Why Safe Keys Are History!
With advances in 3D printing and the availability of key blanks and key cutting machines, using a key to access your safe has now become a serious liability.
Think about it. A key is basically a shaped piece of metal that anyone can use to open your safe. It doesn’t restrict access or know who uses it and can be copied even from a photograph now more easily than ever.
- Availability Of Key Blanks.
Most common key blanks for safes are readily available without restriction and are very easy to obtain from on-line suppliers all over the world.
- Key Cutting Machines.
Like key blanks, key cutting machines are easy to obtain or to get access to. A lot of key cutters are happy to copy any key they have a blank for. As long as the key isn't marked "restricted" there is no reason a key cutter would ordinarily refuse.
- 3D Printing.
By scanning keys with a smartphone, an image can be uploaded to a 3D printer to produce a copy of a key when required. Probably the only keys secure from this technology will be those with floating pins or electronic chips as nearly all other keys will be replicated exactly by a scanner and copied to the nearest micrometre.
Already a company in New York is advertising an app to download a copy of your key. If you are locked out, you simply go to a local store and they will print you off a new key for $15.
- Wear & Tear.
As mechanical locks have lots of moving parts including the key, lock-outs are far more likely to occur.
The Advantage Of Certified Digital Safe Locks:
- Multi-user Codes.
As most certified digital safe locks have Multi-user codes no 2 people have to use the same code to access a safe and an individual code can be removed at will by management. The addition of an Audit Trail lock can give you a full audit trail of who opened the safe, when and how long it was open.
- Time Delay Option.
A programmable time delay of 1 to 99 minutes is a standard option in all but the most basic electronic lock models with a time delay opening window that can be set from 1 to 15 minutes. This is a powerful anti hold-up measure.
- Penalty Lockout.
The penalty lockout feature shuts the lock down for ten minutes if five or more incorrect codes are entered in a row to deter random code entry attempts.
- Duress Alarm.
All our digital locks can be added to your alarm system via a Duress Module. With a Duress module in place if a hold-up occurs addition of a digit to the normal access code will trigger a silent alarm.
- Dual Codes.
Where two codes have to be entered to open the lock is another standard feature.
- There really is no comparison to the security offered by Digital Safe Locks. That's why they are supplied at cost on all our certified safes.