Here at Omega Locksmith we’re always watching the latest trends in locks, keys, and smart keys. That’s why a recent Time Magazine article about home smart locks caught our attention.
Time covered the August Smart Lock. You install these locks on your homes, replacing deadbolts. The smart lock is only visible inside of the home, making it harder for thieves to understand what kind of security they’re dealing with.
The homeowner carries a transponder key, and the door unlocks when the homeowner is close enough to the house to trigger a response, much like your car locks do.
Do these smart keys represent a security threat?
These smart keys are amazing when it comes to convenience. Imagine approaching your home with an armful of groceries and stepping inside without ever having to fumble for the house key again.
By the same token, they do create one glaring security threat that should probably be addressed before homeowners rush out to get one. I’m talking about home invasions.
If someone follows you home it would be child’s play to shove you inside of your own home, which conveniently unlocks itself for both you and the invader. Granted, an invader can force the issue with a key lock too, but it takes a little longer, creating more of an opportunity for a neighbor or law enforcement professional to take notice.
In addition, the reviewer noted these keys are so sensitive that it unlocked his house while he was still quite some distance away from it. That could create a serious security threat as well.
With that being said, they should be okay if you combine them with other security measures, like a monitored home alarm system.
But remember, smart keys are touchy.
Like any high-tech gadget, smart keys do malfunction, as do smart locks. We’ve covered this issue before. In fact, many of the calls we receive these days are not the result of lost keys. They’re the result of malfunctioning transponder keys.
If you choose to install one of these locks in your home you should be prepared for the possibility that they’re going to give you problems. Keep your local locksmith’s number in your phone and on a card inside your car, just in case. There might be no worse feeling in the world than the feeling that comes with knowing you can’t get inside your own house. You need to keep the solution close at hand if you’re going to rely on a high-tech entry system like this one.
Fortunately, if you live in Pilsen, Downer’s Grove or anywhere else in the Chicago metro area, Omega Locksmith already has you covered. You can install your high-tech smart lock with confidence, knowing we’ll be on the case if something goes wrong.