Yale Keyless Digital Lock – makes opening your front door fun

I left my key indoors and shut the door behind me. After cycling to the farm shop and back (loads of veg and a Hershey Bar for under a fiver – bargain), I quickly and easily got back into the house. How, when Shaun wasn’t in, the cat can’t reach that high and I didn’t leave any windows or doors open?

It’s because I’ve got one of these.


This is the Yale Keyless Digital Lock which is great for runners, as you don’t have to take your front door key out with you. What I like most about it though is that it makes opening your front door fun. When was the last time you opened your front door and thought ‘oh, that was fun, I must do it again’? I never used to be arsed which of us opened the front door but now – although I’m sure the novelty will wear off soon – I’m yelling ‘LET ME DO IT’ when we come back from somewhere.

There’ll be no more scrambling drunkenly in my bag for my key after a night out. And, if I’m so drunk that I can’t remember the PIN, I can have it texted to me (although, let’s be honest here – I’m far more likely to bang on the door and get Shaun out of bed to let me in).

It also lets you set up a temporary PIN for visitors and both PINs can be changed at any time and if you’re worried about people seeing you key your number, you can use any other two digits before and after your PIN to trick them.

I’ll let Shaun blog about installing it but it doesn’t require you to be an electrician, you just drill a hole in your door and fit it. The lock runs off four AA batteries that will last for 10,000 door openings (it gives you three months’ warning that they’re going to run out).

The Yale Keyless Digital Lock starts from £119.99 (including VAT) and is available from your local DIY or hardware store. Call 01902 364647 for stockists or visit www.yaledigital.co.uk to buy online.


  • One fundamental problem with this type of lock. They can be simply opened from inside by the push of a button, no code, fob or key required, therefore vulnerable via letter box and more importantly simply break glass in or around door, reach through and just push the button, hey presto, door open. Big design failing and I bet insurance company’s won’t cough up if access is gained this way.

    • I just checked and ours doesn’t have a button on it that opens it from the inside. The mortise lock gets put on when there’s no one in, anyway.

  • Obviously talking at cross purposes. The heavily advertised Yale lock has a button on the inside handle. And why would you have a mortise lock plus digital, the whole point of the Yale locks is you don’t have to mess about with mortise locks ?!

  • The lock itself, John, is as good as any cylinder rim nightlatch. They all have a similar design failing re. internal access (irrespective of deadlocking features), and all fail on ultimate security due to the weak nature of the surface fixed keep. Mortice locks for proper security (ie when the house is empty) are still essential but this is (having fitted scores of nightlatches over 26 years) as secure as any. I certainly trust it more than the item mine replaced (which I bypassed with no damage in under 20 seconds).

    • Just feel that I have been a numpty by being taken in by the advertising and novelty factor for a product that is in effect just that a novelty. Will be checking my insurance tomorrow to check if they accept this product. Going to be seriously peed off if i have to have the whole thing removed. Will be claiming against Yale if that is the case and having a word with Trading Standards. Feel such a twit for not noticing the glaringly obvious.

  • I recently bought this lock, but regret after seeing the user manual. Which says by pressing “I” button inside battery cover, anyone can set (or change existing) user pin and/or visitor pin without restriction. What about someone suspicious or child playing with it and change the pin without you owner know it, then the owner will have trouble when come back trying to open the door. Oops.

    Yale tech team should have design something like this: To change Pin, you must enter master pin to authorise the change or set up new user pin.

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