Locked My Keys In The Car

Yesterday, we were babysitting my daughters dog.  I put a photo of him on PeggSite.  We decided to drive out to the Forest Preserve and take him for a walk.  We drove out, fought traffic on the Ike, walked around, then tried to get back into the car and…..no keys.

I thought I had locked them in the car.  In the old days, you would be able to use a slim jim, and jimmy the lock open.  Not anymore.   In the old days, I wouldn’t have had a cell phone either.

Modern technology is pretty cool, but I often find the actual human interactions to be lacking.  People don’t tell the truth, or they don’t think out of the box.  I don’t know if this is caused by the culture of the system they are in, or by the educational system they were exposed to growing up.

We were a little bit stressed because my daughter’s dog had stepped on something and his paw was bleeding.  The Forest Preserve paths weren’t exactly clear, and you never know if there was a busted bottle or something in there.

I called the closest BMW dealership to see what to do.  No help.  At all.  No ideas.  My call bounced around the dealership before I could even talk to someone.  I went on Foursquare and Yelp to find a locksmith.  No help.  They searched the entire city of Chicago, not the immediate area.  I asked Siri to find me a locksmith.

Siri found me a locksmith.  They were .7 miles away.  I called them, but they didn’t “cover our area”.  I resorted to Google.  I clicked on a link and made a call.  They put me in touch with a guy.

He called me and I asked him if he could break into a 2009 BMW X5.  He said he could. I asked how far away he was.  He said, “10 minutes.”  It took him an hour to get there and he couldn’t even find where we were at.  He actually was on the south side of Chicago and had to drive to where we were in Oak Park/River Forest.

Before the break in guy got there, a Cook County Forest Preserve policeman tried to help to no avail.

The break in guy couldn’t unlock the car either.  Turns out, no one can.

Plan C.  We called an Uber and went back to our apartment in the city.  I picked up our spare set of keys.  I got on the Green line and went back out to the car.  Called an Uber to get me to my car, unlocked it and drove home.  Total cost of Uber, $28.

Should have done that in the first place.  We would have saved a lot of time and aggravation.  Next time Uber is Plan A.

No doubt, if I could have even gotten a cab there it would have cost significantly more.  Doubtful the cab would have transported the dog either.  Uber is probably overvalued at $62.5 billion, but it sure makes going through life a lot more convenient.  Uber Eats is great too.  Cities all over the world are fighting Uber, but they shouldn’t.

I should probably get an app on my phone to open my car.  Zipcar has it, so I know it exists.  This situation has only happened once to me, so it is not like I am a habitual key loser.

Turns out, my keys weren’t in the car.  Now I have to go back to the Forest Preserve and look for them.  Uff Da.  At least Johnnie’s Beef is nearby, and Jean and Jude’s.


  • Can you open the car if the keys are near the car? Like inside?

    • No, but you can snag them and pull them through the door if you can wedge the door open.

  • Brian Weisberg

    Our Audi leverages NFC to detect the location of the key (inside, outside, in the trunk) to minimize the risk of locking the keys in the car. I can’t remember how, but the rep gave us a demo when we first leased the vehicle in 2014.

    Nonetheless, there is definitely a market opportunity here.

  • Seph

    You can use zip-ties to fix a spare to the frame in a hidden spot. Use the valet key, no buttons or batteries.