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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 2:12 pm    Post subject: Getting Locked Out Reply with quote

As a single person living on my own with no nearby relatives, I often think...what happens if I lose my keys, my wallet, my cell phone. I essentially have no identity at that point. I probably could not even recall the phone numbers of close friends who are somewhat nearby since I let the auto dialer handle that!

Case in point, if I want to go swimming at the fitness club. They have lockers that I can secure with my own combination lock. But what if someone can crack that lock, then I would be left not only with no identity, money or communications...but naked as well!

I keep thinking, what is the optimal strategy. I think, should I always leave my door unlocked. That way, at worse, I can always crawl back to where I live, and regroup, grab a credit card and clothes, etc. But the problem there is that then provides just too easy a target to anyone who might be going around "trying" doors, and I have the kind of luck where the first day I try it out, is the day they rob me. So I think, put a key somewhere, bury it in a known location. That too seems like it has one big vulnerability...what if someone sees me. At the point someone sees you, and recognizes you from your apartment, the key is no longer a backup, but an open invitation to theft.

When I go to the gym or on my bicycle, I think...should I bring, my keys, my wallet, my cell phone...one or more credit cards, just some cash...all of these or some combination. Each is fraught with issues. If I bring a single credit card, what if I use it and for some reason it fails...should I bring a backup? But then, if both are stolen, I will have no credit!

If I bring my car, and go to the gym, I lock my car key in the dressing room, essentially, and anyone who subverts my combo lock, then easily steals more car.

The one good thing about the gym is they use fingerprint id for entrance. I don't need any identity than that. In a perfect world, same thing for my apartment. I'd say for bank accounts as well...however, since we don't live in that perfect world, I bet no one wants to risk getting their thumbs sliced off for the sake of convenient security!
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 23, 2012 6:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like someone needs to purchase this book: The Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook. That is, if society coheres long enough to allow processing and delivery.


http://www.amazon.com/Worst-Case-Scenario-Survival-Handbook/dp/0811825558
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PostPosted: Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Alternatively:

Dirty Rock Hide-a-Key & Repositionable Warning Decal Set

http://www.amazon.com/Rock-Hide-a-Key-Warning-Decal-Set/dp/B0036C4TXI

Frog Key Hider

http://www.amazon.com/Furniture-Creations-39055-Frog-Hider/dp/B001AKTA2S

Sprinkler Head Hide-a-Key

http://www.amazon.com/Trademark-Tools-72-0338-Sprinkler-Hide/dp/B001ETR7CK


Perhaps the most reasonable is

Master Lock 5400D Select Access Key Storage Box

http://www.amazon.com/Master-Lock-5400D-Set-Your-Own-Combination/dp/B0002YP1VC/ref=sr_1_2?s=hi&ie=UTF8&qid=1351196657&sr=1-2&keywords=key+hide+combination

Although I hesitate because it seems like a "red flag" -- a visible draw to the apartment making it different from others.

Though this item (worthy of Jason Bourne) might be what I want:

Mini Safe

http://www.amazon.com/gp/customer-media/product-gallery/B0014EERFA/ref=cm_ciu_pdp_images_3?ie=UTF8&index=3&isremote=0
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 30, 2012 7:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I do however note that the WCSS book is on sale for a thrifty $1.99...Kindle edition, and I promptly purchased a copy. 2 bucks being a small price for protection against Armageddon. Though post apocalypse, I will have to figure a way to charge my "device" with materials such as coconuts and vines, ala the Professor.
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PostPosted: Wed Jun 26, 2013 6:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now this is exactly what I want!

Store Your Housekey In the Cloud And Cut Copies On Demand

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It's 11 pm on a Saturday and you've locked yourself out of your house. You'll have to call a locksmith. Then you'll wait for him or her to come to your place… and, if you're a New Yorker, you'll end up paying about $100 to get back into your house.

But what if you could go a 7-Eleven and get a whole new copy of your key for about $20, instead? A homegrown startup called KeyMe has just installed two kiosks in New York City 7-Elevens to do just that. Three more are coming this week, says the startup's founder, Greg Marsh. But don't first go to a kiosk when you're in trouble. You'll need to have the foresight to have had a copy of your key scanned digitally beforehand.


http://www.popsci.com/technology/article/2013-06/7-eleven-kiosks-store-your-housekey-cloud-cut-new-keys-demand#comment-170541

Of course even simpler would be to put a passcode entry doorlock on my apartment.
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