Different Types of Safe Locks Available on The Market Today
Which type of safe lock should I use?
Locks for safes are available in a variety of styles. Safes come with key locks, mechanical code locks, electronic combination locks, or biometric locks. Additionally, safes can be equipped with time locks and double locks. This requires two people to open the safe. It is pertinent to note that each type of lock has its own advantages and disadvantages. You should choose the lock that is most practical for you, most effective for your situation, and most suitable for you.
Old-fashioned locks and keys remain the most traditional option. The traditional way of locking a safe is with a key. This lock is reliable. Battery life is not an issue. You can open it at any time if you have the keys. Keys can, however, be stolen or lost. Furthermore, getting a new key or opening the safe without it can cost as much as hiring a locksmith. Two keys are usually included with manual locks. Their durability and quality make them long-lasting. Furthermore, as an added security measure, manual locks are only openable by the holder of the key. Therefore, once someone returns your key, they will no longer be able to access your safe. For safes, this is a great option.
Safe with cylinder lock
Cylinder locks are not suitable for burglar-proof safes. The cylinder lock is used on key boxes, fire proof safes, and fire proof drawers. Here, fire safety takes precedence over theft prevention.
Cylinder locks reduce prices, making the safe more affordable.
Safe with electronic code lock
Electronic locks employ a keypad, which is far more advanced than previous options. Almost all hotels have digital safes. Many electronic locks allow you to set a specific code that can be changed later on. However, some require a new code every time you open or close the safe. The emergency key is usually included in cheaper (and often non-certified) locks in the event the locking system refuses to function or if there is a ‘lockout’ such as a battery running out.
In comparison to a key lock, safes equipped with reliable electronic code locks are more expensive. In addition to a master code, most electronic combination locks have one or more user codes.
The digital lock will also become blocked after a number of failed attempts.
If the battery in your safe is weak, you will be notified visually and/or acoustically. Regardless of the warning, you can always connect an external battery and use your user code to open the safe.
In the event that your keypad wiring comes loose, you usually have a backup key. Despite being more expensive than mechanical locks, this option offers very high security while still being easy to use.
Key-locking safe with double bits
As a standard feature, most safes are equipped with a double-bit key lock. In comparison with an electronic code lock, this is the cheapest variant.
The double-bit locking mechanism used in a safe with a key lock ensures enhanced security. Key locks are just as secure as electronic code locks. Furthermore, key locks are less susceptible to changing weather conditions, making them extremely dependable.
Key locks have the disadvantage of requiring proper key management. Burglars will locate the safe key and open it without hesitation if they find the key.
Combination lock safe
The correct combination must be dialed several times to open a mechanical (number) combination lock. It depends on the version, but usually three or four turns are made before the ‘opening code’ is turned. It is then possible to open the safe by operating the lock. Through the use of an adjustment key, mechanical code locks can be programmed to any customized code. The safe door has an opening at the back that allows this adjustment to be made.
Safes with mechanical combination locks are highly reliable and can only be opened by the person who has the right code. A key is not required to operate this lock.
A mechanical code lock has the disadvantage of being more expensive and requiring precision turning.
Fingerprint biometric code lock for safes
It has been several years since biometric locks have been used on safes, but only a small number are available. The high purchase price is largely to blame. Additionally, biometric code locks that are certified for burglar-resistant safes are expensive. A PIN code is required to open this type of safe. Even though this provides a high level of safety, you must make sure the code isn’t forgotten. Batteries can also run out, making it impossible to open. However, battery low alerts are provided by most safes nowadays.
Safes with biometric locks can be opened with a fingerprint, which is a huge advantage. Users can be added, removed, or temporarily blocked with advanced biometric locks.
Your unique fingerprint is stored in a biometric lock’s database. Due to the difficulty of replicating fingerprints, this is the safest lock.
The type of lock you choose when buying a safe should be carefully considered. Contact one of our team members if you would like assistance choosing the right lock.
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