Senior citizens are often the target of home invasions because they are routine, thought to keep valuables in their home, and are not intimidating. Through a variety of methods, common thieves are easily able to get through seniors front doors with an actual key. So, for your aging parent, here are three reasons to switch to an electronic deadbolt lock for their home.
Makes it Difficult for "Good" Samaritans to Duplicate a Key
It seems everyone wants to help seniors out, yet not all of these supposed Samaritans are acting in good faith. It's easy for "Good" Samaritans to offer to help an elderly person with groceries and such as a way to get into their home. Unbeknownst to your parent's, these shady operators are actually taking a picture of their house keys with their smartphone.
A new online service can take two photographs of your front door key and create a duplicate of that key with little to no identification information. Now a complete stranger has access to your parents' home. Although information could be tracked to their credit card, who's to say that hasn't been stolen, and the intruders long gone.
Although many electronic deadbolts have a keyhole, your parent does not need to use it to get inside their home. And, if they feel a stranger has seen their code, it's simple to change it to a new one immediately.
There are No Hidden Keys to Uncover in Front of Strangers
So maybe a hidden key is the best option to keep around for your aging parent? Not necessarily. Yes, having an extra key lying around the front yard or under a brick near your home is great in a pinch. However, in an emergency, a hidden key is a lot more trouble than it's worth—especially when your aging parent has forgotten where they put that extra key.
For most people, remembering such vital information is not that big of a deal. However, as your parents get older, their mental faculties start to erode little by little each year. It's not inconceivable that your aging parents can easily forget where the spare key is hidden under pressure. That is the last thing anyone wants.
Electronic deadbolts can have multiple codes programmed in them. So, if your parents forget theirs, they can easily call you, or another loved one for their code.
Know Exactly Who Has Access to Your Home
What if your aging parent has a caregiver? If so, it may work better for the caregiver to have their own code to get inside your parents home. Unfortunately, not all senior citizen assistance services complete as thorough a background check as is necessary. So with an electronic lock, the caregiver would have their own code assigned, and you'd know who last had access and when. If you suspect foul play with this individual, it only takes a moment to disable that code.
These three reasons outline why you might need to get an electronic deadbolt, available from any company offering locksmith services, for your aging parents. It not only ensures they can get in whenever necessary, but also is a great way to control who has access to their home.