The Future of Locksmithing: No More Keys
Toss away the key—consumers today are outfitting their homes with electronic locks that can be activated through a code, key fob, smartphone, or even voice command. No more lockouts, no more missing keys.
While going keyless is certainly more convenient, there are a few factors to consider. Start with pricing: electronic locks are becoming more competitively priced as the market continues to expand, but they’re still more expensive than a conventional mechanical lock.
The more sophisticated the system, the higher the price.
In terms of safety, a basic electronic lock offers the same level of security as a mechanical one. You no longer worry about losing a key, but there is the possibility of someone hacking into your system and stealing your code.
At Preferred Safe & Lock, we take great pride in providing a range of state-of-the-art products and services to Michigan homes and businesses throughout the St. Clair Shores area. Whether your need is residential or commercial, our team of experts is here to help you.
The art of locksmithing dates back roughly 4,000 years ago to Ancient Egypt. The first locks were made out of wood and paired with giant wooden keys that would turn a combination of internal pins when inserted into the lock.
Locksmithing in the twenty-first century requires a vastly different skill set. These days, a locksmith needs to master the latest technologies in the security industry along with knowing how to install and repair mechanical locks.
Every home has its own unique physical character. If you’re considering electronic locks, work with a skilled professional to be sure you’re installing a system that protects your home and, ideally, can interact with other apps that control household functions such as your lights and thermostat.
Trying to juggle the right key into a lock when your hands are full can be a daunting experience. Electronic locks remove that hassle. They are easy to use—and convenient.
If one of your house keys ends up missing or lands in the wrong hands, more than likely you will need to hire a professional to change your locks. Not so with an electronic lock. It is much easier (and cheaper) to reset a code than to change a mechanical lock.
Most electronic systems can be remotely accessed via a smartphone. You can open the door for someone, turn on the lights, and ramp up the thermostat while you’re still miles away in your car.
Best of all, you no longer need to leave a spare key with a neighbor or hide one under the doormat.
Other Factors to Consider
Electronic locks typically require a battery that will need to be changed. A lock connected to your home’s electrical system can completely shut down with a power outage, creating an unintended lockdown situation. On the plus side, most electronic locks have a key cylinder override so the lock can still function with a key.
Similar to someone finding your key, someone can discover the code to your system without you knowing about it. If you purchase a keyless lock, remind your children not to share the code with their friends.
You know to change your computer passwords every now and then. The same goes for your electronic lock code—changing the combination adds security to your system. At the same time, constantly changing your combination increases the likelihood of you forgetting your passcode.
The Future Is Now
According to SDM magazine, roughly 25 percent of broadband households in the United States plan to purchase a smart lock system in 2020. The next generation of electronic locks are set to include advanced features such as biometrics—a retina or fingerprint scan. Voice-controlled systems are already growing in popularity.
Give Us a Call Today
Electronic locks are here to stay—now it’s just a question of finding the best system that works for your home. Call Preferred Safe & Lock here in St. Clair Shores, MI, at 586-757-7742 or request service online to determine if going keyless works for you.