No, we don’t leave things unlocked. We had keypads installed on all our house doors except the front one a few years back after a service person vanished with our house key.
Keypads are wonderful. If you want to give someone access you can set up a code and then erase it afterward. No worry about anyone making a copy of your key or absconding off with it.
This week we had our driveway coated with stinky stuff to make it last longer. For 48 hours we could not use our driveway. Normally I enter the house through the garage after exiting a car. With both cars on the road the quickest way to enter the house is through the front door. That’s the one without a keypad.
The good news is that I get to admire my front porch. It’s lovely this time of year.
The bad news is that it takes a key. I am almost totally keyless (and somewhat clueless).
My car has a smart button. The door unlocks as I approach and it starts with the press of a button as long as I have a sensor thingie in my purse.
No fumbling in purses or pockets. You don’t have to take anything out. It just knows it’s there and it’s happy.
I had to run a short errand and realized I had to lock the door with a key from the outside. I found my key but it didn’t work.
I jiggled and jiggled but it didn’t lock. I wiggled and giggled. It didn’t lock. I ran my errand with the front door unsecured.
I notified the guard cats just in case there was an intruder. They knew exactly where the good stuff was so that they could distract. (Yeah, I know. They would be under the beds hiding or protecting their cat food. Mine, num, num, num!)
We had changed our locks when we installed the keypads so maybe I had the old key.
The beloved husband was perplexed when I told him. He was sure he had a front door key made for me. I showed him what I had. It was a leopard print key. Very snazzy but it didn’t work.
It took him a while but he got it to lock, then unlock. When you rekey a lock, the new keys do not work as smoothly as the old ones. I don’t know why. We can go to the moon but we can’t make good key copies. What gives here?
Fortunately, we are back to entering by keypad and life is again good except the driveway still stinks.