(VIA ABC) In a scene that could be taken straight out of the Mission Impossible movies, a man in his mid-20’s was ready to rappel down the side of his apartment block after locking himself out of his apartment. Early Tuesday evening, police received a call about a suspicious man on top of an apartment block ready to jump. Once police arrived on the scene they could see the man attempting to count the number of floors and preparing to jump. Wasting no time, the police rushed to the apartment roof to discover what was going on. To their surprise, once of the roof, they witnessed the man with a rope tied around his waist, with the other end tied around a pole on top of the apartment building.
After some quick urging, police were able to get the man to back away from the building’s edge. Much to the police officers’ surprise, the reason that the man was attempting to jump from the roof was to rappel onto his balcony to re-enter his apartment. Fortunately police were able to get there before this Darwin man had a chance to try his plan in live action. By simply not wanting to pay for the services of a locksmith, the man was putting his life, and possibly the lives of others, in danger. The police did say, “to the man’s credit”, that he had decided that the stunt was too dangerous to pull off and likely would not have gone through with the action anyway.
Obviously there are much better options than trying to rappel down the side of a large apartment building, and calling a locksmith is chief among them. Darwin police Duty Superintendent Louise Jorgensen gave the following alternatives, “having a spare key or utilising the services of a locksmith would be a better idea in the future should he unfortunately lock his keys inside again”. While we highly recommend calling your local locksmith whenever you are locked out, there are certain security concerns that having extra spare keys can lead to. Leaving a key hidden outside of your residence is an easy way to give a potential thief access to your home. Thieves are aware of some of the common hiding spots for spare keys and could easily find your spare and access your home. Instead, leave your spare key with a trusted neighbor, or a nearby family member. Doing this will allow you to keep your home, business or apartment safe while also eliminating the chance you have to rappel down your apartment building. While Pronto Locksmiths does not offer services in the Northern Territory we hope that any residents in Brisbane or Gold Coast who are locked out decide to call our professional technician to complete their emergency locksmith service, rather than having to put themselves in danger. To learn ways to help protect yourself from being locked out, review our blog posts, or call to speak with our experienced locksmith.