One of the most common reasons people call a local Locksmith is because they have lost their keys or their keys have been stolen. Having lost keys can be a stressful time and it can be a struggle to think about what your next step to take should be, but there are some essential things that need to be done and thought about to ensure your safety and the safety of your belongings.
We here at Keytek® Locksmiths offer a wide range of services for when you have lost your keys or when you think your keys might have been stolen. Everything from lock changing, extra security products and even a free home security check whilst on site, our local emergency Locksmiths have the expertise and know how to ensure your home stays secure!
Lost or Stolen House Keys
If you have lost your keys, or in the unfortunate scenario where they have been stolen, you need to think about changing your locks. When you lose your keys, you can never quite be sure who might have them or what their intentions might be, and most people aren’t aware that in many cases if someone gains entry to your home through a door with a key, your home insurance may be invalidated. You might have just lost them at work, whilst out shopping or just visiting a friend, but you can never be sure. Whenever a lost key situation arises the most important factor to remember is security.
We here at Keytek® Locksmiths offer a 1 hour emergency Locksmith response* for those who have lost their key and need their locks changed. Our fully stocked van ensures that where possible we complete the job in a single visit and once completed, we can complete at free onsite security check to ensure your home is secure as possible. Our expertise also allows us to check whether your locks are up to insurance standards to help protect your home should the worse happen!
Locks a Locksmith Can Change When You’ve Lost the Key
- Standard Euro Cylinders
- High Security Euro Cylinders
- Rim Cylinders
- 2 & 3 Lever Mortice Locks
- 5 Lever Mortice Locks
- Traditional Nightlatches
- Double Locking Nightlatches
- British Standard Nightlatches
and much more! If you have lost your house keys and need your locks replaced then give us a call on 0808 164 2928 where we would be more than happy to help!
What Do You Do When You Lose Your Keys?
1. Notify the Police
Firstly, you should notify your local Police Authority or Neighbourhood Watch group that your keys have been misplaced or stolen. Describe any notable features i.e., a particular key ring, so if they are handed in it may help to make a recovery easier.
Don’t call 999 to notify the police unless you are in immediate danger, call the non-emergency line 101 unless you believe the intruder to still be in the house.
2. Get Your Locks Change
Secondly, call out your local Locksmith to get your locks changed, as unfortunately you can never be sure of who might have taken then or picked them up. To ensure that your home is secured, it’s always better to be safe than sorry.
3. Call Your Insurance Provider
Lastly, contact your insurance provider to tell them that your locks have changed. This helps to keep your insurance policy up to date and valid. Insurance companies will sometimes have minimum security requirements on the type of locks you have, therefore it is always important to keep your insurance provider informed and understand the requirements of your policy.
For more guidance on insurance read, Keytek’s Guide to Insurance.
How Do I Replace a Lost Door Key?
There are a few ways to replace a lost door key, the one that we as your local security experts highly suggest is to change the lock. This ensures that your home is secured against anyone who might have picked up your lost keys, but also helps to ensure that your home insurance policy is up to date and remains valid.
Your other options include getting a key cut from a picture, key code, key impression or dismantling the lock. We go into more detail below (anchor to further down the page) about these processes but ultimately, we would advise against these methods as most of them require more expertise, are more expensive, and potentially don’t secure your home from people that might have picked up your missing keys.
Lost Keys for a uPVC Door
If you have lost your keys and are locked out of your home, a Keytek® Locksmith can help you get back into your home and replace the cylinder to ensure you home stays safe.
Using their expertise to ensure that you are back in as soon as possible in ways that don’t cause damage to your door, our expert local Locksmiths can help you gain entry and then can replace your cylinder to ensure that any lost keys are rendered useless.
Whilst we are on site, we encourage to take advantage of our expertise and ask for a free onsite home security check where we can ensure that your locks are up to scratch, meet insurance policy requirements and offer bespoke security solutions for your home!
I’ve Lost My Only Set of House Keys
If you have lost your only set of keys, you’ll need to get the locks replaced to ensure your home is secured. When you change a lock, the new lock should come with at least 2 new keys but we would suggest having some spares cut just in case. Read about why you need spare keys here!
What Was Attached to Your Lost Keys?
As it’s unlikely that you’ll just lose a single key, you’re more likely to have lost multiple keys as they were probably all on a key ring. You’ll need to think about what else was on your keyring and if there is anything that could identify you or another person.
This could include a key or access fob to your workplace, a neighbour’s key, your car key, or the key to your garage or outbuilding. You’ll need to inform any person that may be affected by the loss or theft of your keys, as they might also need to take steps to secure their homes also.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace the Lock on a Door?
To change a standard cylinder on a uPVC door you can expect to pay £125 upwards.
For all lock changes, you can expect to pay an hourly labour rate and the cost of the parts. Depending on the situation, type of door and lock needed, multiple locks can be changed easily within an hour, so if you need multiple door locks replaced, this can easily and quickly be done by an expert Keytek® Locksmith.
Check With Your Insurance If You Have Lost Keys
Some insurance policies, whether home or vehicle, cover key loss and theft. This can be in the form of paying for a replacement to be made or covering the cost to gain entry. It’s always beneficial to check with your insurance if you have lost your keys to know what your options are.
However, you should always also check whether this will affect your no-claims, although it might be more costly to find a solution yourself to might be more cost effective in the long-run.
