Re: Confused thinking
My wife and I had a conversation on this issue years ago and decided that we were more worried about burning to death or dying of smoke inhallation in a fire than burglars, who are by and large not interested in doing lots of extra time for murdering householders. So, to get out of our house at night or any other time it is occupied you do not need a key.
That makes it easier for a burglar to enter, but not silently. I locked myself out a couple of years ago and couldn’t persuade a locksmith to visit at 5pm on a Tuesday. My garage was unlocked so I utilised a screwdriver, hammer and a card scraper and got myself back in. The need to do that again has been solved too. No ammount of careful pushing and wiggling worked, it took lots of noisy banging the hammer. A credit card was nowhere near strong enough. At night that is not possible unless the lock fails and our neighbours’ door (semi detached) is right net to ours and it can be hard to tell which door has been knocked.
So I reckon we are pretty safe. When the house is empty, a deadlock is engaged. I was lucky when I locked myself out that without keys I couldn’t engage the deadlock. A case of the wrong trousers.