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Smart Locks vs Traditional Locks

In recent times, locksmiths have had to modernise their methods. Technology has and is continuing to have a massive impact on today’s world – and this is no different for home security.

Ensuring you have a reliable door lock is essential in helping you feel safer at home and when out of the house.

But how reliable are traditional door locks? We’ve all lost our keys at some point and there’s always a chance of burglaries happening despite having a traditional lock fitted. Enter smart locks.

Like everything, locks have evolved into ‘smarter’ versions to help improve the safety and security of properties.

Not sure what a smart lock is? Don’t worry, we’ve broken down the main differences between smart locks and traditional locks to help you decide which type is more suited to you.

What Are Traditional Locks?

These are locks that have to be manually or physically engaged in order for the locking mechanism to be operated – in simple terms, you need a key to unlock one. The only reason these types of locks are now labelled as ‘traditional’ is due to of the emergence of smart locks.

There are many types of traditional locks; rim, mortise, knob, deadbolt, and pin tumbler locks are some of the most common locks going. A couple of things can determine how effective they are, such as:

  • The location of the lock
  • How regularly it’s used
  • If it’s the only lock at the entry point or not

What Are Smart Locks?

A smart lock is a type of lock that’s controlled electronically via Bluetooth or the internet to lock and unlock. Most smart locks can be accessed through an app on your phone or a fob device.

The main difference between the two locks is that smart locks are an automated version. Smart locks give you greater control over your security due to the fact that you can monitor your home security without having to be anywhere near your house.

Pro’s & Cons of Traditional Locks

As good as technology can be, it can have its faults sometimes. Installing a traditional lock means you don’t have to worry about the possibility of your Wi-Fi or phone signal letting you down, your phone’s battery life giving up on you just as you get home, or you’re just not good with technology.

Despite the possibility of them being picked or you losing your key and locking yourself out, traditional locks have been used for decades and are very reliable. Besides, if you ever have any concerns, you can always call a professional local locksmith to come and help you out.

Pro’s & Cons of Smart Locks

With smart locks, you cut out the possibility of picking and snapping that can come with traditional locks. You also don’t have to worry about losing a key and unlocking a smart lock is seamless – you won’t get caught in the pouring rain rummaging through your bag for a key anymore!

Most importantly, being able to access your home security when you’re away from the house gives you peace of mind that your home security is doing its job. They’re also great for businesses to ease the traffic flow of people coming in and out of an office without the faffing about of using keys.

However, smart locks can go wrong sometimes. If you have any problems with it, you can’t call up a blacksmith; you’ll have to call up an IT specialist if you forget your password or it gets hacked.

Price is also an important factor to consider. Smart locks are much more expensive but you pay for the better quality of security that they provide you with.

Our Verdict

Security wise, both locks are excellent. It’s just down to your own personal preference as to which one you go for.

Traditional locks offer a cheaper alternative and most people are familiar with these. There is a risk of potential picking and you can lose the key to operate it, but both of these are highly unlikely to happen. It’s also much more straightforward to use if you’re not great with tech.

On the other hand, smart locks provide you with greater security but do come with a greater cost. Being a new technology, locksmiths for these types of locks are hard to come by but their reliability is also excellent. They also save the hassle of using a key making them particularly ideal for offices with many people going in and out of.

We hope this guide was helpful in helping you understand the benefits, differences, and limitations that come with both locks. Now it’s time to take your pick!

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