A locksmith with the right qualifications is able to install and repair a variety of locks used on personal and commercial safes. Although a general locksmith who handles automobile lockouts, new lock installations on homes, and other more basic services might be able to do the job, typically work on safes requires a locksmith with specialized training and experience.
Choosing a New Safe
Prior to purchasing a new safe, it would be to your advantage to talk to a qualified locksmith. Because there are so many different types of safes and locking mechanisms, this professional can provide much-needed guidance. As part of the consultation, the locksmith can share both pros and cons of different locks, helping you choose the right safe.
New Lock Installation and Repair
If you already own a safe that needs a new lock or an existing lock repaired, you can also hire a locksmith. The exact type of lock will depend in part on the type of safe but also the level of protection and convenience wanted. The most important thing is to trust the work to a true professional. After all, safes are used for keeping jewelry, money, critical documents, family heirlooms, and other items protected.
Combination Lock Groups
When it comes to safe locks, there are different ratings. As an example, if the safe has a combination lock, you would need to consider the following:
- Group 2 – This type of lock is relatively resistant to semi-skilled manipulation and commonly associated with residential security containers as opposed to safes.
- Group 2M – For this, resistance is somewhat good for skilled manipulation. This grade is a little better than a Group 2, but still not top of the line.
- Group 1 – Against expert manipulation, this lock is considered highly resistant. To prevent items from being stolen, a lock within this group is excellent.
- Group 1R – Of all groups, this is by far the most superior. In addition to being nearly impossible to manipulate, this type of combination lock prevents radiological attacks.
Electronic Lock Groups
As with combination locks, there are ratings for electronic safes. These ratings include:
- Type II – This lock can resist between 15 and 30 minutes of tool or hand manipulation. Usually, a lock of this caliber would be installed on residential security containers and safes that are rated TRTL 15-30.
- Type II – The lock is resilient to more complex manipulation performed by a professional criminal. For physically robust vaults and safes, this is a great option.
- Type IF – Of all UL ratings, this is the highest. Electronic locks are designed to comply with FF-L-2740 federal standards.
In addition to the different types of locks that locksmiths can perform work on, you need think about features. For instance, there are locks with time delays, time delay override, wrong try penalties, customizable timeframes, dual custody, duress mode, integration options, and much more. Regardless, a qualified locksmith can fix any problem or install a new safe lock if needed.