Safes and vaults must be highly, unfailingly secure. But as the locksmith industry evolves, security products become more varied, raising some points for discussion. One of these is whether a electronic or mechanical safe lock is better. Newer technologies are attractive, but the issue isn’t as straightforward as it seems.
Pros and Cons of a Mechanical Safe Lock
To open and close traditional safes, safe owners need to manipulate knobs and discs that comprise a mechanical safe lock. Turning these clockwise or counter-clockwise allows for numbers on the safe dial to align, triggering the locking mechanism. A mechanical safe lock has several advantages:
- Extensive service life. After all, they’re proven to function for more than a century!
- Affordable. Retaining working ones is less costly than buying new electronic versions.
- Relatively maintenance-free. They don’t need to be recharged or have batteries, screens, and extra components replaced.
- Simple solution to simple need. They’re not fancy, but they’re fail-proof.
However, there are downsides to using a mechanical safe lock:
- They take longer to operate. It’s just the way they’re built.
- They pose a few safety risks. Safe owners might lose keys, or supplementary locks.
- Maintenance requires some expertise. Whenever s traditional mechanical safe lock needs to be checked, a locksmith needs to do it.
Pros and Cons of a Electronic Safe Lock
Electronic safe locks come in different forms. For simpler versions the safe owner can control the lock by punching an alphanumeric code on a keypad. Higher-end products require fingerprints or other forms of biometric scanning to activate or deactivate locks. All these are desirable because they offer these benefits:
- Convenience. They let safes be opened and locked in a matter of seconds.
- Ease of use. Even people who might have difficulty turning traditional safe knobs can punch in safe codes.
- Increased protection. The safe owner can manage code combinations all on his own, resetting passwords as often as necessary.
- Added security features. These include automatic shutdowns and alarm system triggers in case of suspicious activity.
Aside from cost, disadvantages include the following:
- Susceptibility to power failures. Aside from losing access, safe owners might have to contend with glitches.
- Limited lifespan. Digital locks have not yet been perfected yet; there is a chance safe owners would have to update their locks as time goes on, to ensure no one can outsmart their locks.
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