Traditional Vs. Electronic Safe Locks

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Are Electronic Safe Locks Better than Traditional Safe Locks?

Electronic locks on safes are increasing in popularity—and for good reason. Electronic and traditional locks have a lot of differences when it comes to security, upkeep, ease of access, and customizability. In this blog we’ll discuss the pros and cons of digital and mechanical safe locks to help you figure out which type of safe is right for you.

Security of Electronic Safe Locks Vs. Traditional Safe LocksSecurity, safety or cyber encryption concept, man hand holding combination circle lock pad with passcode number access to unlock it.

The most important aspect of a safe is the level of security it provides you. Mechanical dial locks have been renowned for over 100 years as the gold standard of protection when it comes to safes. Most are resilient and reliable, and typically last longer than their digital counterparts. However, they are not as secure as you may think. Most mechanical dial safe locks are classified as Group 2 locks. A Group 2 lock can be manipulated and cracked by a skilled professional in under 15 minutes, though the amount of people who have those skills are limited.

Digital safes, however, employ enhanced security features after several failed attempts. For example, entering three incorrect codes will send the safe into lockdown mode. Another attempt cannot be made until a certain amount of time has passed. This makes it almost impossible for a criminal on a tight schedule to gain access to your safe.

Upkeep of Electronic Safe Locks

Mechanical safes are classic and dependable. Due to their design, they do not require batteries or power. A dial lock is solely dependent on its mechanical components, so it can’t be thwarted by power outages, broken hardware, and buggy electronics. They are sturdy and long-lasting, so they rarely need to be serviced or replaced.

A digital lock, on the other hand, does require batteries to operate. Depending on how frequently the safe is used, batteries might need to be changed every few months, or every couple of years. The safe is not vulnerable to intruders, even in the event of a dead battery. Instead, the safe remains in lockdown mode. But it is not accessible by the owner either until a new battery is installed. This gives mechanical safes a slight advantage in the area of upkeep because they are not reliant on any separate parts.

Ease of Access with Electronic Safe Locks Vs. Dial LocksPadlock key with word SAFE and secret password note on white keyboard, wooden table background.

When it comes to ease of access, dial locks are dependable but time consuming. Dial locks can be difficult to manage in quick-access situations. They are particularly difficult for older people and people with arthritis to use. In an emergency situation where you need to access your safe immediately, a mechanical safe could take too long.

Digital safes are easy to access on the fly. They have larger, more legible numbers that light up in the dark, and the combinations are typically short. This makes gaining access to your safe quick and easy, even in the dark or without prescription eyewear. Digital safes are also easier to access because they allow you to set your own pin. This can be memorized easily, as opposed to the pre-determined combination on a dial safe lock. Many people never memorize the combinations on their dial locks and end up hunting for the combination every time. This extra step adds to the list of time-consuming steps needed to open the safe.

Customizability of Electronic Safe Locks

It is possible to alter the combination on a mechanical safe lock, but it requires the services of a professional locksmith. And a mechanical safe only has one operable combination. Meanwhile, digital locks have a user-generated passcode that is easy to change. They can also have several different working passcodes.

Businesses with digital safe locks often give different employees their own individual passcodes. If a worker leaves the business, only one combination needs to be changed. Alford Safe and Lock offers high-quality digital safes that allow multiple passcodes and offer audit trail functionality. These audits detail who opened the safe at what time, and how long the safe was open. These details can be accessed on a computer or laptop. Alford Safe and Lock also offers safes that only allow access with certain passcodes at certain times, which is extremely useful for businesses.

If you have any questions about digitally locking safes, call Alford Safe and Lock today. Whether you need a simple digital wall safe or a commercial safe with multi-level security features, Alford Safe and Lock’s got you covered. Call us today at (225) 387-5386.

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