Safe Locks Built by Trusted Brands for Your Next INKAS® SafesA security safe is nothing without its locking mechanism. When choosing a safe for your home, it is vital to ensure that your safe’s lock can withstand a burglar attack. At INKAS® Safes, we use industry-trusted brands Sargent and Greenleaf (S & G) and La Gard Locks for our safes. By partnering with these U.S. manufacturers, every lock is built with quality and longevity, leaving you with a safe equipped with a UL-certified lock that can withstand the most persistent burglary attempts.
Safe Locks and Currently Available TypesWhether you are looking for a commercial safe or one for your home, understanding what lock options are available is one of the first steps in the buying process. Safe locks can be categorized into 4 different types: mechanical, electrical, biometric, and dual locks. Security and combination re-programming features determine how a locking mechanism will be classified.
- Mechanical Locks: use durable mechanical components to secure a safe or vault door with a series of levers or pins. Due to the simplicity of these locks, a key or tumbler is typically used to open and release the locking mechanism. However, if you need to change your combination for any reason, you will need to call a locksmith.
- Electrical Locks: one of the easiest locks to install, an electrical lock uses batteries that actuate the lock's internal components. Due to having a number pad, combinations can easily be changed at your convenience without needing the aid of a locksmith or similar service. But since they need a constant power source, these locks can only be operated if the battery has a charge. This leaves you unable to access your items if the batteries were to die.
- Biometric Locks: for valuables needing an increased layer of security, a biometric lock is ideal. It uses thermal and optical scanners to capture your unique fingerprint to unlock and access the safe or vault door. Keys can often be stolen, lost, or duplicated, leaving your safe vulnerable to attacks, but with a biometric lock, you no longer have to remember a combination or have a specific key to access your valuables.
- Dual Locks: a system of multiple locking mechanisms that work together or separately to provide security. These locks are commonly seen on residential doors with a deadbolt and an independent mechanical lock. Due to their configuration, even if one of the locks fails during an attempted burglary, there is a secondary layer of protection with the other active lock.