At Big Red Locksmiths, we often asked, “How should I give the babysitter access to our home? Is it okay to give out a house key so they can come and go?” As if there isn’t enough to be worried about as a parent of small children.
In our experience, giving out keys to your Omaha home, even to a trusted household employee, is one of the biggest security mistakes you can make. In fact, our experienced Omaha Locksmith security technicians instruct that a key to your home should never be given to someone hired to perform domestic service. In response, we typically hear the objection, “If I can’t trust my babysitter with my house key, then I shouldn’t trust her with my kids!”
A truer statement has never been spoken
In reality, it isn’t the babysitter (that you love and adore) that you need to worry about. Any time a physical key to your home is given to someone outside of the family circle, it creates a vulnerability that can’t be reigned back in. A key can become lost, land in the hands of any number of friends or acquaintances, and with it goes any ability to control who has access to your Omaha home. In these situations, the only alternative is to change the locks and try again.
Another common mistake occurs when a physical key is given for household help to use and that key is clearly marked with directions to the door it opens. Never label your keys with any identifying characteristics (“Sally’s house key”) or worse yet, include a key ring with a hang tag that identifies your home address.
There is a better way
So, if not a key, then what? We’ve found one of the most effective and secure ways to give outsiders controlled access to your home is to install a simple keyless entry system. This allows you to grant (and revoke) keycode access as needed, easily determine exactly who is entering your home, and pinpoint when they are gaining entry. Of course, keycodes can also be shared, but by giving your sitter a code unique to them, you will easily be able to identify where the security breach came from, immediately revoke access, and have the hard conversation about the privilege of having access to your home.
Keyless entry solutions for your Omaha home come in a variety of options ranging from simple electronic mechanisms that can be programmed (such as Bluetooth-enabled and smartphone-controlled apps). Helping you to determine exactly what is best for your home security needs and budget is something Big Red Locksmiths in Omaha can help with.
Does your babysitter (and their closest friends) have access to your home? Let’s talk about some better security options for allowing outsiders controlled access on your terms. Give Big Red Locksmiths of Omaha a call today at 402-554-0499.