Safe with which lock is better to choose?Safes differ from each other in a number of parameters, among which are:
- Design features: metal thickness, the presence of protective concrete and / or heat-resistant interlayers between the walls and in the door leaf, additional protective plates in the installation area of the lock, rotating crossbars (anti-cut) and the type of safe lock.
- Features of external and internal design: material and color of decoration, the presence of drawers, shelves, mirrors, auxiliary fixtures, etc.
Features and principle of operation of safe locks
The most common are devices with a code, key and biometric lock. Each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages. Let's consider in more detail.
A key lock is a classic version of a locking mechanism, the history of which is rooted in the distant past with chests, chests of drawers and drawers in furniture. Such a lock is simple and easy to use. Often in safes with a high level of protection, a key lock is installed as an additional lock to a code or biometric one. As a rule, 2 keys are supplied with the safe. If the user has one safe, this option is convenient. One key with you, the other in a safe place. If there are more users, questions arise: how not to lose the key and how to store, so as not to be stolen. In the latter case, the safety of your safe will be at risk.
Combination locks according to the principle of action are divided into mechanical and electronic.
A mechanical combination lock is a mechanism of one or more disks outside the safe door and a lever system inside. The rotation of the discs in the desired direction clockwise and counterclockwise, according to the code digits, activates the locking system and the door opens. Difficulties can arise when installing a personal code, if this action has not yet become familiar. In addition, the rotation of the lock disks requires a calm and clear finger motility, which for people aged, impulsive or in the presence of certain diseases, can be difficult.
An electronic combination lock, as well as a mechanical one, eliminates the need to store and carry the key, but involves remembering the digital combination of the code. If the code is entered incorrectly, the electronic combination lock can block the safe door for a short time (often 5 minutes), and if you try again unsuccessfully, for a longer time.
This type of lock involves the use of batteries or batteries. And in cases with an additional alarm held to the safe, the power supply can also be used. With regular use of the safe, good quality batteries last for about a year. Some locks provide a warning flashing signal when the charge is low. It is not difficult for the safe owner to open the lock with a dead battery, since the battery is replaced either from the outside of the door, or the lock is activated by bringing the terminals of the new battery to special places on the case (Vatra 9V batteries).
The advantage of an electronic combination lock is the ability to quickly change the code if necessary, which makes this lock optimal when several people use the safe, including hired employees of the organization.
Separately, it is worth mentioning the safes used in hotels. The hotel-type electronic combination lock is also equipped with a master key, which allows the administrator to open the safe for any temporarily installed combination. This is good if the guest forgot the code, but bad if the hotel staff are not clean at hand.
To open a biometric lock, you must give the device a scan of one of the unique parameters of a person. It can be a fingerprint, palm or retina. The biometric view is considered the most reliable, but the price of such safes is much higher. Another significant drawback of the electronic mechanism is its instability and moisture and dust. Before installing the structure, it is necessary to protect the operating site from these factors. Before buying, you should consider whether a biometric lock is so necessary or whether it is quite possible to get by with a key or code lock.
It is important to know that, regardless of type, there is a classification of safe locks according to the level of protection provided. Classes (A, B, C, D) differ in the number of combinations for combination locks, resistance to breaking and resistance to criminal opening. Burglar resistance is the resistance to mechanical stress (scrap, grinder, etc.), a thermal tool (gas burner, etc.) and the action of electromagnetic fields. Resistance to criminal opening is calculated using special formulas and techniques. Locks of a higher class are correspondingly more expensive.
Summing up, it must be said that the level of security of the lock should correspond to the level of reliability of the design of the safe. That is, it makes no sense to install an expensive high-class lock on a thin-walled safe, as it is simply hacked, damaging the design of the safe. And it is no less wrong to put a cheap noname lock on a reliable safe, in order to save. Understanding the value of the property that should be stored in a safe, choose a safe of the appropriate protective and price category.
We recommend that you pay attention to the objectively reliable Italian Technomax safes, which are equipped with the main 3 types of locking mechanisms (except biometric). So, you will have plenty to choose from.
You can see in reality how safe locks look and work in order to determine your preferences, you can in our Kiev shop “Luka Safes” at 16. Tolstoy St., 16. There you can buy a safe you like at a discount. Waiting for you!