Fierce Smart Lock Competition

Back in August, we profiled the August Smart Lock which is due to be available this spring. The August smart lock’s aim is to provide ease of access to whoever it is that you may need to let into your home. The August lock is installed on your existing deadbolt and uses built in Wi-fi to communicate with an app on your mobile device. However, there is a competitor offering an extremely similar product to that which is offered by August.

Lockitron works in just the same way that an August smart lock would work. The Lockitron fits to your existing deadbolt allowing you to control the lock on your deadbolt from a remote location. Since the smart lock fits over your existing deadbolt, adding smart functionality, you are still able to use your existing key to manually open the door at any time.

So which one of these lock products should you choose? We will take a side by side look at both the Lockitron and August Smart Lock to see which may be best for your home.

Pricing

This first comparison is very straight forward. The August Smart Lock is available at a pre-order price of $199 while the Lockitron is available for the price of $179. So there is an obvious savings of $20 between the factory prices of both smart locks making the Lockitron slightly cheaper. Both prices include the shipping of the lock.

Availability

Both of these locks are highly sought after and are still in the production and testing stage. Right now the Lockitron has begun to ship to some of those customers who have pre-ordered the lock, however due to mechanical bugs as well as back orders, a Lockitron ordered today may ship between February and March. The August Smart Lock’s current availability is not much better than the Lockitron. August has not yet begun to ship any pre-orders for the lock, with the first pre-orders scheduled to be shipped in the spring of 2014. At the moment, it seems that if you are in a hurry to get a smart lock, that you will have to wait, and that Lockitron would likely arrive before the August Smart Lock is available.

Functionality

Both locks have mobile apps available for iPhone and Android so that you can easily access your remote key at anytime. Lockitron also has a mobile website which you can also use to log-in and access your home remotely. August and Lockitron both can be opened using your physical key and both can be used even during a power outage. As far as functional capabilities August and Lockitron are just about neck and neck.

With both of these locks offering very similar features, it will be interesting to see how these locks will differentiate from each other. Once both locks are readily available in spring it will be easier to make a determination on which lock is the better value, since we will be able to see exactly what flaws and bugs each of the locks has.

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Thieves Marking Homes in London

VIA The Telegraph – An interesting situation has been developing across the pond, over in London. Thieves are using small locksmith stickers to mark homes that may be easy to target for burglaries. The labels themselves are something that are very common in the locksmith industry, a small sticker with a number to call in case the owner is locked out and in many cases are placed on the door after a service has been completed. When police began to investigate the rash of break-ins throughout London they phoned the company which had its sticker on a door which was broken into, much to the surprise of the police the locksmith company did not exist.

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Fake labels that London thieves are using

It turns out that “scouts” where scouring the neighborhoods looking for easy targets and then placing the stickers as a type of sign to other burglars that they could burglarize that home. Apparently issues like this have been common in the United Kingdom recently with thieves also using chalk and other signs to “mark up” easy targets to steal from. So far police in London have made no arrests but they believe that it is likely an organized gang of thieves who are working together to mark and burglarize the homes. London residents have been advised to keep an eye out for stickers like this or any other marking which they do not recognize and then report them to police.

The resolution of this will be one that is interesting to see. Could their be a gang of underground thieves that are working as a team to mark houses and then burglarize them? Or could it be that it was only a small group of part time thieves. Either way the ending for this will certainly make for a very interesting story.