Are Expensive Locks More Secure?

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Should you invest in expensive locks for your home or commercial space? Learn what makes these locks special and schedule an appointment today.

Having a sturdy, high-quality lock on a door can make all the difference when it comes to your protection or the safety of your property. Uninvited guests, intruders, burglars, vandals, and even four-legged pests can all be kept outside with a good lock system. Classic deadbolt and mortise locks have the unique features that place them above other types of locks out there. And they are some of the most popular choices when it comes to residential and commercial users alike. However, technology advancements and the ever-growing need for enhanced protection the modern world has brought upon us is forcing us to constantly look for new and improved protection. This is how expensive, high-security, smart or electronic locks were created. Unless you have been living under a rock so far, you must have heard of the smart lock and its amazing features. However, there are some vulnerabilities and specific problems that are associated with this lock, and some people are simply not willing to make the switch, despite the extra convenience.

If you are personally trying to decide whether you should dig deeper in your pocket and invest in smart locks, or whether you should stick to your simple locks, these next few lines should help you make the right choice.

All Locks Serve The Same Purpose

Locks have been around since the dawn of time, and their main goal is to keep us safe from intruders. No matter if you own smart or less expensive locks, they all serve the purpose of keeping intruders at bay. Locks also cater to people's need to gain access to their homes or commercial spaces without any complications.

Locks come in all shapes and sizes and they feature physical or digital features. They all require a physical key, access card, keypad, number combination, fingerprint or retina scan to enable you access to a room. Let's take a closer look at both classic and expensive, smart locks.

Regular Door Locks

Still in use in hundreds of millions of homes all around the world, analog or traditional locks are excellent at keeping unwanted things and items away from homes and commercial spaces. The internal mechanism of these locks varies from one manufacturer to the other, and from one model to the next. They have various security ratings, with the highest-ranking “dumb” locks being the commercial-grade 1 deadbolt locks. Mortise key control deadbolts that mix access control features of latches with the security offered by a deadbolt make for an excellent choice for panic-proof exits. Cylindrical deadbolts with thumb turn, jimmy proof deadbolts, knob and lever handle locks or interchangeable core cylinders are just a few of the main options people have nowadays.

An experienced locksmith should be able to tell the difference between all existing types of locks and recommend the most suitable solutions for your particular needs. What they all have in common is the fact that they work at the turn of a key.

If you are currently dealing with any kind of lock or key problem you need assistance with, contact us and we will immediately send over a mobile technician or schedule an appointment at a time that is most convenient to you.

Smart, High-Security Locks

Smart locks allow you to control the access to your home, car, or commercial space using a device you constantly have in your hand – a smartphone. With the help of the Bluetooth technology and the special geolocation feature that will identify when you are home, you will get to control the access to your home a lot easier. Designated Wi-Fi apps will enable you to lock and unlock your place with a single tap on your smartphone.

Smart locks are a lot more convenient compared to traditional locks. But they will also force you to dig a lot deeper into your pockets. Some models allow you to open a door with the help of an app, no matter how far away from the door you may actually be. This is an excellent solution for letting in-house guests arriving at improper hours of the day, when you are at work, or delivery services. You could be granted access to someone from a few miles away by using temporary keys or access codes. Unfortunately, the risks of someone hacking into a smart lock system and controlling its functions are similar to the risks associated with other smart home technologies we are using. Malicious parties and smart lock companies alike could disable your locks without notice. Some companies have bricked their own smart locks via botched software updates. People have gotten locked out of their temporary rented homes. And the examples could go on. So is the convenience of using expensive locks higher than the actual risks?

Hire Professional Locksmiths For Your Lock Needs

Buying a classic lock for your front door or an office door will bring you face to face with an almost endless number of choices. Depending on the level of security you are seeking, and your budget limitations, you should have no problem coming across the most suitable lock. Traditional locks are also more difficult to break compared to smart locks that can be hacked online. If you are not sure what lock to opt for, be it a classic, keyless, keycard, or electronic lock, our expert technicians could simplify the process.

Keep in mind analog locks force you to constantly keep physical keys on you. Since they are subjected to repetitive use throughout the years, these keys will eventually wear out or break in half while still in the keyway. Such issues are best fixed with the help of a mobile locksmith service in the area.

The On Time Locksmiths team is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for any emergency unlock or lock change requirements. We can help you with all types of smart, expensive locks or traditional solutions for your home and commercial space at affordable rates. Call now!

What Customers Say About Us

Jannie W.
W. 29th street

Dave is great! He was punctual and professional. And after installing the new locks on all of our doors, he cleaned up after himself! The same cannot be said for the last service I hired… would definitely recommend and use again!

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S Kenton Ave

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