Which Safe Lock Should I Choose?

Look at the types of vault locks available for a conventional safe that is in a home or small business, and you can divide the lock into three types, namely a safe with a mechanical lock, electronic lock, or a biometric lock.

Mechanical safe locks

Mechanical locks require no power and are therefore less susceptible to interference. Often they are also cheaper than, say, electronic safes.

Safe with key lock

Safes with the key lock are usually the simplest ones, Therefore, the choice for a safe with a key lock is the most obvious choice if you are looking for an affordable safe. It’s Ideal for a home. They are easy to open and close with a key. The great advantage of this safe lock is that you have no codes to remember. A disadvantage is that you have to save somewhere keys (including spare keys) and preferably not near the safe. So either learn the passcode or keep the spare keys in a place only you know of.

Mechanical combination lock

As its name suggests, it’s a combination lock using a combination code. A set of figures is used to open the lock and close it. The lock combination can actually be subdivided into two types.

Firstly the simple variant you probably know, for example, padlocks and suitcases. You have multiple wheels with the numbers from 0 to 9 on it. Which one to get together in the right order by rotating them. Course, you have to set your own code. Some of our book lockers are equipped with this type vault lock. You just have to remember your personal code.

And secondly, the most typical or recognizable safe lock is a mechanical combination lock that uses disks. These can be identified by the rotary which has stripes and numbers around it. The discs that were mentioned earlier have to perfectly align and in order to do that there is a small circular knob on the rotary lock that can be twisted to place the discs in the correct places.

There is no key needed to open the safe and close. A disadvantage of this type of safe locks is that it takes more time to open the lock. If you do not often need what have in the safe then this is not a problem, but for businesses it may soon be perceived to be as difficult. And what if you need reading glasses? Then the choice of a mechanical combination lock with discs is not recommended because of the precision required in opening the safe lock. Even trembling fingers do not make it easier to open.

It’s probably not for nothing that this type vault lock is often seen in films as burglars try to crack a safe. By its action, the scene is always just more exciting.

Electronic safe lock

The electronic safe is also known as a safe with a combination lock, it is hugely popular for homes, clubs, shops, and small businesses. They are easy to open with a code. This digits can be chosen and set. The lockers are fitted with a user code and a master code. If the code (depending on model) is entered incorrectly several times, the keypad for a certain period will be blocked. This happens in most cases for about 5 minutes. In this way, the contents of the safe are safely protected against theft.

In the event of an emergency, to be on the safe side, they are also equipped with a mechanical lock. Thus, you can always open it with a key as a backup.

Safe with biometric lock

Can a safe open with your fingerprint? This is possible when the model is carried out with a biometric lock. Each fingerprint is unique, so only those whose fingerprint is set to open the safe has a quick and easy access to the safe. It is possible to store a plurality of fingers with which to open the safe. If you do not want to use your fingerprint, you can use your own personal code.

Anchor the safe for maximum security

Now I hear you thinking; now the box does have a good safe lock, but can thieves still pick up the whole vault and run away? Well to answer your question, it is wise to anchor the safe to the floor or wall. Most safes are equipped with pre-drilled anchor holes and associated mounting hardware. This assures you of the safe being anchored and equipped with a burglar proof safe lock!

  • December 24, 2016
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