Ask A Commercial Locksmith: Are Mechanical Locks or Keyless Locks Safer?
We live in an age where more and more people are cutting cords, getting rid of wires and trying to carry as few items as possible. Many of us even store documents and photos on the cloud instead of physical, local computers. When it comes to locks for your home, however, is a keyless lock safer than a mechanical lock? Do mechanical locks even make sense anymore?
While keyless locks are experiencing a surge in popularity, that doesn’t necessarily make them any better or safer than a mechanical lock. The right lock for your home depends on personal preference and a few other factors. Let’s take a look at how mechanical locks and keyless locks, and which is safer (if any).
About Mechanical Locks
Mechanical locks have been around since the 1800s. They’re reliable, secure and most homes have them. They vary in type, size, look and security level. Mechanical locks function by keeping a door closed until a mechanism is activated, such as a knob or level. Most mechanical locks require a key to open as well. One great thing about mechanical locks is that a locksmith can easily rekey them or install new mechanical locks. Despite their history, the interest in keyless or “smart” locks is increasing.
About Keyless Locks
Smart locks are usually keyless and based on electronics. As such, they keep doors closed until a code, biometric input or other device unlocks them. The demand for smart locks is projected to exceed 135 million units by 2024, according to a market research report by Grand View Research. As demand increases, so does an investment in making the technology better. But there’s still room for improvement.
Here’s what Jeremiah Grossman, Chief of Security Strategy at cybersecurity firm SentinelOne, had to say about smart locks:
“Would I personally entrust the security of my home to (a smart lock)? Not at the moment, but in the future as the devices get better and more secure I might trust them more. Should others use them? Sure, depending on their living situation…”
Which Is Safer?
Whether mechanical locks or keyless locks are safer is a bit of a subjective topic. Both provide extra security, but are prone to potential issues. In the end, it’s all about what is more important to you: convenience or security? Keyless locks are definitely convenient and popular, but there are potential vulnerabilities as it’s a more infant category. Mechanical locks may be more secure, but not as convenient. A more important decision is which locksmith you choose for lock repairs and installation. The best locksmith will ensure you have the right lock to meet your needs and give you peace of mind.
If you’d like a consultation about which type lock is better for your home and situation, give the A-1 Locksmith team a call today at 972-284-7500.Back to Blog