Today, many cheap electronic safes are offered in the hardware store or hardware store. It is in itself interesting because from a few tens there is already one available. But watch out! Such safes are very vulnerable due to their construction. In a short film, we show how childish it is to open a cheap electronic safe without a code or emergency key.
Can electronic safes not be trusted at all?
Yes, there are enough good certified electronic safes available that cannot be manipulated. All electronic safes certified according to the European Standard AN 14450, AN 1143-1 and AN 1143-2 is equipped with a certified digital lock. These standards require and AN 1300 certified lock. A certified lock according to AN 1300 costs at least around $ 150. A good electronic safe therefore quickly costs $ 200.
With the cheapest and non-certified burglar-proof used safes, we can assume that a simple and vulnerable lock or closing mechanism has been fitted. These locks are often also equipped with an emergency key. In general, we also see similar constructions and locks in fire-resistant safes, but we protect against fire and not against burglary.
What is an electronic safe?
An electronic safe is a certain type of safe with an electronic lock. This can be a burglar-proof safe, a fire-resistant safe or a double-certified safe that offers protection against both. The electronic lock blocks and unlocks the locking mechanism based on a self-selected pin code that is entered. In practice, most people looking for an electronic safe will simply be looking for a reasonable burglar-proof safe with a digital code lock.
Advantages of an electronic safe
An electronic code lock brings various conveniences. You don’t have to manage a key or just an emergency key. Several people can use the number combination of the safe to open it.
More advanced locks read AN 1300 certified locks have a master code, user codes, and an adjustable opening delay. This means that the user has to wait a minimum time after entering the code before the safe can actually be opened. There are also some electronic locks with readable memory an option to switch through to an alarm center. Prices of such locks are available from $ 250.
Disadvantages of an electronic safe
An electronic lock can also have its drawbacks. It often happens that users choose a too difficult pin code and forget it. If there is no emergency key option, this simply means that the safe can no longer be opened in the normal way and an expert will have to be involved to open the safe. With most AN 1300 certified locks it is impossible to reset the safe and the code when it is closed.
Batteries run out
The lock works on the basis of batteries and they go out once. What then? Most safes will give a signal in time that the batteries need replacing. If you do not replace the batteries in time, the safe will no longer open at a given moment. If the lock is supplied with an emergency key, the safe can be opened with this. With a (more expensive) advanced lock, an external battery can be connected.