Tips & Advice
Which is easier to repair, a mechanical or digital lock?
Generally it is easier to repair a mechanical lock versus a digital lock. While the electronic face is not difficult to replace in its entirety, the circuitry creates more areas for failure, thus creating more challenges for troubleshooting and repairing. Manual locks have minimal gadgetry besides the locks and tumblers, so there are fewer opportunities for failure.
Can the combination of a safe be changed?
On a standard safe, the lock combinations can easily be changed by an accredited locksmith. It is a common task. Digital-combination safes are even easier to change and the owner can do it by consulting the instruction manual. Do not try to change the combination on a mechanical lock yourself unless you are a locksmith. If you change the combination on an electronic safe, make sure to document the new combo, as lost combinations are one of the top reasons for calling a locksmith.
Is it best to anchor a safe to the wall or floor?
Anchoring your safe to the wall or the floor will provide the same degree of security. Either location can be compromised by experienced thieves. For instance, if you use a wall mount and anchor it to a wall stud, a skilled thief can simply cut the studs to remove the safe. Floor-mounted safes will provide very little protection in the event of a fire, but are easier to mount into the floor. They are easily removed, but must be opened to access the bolts attaching it to the floor mounted studs. Mounting locations really depend on user preference and accessibility, as both have advantages and drawbacks.
By definition, no safe is fireproof, only fire resistant. While many can withstand high temperatures and protect your valuables for a finite length of time, there are no safes on the market that are 100% fireproof, or even claim to be. If your safe is caught in a fire, you have a limited amount of time before the contents might become damaged. The ceiling for top-end, fire-resistant models is about 150 minutes.
Can a locksmith open a safe?
Locksmiths can open a safe for you under the right conditions. First, the locksmith needs to have the skills and tools to work on safes--not all locksmiths do. Second, using an unskilled locksmith can damage the safe’s lock mechanisms, so be sure to find a locksmith skilled and experienced specifically in safe entry.