Share Your Locked Out Story to Win a £50 Voucher

By on 13th July in Fun

Have you ever had a nice trip out and thoroughly enjoyed your day, only to return home and suddenly realise you’ve lost your keys, leaving you stranded and locked out of your own home? You’re not alone as it happens to thousands of us every year – forgetfulness is singlehandedly keeping locksmiths well and truly in business!

Anglian Home Improvements recently improved the security of all of their doors with the Yale 3 Star Cylinder Lock, which is anti-bump, snap, drill, pick and anti-plug extraction, so getting back in your home when locked out is now harder than ever!

Anglian now use Yale Locks on all of their doors

When I was 14, I got locked out of my house and had to climb on top of the conservatory before shimmying through a window – not something we recommend doing, but it got me back in the house! This got me thinking, there must be a lot of hilarious stories about getting locked out of houses, cars and garages, forcing you to find inventive ways to get back in.

We are giving you, our avid readers, the chance to win a £50 John Lewis voucher, all you have to do is share your ‘Locked Out’ story with us.

To enter comment on our Facebook page or Twitter with your story, using hashtag #LockedOut. It can be about you getting locked out of your house, car or getting locked in somewhere. There are 3 vouchers up for grabs and our favourite 3 stories will each win a £50 voucher! The competition closes on August 5th 2016 and the winners will be chosen on Monday 8th August. Good luck!

Terms and conditions

1) These terms and conditions apply to the Anglian Home Improvements Locked Out competition (“the competition”) run by Anglian Home Improvements (“the company”), and by entering themselves into the competition, entrants will be deemed to have read and accepted these terms and agree to be bound by them. Those who do not agree will not be entered into the competition.

2) The objective of the competition is for entrants to send stories about being locked out of their homes, cars and garages/sheds. The winner will be chosen by a panel of judges at Anglian Home Improvements.

3) The company: Anglian Home Improvements, Liberator Rd, Norwich, NR6 6EU.

4) The competition opens on July 11th 2016 and closes on August 5th 2016 (“the closing date”). 3 winners will be chosen based on their stories.

5) This competition is open only to residents of the UK aged 18 years or over. Employees of the company, their families or anyone else associated with this competition or its operation are not allowed to apply.

6) All information detailing how to enter this competition forms part of these terms and conditions. It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the entrant abides by these rules. The decision of the company is final, and no correspondence will be entered into after the decision. Submission of an entry will be taken as acceptance of these terms and conditions.

7) To enter, you must:

Send your story to Anglian on either their Facebook or Twitter accounts.
3 winning entries will be determined by Anglian Home Improvements and the winning entrants will be contacted by August 8th 2016 via the social network you enter via.

The final decision is binding and no correspondence will be entered into. The company reserves the right, at any time, to verify the validity of entries and entrants and to disqualify anyone who submits an entry that is in breach of the rules, or those that do not comply with content restrictions (defined below).

8) CONTENT RESTRICTIONS: Entrants must not include any of the following content in any entry:

i) pornography, adult-oriented content or any other sexually-explicit material;

ii)explicit language or content, images of violence, or promotion of illegal activities;

iii) content which infringes intellectual property rights or laws;

iv) content which is defamatory or maliciously false;

v) content which brings or is likely to bring the company, its website or Anglian Home Improvements into disrepute;

vi) material that promotes bigotry, racism, hatred or harm against any group or individual or promotes discrimination based on race, sex, religion, nationality, disability, sexual orientation, age or any other basis;

vii) content owned by any party other than the entrant or the company (e.g. recorded music; pre-produced video, etc.);

viii) material that is unlawful, or which may constitute a criminal offence including (without limitation) the Communications Act 2003, Malicious Communications Act 1988 or any other legislation in force during the competition.

Any entry which does not comply with these content restrictions, in the sole discretion of the company, will be disqualified from the competition.

