Most safe locks come in one of two types: mechanical or electronic. The type of lock you choose should be based on how you will use your safe and your personal preference.
Mechanical locks are great and probably the type of lock that first comes to mind when you think about safes. To open a mechanical safe lock, you turn the dial to the right to the first number of the combination, then to the left for the second number and then back to the right for the final number, just like opening your locker in high school. This type of lock is tried and true and normally has a long lifespan. In fact, this type of lock has been around since the 1800s.
The problem with mechanical locks? There have been few changes in their technology since the 1800s, which means they're easier for an experienced thief to crack the combination - sometimes they can crack it in 15 minutes or less. The other issue comes with entering your combination; if you make a mistake, you need to start all over again. And if you ever need to change your combination, you have to hire a locksmith to do it for you.
Many people opt for electronic safe lock instead. There are numerous reasons for this:
- Electronic safe locks are rated as a Group 1 lock with high manipulation resistance, which means it has 999,999 possible full combinations.
- You can choose your own combination and change it any time you want.
- You have the ability to program in multiple combinations for more than one user.
- They offer fast and easy access, even in the dark.
- Your safe remains secure even if keypad is removed.
- The lock’s memory retains your combination when you change its battery, or the battery fails.
The benefits of an electronic safe lock clearly outweigh its minimal downsides, such as being temporarily locked out of your safe if your batteries die.