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Claim figures show 47% rise in locked-out motorists

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The number of people locking themselves out of their cars has increased by nearly 50 per cent compared to five years ago.

Keycare, a key recovery and assistance specialist, says that the rise in popularity of automatic locking systems has made it much easier for motorists to lock themselves out by accident. 

In 2015, Keycare handled 2,396 enquiries from people who had locked themselves out of their cars. This compares to a figure of 1,629 in 2010 – an increase of 47 per cent.  

David Robertson, chief executive of Keycare, said: “Locking yourself out of your car is much more common than a few years ago and can cause a huge amount of inconvenience and expense.

“Most motorists who call us have locked their car remotely and then accidentally left their keys in the boot or on the seat, before shutting the door.

“If you don’t have a spare, you need to remember that these vehicles now require new keys to be re-programmed to the car’s unique code, which only a specialised locksmith can do for you.  A replacement lock set can cost anything from a few hundred pounds up to in excess of £1,000 depending on the make and model.”

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  • Petrol Paul - 01/06/2016 13:58

    Yep easy done! I only opened my boot (not unlocked the whole car)using the remote control to get out a Hoover which I needed two hands to lift out. When I shut the boot I realised I'd put the keys down and the car was now locked. However it was not an expensive job to remedy, just a call to the wife to bring the spare keys to me. Fortuntely she was only 20 miles away so it was just the one box of milk tray.

  • bob the engineer - 01/06/2016 18:29

    I have become less prone to this since getting a car with keyless locking, as now after locking the front door of the house I automatically put the key in my trouser pocket then don't need it again until unlocking the house door at the end of work. Of course as senility advances the possibility of me returning home one day without my trousers increases!!!

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