I Have Locked Myself Out on Christmas Day! – Tips on What to Do
Fingers crossed you won’t find yourself locked out of your house on Christmas Day or New Year! I’m afraid it is possibly the worst time to need a locksmith to open a house door.
The Problem with Calling a Lockout Service Around the Christmas Holidays
Lockout Locksmith Availability on Christmas Day
Not all but most locksmiths will not be operating a full service on Christmas and New Year. I tend to only respond to extreme emergencies. There are of course some locksmiths who don’t celebrate Christmas and will be on call but generally the phones are much quieter on Christmas day with just a few emergency calls. There will be a point in the day where I will stop taking calls so that I can relax. Even locksmiths need a break at some point.
The picture below is me taking a break off duty, I don’t wear my uniform on Christmas Day but I do listen for calls up until a certain point.
Locksmith Cost Around the Christmas Holidays
Expect prices to be double the standard rate if you are locked out of your house and need to call a locksmith on Christmas Day or New Year. Many locksmiths may not cover the Christmas period and those who do will most likely charge a premium to come out. This post explains the cost of being locked out from a locksmiths perspective.
What I Would Say to Anyone Locked Out on Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve
If someone calls me on Christmas Day or New Year and says “I’ve locked myself out of my house”, the first thing I will say is, “Can you stay somewhere else for the night?”
Usually when I explain the cost implications people will try to think of someone they can stay with. However of course it is not always possible for everyone to do that. We will always try our very best to help.
Locked Out of My House on Christmas Day and Nowhere Else to Stay
You may have no other option but to call a locksmith to get you back into your house. If this is the case choose a trustworthy locksmith! There are too many dodgy locksmiths looking for an opportunity to take advantage of people who are vulnerable.
Top Tip: If You Are Locked Out of Your House Choose a Master Locksmiths Association Approved Locksmith. You can search by your postcode on the MLA website www.locksmiths.co.uk.
Sadly, there are many rogue locksmiths operating and taking advantage of people who are locked out and at their most vulnerable. I have a collection of stories about these unsavoury individuals and It’s not uncommon for customers to call me to clear up the mess left by a rip off locksmith.
How to Prevent Getting Locked Out on Christmas Day
Thanks to all those who have supported IKS Locksmiths in 2019. All your support of our family run locksmith business is very much valued and appreciated. From our valued customers to those who read our security blog, all types of support make a real difference to us. We look forward to finding out what 2020 has to bring.
Wishing you a very Happy Christmas and a Happy New Year from IKS Locksmiths.