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Angie's List: Keyless locks vs. deadbolts

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(WKOW) -- A lost keys is a familiar story for a lot of us, along with the hassle it takes to get into your home when that happens.  That's why many people are starting to go keyless. 

Commercial businesses have used them for years, and now Angie's List says they're becoming popular with homeowners too. "It is a lot more convenient not to have to carry a key. It's more convenient to not have to re-key your locks if you've given out a key, and again, you're so much more likely to lock the door when you don't have to have your keys with you," says Mary Tinder, a security professional. 

A basic keyless lock system is about four times more expensive than a traditional deadbolt. A push-button lock can be installed for around 200 dollars. Just punch in your pre-programmed code and you're in.

"Many people like a keyless lock system because it allows them to do away with that spare key hidden under a flower pot outside. It really gives them peace of mind that their house is more secure," says Angie's List founder, Angie Hicks. 

"That's huge because people can watch you, where you get your key and, unfortunately, people get to depend on that hidden key… under the mat. It's such a classic place, but I know some people who would do that," says Tinder. 

Newer, more expensive systems use a digital keypad and wireless technology to open the door. Whenever a programmed key fob or smartphone gets in close proximity to the door, a signal automatically gets sent to unlock.

"I think it's a lot more secure than handing a key out. You don't know if someone's made a copy of that key. This way, if you don't want them in anymore, you change the code," Tinder. 

If you go with a push-button system, experts recommend changing the passcode occasionally to keep the buttons from wearing down and helping someone guess the code.

Most keyless locks run on double-A or triple-A batteries and also come with a key bypass just in case you forget the code or lose the trigger to the lock. 

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