Choosing a type of safe for your specific needs is important but it is just as important to understand what type of lock mechanism you would need. The majority of individuals do not face such dilemmas on the daily, choose locking mechanisms for their safes. Hence, it is crucial to first understand what types of safe locking mechanisms are out there, and then to choose the RIGHT one for you.
Below is a list of possible safe locking mechanisms you could choose from.
One of the most basic safe locking mechanisms is the good old key lock system. Key-operated, just as a normal door, extremely easy to use and well known by all. Such a simple mechanism is useful for anyone who does not like remembering numbers or does consider themselves to be friendly with modern technology.
The bad side of key locks is the easy ability to lose keys or have them stolen. Once the keys are lost, nothing can be done but to break the lock and replace it.
As seen in most spy movies, a combination lock is most often used for safe locking mechanisms. It requires a combination of numbers that a user can dial to open it. It can be changed or reset by the user at any given time. The benefit of using a combination lock instead of a key operated one is the ease of not having to worry about the key. You won’t have to worry about losing your keys.
The downside to combination locks is that it takes time to open in comparison to a digital lock. As well as the constant need to remember the long set of numbers.
Considered as one of the most modern lock mechanisms is the Digital Lock. Similarly to a combination lock, you need to have a series of numbers to input and doesn’t require a key. Unlike the olden style combination lock, digital lock used a modern keypad system. The keyword with digital locks is CONVENIENCE. It opens up swiftly and requires almost no effort. The main user can also have a unique code to allow them to change or re-program the code.
The final type of lock is the biometric lock, also seen as one of the highest level security. This high-tech security device used fingerprint technology to open the lock. Most convenient and least hassle lock of them all. Although they are extremely reliable, they do tend to be on the higher end of pricing points.