Home Locks and Keyless Entry
Keyless entry systems are some of the newest options on the market for home locks. Home locks with keyless entry systems can be just as secure as keyed systems. Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages you may want to consider.
Home locks with keyless entry systems are certainly convenient. You never have to carry your house key around with you again, essentially. Some of them have the option to use a keyed lock, in addition to the keyless lock, for the sake of having a backup in case the keyless system fails.
Some keyless locks can be opened with a key fob, which is great if you have your hands full. There are some potential disadvantages to these locks, however, that you should consider.
Whenever you’re talking about security, you have to take into account the worst case scenario first. When you’re talking about getting into your home, that worst case scenario is being chased into your home and getting in the door for shelter. There’s really no way around the fact that sliding one key in the lock is faster than punching 3 or 4 numbers onto a pad, which may be markedly more difficult under stress.
Some people prefer the traditional keyed locks for this reason. Remember, however, that many home locks with keyless entry capabilities also have a key opening option, so you may really be losing nothing here.
Most of the time, keyless entry systems make it easy to change your combination. This is great if you need to have your house rekeyed for some reason. For example, if you have a bad roommate, boyfriend or girlfriend you don’t want to have access to the home any more, all you have to do is change the combination, rather than relying on a locksmith to come over and repin your locks.
Home locks with keyless entry capabilities may be something to consider. One real advantage is that you don’t have to send your kids to school with a bunch of keys in their pockets, which may be lost or stolen. Just make sure that they understand not to share the combination with anyone. Make sure that you select a good combination, as well. Don’t use your birthday, for instance, or your house number for the combination, as any thief worth their salt is going to try one of these number combinations right away.
Jason Biston has spent the past 10 years as a professional locksmith and works with DandLock, a professional locksmith company providing service to Arizona, California, Florida and New York. A true lover of all things revolving around safety, alarms and locksmith, Biston uses his experience to support a growing writing reputation. Biston enjoys his work and life in general. Contact Biston at: Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org.
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