A safe is a piece of furniture used to protect valuables from theft by using materials that are difficult to break into and a secure opening system. The lock of a safe is the central element of a safe, so it is important to choose the one that suits the secure contents and the management you want. There are several types of lock, from the classic to the most innovative. To help you make your choice, we will give you the specifics of each security lock.
The safe with key lock
This is the most classic lock. The safe is opened with a key. It is ideal if you are the only person to access it, but there is always a risk of loss. This is the most affordable type of lock.
The safe with mechanical code lock
This type of lock is also a classic. To unlock the safe, the disc must be turned to enter the code. It takes a little longer to open than the electronic lock because the numbers must be entered precisely.
The safe with digital lock
The electronic lock allows users to open the safe without a key. It consists of programming codes for different users, which can be changed at any time. Some models have a programmable opening time, and the lock blocks after a few unsuccessful attempts. Some safes are supplied with an emergency key in case the code is forgotten.
The safe with biometric lock
This lock is the most sophisticated on the market, as it allows the safe to be unlocked with several fingerprints or eyeprints. In addition, some safes have an opening delay and automatic blocking in the event of an unsuccessful entry. This is the most secure but also the most expensive.
The latter two locks are ideal if you want to give access to several trusted persons.
A certified lock for optimum security
To choose the right lock for your needs, it is also essential to know whether it is certified. Indeed, according to certain insurance contracts, insured valuables must be kept in an A2P certified safe, certified by the CNPP, an approved French organisation.
The A2P certification classifies the security level of a safe according to 9 levels, level 9 being the highest security. The A2P certified security lock must meet several criteria:
- it is capable of resisting destructive attacks and pick attempts
- it is reliable and meets the NF EN 1300 high security standards
- it is electromagnetically compatible
- for a code lock, it has a multitude of possible combinations
Comparison table of security locks
|Lock type||Security level||Protection against||Use||Safe models|
|Key lock||High||Melting, Hacking, Drilling, Ripping||Keyed opening||Favor, Pointsafe, Combiline, Magno, Diplomat|
|Mechanical code lock||Very high||Key theft, Fusion, Hacking, Drilling, Ripping||Code opening||/|
|Electronic lock||High||Key theft, Melting, Sawing, Drilling, Ripping||Code opening||Favor, Pointsafe, Combiline, Magno, Diplomat, for laptop|
|Biometric lock||Unbreakable||Key theft, Code loss, Ripping, Melting, Drilling, Hacking||Opening with finger or eye print||Pointsafe, pour laptop|