It would seem that technology is very much here to stay and almost as soon as one thing is on the market, the next ‘must have’ is being introduced, offering us more advantages and benefits.
Right now wireless locks seem to be the popular item for homeowners and contemporary office settings. It seems almost incredible to think that now there are locking systems that can make life so much more easy for us. E-keys on iphones, that you can send onto family and friends if you are running late, so that they can let themselves in. Doors that can lock and unlock remotely, wherever you have wifi access. It sounds like something from a James Bond movie, but they are here and they are increasing in popularity.
With great convenience however comes a certain amount of risk and certainly, there will be many homeowners who will have concerns about trusting digital security, let alone their own technological capabilities, when safeguarding their most valued assets.
Undoubtedly hacking must be a consideration, although this vulnerability probably lies with the consumer’s internet provider rather than the lock itself. According to manufacturers such as Yale and Kwikset, the protection focus on these products should be via the home router with rigorous network management and regular password maintenance.
So for those who prefer the more traditional avenues of protection it is equally important perhaps to remember that everything in this world does have a lifespan. It is easy for homeowners to forget that all things need maintenance and checking, and locks are no exception. In fact they are probably one of the most important things to remember to inspect.
Locksmiths advise us that it is important to know when to replace locks, as it could save homeowners a lot of heartache if they are unfortunate enough to become victims of robbery.
Equally for manufacturers, it is good to remind installers about the importance of this, not just from the sales point of view, but for referrals and repeat business.
Timely tips are always useful whether it’s for installers, builders or consumers. Like any other product, door and window locks inevitably wear and fail over time and at some point it may not be as easy to turn the key. Likewise there’s no telling when people move into a new home, how many people may have copies of those keys – previous owners relatives, friends even care workers. Replacement locks therefore, would seem the most sensible solution and sometimes small preventions things like this eliminate costly misfortune.
As we are all homeowners, feeling vulnerable leaves each and every one of us extremely uncomfortable, particularly regarding our trophies and treasures.
Whatever tomorrow’s technology holds for our futures, it’s good to know that quality locksmiths are still around to help us protect what we hold most dear.