Have you ever hurried out of your house or business, locked the door, and run to the car, only to realize you left the keys inside? Or even worse, have you ever lost your keys and couldn’t find them anywhere? It’s an issue that we’ve all come across, and seemingly inevitable, but there are a few ways that you can prevent this from ever ruining your day.
Here are 3 ways to avoid getting locked out of your house!
1) Create a Back Up Plan – The first level of prevention is to have a backup plan in case you lose your keys. The best way to accomplish this is to install a keybox at your home. A keybox, sometimes called a lockbox, is a small box that can hold keys and requires a code to open them. They can generally be attached via a shackle, an over the door mount, or a surface mount.
In the event that you have lost a key, this will ensure you have a spare at hand. A few obstacles that one can encounter with a lockbox is either forgetting the code, or if the lockbox is located, it could be stolen and/or broken into to get the key. So if you take this approach make sure your lockbox is in an inconspicuous location, and make sure you have a code that is easy to remember.
2) Eliminate Self Locking Knobs/Leversets – The next step in preventive maintenance is eliminating knobs and levers that self lock. One of the most common reasons someone gets locked out of the house is because of locks that self latches, or because the little knob on the door is turned on the inside while going out the door. It happens to the best of us, because we do it so many times we don’t realize we are doing it.
The deadbolt is your best security for the door, so changing out the doorknob or lever underneath it with a non locking (also known as passage) knob or lever will eliminate this problem, and not sacrifice the integrity of your door security. Then in order to lock the door you will be required to close the door, insert your key and lock it from the outside, which means you still have your key in hand when leaving the house.
3) Eliminate Keys – The last step in avoiding this situation is eliminating keys. Believe it or not, one of the greatest downfalls to losing your keys or leaving them in the house, is the keys themselves! Thanks to recent innovations in the security industry, there are affordable and efficient ways of securing your home without the need for a key. (We call them keyless entries) One of these methods is a keypad lock.
You can replace your keyed deadbolt with a keypad which unlocks the deadbolt when you type the correct code. This not only eliminates keys but it gives you the ability to set and remove codes to give temporary access to visitors or contractors doing work in your home! Another method for keyless entry is known as a smart lock. These can be synced with your WiFi signal to communicate with your phone, and open your deadbolt to give you access. In an age where smartphones are replacing all of the peripheral devices we use on a daily basis, it only makes sense that we replace our keys with it!
We offer several models of Touchscreen Smart Locks in a variety of finishes (Silver, Brass, and Oil Rubbed Bronze) to match your decor and provide you with functionality.
Read more about the benefits of a Touchscreen Lock Here! Take these steps today to ensure you never get locked out again!