When you own a holiday home, you have a responsibility to make sure it is safe and secure for your guests, but you also want to protect yourself from anything the guests might do. So what is stopping them from copying the key and returning to their leisure? This guide will help you prevent such issues.
What Lock is Best for a Holiday Home?
Having a lock and key makes things simple. You can leave the key in a specific place for them, have someone meet them and give them a key, ask a neighbor to hold on to it, or use a key lock box on the side of your building.
What’s the problem with this approach?
The guest can get a copy of your key.
The Key Issue
There are options to get around this.
One would be to inscribe the key with the words “Do Not Duplicate.” While most locksmiths will acknowledge this writing and not duplicate it, an experienced actor could talk around it. For example, we just bought the house, and we need a spare, etc. A discerning locksmith may ask for proof, but someone new to the business may simply go ahead and copy the key. They won’t be breaking any laws by doing so.
Another option is to get a high-grade lock and keys like a Medeco or Mul-T-Lock. Some higher-security locks require special authorization for people to get copies. So it could prevent any unwanted key copying.
Lose the Keys
A better option, however, is to lose the keys entirely.
In this day and age, there are options open to you to have a holiday home that doesn’t require any keys. Try Keyless Entry Locks.
A keyless entry lock is a lock that works through key cards, passcodes, and even Bluetooth and Wifi. It increases the safety of your home by not giving any key to copy. Even if a guest keeps a holiday home key card, you can prevent it from opening the door by deactivating it with a touch of a button.
Smart Locks will allow you to set a code for your home. You can activate this code on the day you have new guests and change it when they leave. You can change the code with every guest. You will never have to be there to give them a key or leave the keys with anyone.
Smart Locks and Holiday Home Security
Using smart technology as your keys for your holiday home guests gives you added security when the holiday home is empty. Smart security locks come with additional smart benefits like:
- Alarm systems
- Motion sensors
- Intercom system
- An emergency button that automatically calls the authorities.
Whether you have holidaymakers in your holiday home or an empty holiday home for the winter, I am sure you can see how these features will benefit you and your guests.
The downside? If there’s a power cut, your guests may be stuck outside.
Advice from Miami Locksmiths
At Quickly Locksmiths, we provide assistance and advice to Miami 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We can help you keep your property secure all year round with our expert knowledge in standard locks and keyless entry systems.
If you need help securing a holiday home or finding the perfect lock that will work for you and your guests, contact Quickly Locksmith at (305) 984-9922 or through our contact us page.