Which Lock Is Best for Me?

17-02-2016

With multiple locking options now available, many people are asking, which lock is right for me? 

Digital Locks

Digital locks provide easy and quick access to safes and secure areas. Often seen as the most modern locking option, this lock is very popular with home and business owners.

The Advantages

  • Code changing is simple and straight forward.
  • Large numbers on the pads appeal to visually impaired people.
  • Backlit lighting can make accessing the safe or secure area simple in the dark.
  • Fast and easy keypad access.
  • The most technologically advanced option.

The Disadvantages

  • Floods or natural disasters can damage the lock.
  • Electronic hacking can damage the lock.
  • The batteries can run out.
  • The code needs to be remembered and put in correctly.
  • Codes shouldn’t be written down, especially in close proximity to the safe.

Mechanical Combination Locks

A short sequence of numbers are used to unlock this device and it is completely key-less. Typically, a small rotating disc is used to select the correct numbers.

The Advantages

  • Durable mechanical parts with a long life span.
  • Unaffected by batteries or hacking.
  • Easy access with the correct code.
  • Access is quite quick.
  • Unaffected by water or flooding.

The Disadvantages

  • The code needs to be remembered and put in correctly.
  • Codes shouldn’t be written down, especially in close proximity to the safe.
  • Codes should be kept secret, therefore the memory of the safe owner should be relied on.
  • Can be slower to open than a digital lock.
  • Can be a good alternative for the elderly or disabled people who may struggle with keys.

Manual Key Locks

This is a very traditional option but still popular with many safe owners as an easy means of access.

The Advantages

  •  There is no need to remember a code.
  •  The batteries cannot fail.
  •  Aesthetically pleasing – many prefer the style of a traditional lock to an electronic lock.
  •  Cannot be electronically manipulated.

The Disadvantages

  • Keys can be lost or stolen.
  • Multiple keys should be ordered in case of loss.
  • Locks can be picked or manipulated.
  • Keys shouldn’t be kept by the safe.
  • The elderly or disabled may struggle with keys more than digital or manual locks.

So Which Lock is Right for Me?

This entirely depends on you on your security needs. See the lists above and ask yourself the following important questions about your security:

  • Is it easy for me to keep multiple keys secure?
  • Am I in an area with high crime rates?
  • Am I in an area with high flood risks?
  • Is it easier for me to remember codes than to handle keys?
  • Do I need to access my safe or secure area in the dark?
  • Do I need quick, hassle-free access to the safe or secure area?

Still unsure as to which lock or safe is right for you? Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our team or give us a call on 0161 832 2777 so we can help you further. 

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