Quick help please, police? locksmith?

(29 Posts)
MisselthwaiteManor Mon 23-Sep-13 13:07:07

I am in the middle of seperating from my H and he has locked me in the house. He always locks the door on his way to work but today I went to go out and my door key is missing from my keys. Embarassingly I don't know how many times he has done this because I don't get out on my own much.

I am panicking about not being able to get out in case of fire. I think this would be scary for a normal person but I have anxiety and I am here with a 3 month old.

Do I call the police or is that over reacting? A locksmith? Will/can a locksmith help you get out of a house? I have no cash here to pay him and cashpoint is about a 20minute walk away so what do I do? Call a locksmith and make him walk with me to a cashpoint like a twat? Or call the police and say what? "Nothing has happened but my door is locked, save me"

Would you just wait it out until H is home? (about 9 more hours)

I have tried kicking it down and picking the lock but not working.

MikeOxard Tue 24-Sep-13 16:00:43

Did you let him back in yesterday? Seems a waste of a lock change if you did. Also did you report it to the police? I hope you get help and get out of this abusive situation.

I thought you were moving out and going back to where you have a support network? How are you hoping to get him to leave? I can't see it happening and he will always view that house as his even if he's not living there.

Hope you are okay OP.

wonder what his reaction will be when his key doesn't work.

glad you are out and ok op.

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 23-Sep-13 16:15:37

Lock has been changed and I'm about to go get some spares cut so on that front we are OK now.

I know I need to get out, I am working towards getting him out actually, and I know it's a big deal, just hate the thought of wasting police time on something I can't prove. But I will contact them if only just to talk it through and see what their view is. Thank you for your help.

mistlethrush Mon 23-Sep-13 14:50:43

Yes, your other thread certainly makes it clear that you need to get out. I would contact the non-urgent police line and find out what they say and also talk to WA about it at a later point.

clam Mon 23-Sep-13 14:46:26

Look, think about WHY he's done this, assuming it was deliberate? I read your other thread and he knows you want out and will take the baby when you go. So he's locked you in so you can't leave.
THE POLICE WOULD CERTAINLY BE INTERESTED IN THIS. As you say, supposing there was a fire, or you needed a doctor for you or the baby?
If not the police, what about Women's Aid?

agree with the others. locking someone any where against their will is a crime. you are with a child, and you have also had your key removed... this is not ok, at all! what if there was an accident or an emergency?

you may not consider it to be a big deal, for you... but what if something happened to your child? that thought surely should make you see sense

phone 101 now

Tiredtrout Mon 23-Sep-13 13:41:06

It is a crime, it is abusive and something has happened. Please just call the police, honestly they will help you. Then have a look on women's aid at different behaviours especially coercive control. Please

VivaLeThrustBadger Mon 23-Sep-13 13:32:50

I'd say its a crime, surely its false imprisonment or similar?

Hope you're ok OP.

Patilla Mon 23-Sep-13 13:32:49

Make sure that you pay for a third key from any locksmith and you can keep it in a secret place without your H's knowledge of it.

From my experience you tend to get two keys as standard if a lock is replaced.

But you haven't lost your keys have you, you have your keyring/bunch of keys but not the house key that's usually on it if I've read right. He's an absolute wanker! angry

MrsGSR Mon 23-Sep-13 13:28:56

I doubt anyone would believe your house key fell off your keyring without you noticing.

Definitely ring 101, he's not just locking you in the house against your will, he's also putting your 3 month old at risk.

GobbySadcase Mon 23-Sep-13 13:28:02

My XH did this to me. During CBT (I had PTSD from that and other stuff) my psychotherapist said it was a crime to do that, not sure which but definitely domestic violence.

So I'd say call 101 and WA x

Yes. Police. This is abusive - he has locked the door and taken your key, removing your freedom, and yes, putting you at higher risk from fire. (And I say this as very recent ex police). Please also take the advice to contact women's aid and remove yourself from thus situation as soon as possible, for both you and your baby's safety. Take care.

Well if he has locked you in the house he is holding you against your will surely so I would call the police non emergency and get them to help

It will also be on record and I'm sure they will have words with him

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 23-Sep-13 13:25:42

Im going to find a locksmith and will think about women's aid later, thank you all

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 23-Sep-13 13:24:56

I can't really prove it, he will say "oh you lost your key, silly" that's probably what he will say to me when I question him later too.

Ringing 101 (the non emergency number) means you get some support and advice, but more importantly, it means there is a log of what a manipulative, emotionally abusive, git he is.

And yes, do ring Women's Aid. Having their support will really help you. You can chat to them about your leaving plans and they can offer advice.

CbeebiesIsMyLife Mon 23-Sep-13 13:22:14

Nothing has happened, really? He has locked you inside your house with no way of getting out. This is controlling and abuse. Something most certainly has happened. Hes abusing you sad I'd also say police.

ok I agree calling woman's aid when you manage to get out obviously. are you on the ground floor? could you put the baby out the window in car seat? then climb through yourself.

SavoyCabbage Mon 23-Sep-13 13:19:50

You poor thing. It's a horrible feeling to be trapped, even if its in your own house.

I would ring 101 for advice. Hope you are ok.

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 23-Sep-13 13:18:40

really the police? nothing has actually happened though so what would they do?

MisselthwaiteManor Mon 23-Sep-13 13:17:40

Oh that's brilliant, I'll do that then. Thank you. I didn't really want to waste anyone's time especially not the police.

I thought about window but impossible while holding the baby and couldn't get in from outside to get her

Tiredtrout Mon 23-Sep-13 13:16:25

Report this to the police, use 101, you also need to have a look on the women's aid site, this is abuse, I'm sure that the police will help you. Also if you are seperating have a look at ncdv.org.uk they will be able to help you with getting a non molestation order in place, it's a type of injunction, they may also be able to help with an occupation order which stops him being able to come into the house even if its in his name

NoMoreMadCatLady Mon 23-Sep-13 13:15:43

Locksmith would take card payment, either in person or over the phone.
Can you get out of a window?

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