Locked Out: A Few Different Alternatives To The Lock And Key System

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No matter what type of neighborhood you live in, it's always important to make sure that your home is safe at all times. And sometimes just having a regular lock and key just won't do the job anymore. Luckily, technology has improved so much that it makes sense to look into a more advanced type of lock system for your home, so that you have peace of mind when it comes to keeping you and your loved ones safe. Here are a few of the different types of more sophisticated locking systems you can use, as well as some tips for you to follow if you must keep the standard lock and key system.

Keyless Lock System

There are a variety of different keyless lock systems to choose from. The great thing about this type of system is that you can allow only certain people access to your home. The most common type of keyless systems come with the following options: 

  • Operated by a one-hand push button.
  • Activity trail record available.
  • Ability to change the combination when necessary.
  • Keyless locks are pick proof.

Another type of keyless system is the push-button combination lock. This is a simple product that has you pressing a combination and allow you to turn your doorknob and open the door. You have the ability to change the combination whenever you feel it necessary.

The Smart Lock

With technology advancing when it comes to your smart phone, it's no surprise that you can now use your phone to open your door. Most of these devices are within a reasonable price range, and they can be web-based control (meaning you can let someone else in while sitting at your computer at work), or they will require an app to be installed on your smart phone in order for you to use them.

Some smart locks do require you to replace your entire lock system, while some let you place a device right over your door knob. You may only need to tap a finger to gain access to the home, or you could only need to walk up the lock, and it lets you in the moment it recognizes you.  

Lock and Key Safety Tips

If you need to keep the standard lock and key system, follow these safety tips:

  • Have your lock re-keyed if you have recently lost your keys. 
  • Install a combination lock box outside of your home when you have forgotten your key.
  • Leave a key with a trusted neighbor in the event you child gets locked out of your home.
  • Never leave a key under a door mat, under a planter, or somewhere else where a potential intruder can locate it.
  • Consider starting a neighborhood watch group of an added sense of security. 
  • Contact a locksmith like one from Bob's Lock & Key if you find yourself locked out.