Electronic locks – Yay or Nay

Technology is changing the way we do everything these days. It even changes the way we think about home and business security. While conventional locks have proven popular for many years, we have seen steady upgrades over time. The latest of these upgrades come in the form of electronic locks and many people wonder whether or not they are a good option for their property. Before you make this investment, it’s important to understand the benefits as well as possible drawbacks of these types of entry systems.

Here are some top points to consider:

The advantages

If you have a habit of losing or misplacing your keys, these systems can come in really handy. These locks are opened by means of code rather than an actual key. You can also assign a different code to each user so that you can keep track of who comes and goes. This is particularly great for businesses. If you are concerned about security after letting an employee go, you don’t have to worry about the possibility of duplicated keys thanks to this system. If you plan on installing these locks at home, you can easily allow somebody accesses to your property by providing them with your code or a spare code rather than hiding a key somewhere around the entrance of your home. These lock systems can also often be integrated with other security and smart features of your home which can all be controlled from your mobile device.

The disadvantages

On the downside, you will need to remember at least one code. So, if you struggle with remembering numbers, this can prove challenging. It’s also a good idea to change your code every now and then because you will notice certain buttons becoming more worn than others and this can be a dead giveaway to potential intruders. Power failures are another issue for these electronic locks which is why a backup traditional key is always advised. The same can be said if you rely on your phone to gain entry to your home. If your phone battery is dead, you could very easily be stuck outside. Finally, it should go without saying that these systems cost significantly more than your average lock. Which means that it is not necessarily a viable option for everyone. Depending on the type of smart lock or keyless lock you choose, it is possible that your door lock can be hacked.

The bottom line is that most property owners choose security features based on their needs, preferences, and finances. There are a number of people out there who do not like the idea of technology controlling just about everything in their home which is why they opt for something more conventional. However, as the younger generations get older, times change and technology seems to take on a greater role with every passing decade.

To find out more about high-tech locks and other locking systems that will help secure your property and allow you to rest that much easier, call Capital Locksmith at (613) 457-5135. We offer emergency locksmith services 24/7 and we are always happy to offer our expert advice regarding types of locks, security systems, and the best way to keep yourself, your loved ones and your belongings secure.