4 Types of Safe Locks


When choosing a new safe, it’s important to consider which type of lock you will want. There are several different types of safe locks, and each has its own pros and cons. From mechanical locks to electronic locks, there’s bound to be an option that fits your needs. If you’re wondering which lock to consider, here are four types of safe locks and what you need to know about them!

Manual Locks

By far, the most traditional option is the good old-fashioned lock and key. Manual locks have been around for centuries but have evolved and improved over the years. Manual locks typically come with two separate keys. They are high quality and durable, built to last for decades. 

Incidentally, manual locks add an extra level of security since only the holder of the key has access to the safe. If you give someone the combination to your safe, you’ll need to change your passcode. However, if you lend someone your key, then once they return it, they can no longer access your safe. This is a great option for safes.

Mechanical Locks

Mechanical locks, or combination locks, are the most iconic lock for a safe. This option typically takes the form of a dial.

Combination locks are comprised of various wheels which turn with the dial. When turned to a specific numerical sequence, the wheels are aligned in a way that allows you to open the safe. Mechanical locks come pre-set, but many safes allow you to change the combination later on. 

Electronic Locks

Far more advanced than the previous option, electronic locks make use of a keypad. You’ve probably seen an electronic lock safe in a hotel room at some point. While some require you to input a new code every time you open or close the safe, most electronic locks can be set to a specific code that can be changed later on should you so desire. 

As a precaution, most electronic locks come with a failsafe. There is usually a backup key that you can use to gain access should the wiring come loose on your keypad. While this option is slightly more expensive than a mechanical lock, it is well worth the money as it is extremely secure while still offering easy access to your valuables. 

Biometric Locks

Biometric locks work by storing your unique fingerprint within its database. Since it’s incredibly difficult to replicate fingerprints, this is by far the most secure lock. However, it can also be the most dangerous as if something were to happen to your hand, or you needed to give someone else access to your safe, it’s unlikely they would be able to open it.

There are many types of safe locks, so you should carefully consider your options when purchasing a safe. Consider asking one of our team members about which lock choice would work best for you. 

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