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Pros and Cons of Restricted Key System vs. Standard Locks

December 13, 2018

You might have just bought a new house or you might be interested in improving an old property, either way you are looking at your security features. Making sure that your property is secured is of the utmost importance. While home break-ins are not terribly common, they happen often enough that you'll want to make sure that you are protected in as many ways as possible. The most important security feature that you can focus on is your front door and the locking system you opt to use. Today, we are going to highlight two prominent types of locking systems in order to contrast them against one another. We will be comparing restricted key systems with standard locking systems.

Restricted Key System vs. Standard Locks

While you no doubt understand what a standard locking mechanism is, the idea of a restricted key system might be a little newer to you. Let's go ahead and talk about each style of locking system. We'll lay out what each locking system does as well as the pros and cons associated with them.

1) Restricted Key Systems - A restricted key system is a special system of locks/keys that are all tied to a master key. You cannot make duplicates of this master key without express written consent. Using a patented system, owners of the key to the property will not ever be able to have it duplicated. This system ensures that no extra keys start floating around in the world.

Benefits: The benefits of a restricted key system are pretty obvious from the start. As the owner of the property, you will be able to track each and every key that exists to your home. You can rest easy knowing that your locks are secured and that there are no free-floating keys out in the world. You'll have the only record of keys that are in existence. The downside is that you'll have to fill out a form whenever you want to have a key duplicated, even if you are just duplicating the key for a family member or loved one.

2) Standard Locks - A traditional deadbolt lock backed by a single master key that can be duplicated at will. These locks are effective yet can be manipulated and even broken into.

Benefits: A standard locking system is as generic as they come, but they are effective in most situations. The upside with a standard lock system is that you already have them on your home and you do not have to do any further work to implement them. The downside of a standard set of locks is that they can be bypassed by a committed criminal.

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