £67.99, which includes 2x Adhesive Tiles, 1x Thread Tile and a Slimline Tile.

 

What is the best budget tracking device for keys?

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If you don’t want to spend quite as much for the Amazon Tile but still want all of the great features then the TrackR Pixel is a very agreeable second.

With many of the same features as the Amazon Tile with the added bonus of being able to see the last several places that were identified and not just the last one, giving you more options to search should you lose something out and about. Another great feature of this device is the light up LED alongside the activated sound; this means that you’ll be able to find your keys in a flash.

For the more than affordable price of £17.99 from Amazon, will provide you with 3 tracking devices in 3 different colours.

 

Best Alternative Tracking Device

Chipolo One has a history of producing trackers with very loud alarms; this makes it easier to find anything you have lost. It has a reasonable range of 40-50 feet and a nifty feature is that it will buzz if you go out of range of your keys (phone/wallet), meaning it will prevent you from leaving them anywhere. Unlike the Tile these extra features are included in the price, so there are no extra fees. The Chipolo One is best used when looking for your keys in your home and at £21 it’s a cheaper alternative to the Tile.

 

Most Stylish Key Finder

The Orbit Key Finder has a stunning brushed aluminium finish and you can choose from 12 colours making it a great choice for those looking to keep their keyring stylish. It does alert you if you stray too far from your keys, but the range isn’t great. Once you lose the connection with your phone app, it’s very hard to re-establish, so if you are looking for your keys in a hurry, that will be a hindrance. You can replace the battery, but you will need a plastic tool that comes with the Orbit to swap out the battery, unlike the Tile, which you just slide the back off to access.

5 Top Tips on How Not to Lose your Keys

 

1. Give your Keys a Home

Setting aside a set place for your keys will help to stop misplacing them when at home. A bowl or a set of hooks on the wall are easy places that you can throw your keys on when you get home. So when you get that sudden rush of panic ‘where are my keys’, you know that you would have put them in their designated space.

However, do keep in mind this space should be kept away from any windows to avoid ‘key fishing’, from burglars who may notice them when walking by.

 

2. Make Them Glow

Specialist luminescent paint will make anything you paint glow in the dark! Try painting one of your own keys, so if you’re searching in the dark you can easily spot them, with the added benefit that you can easily identify them in the day as well.  

If you rent a property, make sure that you don’t paint a key that isn’t yours as your landlord might not take kindly to painting their key, in this case try painting a bike lock key or another item on your key ring.

 

3. Big, Bold Keyrings

Decorative keyrings can be your best friend as they can make your keys easier to find at the bottom of your bag or when searching around the house, but they also make them easily identifiable. If you were to lose your keys, you could speak to someone of authority in the area you have lost them. Talk to a police officer or a shop manager, and enquire as to whether a set of keys has been handed in. If they have you can easily describe and identify them as yours by the unique and bold key rings you have. Click here for top reviewed keyrings you can’t lose!

 

4. Carry them in Secure Pockets

The most common way that your keys are stolen is through open pockets and bags. An expert thief would be able to grab something from your pocket or bag without you knowing in seconds. To prevent this make sure you put your keys in a pocket that is closed by a popper or zip and keys that are in your bags should be in an internal zipped compartment. This will reduce your risk of losing your keys through pick-pocketing.

 

5. Invest in a Bluetooth Key Finder

Unfortunately we are all bound to lose our keys at one point or another, however by investing in one of the products we have listed or even another one you have found that’s right for you can save you stress and time.

These products can help you find your keys faster and with more ease than ever before, so if you did lose your keys you’d be thankful you invested in a finder.

 

One of the most common and aggravating mishaps is simply losing your keys. Key loss can happen due to different reasons not just them being stolen, misplacing your keys or accidentally dropping them under your couch could all result in key loss. It’s even considered as one of the most common lost objects between people. Therefore, don’t panic and waste time blaming yourself and follow the steps provided above to avoid losing your keys again!

Ready for a blissful Easter 2022 holiday? Be egg-stra safe with your home security!

