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Question DetailsAsked on 9/26/2014

Are keyless locks as good as deadbolts

I am specifically asking about the locks wiyh a keypad

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The keyless and key portion are both the "lock" part of the system - either type can operate a door catch (the part that automatically latches when the door closes) or a deadbolt, and both can be defeated - the keypad type by guessing the code from the wear patterns or clean keys on it or by breaking it off and just hotwiring the wires, the key type by creaking it with a tool, ripping it out, or "bumping" it with a "bump key". There are poor, fair, and good version of both types.


The only "high security" type of door lock (other than ones with a fulltime inside security guard and print scanners) are the electronic ones where you use a keypad on the wall, and it sends the signal to an electronic lock INSIDE the door that opens the lock if the signal is right, so breaking the outside pad off the wall and hotwiring just shorts it out - but does not open the lock. And of course to avoid guessing you need to clean the pad frequently so which keys you use does not show, and change the code 3-6 months so the wear pattern on the keys does not give away which digits are being used. There are also security locks with complex-shaped keys that cannot readily be replicated or bumped.


Both these more advanced types cost several hundred minimum (plus installation), as opposed to $50-100 range for a "good" lockset.


At any time, a deadbolt is far more secure than a door catch type, especially if terminated in a heavy-duty security striker plate with heavy-duty stainless steel bolts or screws rather than brass.

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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No. Keyless locks offer greater convenience, not security. Most "keyless" locks include a mechanical key override in case of power or other failure, so they will still have all the shortcomings of the conventional keyed lock, plus other possible vulnerabilities. One major lock manufacturer offers both electronic entry and deadbolt locks. They have a lifetime warranty on the mechanical portion of the lock, but only one year on the electronic.


Whether keyed or keyless, the deadbolt is the heart of your door's security. The single greatest improvement you can make is to reinforce the door and door jamb to make them more resistant to forced entry attempts. Most break-ins/burglaries are the result of simple brute force. Door reinforcement kits are available that will have your door and wall acting as a single unit. The kit should include jamb, door edge, and hinge reinforcement.


If you believe you are being specifically targeted, you can get high-security locks that use patent-protected key blanks that cannot readily be duplicated without written authorization.

Answered 5 years ago by AlticLock




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