9) By entering the competition and submitting an entry, every entrant:

(a) agrees that his/her entry does not otherwise violate Anglian Home Improvements’ Terms of Use or infringe the copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;

(b) grants to the company the perpetual and unlimited right and license to use, license, edit, modify, duplicate and/or create derivative works from the winning entries throughout the world and in perpetuity, including, but not limited to, the right for the promoter to publish, display, broadcast, distribute, reproduce, perform, create derivative works from and otherwise use the entry via the internet or any other interactive media, on television, in print and/or any other media currently existing and hereafter developed and without limitation and without further payment or compensation to the entrant following the delivery of the prize, or his/her heirs and successors,

(i) on its own or as part of any audio-visual or other production;

(ii) to advertise any of Anglian Home Improvements’ products;

(iii) for any other purpose whatsoever.

(c) Any works showcased on the site as winners will nonetheless be credited to those who submit them, highlighting their ability to produce winning entries or any that will be shortlisted in an online gallery collection, the size of which is at the company’s discretion.

10) Entrants agree that the company will be entitled to edit entries as it deems fit in accordance with current advertising regulations and will not be obliged to make any use of any part or all of a entry.

11) Entrants are solely responsible for Internet connectivity, software and/or hardware that may be required in order to create and/or submit any entry.

12) All entries must be received by the closing date.

13) Only one entry per person. No purchase necessary. Late, illegible, incomplete or corrupt entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt. Entries must not be sent through agencies or third parties.

14) The winners will receive a prize consisting of one £50 John Lewis voucher.

15) By entering into the competition, the winners agree to participate in publicity and promotional activity following the competition, should it be required. This may include use of their name and image in online and offline publicity, communications, and in any other media worldwide without any fee being paid.

16) For the names of the winners, please send an SAE to Anglian Home Improvements, Anglian’s Locked Out Competition, Liberator Rd, Norwich, NR6 6EU within four weeks of the closing date.

17) Events may occur that render the competition itself or the awarding of the prize impossible due to reasons beyond the control of the company and accordingly the company may at its absolute discretion vary, amend or cancel the competition without notice (in particular if it or the website on which the competition is operated is affected by any denial-of-service attacks, viruses, hacking or any other technologically-harmful material or act) and the entrant agrees that no liability will attach to the company as a result thereof.

18) To the extent permitted by law, the company and its agents and representatives hereby expressly exclude any liability whether in contract, tort, criminal law, breach of statutory duty or otherwise for any direct, indirect or consequential loss, damage, injury or disappointment (including without limitation any pure economic loss) suffered or incurred by any entrant, winner or any third party whether foreseeable or not in connection with:

(a) any act or omission of the company in developing, planning and administering the competition;

(b) any entry or attempted entry into the competition.

19) The company will not be liable for any inability of any person to enter the competition because of any unavailability of such page, failures in computer systems or networks, other malfunctions, or for any other reason.

20) The company will not be liable for any problems or technical malfunction of any telephone network, cable, satellite, Internet Service Provider (ISP) or lines, computer systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any email or entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or any combination thereof, including any damage to the entrant’s or any other person’s computer related to or resulting from participation or downloading any materials relating to this competition.

21) All conditions, warranties and other terms which might otherwise be implied by statute or common law are expressly excluded from these Terms.

22) Nothing in these Terms will exclude or limit the company’s liability for death or personal injury caused by its negligence or for fraud or fraudulent misrepresentation.

23) Entrants agree that by entering the competition their personal details may be stored and otherwise processed by the company for the purposes of administering the competition and for the marketing and sending of other special offers where you have consented to receive the same.

24) If you have a comment, query or complaint about these terms or the promotion, please contact Anglian Home Improvements, Liberator Road, Norwich, NR6 EU.

25) The company may refuse to provide the prize in the event that an entrant fails to satisfy the eligibility requirements under these terms in clauses 5 and 7 above, or has committed or is alleged to have committed any act of fraud or dishonesty, or is in breach of any of these terms.

26) In the event of any dispute regarding these terms, conduct, results and all other matters relating to the competition, the decision of the company will be final and no correspondence or discussion will be entered into.