For further advice about home and car insurance, please visit our Guide to Insurance.
Lost or Stolen Car Keys
If you lose your car keys, you’ll need the services of an Auto Locksmith. These specially trained Locksmiths are able to cut new spare car keys and can reprogram your car so that the lost or stolen keys can no longer be used. Auto Locksmiths are often mobile, so they can come to you ensuring that the process is as easy as possible for you.
To ensure that Locksmiths are helping the rightful owners of the car, they will ask for proof that you are the titled owner of the car. You can provide this evidence by providing the V5 document, the VIN number, and some proof of your own identity like a driving license or passport.
Getting Replacement Car Keys
When you need a replacement car key there are a few options that you have to get one:
1. Call an Auto Locksmith
This is often the quickest and most cost effective way of getting a replacement car key as they come to you equipped with all of the tools needed to replace a car key. They will often carry a variety of car key blanks so they can cut a new key for you from a spare at your home.
Some auto Locksmiths even offer programming for transponder type keys.
2. Go Through Your Car Insurance
Some policies will cover replacement car keys depending on the scenario in which you need them. For example, it might be covered if it was stolen but not if it has broken or stopped working.
It’s always worth to check with your car insurance whether getting replacement car keys is something they can assist with, however do keep in mind that this could affect your no claims discount and be more expensive in the long run!
3. Go to Your Local Car Dealership
A car dealership may be able to provide you with a new key by ordering one or cutting one onsite if they have the capabilities. Whilst still an option for getting a replacement car key, keep in mind that ordering one could take an extended period of time and could be quite costly.
Can You Replace a Lost Car Key Without a Spare?
Yes. There are a two main ways that you can do this, either through an auto Locksmith or through your car dealership.
Going to a specialist auto Locksmith is often the more cost effective and easier option as most auto Locksmiths are mobile and will come out to you. Auto Locksmiths can reprogram a cars locking system to render the lost key useless and then can reprogramed and cut a new key as well. The only issue that can occur from using an auto Locksmith is that depending on the age and model of the car they may not be able to reconfigure the door locks to exclude a lost manual key.
A cars dealership although offer the same services, are often more expensive and can take longer.
How Much Does It Cost to Replace Car Keys?
The cost to replace a lost car key can vary, depending on the vehicle model and the type of key. Newer cars keys can be more complicated to replace and therefore can take longer and require more specialist equipment.
Lost or Stolen Garage Key
Like with lost house keys, its best to replace the locks of the keys that have been stolen or lost. This is especially true if you keep valuable items, such as expensive bikes or power tools in these out buildings.
Can You Replace a Garage Door Key?
If you have lost your garage door key, this can easily be replaced by an expert Locksmith. An expert will be able to cut a new key for your garage lock, however we would strongly suggest that for security reasons you replace the lock to ensure that the items which are stored in your garage are secured.
Lost or Stolen Shed Door Keys
Often a shed is used as a storage space for your lawnmower, power tools and even garden furniture so when a key is lost or stolen, it can be just as important then if you were to lose your house keys. We offer a range of services on shed door locks, and if you lose your keys we can not only open your shed but replace the lock as well.
How Do You Open a Shed Door Without a Key?
If the keys to your shed have been lost or stolen, an expert Locksmith can usually open the shed without damage. They can do this through picking the lock, bumping the lock or in extreme cases drilling out the lock, depending on what lock you have. If you have secured your shed with a padlock in most cases a Locksmith would just cut with off.
What Should I Do if I Have Lost the Keys to my Shed?
If you have lost the keys to your shed, the first thing you should do is call out a Locksmith to change the locks. Not only would they be able to open the lock so that you can gain access to your shed but can also change the locks to ensure that your valuables are secured.
Yes. Whether you have lost keys, or they have been stolen, the most important thing to consider is security. You never know who might have your misplaced keys and what their intentions might be, therefore changing your locks not only ensures that your home is secured but that no on can enter your home with a key – which could actually invalidate your insurance.
For whatever reason you have changed your locks, you will need to tell your insurance provider as it may invalidate your insurance otherwise. Your insurance will have a set of requirements that may include minimum safety requirements for your locks; if a future incident occurs such as a break and you wish to make a claim, by not meeting the listing requirement you can run the risk of not having valid insurance.
There are many different ways that a trained Locksmith can cut a key without needing the original, with the most common, cutting the key from a code, key impression or through disassembling the lock.
One of the easiest ways that a replacement key can be made is through cutting the key to code. The key code is the one that is used in manufacturing to fashion to right key for the lock from a blank key. With access to the key code, a Locksmith can very easily cut you a new key, but this is dependent on the Locksmith gaining the key code.
Another way, a key can be cut is through a lock impression. This is through a process of inserting a blank key into the lock to gain the impressions of where the key will need to be cut to fit the pins. However, this is a very difficult process to learn and should always be carried out by a trained, professional Locksmith.
Disassembling the lock is often the last resort as the lock will be dissembled for the Locksmith to try and reverse the engineer the key from the alignment and height of the pins within the lock cylinder. An important aspect to remember about this method is that a Locksmith would most likely need to pick the lock beforehand to then dissemble it and would need to ensure that non-destructive methods are used to not damage any of the mechanisms. If the mechanism were damaged, it would most likely result in a new lock being needed.
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