I love having a numeric keypad to enter my apartment in Seoul. It’s superior to keys on many (if not all) levels. All I need to do to enter my apartment is punch in my four-digit code, and voila, I’m in! No hassles rummaging through my pockets or purse to find a key. No losing a key. No touching a dirty key. No fussy doorknob to deal with either. To leave my apartment, I press a button to unlock my door, and I’m out. Simple.
For extra privacy, there is the master lock. The master lock means that people cannot open the door from outside even if they punch in the code. So, if you don’t want someone entering your place when you are physically in your home, turn on the master lock. For example, the people who come to check my gas have to come into my apartment to read the meter. They have my code in their records and sometimes come in when I am not home. They always knock before they come in, but if I feel I need more privacy, I can turn on the master lock when I am home.
Keypads are not only great for security; they are also great for guests. With guests, no one needs to worry about making extra copies of keys or being home to unlock the door. Just give your guests the code. If you feel like you’re giving your code away too much, no problem. Change it.
The biggest drawback would be that many people still have key chains for their car keys. Since they still carry around car keys, they probably don’t see a problem carrying around house keys either. Even so, I still think numeric keypads are better alternatives to keys. Just make sure only you and your trusted confidants know the code.
Keypads may be pricier to install, but they are hassle-free. Maybe they will catch on one day, especially for people who don’t have cars. Perhaps a good business venture.