27) If any provision of these terms (or part of any provision) is found by any court or other competent authority to be invalid, unenforceable or illegal, the other provisions will remain in force. If any invalid, unenforceable or illegal provision would be valid, enforceable and legal if some part of it were deleted, the provision will apply with whatever modification is necessary to give effect to the commercial intention of the parties.

28) No failure or delay by a party to exercise any right or remedy provided under these terms or by law or any abandonment of any such right or remedy will constitute a waiver of that or any other right or remedy, nor will it preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy. No single or partial exercise of such right or remedy will preclude or restrict the further exercise of that or any other right or remedy.

29) These terms and any non-contractual obligations arising out of or in connection with them will be governed and construed in accordance with English law. The courts of England and Wales will have exclusive jurisdiction to settle any dispute or matter of difference which may arise out of or in connection with these terms.

30) This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook. You understand that you are providing your information to Rafflecopter and Anglian Home Improvements and not to Facebook. By participating in this promotion you agree to a complete release of Facebook from any claims.

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  • sbroadley

    About 3 years ago I dad forgotten my keys. I went to 3 neighbours to borrow a long ladder before the 3rd had one. It was pouring with rain, the bathroom window was part open, but I couldn’t get the security latch off so had to take a hammer to it and climb through gashing my hands!!! Fortunately just blood and nothing serious but I got in eventually. Double-glazed windows are hard to smash!!!!

  • Amanda jaggard

    A few years ago I locked my keys in the car whilst on a picnic with my boyfriend. The AA couldn’t break in to get them so offered to drive me home to get the spare set. Big problem was that my house keys were also locked in the car. My spare house keys were at my ex-mother-in-laws house. How awkward when I got the AA to drop me there and had to explain how I was locked out of both my house and car 😖

  • Kat Quinn

    I got locked out following taking my car to an MOT, it failing and the kind chap at the garage dropping me and my daughter home, unfortunately it was only when he pulled up outside our house that I realised I had left the house key on the bunch with the car keys. DOH – unable to go back with the mechanic as he had only offered me a lift as was on a part day, due to a hospital appointment, and not fancying a trek back to the garage via a hospital consultation we had to get thinking. My daughter (8) thought it wise to climb a 6 foot wooden gate to see if any Windows or doors at the rear were left open, I could soon see us joining the mechanic in the A & E department. Instead I knew a disabled neighbour would be in who kindly lent me a serated kitchen knife, which we could use to saw through the number of cable ties keeping the garden gate secure. Hey presto we are now in the garden, opportunity to check all doors and windows – the integrated garage window is open but it’s a 5 ft high opening (house on a hill) cue daughter on shoulders to raise her in. The window sits above a utility sink, rather than delicately climbing in she pretty much dives in through the window and lands in the sink, but she’s in and opens the door. And that is how to break into our home!

    If I won I think we would spend the voucher on a garden gate lock that is a bit more secure than a cable tie! A bottle of wine for the neighbour & mechanic and a treat for the little one for flying through the window and saving the day!

  • Joanna Emery

    The first home my husband and I purchased together had a front door that locked as soon as you closed it and this led to all sorts of problems when you stepped out for a few moments and it accidentally closed behind you!!! This happened on one occasion and we couldn’t get back in and our two month old baby was in the house and i really started to panic and get upset. A passer by saw how upset I was and came over – looked at the door – got his credit card out – and slid it between the door frame and latch and low and behold the door easily opened. Needless to say we phoned a lock smith that day and had a new lock fitted!!!

  • Keith Dixon

    I lost my keys but luckily I could get in by climbing up to the balcony. However, I could not open the flat door to get out! I called a locksmith but he was unable to get in. I had to drive 50 miles to my son’s house to get the spare keys he had. I will definitely never lose my keys again!

  • CAROL PATRICK

    Years ago, we were so excited about moving into our first home, we hired a van & packed it full to move ourselves in. Arrived at our new home and realised we had left the keys behind! Had to make the long journey back to the old home to retrieve them.