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Locking Mechanism Options | Safes

In this modern age there are many options for different locking mechanisms for your home safe, lock box or vault ranging from the classic combination or key locks to the more sophisticated and modern biometric and electronic locks. Here you will find a brief overview of your different options for locking your safe.

Key Locks

The oldest and perhaps most classic of your options is the key lock. While it is perhaps the most simple it may not be the most secure and lacks many features that those seeking ultimate security may desire. The pros of a key lock is the fact that you have a tangible object to keep which many people may find advantageous. However, the disadvantage to this is that the security of your safe is compromised should you lose the key. Fortunately for those that like this classic option there have been great advancements in key technology in recent decades. The key-lock is a time tested method that still remains a fixture in many home safes and lockboxes today.

Combination Locks

The combination lock is also a very old and trusted design. The pros of a combination lock are that it requires very little maintenance and is very reliable locking mechanism. There are combination locks in existence today that have been around for over a century and still work perfectly. The recommended maintenance for a combination lock is every five years which can be a perk for people that do not have time for regular maintenance. One of the downsides of a combination lock, however, is the fact that entry is somewhat time-consuming and may be best suited for circumstances that do not require quick access. The combination lock also does not offer some of the more advanced options that one can attain with more modern technology. Regardless, the combination lock still remains a favorite for home safes because of its consistency and classic design.

Electronic Locks

Electronic locks are quickly becoming the standard in today's world of safes and vaults. There is a wide range of security possibilities with electronic locks that even include integration into a home security system. Some of the bonuses include quick access, programmable features, multiple programmable entry codes, and automatic lock down after failed entry attempts. However, there are some downsides to electronic locks as well. It is important to change the code often so that the numbers are not worn down by overuse and easily give away the combination to a potential thief. Being of electronic nature it is also necessary to change the batteries often and these safes may be vulnerable to other electronic malfunctions as well. All that being said electronic locks are quickly becoming a favorite on the market for the myriad of security options that they provide.

Biometric Locks

Biometric locking systems are the newest adaptation for home security and offer an interesting approach to locking your safe or vault. Biometric locks use fingerprint recognition, voice recognition, or retinal scans to grant or deny access to your home safe or vault. Fingerprint recognition locks can be especially handy for urgent situations like home gun safes for self-defense that require quick access. These safes can be programmed to read a multitude of fingerprints, voices, or retinas so that entire family can be granted access. In addition, it is becoming more popular that these biometric safes are being combined with electronic keypads in order to further increase the security. What once seemed like a distant future in Hollywood heist movies is quickly becoming an affordable reality for home safes and vaults.