You may be deciding where to go on holiday over Easter 2022, or what the best place to visit with your family over the Easter weekend might be. This is the time where many people go away for a break, but it can also be an opportunity for burglars to try and break in.

Whether you’re hopping on a plane with your family or are going to hang out with your chicks, there’s no egg-cuses for not protecting your home whilst you are away. Here are the best ways to protect your home when you’re away this Easter holiday.

Check out our Ultimate Home Security Guide to get ideas on how to improve your home security, and check out our holiday checklist before you go!

 

Lock Your Home Up

Before hopping away from your home, make sure that you’ve locked up correctly. Most burglars look for an easy way in, so if a window or door is left open they will exploit this and can use it to enter. So, make sure all windows on every floor are closed and locked, and your front, back, garage and conservatory doors are all locked shut too, double locking if you’re able. You can also check out smart locks as an option to add to your home security system.

Think about if your locks need changing or upgrading before you go away. These are the top signs that your locks might need replacing. Not sure what you’re looking for? Find your local locksmith and get them to check your locks for you.

 

Set your Burglar Alarm System

Having a burglar alarm system will give your home an extra layer of protection. When you leave for your holiday to visit the Easter bunny, make sure you set your burglar alarm and keep it turned on. Whether it’s a smart device that alerts your phone or just one that makes a loud sound when your home is broken into, it helps to deter a burglar from your home as they won’t want to be caught out.

If you’re thinking about adding an alarm system to your home security, then have a look at the best burglar alarm options. Have you thought about adding indoor or outdoor security cameras as well?

 

Draw Your Curtains

If you’re deciding whether to leave your curtain open or closed, it’s best to close them on your break away. A burglar won’t be able to see any of your valuables or Easter decorations that you may have up and most importantly they won’t be able to see if someone is home or not.

If you have lights and a radio on a timer, then set them to turn on and off so it appears like someone is home. You can also ask a friend or a neighbour to come and open and close your curtains for you.

Wondering what other smart devices you can get that makes it seem that you’re at home? Find more smart devices ideas here. Read about our window security to get some extra tip and tricks as well.

 

Leave Your Car on the Drive

Having a car on the drive helps to deter burglars as it looks like somebody’s home, so they are less likely to choose your house. Try leaving your car at home if you’re going away or ask a neighbour to park in your drive, even if for a few hours every day.

If you’re worried about leaving your car whilst away, ask a friend or neighbour to keep an eye on it.

 

Be Friendly with a Neighbour

As we’ve already recommended, it can be useful to ask a neighbour to help you out. By giving a neighbour or friend you trust a key, they can keep an eye on the home and make sure it stays secure.

You can ask them to bring your bins in, collect your post, keep your plants cut back and go in at night to turn the lights on and off. You could also ask them to park on your drive whilst your away. By doing this it looks like someone is home, making it less likely that a burglar will want to target your home.

 

Install Security Cameras

Another way to keep an ‘eye’ on your home whilst your away is to get security cameras. You can get a smart security system so you can look through your cameras on your phone, and you’ll be able to access it anywhere. Have a look at the best rated blink security cameras before you book your trip away.

 

Don’t Share Your Plans

No matter how egg-xtravagant your Easter Sunday plans are, try to avoid sharing them on social media such as Facebook, Instagram or Twitter until they are over. Sharing with trustworthy friends and family is fine but making it public can make your home a bigger target to burglary.

In nearly a quarter of burglaries that occur the offender knows the victim well, so make sure you trust the people that you tell about your holiday.

 

Hold Your Post

The Royal Mail post-office have a Keepsafe® service that you can apply for, so you don’t let your mail pile up whilst your away. From 10 days to 100 days, they will keep your post safe until you get home. Also make sure you don’t do any other online shopping so no extra parcels come and get left on your doorstep. This will help prevent post from piling up and informing an intruder that your home is empty.

Easter eggs with cartoon bunny ears

So, whether you’re going on a week or a weekend away, don’t make it easy for a burglar to get in your home and steal your Easter eggs. Home security is key to reducing the risk of burglars, always think about what you are doing to keep your house safe whilst your away. Have you thought about updating your home security?

Keep your home and your valuable safe and have a happy Easter!