Ziptide, February 2017

Feb. 1, 2017

Electronic Safe Locks


In his article Advantages of Electronic Safe Locks, (December 2016, pages 54-57,, author Daniel Baczkowski forgets to mention two of the biggest advantages of electronic safe locks: their prodigious failure rate and their non-servicability!

Sure, mechanical safe locks are more reliable (I am assuming, of course, that his statement “Reliability – On par with mechanicals” was a joke), but if safe locks don't fail regularly, when am I supposed to use my safe opening toys? Dialing open a malfunctioning mechanical lock instead of drilling? Boring! (Well, technically not boring.)

And as for repairing mechanical locks, who wants to do that? I didn't become a locksmith to service and repair stuff! I'd much rather just slap on an electronic lock, secure in the knowledge that I'll be seeing the customer again in the not too distant future. And selling the customer a new lock every few years instead of servicing the existing one doesn't hurt the old paycheck, either.

So, let's hear it for the electronic lock! And we'll see whether this one outlasts my latest DVD player.

A. B. Schaller

SAVTA member

Albuquerque, NM

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