One of the most common questions that we’re asked is about the type of lock. Which safe lock is best? What do you recommend? Is a key lock more secure? Should I have an electronic lock? What happens if I lose the key or the code? Are electronic locks reliable? What if the batteries run out? These are some of the most common questions that we answer every day.
The choice: Electronic versus Key Lock
Most of this all comes down to a simple choice – which do you prefer? Some people like to have a key as they feel it’s more secure. But more people now prefer an electronic lock for various reasons.
But most importantly, the way you use your safe and who uses it should have a bearing on the decision.
For a fact, a well looked-after key lock will outlive an electronic lock. And obviously, quality key locks are more reliable over some of the cheaper key locks in the lower end of the market. At the lower end of the market, a key lock is generally be a more common preference over electronic locks for the right reasons.
But the thing flashing at the back of your mind right now is – keys are losable and breakable!
There can also be a potential ‘lock-out’ situation where the key has been bent or snapped in the lock. This will lead to a potentially expensive lock picking or drilling job.
The other type of issue we encounter is people locking their keys inside a security safe. Once again, it becomes an expensive affair.
Important: So the most important thing to remember is to not invest in a Key Lock if you’re a forgetful person and have the tendency of losing keys. Yes, you can have newer keys cut out, but security safe keys are easily identified as keys to a safe. If you lose your key somewhere that’s easy to work out where it belongs, you’ll need to change your lock immediately – and that’s an expensive call-out and repair.
Digital / Electronic locks
Needless to say, electronic locks are always quite popular, especially with bigger safes. Also, electronic locks are ideal for safes that have access given to more than a few people (safes at shops, businesses, restaurants, etc). With the ability to change your code instantly, the electronic lock lends itself well to places of work with a high turnover of staff or changes in levels of authority. With an electronic lock you can really take control of the access to your safe.
But then there can be downsides here too
Electronic locks are generally more expensive to buy than key locks. The extra cost on some of the budget safes compared to the key locking version can often turn off some shoppers. Also, if you ever forget the code to your electronic lock it can be pricey. Unless you have an override key (only fitted to smaller safes) it’s more expensive than a key lock to open your safe when you’re locked out.
In a nutshell?
Well now we turn this over to you for the making the decision for yourself. But in essence, if you’re someone who forgets codes and passwords then maybe a key lock is for you. If you’re on a budget a key lock is certainly fairer on your pocket too.
If you have to allow access to your safe to a few people and you want full control over who has access in the future then an electronic lock is for you. Electronic locks are fantastic for user control and it’s easy enough to change the codes when situations demand. Please just make sure you don’t forget the code.
Special mention for Commercial Users
For business and commercial users – especially ones who require several people to have some type of access to a security safe, it makes sense to consider purchasing Digital Combination Locks. Combination locks like the LaGuard 66E are built with facilities like having multiple users with different hierarchy-based roles, an opening time delay upon entering the code to prevent gun-point burglaries, remote access and many other features. And then there are others like LaGuard TL11 which also enable managers to schedule in specified times when safes can be opened and times when they can’t be opened – all managed through applications installed on a computer.
For more detailed advise on locks, please feel free to contact us.