her comment... When I was living on my own quite a few years ago, I had one of those doorknobs that you punch in the little button to lock it. At least twice, I punched the little button, closed the door, then opened my purse to dig out my keys which, you guessed it, were in the house. It's scary how easy it was to break in.
Now we have a doorknob that you can open from the inside even when it's locked, so you can't tell that it's locked without either looking or trying it from the other side. At least twice, I managed to lock myself out, on my way to work in the morning, while DH was still sleeping. KNOCK KNOCK KNOCK. BANG BANG BANG. "Sorry, honey."
Once, when I was in high school, I forgot my housekey. I figured I would go into the garage through the backyard and see if the door to the house was unlocked, as it occasionally was. No dice. Of course, by the time I got back to the patio after fiddling all the doors and windows, there was a policeman there with a gun pointed at me. He kept the gun on me until I retrieved my ID from my backpack. I'm sure I was a massive threat, all 5'2" and goofy asymmetrical hair. (It was the '80s, people.) Anyway, the experience freaked me out so much that I have rarely forgotten or lost my key since.
If you're more prone to misplacing your keys, you might want to check out the new series of keypad locks from Schlage. They allow you to set different entry codes for individual users, so you can give a babysitter or housekeeper their own code without worrying about getting spare keys made. Or getting them back.
Mom Central sent me one of the keypad deadbolts (the Schlage Satin Nickel Camelot Electronic Keypad Deadbolt, available for $138 at Lowes) to try out and it was a big hit with the whole family. It installed easily with just a screwdriver and I didn't even have to program our own code- it comes preset with two unique user codes. We haven't set any new user codes yet but it looks like it will be easy to do so. Roo loved memorizing the numerical code and she enjoys pushing the buttons to unlock the door, so it even works as a mini learning activity every day. I also appreciate the illuminated keypad which makes opening the door at night much easier than fumbling for keys in the dark.
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