The Ins and Outs of Keyless Locks
There are three types of people when it comes to technology: early adopters (those who are always first in line), those who hate technology, and the skeptics who lay somewhere in the middle. One of the newest technologies in the locksmith and home security sector are keyless locks. Originally designed for use on cars, companies soon began creating keyless systems for homes and businesses. Regardless of whether you’re a tech junky, busy mom, or just in need of extra peace of mind, keyless doors offer some amazing features to help keep your home or business safe and sound. If you’re still trying to decide whether or not keyless lock systems are the way to go, the experts at South Shore Locksmith have compiled some pros and cons that will help you make your choice.
Pros of Keyless Locks
Keyless Locks are… Keyless!
There’s nothing worse than coming back from running errands and realizing that your keys are not where you thought you had last left them. Especially in instances where your hands are full, digging through a purse or pocket can be an adventure all by itself. But what if you didn’t have to? There are a number of different types of keyless locks, including Bluetooth-enabled locks, touchscreen locks, keypads, fingerprint locks, and more. The convenience of simply walking up to your door and having it open with just the touch of a button is more than enough of a reason to consider keyless lock systems.
Control From Afar
Most keyless entry systems connect to your smartphone through an app, giving you even more control over your home or business’ safety. Forgot to lock the door when you left? No need to stress since some apps even allow you to lock and unlock your home from just about anywhere! This can also help by giving you the power to allow trusted individuals like family, friends, employees, neighbors, and cleaning crews into your property—all without having to give out a key.
Know Who Enters and Exits Your Property
Some apps are even designed to send you an alert any time the lock has been used. These apps tell you who last locked or unlocked the door, and at exactly what time. This can be especially helpful for parents with potentially naughty teens! It’s also a great way to keep track of who keeps forgetting to lock that door, although some keyless locks automatically lock after a period of time or if your smartphone isn’t within range. How convenient!
Temporary Lock Codes
Some keyless entry systems allow you to create limited-time access codes so that when trusted individuals come to visit they have the ability to come and go as they please for a specified period of time. You control who gets the codes and for how long, so no one’s getting in without your explicit consent.
Cons of Keyless Locks
Keyless Locks Don’t Always Work
Although keyless entry technology has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 70s, nothing’s perfect. As with any technology, there’s always room for error and improvement. A portion of keyless entry systems come with some glitches. For example, some keyless locks are affected by extreme heat and cold. Luckily, most keyless locks also have key holes, so it’s always a good idea to bring your backup key just in case.
Along with technologies’ positives come their downfalls. Most keyless locks are battery powered and all batteries eventually die. Most batteries will last your keyless lock around six months to a year, depending on usage, battery type, and security level.
Possibility of Hackers
Any wireless device has the possibility of being hacked, it’s just the unfortunate reality of the world we live in. However, the crime rates are so low for keyless locks that the FBI doesn’t actually have any specific statistics regarding them. According to the preliminary 2016 data, the FBI has stated that property crime is down by 0.6% from last year, so you shouldn’t be too worried.
What type of person are you? Do you have to have the latest technology for your home or business? Or are you simply trying to find ways to make an already hectic life somewhat easier? Whatever the case, South Shore Locksmith has the answers to any and all questions you may have about these tech-savvy devices. Our knowledgeable locksmiths can walk you through an even more detailed description of all of the different types of keyless locks and the installation processes, all within your budget! Call South Shore Locksmith today at 561-531-2619 to discuss getting your home or business a keyless entry system.