Saturday night 9.30pm, I took a call from a distraught gentleman who had his bag and keys stolen from a locker at the gym. His wallet which was in his bag had his home and business address inside! I was with him in 40 minutes!
His home was in Mapperly Park and his business premises in Derby. I first of all started by making his home secure by changing front and back door locks, as well as a garage up and over door and side door. We then drove to his business address in Derby where I changed the front door lock, several internal locks, shutter locks and re-coded a digital safe. Because he also had his car key on his key ring and he was worried about someone with his address stealing his car, we drove to his parents house, left the car and I gave him a lift home. It was 1am by the time the job was completed.
A great job for a locksmith, but one we can learn a valuable lesson from. If he had not had all of his keys together on one bunch it would have not been such a huge problem, things like having your work and home keys separate, or keeping your garage keys in the kitchen draw can save money if you loose your keys.
In the end I had to change a 5 lever BSI sash lock, rim cylinder in a Yale, two Euro cylinders and a garage door lock. At his business I changed shutter locks and cut 20 extra keys, 5 lever BSI dead lock with 20 extra keys, four 3 lever internal locks with 20 extra keys each, 2 padlocks and re-coded a safe. The customer would also have the expense on Monday of changing the locks on his BMW.
Lucky for him he was a wealthy man, but for those of us who like to keep the size of our unexpected bills to a minimum we can certainly take a lesson from this experience. Having your address on a keyring or near your keys when they are left unattended should be avoided at all costs.