Here’s a fun fact: the oldest known lock-and-key device is 4,000 years old and was discovered in the Khorsabad palace ruins in Nineveh, which is now modern-day Iraq. While a millennia has passed, the basic concept remains the same: inside the door lock are pins and tumblers (or wooden pegs, in the case of ancient locks) which are unlocked when the proper key is inserted.
However, thieves have also had a millennia to master this security feature, and today, there are many ways they can bypass a locked door, from “bumping” the lock with a special key, to using lock picks to disengage the pins and tumblers, to drilling the lock cylinder itself.
The same inconveniences of carrying a key have also persisted till today—one can imagine homeowners of yore locking themselves out after misplacing their house key. If you want to avoid the vulnerabilities and downside of a typical lock and key, consider getting a more contemporary alternative: the keyless door lock.
At Your Fingertips
If you’ve ever used a number pad before, like when using an ATM, then you’ve definitely used technology similar to a keyless door lock. Once installed in your home, you will assign a number code which serves as the “key” to your front door. Once the correct code has been punched in, the lock will disengage, allowing you entry into the home.
In a lot of ways, a keyless lock is similar to typical lock-and-key setup, in that there is still a deadbolt mechanism involved—but instead of inserting a key, you input a code to unlock it.
No More Worries About Keys
There are many advantages to using this alternative. The first is that you never have to worry about losing a key which, due to their small size, is very prone to being misplaced. A keyless lock is also very attractive if you have kids who have a habit of losing their keys.
You also minimize the number of people who have a duplicate key to your door. Instead of handing out a key, you simply give them the passcode and they can securely enter your home. In fact, many systems even allow you to create a temporary code that will only be valid for a certain period of time. If you have a cleaning lady, for example, the code will only work on the days when she drops by to tidy up.
Lastly, many keyless systems automatically lock the door after you leave. If you’re the type of person who always wonders if you’ve locked the door, a keyless door lock will no doubt be good for you.
Indeed, a keyless door lock is an excellent alternative given the benefits outlined above. When getting one, make sure to work only with the most trusted locksmith in Myrtle Beach. This ensures that you get excellent service as well as the most updated keyless locks available.
Coastal Contract Hardware is an experienced locksmith serving the entire Grand Strand area, including installation and maintenance of locks and doors. We service areas in North and South Carolina such as Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, Garden City, North Myrtle Beach, Little River, Conway, Murrells Inlet, Pawleys Island, and Horry County, SC and other surrounding areas. To find out more, get in touch by visiting our contact page and filling out the form or call us at 843-946-3500.