In 2016, over 750,000 break-ins occurred in the United States. Burglars escaped with about $2,361 on average.
Numbers like these can put some of us on edge. They often leave us wondering how to best protect ourselves.
For many of us, our immediate instinct is to change or reinforce our locks. But with so many different types of locks on the market, deciding on a lock can be a challenge. We just don't know how much safety these locks provide.
Electronic door locks, for example, are one of those locks that confuse buyers. Some consumers look at them and immediately question their safety.
So are they safe? Here are the answers to the questions buyers usually ask about electronic door locks.
When people think of electronic gadgets, they sometimes think of those gadgets' potential for failure. After all, electronic gadgets depend on power to properly function.
But these concerns are misplaced when discussing electronic door locks.
First and foremost, many electronic door lock models rely on batteries as their power source. In other words, they still function properly when your home's power goes out.
Further still, even the electronic locks that don't rely on batteries aren't without other protections. These locks typically offer a combination of physical and electronic security.
Some of them, for instance, have electronic keypads and physical keys. You can use the keypad most of the time and rely on the key as needed.
Some people's primary concern with electronic locks boils down to one question:
Are keypad locks safe?
And, to be fair, their concerns are merited. We live in an increasingly digital world. We've seen hackers steal data by thwarting more complex systems.
But here's the deal:
No burglar is just going to walk up to your door and guess your code. Not only that, but many of the keypads these locks rely on are finger-print resistant and have other protections in place.
And that's not all.
Many burglars prefer to take their chances with forced entry. If they have to choose between guessing your code and breaking a window, they're more likely to choose the latter.
In any case, if you're concerned about someone guessing your code, frequently change the code on your keyless door lock. Doing so will make guessing your code much too difficult for the average burglar.
Humans are creatures of habit. So since we've been using physical keys for so long, we trust them.
But they're not as reliable as we give them credit for.
Burglars have already figured physical keys out. They know where most people keep their spare keys. And they've been known to use these keys to break into homes.
With physical keys also comes the dangers of losing them. A dropped key can fall into the wrong hands.
A password that's tucked away safely in your mind, though? We'd like to see you drop that.
So are keypad door locks safe?
The answer is “yes.” Electronic door locks are completely safe. In fact, they even edge out traditional locks in some categories.
So don't be afraid to make the switch.
And if you have any questions about the installation process or would like some recommendations? Just have a look at our keyless door advice articles and our keyless door review articles for more information.