The development of home/office safes enables people to purchase safes for specialized applications. For example, the fire safe became a necessary luxury when individuals wanted to keep personal papers in a "safe" home or office environment. Burglary safes enable people to keep their expensive jewelry, cash, bond, etc., "safe at home" and available 24 hours a day instead of during banker's hours in a safety deposit box.
The home/office safe has progressed to a new level, which I call "Personal" safes. A "Personal" safe is compact, portable, and designed to protect a single type of item, for example, a gun safe or a laptop safe. Most of these safes are large enough for additional personal items such as an iPod, PDA, and/or personal gaming unit. These safes must be mounted to a solid surface because they are light enough to be carried away. Each of the following safes has factory-drilled anchor holes. This way, the safes can move with a student into school housing in order to protect his or her possessions.
As more people own guns for safety, many purchase a specialized safe that satisfies three criteria for gun owners. The gun must be loaded. The gun must be locked away from persons who should not have access. Third and most importantly, the gun owner must have immediate access to the weapon in case of emergency.
For this article, we will discuss two "Personal" safes, the GunVault Gun Safe and the Pro-Lok Lap Top Electronic Safe. The GunVault safe is unique for its No-Eyes® patented keypad and the compact sizes of the safe. The Pro-Lok Lap Top Electronic Safe is large enough to secure a full-size laptop computer and accessories.
PRO-LOK LAP TOP ELECTRONIC SAFE
Pro-Lok's new Lap Top Electronic Safe, part number GLSF-15, is constructed with 1/4" thick door and 1/8" thick welded steel body. This safe is equipped with an electronic keypad style lock. It has a gray enamel finish, and the bottom of the safe is covered in fabric. The Lap Top Safe's door is recessed into the body of the safe, limiting the possibility of the door being forced open. The electronic lock operates two ¾- inch diameter chrome plated steel locking bolts that extend almost three-quarters of an inch when the safe is locked.
The Pro-Lok Lap Top Safe is equipped with an electronic lock powered by four AA batteries. The safe lock is operated by a 12-button keypad, featuring buttons 0-9 and the letters "A" and "B" in place of the "*" and "#" on the face of the lower left and right corner buttons. The "A" and "B" buttons are not used as part of the code. The electronic lock can be operated using a three- to eight-digit code. The code to the safe stays in memory even if battery power is lost.
When setting a code, always use an independent set of numbers. Choose a code whose numbers are easy to remember. Do not use commonly known numbers such as a birthday, anniversary, address or telephone number. Using a code of five numbers is one of 100,000 possibilities.
The factory default code for the safe is "1-5-9-A". Pressing the "A" button notifies the safe the combination has been entered. When the correct code has been entered, the green LED will illuminate for five seconds. The green LED is located over the number one button on the keypad.
During this time, the bolt knob must be turned clockwise to release the door. If the bolt knob is not rotated within the five seconds, the lock will relock. When an incorrect code has been entered, the yellow LED will blink rapidly and sounder will beep rapidly. The yellow LED is located over the number three button on the keypad.
Once the safe door has been opened, the lock mechanism will relock after 5 seconds. The safe lock will relock with the locking bolts retracted or extended. Once locked, the bolt knob will not turn. The combination must be re-entered in order to close and lock the safe door.
To change the code:
Pro-Lok Offers Affordable Protection for Your Laptop
We retrofit the LpLOCKS RotoBolt electronic safe lock onto the C23 Cannon Series Safe, which was equipped with a mechanical combination lock.