You’ve lost your Mailbox Key- What Now?
Let’s say you have misplaced the key to your locking mailbox. You have looked everywhere and you are pretty sure you dropped it somewhere where it is not likely to be found. What do you do? Instead of panicking, try to keep a cool head and relax.
Time to Search the Couch Cushions
If you have lost the key to your mailbox, you will need to try to find it. Of course, this was the first thing you tried. Think about the last time you used your mailbox key. Did you check the mailbox recently? Did you, perhaps, lock the key inside your mailbox? Believe it or not, that happens more often than people might think. If you have the type of mailbox lock that locks as soon as you close the door, your key might be locked securely inside.
However, if you have the kind of mailbox that only locks and unlocks by turning the key, then you at least know that your key is not inside your mailbox. It’s time to start looking everywhere you may have been with your key. Search behind everything in your home. Check all of the pockets of the clothes you might have been wearing the last time you had your mailbox key. And, although it sounds trite, search the couch cushions. You might not find your mailbox key, but you might find some other treasure thought to be long lost.
Call for Help to get an Open Mailbox
If your search turned out to be fruitless, you will still need to get into your mailbox so it’s time to call for help. A professional locksmith will be able to help you get into your mailbox. You should call a local locksmith and ask for a quote to for an open mailbox. When they arrive at your home, they will likely try to pick the lock first of all. If they are successful at picking your lock, you can see if your key is locked inside. If your key is not inside, you will need to decide what your next step will be.
While you have the locksmith at your home, you might want to go ahead and get your lock changed. He can replace your lock easily with a brand new lock. This means that you will receive a new key for your mailbox so your old key will no longer work. It’s a good idea to go ahead and get a copy of your key just to make sure you don’t have the same situation happen to you again in the future. You can keep a spare copy at your house in a safe area.