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Pros and Cons of Key Locks vs Keyless Entry Locks

an image of a keyless entry door lock activated by a mobile phone.

Did you know that Cold Lake had the highest crime rate per 1000 residents (8.62) in July 2023? This was followed by Wetaskiwin and Grande Prairie.

That's why it's so important to choose the right type of lock when attempting to secure your business against invaders. Two popular lock options are the traditional key lock and the commercial keyless door lock.

In this article, we'll explore the pros and cons of key locks and keyless entry locks to help you make an informed choice.

Pros of Key Locks

Keys were invented 6000 years ago! So everyone knows what they are and how they work, making them quite easy to use. But they have other advantages as well.

No Power Dependency

Key locks do not rely on electricity or batteries. This means they continue to work even during power outages or battery failures.

Cost-Effective and Simple to Use

Traditional key locks are generally more affordable upfront compared to electronic keyless entry systems. Also, anyone can use them without needing technical knowledge or special access codes.

Cons of Key Locks

The problem with key locks is that you need a key. That means you or your employees could potentially lose them as well. Other cons are listed below.

No Remote Access

Key locks don't offer the convenience of remote access. You need to physically be present to lock or unlock the door.

Limited Access Control

Key locks provide limited control over who has access. Once a key is distributed, it can be challenging to track who has it and when they use it.

Pros of Keyless Locks

If you wish for advanced security features like access codes, biometrics (fingerprint or retina scans), and smartphone app control, then keyless entry locks are for you. Here are some pros to consider.


Keyless entry provides convenient access without the need for physical keys. You can lock and unlock your door remotely and provide temporary access codes to guests or service providers.

Access Control

With keyless entry, you have better control over who can access your property and when. You can easily change access codes or deactivate them for specific users.

Cons of Keyless Entry Locks

Keyless entry locks aren't without their faults though. The biggest one is the higher upfront cost. They also have a higher learning curve, especially for those less technologically savvy.

Power Dependency

Most keyless entry systems require power. This can be either from batteries (which can die) or a wired connection.

Risk of Hacking

While keyless entry locks are generally secure, they are not immune to hacking attempts. It's essential to choose a reputable and well-secured system to minimize this risk.

Choose the Right Commercial Keyless Door Lock for Your Establishment

Your business needs to be properly secured against intruders. Otherwise, you could lose thousands of dollars of precious inventory in a matter of minutes. By choosing a commercial keyless door lock system, you can protect yourself and your business without much effort.

Set up an appointment with Aegis Locksmiths to look at keyless lock options for your business.


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