"Concerned With Who Has My/Our Key"
Sunday, September 8, 2013 • 1:20pm
We have given keys out to our house for our dog walker who we use frequently and at times we schedule their services yet often we may call them because of work conflicts and need them to take care of our dog. All of our doors work with the same key and we definitely trust them but the what ifs seem to be a constant. On a security standpoint what would you suggest?
LM Chatham NJ
Great question and you open up an excellent topic. Today many of us have outside vendors assisting with us in the household. It could be as you mention pet sitters, cleaning services, baby sitters elder care etc I am sure the it is endless. This is actually a can of worms that I think we could talk about forever but we can address the most common aspects and possibly elaborate further in future columns. We are going to put the outside devices in two categories the first being professional and second "friend or acquaintance". If the services rendered are professional chances are you have signed an agreement with the company, you see they are bonded and insured and you have had the opportunity to ask questions such as the longevity of their workers, have they passed a background check etc. With the fiend or acquaintance obviously it falls back on you and your decision to use them.
The questions main focus is a key to your house in this respect many entry doors do have two locking pieces of hardware a locking latch and a dead bolt. Here we would suggest keeping all of you locks keyed the same and use the bottom latch on one door as a 'Vendor' entrance keying it differently so you know when locking the dead bolt that the key issued will not allow access into your home when the bolt is locked. Options here would also be to have your main house key working all even the lower latch which is a simple form of master keying. Another option could be asking your vendor (or if a friend you provide) a key keeper. They make ones that hang on your door knob (think real estate) or can mount on the outside of your residence. The only disadvantage here is it does not restrict anyone from making copies of said key.
There are also products on the market today that allow you to access a stand alone lock on the door of you house using your smart phone, this option would obviously be of greater expense and would vary with the manufacturer. Excellent question I hope these suggestions are helpful.
Kelly Corbett CPP
Retired Policeman Madison Police Department, NJ State Licensed Detective, Certified, Protection Professional CPP, Board Certification through ASIS, Owner of Corbett Lock, Inc., NJ State License Locksmith.
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