Tags: Burglary, Digital locks, Electronic locks, Gun safes, Mechanical locks, Rotary dial lock, Safety products
Gun safes are typically used for gun storage as the name suggests, but more often than not they is also used to store other valuables. Not only is it required by law to have a gun safe and other measures in place to keep a gun away from those who aren’t entitled to it, gun safes could also serve as a life boat in case an accident like fire or earthquake destroys your home and most of your assets. Therefore, it is recommended that you do not scrimp on the gun safe you purchase, especially if you also plan to secure important papers, jewelry, or bonds inside it.
The following are only some of the things you must take into careful consideration before choosing.
Choose the lock you’d be most comfortable with. Digital or electronic locks range from simple keypads to biometrics;these take less time to open and have been noted by most users to be less complicated to operate,but they are also more prone to malfunction and their mechanisms are proven by some individuals as easy to crack or circumvent.
Mechanical locks such as the common combination rotary dial may be obsolete and takes a little more time to open, but they have been time tested not to give in too easily to would-be crackers. Also, a mechanical dial would still be working long after an electronic lock has been upgraded or replaced three or more times over.
The drawback is that it could be tricky to operate in life threatening situations when the user is too agitated. Perhaps that is one of the reasons why a key and rotary dial combination lock was invented. In the case of emergency or when the user has forgotten their code after resetting it, the key, which should ideally besecretlystashed somewhere before it is needed, could be used to open it.
The standard for the mechanical, combination rotary dial lock is the Sargent & Greenleaf model 6730. For electronic locks, it is those with UL Type I Commercial Grade certification.
Other common concerns with both types of locks are: most digital locks wear down easily; it is also often very easy to figure out the code because the wear on the keypads is too obvious; it also requires frequent battery changes, which if performed inadequately could make the integrity of the lock decrease.
For mechanical combination locks, the most common issue reported is the difficulty some users have at remembering to relock the door after closing; they often simply turn the handle to bolt the locks back, but they forget to spin the dial which is still set on the code; should a burglar or anyone else chance upon the gun safe in that state, they’d simply have to turn the handle and the contents are instantly accessible.
Most experts have different views on what constitutes a danger for your safes. For example, in a burglary, your safe getting carried off is a bigger risk than the safe getting drilled or cracked right there at your home. Conversely, the danger that your safe along with all its contents would be reduced to ashes is bigger than the danger that it would get stolen. Finally, in case of a fire, the chances that the contents of your safe would get damaged due to water seeping in is a more likely event than the contents getting damaged from the heat of the flames.
Keep these points and other considerations in mind when choosing your gun safes. What kind of danger is your area most prone to experiencing? Is a good lock enough to keep gun safes and all the contents secured, or do you need to employ other measures? It’s important that you worry about those things first before looking into other concerns.