It's 7:15 a.m. and the phone rings. My wife answers, speaks quickly, then hands me the phone and says, "Lila has a problem." Well after raising three daughters and being married 37 years, problems are nothing new. And being a security consultant for nearly as long, solving problems with solutions...
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It's 7:15 a.m. and the phone rings. My wife answers, speaks quickly, then hands me the phone and says, "Lila has a problem."
Well after raising three daughters and being married 37 years, problems are nothing new. And being a security consultant for nearly as long, solving problems with solutions is my business. But Lila is married now with two babies and a husband who is there to solve her problems.
Oh yeah, that's right, her husband is away on a business trip. I say, "What's up? I was just heading out the door."
Lila explains she has managed to lock herself out of her house, with her two little babies inside. "I just ran out to get something out of the car (her cell phone), and I must have accidentally hit the little button on the lever. What can I do?" Georgianna (24 months old) and William Baron (3 months old) are inside. "I need to get back in there fast!"
Lila is loosing her composure in the chilly autumn air as she imagines something horrible occurring while she stands helplessly peering through a window. Her unsupervised two-year-old can find trouble in seconds.
Thanks to me, Lila's house is a fortress with entry locks and deadbolts on every door.
"I guess you haven't stashed a key somewhere in the yard for an emergency?" The obvious answer comes back "No! Daddy, what should I do?" I reply, "I can be there in 35 minutes with a key."
Lila screams, "I can't wait 35 minutes, I don't know what will happen in 35 minutes!"
We're both telling her to stay calm. My wife suggests we call Lila's sister Layla, but that will not help because Layla is about 20 minutes form there too, and we haven't even reached her yet.
We say, "Find an open window or break a window," realizing that Lila, still recuperating from childbirth, could injure herself attempting either. Lila says she'll look for an open window, and we hang up with her; then my wife tries to contact her sister Layla. We have our land line and cell phone working.
After a few moments, Lila calls back to tell us to stand down from the emergency because she found an open window and was back safely inside, caring for the babies. It was tough for me to admit to myself that locks I provided my daughter could have caused an injury to her or one of my grandchildren.
That was enough excitement for us all for one day. I made plans to drop off a spare key for my daughter to conceal in the yard. Shortly after that, I received a new Kwikset Powerbolt 1000 for evaluation, and I soon realized that I had in my hands a product that could have provided a stress-free solution for my daughter's crisis.
Further thought revealed that the Powerbolt could be a solution for many other situations as well. As we all go through our stressful lifestyles and as we grow older, remembering things, like keys, seems to get more difficult. And hiding a key is not the best solution, because criminals often know where to look for spare keys.
Keyless entry (also known as access control) is the fastest growing market segment in security. I guess that's why Kwikset invented the Powerbolt 1000.
What's the perfect security solution? I dare say that the overwhelming majority of American homes do not have one. They do have glass walls and windows, inadequate locks, keys that have been given out to contractors and friends (and possibly duplicated numerous times) and locks that aren't even used because the keys have been misplaced.
I was listening to the radio Saturday morning, to a program on home improvement, and they were offering a Kwikset Powerbolt 1000 to the caller with the best home improvement tip. I couldn't resist calling in, and soon I was on the air to 2,000,000 "On The House" listeners.
The consensus within the security industry has long been that good security requires both mechanical security (locks) and electronic security (alarms and access control). However, most residential structures are not designed with security as the priority, and locks only protect when then they are used. Providing a convenient locking system is a major step in the right direction. Combining locks with electronics is the formula for the most effective security solution.