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What is a digital door lock?
Digital door locks can also be referred to as combination door locks and they allow you to gain access to a property or parts of a property using a combination code.
Is a digital door lock right for me and my property or my business premises?
Firstly let me say that I would never recommend a digital door lock being used as the sole security measure on any external door. I tend to fit digital door locks within premises in Milton Keynes for commercial customers who also have other security measures employed. For these commercial customers, digital door locks come with a range of benefits:
One of the biggest advantages of a digital door lock is the fact that you never have to worry about you or your staff losing keys again. Calling a locksmith out to let you back into your premises can sometimes be costly, as can having replacement keys cut. I would like to stress here however that our prices at Errington Locksmiths are highly competitive and some of the cheapest in Milton Keynes. A digital door lock can then save you money in the long term particularly if you find yourself having to get keys cut on a regular basis. Many landlords in the MK area, particularly those who rent out individual rooms within their properties have switched to digital door locks for this reason.
Sometimes you may need to restrict or grant access to different parts of a building and as digital door locks can be fitted both internally and externally, they allow you to do this very easily. Combinations are easy to change so it is easy to accommodate new members of staff.
Digital door locks, come in many finishes and can match existing door furniture so the aesthetics of a property or premises should not be compromised with the fitting of a combination lock.
In some instances a digital door lock could be a real benefit for the elderly or disabled. Answering the door quickly can often be a real struggle for some as can finding and using a key so a digital door lock can help these customers who are able to use the combination code themselves and/or give it to trusted family, friends and or carers. I am also asked to fit a lot of key safes in Milton Keynes for this very reason. I must stress here again though that a digital door lock should not be used as the sole security measure on any external doors. I would always advise having insurance standard locks fitted on any external doors to your property or premises.
So what are the drawbacks of digital door locks?
Forgetting a combination code can be just as easily done as forgetting your keys and resetting the code when you’re in a rush can be equally as frustrating as losing your keys in the first place! In this digital age of passwords, the thought of another code to remember might be enough to put some people off!
You must make sure that you and your staff keep codes safe. This may mean that you need to double check that no one can see you entering the code or limit the amount of people that have access to the code. You may need to change your combination code on a regular basis as an extra layer of security.
Digital door locks can sometimes be powered by electricity. Bear in mind that the lock will not work in the case of a power failure however a mechanical digital door lock will not be affected by power failures. With an electronic version of a digital door lock, it would be advisable to have a key override.
I hope this post has explained some of the various advantages and disadvantages of digital door locks. If you have any questions or would like some advice, please get in touch with one of our Milton Keynes locksmiths.