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What are some good electronic keypad locks?

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windy

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Post Wed Oct 29, 2014 5:46 am

What are some good electronic keypad locks?

I have recently become the owner of a number of single family homes and small apartment buildings. I have learned how easy it is to bypass a lock by "bumping" and want to replace or add on a non-key lock to the entrance doors. I have also found out that mechanical keypad locks opening codes are not sequential, so it wouldn't take too long for someone to try all the combinations.

What are some good durable electronic keypad locks? I have noticed one online, Yale Real Living Key Free Touch Screen Deadbolt, which looks promising to me. One thing I'm not clear on is whether I can create my own code or are they all given by the manufacturer?


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Post Wed Oct 29, 2014 7:36 am

Re: What are some god electronic keypad locks?

Welcome to the forum!

The solutions available to you in terms of electronic keypad locks have their own vulnerabilities, if you are looking for better security, you are better off going with a bump proof mechanical lock, in my opinion.

The Yale you linked to is an exception, but most electronic keypad locks have a mechanical key override, for when the battery runs out, or the electronics malfunction. These mechanical overrides are almost always locks that are vulnerable to bumping.

Electronic locks often also have a high failure rate, you will get better reliability from a bump proof mechanical lock.

The entry codes for most keypad locks are re programmable, so you aren't stuck with a factory set code, however the problem you highlight of other people learning the code still exists.

A possible disadvantage of these locks being reprogrammable is a disgruntled tenant changing the code on you when they leave.

Most bump proof locks also have good key control, this means that it is difficult to obtain duplicate keys, you can't just take them to a hardware store and ask for copies, because they can't make them. To have copies made, you must prove your credentials to a locksmith & usually present a security card that came with the locks.

If you feel that a bump proof mechanical lock may be a better solution, three you can look into are the Bilock, the Mul-t-lock MT5+ & the Abloy Protec. The Bilock is likely to be the most affordable of these. You will not find them in hardware stores, you will have to go to a locksmith. These locks are also much more difficult to pick than standard pin tumbler mechanisms.

Another advantage of Bilock is that they have a system called Bilock QC, that allows you to change the lock cylinder in a matter of seconds, so by having a few extra lock cylinders ready, you can rekey the locks at a given property yourself when there is a new tenant. A special key is turned in the lock & the cylinder comes out, then another cylinder is inserted in it's place and the lock is rekeyed. It is very fast & no tools are required.

A much cheaper bump proof lock is the Kwikset Smartkey. These locks are also quick rekeyable by the user, but they can be forced open fairly easily, so depending on the degree of security you require, they may be inadequate.

If I was in your position, I would choose a bump proof mechanical lock over an electronic keypad lock.

I hope this helps,

...Mark
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McLinda

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Post Mon Nov 03, 2014 2:20 am

Re: What are some god electronic keypad locks?

If you go with keypad locks, which I wouldn't recommend as their vulnerabilities leave you far more at risk than by bumping (which is loud, draws attention, and even for an expert isn't a one bang job) be sure to find out before purchasing whether the model you want allows you to change the default master codes. Not just the regular pin code, but the master "tech" codes. Not sure exactly what they're called, but I have a list of them somewhere if you're interested. Some do allow you to change the defaults on that, but nobody ever does. Which is a waste of a valuable added feature.

BTW, I have personally never encountered a "god electronic lock", as your question is asked, but I would imagine such a lock would be unhackable by anyone with the ability to do so. I am still holding out hopes of sneaking my way in past the pearly gates. ;)
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Post Mon Nov 03, 2014 1:45 pm

Re: What are some god electronic keypad locks?

McLinda wrote:BTW, I have personally never encountered a "god electronic lock", as your question is asked, but I would imagine such a lock would be unhackable by anyone with the ability to do so. I am still holding out hopes of sneaking my way in past the pearly gates. ;)


Thought Texans always had permission to enter. :-D

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McLinda

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Post Wed Nov 05, 2014 9:53 pm

Re: What are some god electronic keypad locks?

LOL Another of my perpetrations: Proud Texan Gal (from Virginia)

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