Deciding what kind of lock you want for your safe isn't always easy. Different safe smiths have different opinions on which types of locks are the best, but ultimately, the decision is largely a personal one. Use these questions to guide you to the right lock for your safe:
1. Do you want a long lasting lock prone to very few problems?
A straightforward mechanical lock with a dial is one of the strongest, most reliable options in the safe locking world. Depending on the brand you buy, you may be able to get a lifetime warranty with a dial lock, and one of the only things that ever goes wrong with them is that the dial ring can come loose, moving the index point to the wrong place so the tumbler cannot line up. However, a service professional can fix that issue easily, making it possible to own this lock forever with just a bit of maintenance.
Electronic locks, in contrast, are prone to a number of problems. Battery lead wires can come unattached, door wires can get pinched, the keypad circuit board can short or shorts can cause the battery to drain and die. If any of these elements stop working, they cannot be easily repaired. As a result, a repair person has to drill into the side of the safe so you can access your stuff, and you have to buy a new one.
The only easy repair is with the keypad. If the buttons become worn or stop working, you can have someone replace the entire pad. However, in spite of its downfalls, an electronic keypad offers fast and easy access.
2. Do you need to be able to access your safe quickly?
If you need quick entry to your safe, an electronic lock with a keypad is considerably faster than a dial. For shoppers who want relative durability and easy access, electronic locks are the right choice. Just be aware that they may not last your entire lifetime.
3. Do you dislike the idea of remembering codes?
If you don't want to remember a code, you may need to stay away from both mechanical dials and electronic keypads. Instead, consider investing in a safe that uses biometric technology to open.
The most common option for small business or home safes is a lock that recognises fingerprints. The advantages are that you don't have to remember a code and you are not susceptible to someone stealing your code and using it.
Most of these safes also allow you to program in several users so you can have your family members or employees use the safe as well.
To learn more about what safe lock is right for you consult with a safe professional for more information.
11 September 2015
As the manager of a five-star hotel, I face many interesting challenges. There's never a dull moment! One of my biggest problems is security. I spend a lot of time obtaining quality keys, locks and safes and ensuring they are well-maintained. There's nothing worse than a tired guest and a broken lock at 3 am! Over the years, I have trialled many different types of locks and safes. I also keep up with the latest technology in this area. I am therefore quite the expert when it comes to advising family and friends about the best systems for their homes and businesses. Given that so many people ask me for advice, I figured that there may be others who are overwhelmed by the plethora of options out there. This blog may give you some ideas and help you make good decisions in your search for superior locks and safes.