Let’s set the scene. The doorbell is ringing. The dog is barking. Your two adorable children (ages two and three) are in various stages of dress (and undress) as you prepare for one of the most magical nights of the year – Halloween. You rush to answer the door with Rover under one arm and the candy bowl in the other. As you admire the little ghost and witch upon your porch, you hear the sickening sound of the door swinging closed behind you.
Uh oh. You’re locked out.
That isn’t a scene anyone would care to re-play, but one that is all too familiar in homes where your main entry is controlled by self-locking doors that require a key for re-entry. There are definitely better ways to manage entry door security, but now that your two little ones are inside alone helping themselves to the peanut butter cups, it probably isn’t a good time to go into it.
Single/Double Cylinder Locks
After you’ve coached your kiddos to open the door and let you back in or called a locksmith to help you gain entry, it would be a great idea to think about some better ways to secure your home entry door and avoid future lockout situations.
One of the easiest ways to remedy the problem is to replace all self-locking doors with single cylinder locks that only engage with a key from the outside. For an added layer of security, have your security technician install a deadbolt that can be engaged and unengaged using the same key from the outside and by a simple thumb turn on the inside.
Double cylinder deadbolts are considered more secure because they require a key on both the inside and outside but do create a safety hazard in the event of an emergency. In fact, some housing codes in the United States do not allow for this form of the deadbolt, specifically on rental housing.
Electronic Digital/Smart Locks
Digital lock technology is another option if you have reached that point where you never want to be locked out again. No need to worry about lost or misplaced keys. A wide variety of electronic locksets can be installed that open either with a RFID security card or pin code access.
For those who desire to have the latest in lock technology, look into smart locks, which can be operated using an app on your smartphone or another app-enabled device like an Apple Watch. Locks can even be manipulated remotely using this technology, which could come in very handy if your child needed entry to the home and you were still at work.
Deciding on the best solutions to allow you entry to your home when you need it while keeping out those who should not have entry, is serious business. The best way to determine the right choice for you and your family is to consult with a local security expert or locksmith.
Getting locked out is never a treat. Call Big Red Locksmiths at 402-554-0499 to talk about the best options for securing your home with locks that suit your needs and lifestyle.