Locked Out? Here’s the Key to Finding a Good Locksmith

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Worth a try: “Hello, this is your neighborhood locksmith. What’s that? You say you’re locked out of your house and you really need to get inside where all of your money is? Sure, we can help. What’s your address? The bank of what? I’m sorry, sir, we can’t help you.” (roarofthefour via Flickr)

You just ran into Target to get some socks for work, and you need to get them as soon as the store opens at 8 a.m. to be able to get to work by nine-ish. You fly from the orange Acura you got for a steal last fall, hustle into the somehow-trendy discount/department store hybrid, buy those foot covers and run back out to your auto feeling pretty good about yourself: You got two three-packs of black socks on sale. Good ones too.

Pfeww. That’s over with. You approach the car full of confidence and relief. Now it’s back to the grind and the stupid boss and …

“Oh, no … aww, %#@!”

You locked the friggin’ keys in the car! $#&!

It’s happened to me, it’s happened to you, and if not, odds are it will sometime in the future. I’m using the car example, but this can just as easily happen to you and your apartment in say, Chevy Chase or Springfield. Of course, if you lock yourself out of your apartment, you should check with your property manager or rental office first. It’s likely they’ll be able to let you in.

And yes, that’s happened to me too! Like the old saw goes, if my head wasn’t attached to my head …

Well, if you didn’t already know, getting a locksmith has gotten very expensive over the past decade. I know I paid more than $100 the last couple of times I’ve needed one. And what’s worse than having to call 411 and getting whatever numbers the operator gives you? In the days of smartphones, yes, such users have it easier.

This post will be for people with the old-style cell phone, or maybe even people with smartphones who are too lazy to look on Yelp.com. Or, egads, maybe for people out there who still don’t have a cell phone … or maybe for those who forgot theirs or locked it in their car or house. But how could this post possibly help those people?

Pens, business cards and someone else’s phone (or payphone/store phone). When newfangled technology fails, old standbys like paper and ink hold up quite well. Jot down the numbers listed below on the back of a business card and put them in your wallet or purse (and yes, given the nature of this post, for once I’ll be including actual phone numbers). You never really know when they’ll come in handy.

Of course, nothing’s preventing you from putting the numbers into your wondrous phone, either, or just taking the initiative and investigating the following six area locksmiths for yourself. Yelp.com readers rated them highly, so I’m assuming they’re good.

Here they are:

1.     Lock Doctor – Washington, D.C. – (202) 232-6806
Hours: 24/7
Rating: 4.5 stars

2.     Pop-A-Lock – Washington, D.C. – (202) 331-2929
Hours: 24/7
Rating: 4.5 stars

3.     Falls Church Lock & Key Service – Falls Church, Va. – (703) 553-5555
Hours: 24/7
Rating: 4.5 stars
This one also seems to double as Arlington Lock, Inc. Check out the catchy tune.

4.     Executive Lock & Key Service, Inc. – Alexandria, Va. – (703) 823-2000
Hours: 24/7
Rating: 4.5 stars

5.     Liberty Lock & Security, Inc. – Rockville, Md. – (301) 424-5625
Hours: 24/7
Rating: 5 stars

6.     Eagle Locksmith – College Park, Md. – 1 (855) 633-2453
Hours: 24/7
Rating: 5 stars

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Scott D

Scott D

Scott is a local writer and has been with the Apartment Showcase blog since its inception in 2010.

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  • I think this is a very common problem. But it could be dangerous, because the same incident has happened to me also. So it’s my request to all to keep a nearby locksmith’s phone number with you. Thanks for sharing such a good post.

  • Diana

    This is the most common problem that happens to all of us. Losing keys can be stressful, especially as you always seem to lose them at the most inconvenient moment. In that case you need a locksmith number very urgently. So thanks for sharing the locksmith details with phone number.