Short question is in the subject line. I’m closing on a house in a few weeks, and I would like to outfit it with high security smart locks.
Specifically, I want a Z-wave deadbolt, so that I can verify they are all locked at night, and a key that a motivated but unskilled person could not get a copy of even if they had 5 days of continuous access to a key. My search for locks has lead me to the security snobs Abloy Protec2 retrofit cylinders.
My specific scenario is a high-conflict ex wife with a history of dramatic behavior, with split custody of kids who are approaching the age where they would like to have their own house keys. This means unless I make them turn their keys in before they go to mom’s, she’llhave access to take it to get a copy made for 5 days in a row every other week. She did this at my old house with my Kwikset door locks before I moved into a gated condo, so I don’t feel paranoid for thinking she’d do it again.
Is there a high security cylinder + smart lock combination you’d recommend I try integrating? I am a mechanical engineer and have a full machine shop at my disposal for modifications. The Protec2 Kik cylinder seemed like a good starting point, since as I understood it, there is nothing in the “notch”, but if there’s something that is an easier or lower-cost drop-in, with equal key control, I’m not married to the Protec2 format. I obviously understand that duplicates for myself down the line will be difficult, but I do like that I can get keyed-alike padlocks for my breaker box and gates.
Thanks for any advice! If there isn’t any combination people have experience with, I’ll just buy parts and wing it (and report back!, but it wouldn’t take too many fails on cylinder or smart lock to add up fast financially.