What is More Secure, a Digital Safe or a Key Operated One?

We have so many options for our valuables today with safety deposit boxes, safes, strongboxes, and storage containers. Having so many options can make it hard for us to choose the best way to store the things we need. However, many people opt for a simple safe either in the home or the workplace. Still, a choice needs to be made. Do you go with a digital safe or a key operated one?

Here we have laid out the pros and cons of each to help you make a choice more suitable for your needs.

Pros and Cons of the Digitaal Safe

The digital safe is a revolutionary safe that is forever being upgraded making it more difficult everyday for hackers to gain entry. There are many pros to having a digital safe in your home or office.

  • It is a simple task to change the unlocking/locking code on a digital safe. (This makes it a great choice if you have to change the code every time the employees change.)
  • Faster to unlock than a traditional dial.
  • Simple to use.
  • Some versions of the digital safe have the ability to lock down if someone enters an incorrect code too many times.
  • Digital safes are newer to the market and always improving making it harder for the common criminal to keep up with ways to access the safe without the code.

So, the digital safe has many fine points making them appear the perfect option for securing your valuables. However, it does have some drawbacks.

  • Digital safes cost more than traditional ones.
  • A digital safe requires regular maintenance.
  • The battery needs changing on a regular basis.
  • A hacker may be able to access your safe with the right equipment.
  • If you forget the code getting into your safe will be difficult, even for a locksmith. Drilling it can result in expensive repairs or you needing to purchase another safe completely.

Pros and Cons of the Traditional Safe

Traditional safes come with keys, wheels you can turn for a code, or both. The first traditional safe in use that we know of dates back to the 13th Century and the time of the Pharaohs. Which brings us to our first Pro point.

  • The traditional key safe is so secure and reliable they have been in use for generations.
  • They can go a long time without needing maintenance with adequate care.
  • A traditional safe is cheaper, providing you with a lower cost means of protecting anything valuable.
  • A lock on a traditional safe is often easy for a locksmith to upgrade.

On the other hand, there are some drastic downsides to having the more traditional safe.

  • Losing the key can result in someone else finding them and gaining access to your safe.
  • Because traditional safes have been around for so long, people have had generations to learn and understand the most efficient ways to pick them and break through their defences.
  • A traditional lock is not as convenient to unlock as a digital.
  • If you lose the keys to a traditional lock, it will take time for an experienced locksmith to regain access to your safe.

The Bottom Line Digital Safe vs Traditional

It depends on your preference. Both have strong points that make them worthwhile keeping around.

The traditional key safe is cheaper to buy and maintain, but you can lose your keys. The digital safe has no keys to lose but is expensive to buy and maintain.

Look at what your needs are. If you need a safe for vital documents that must be kept safe at all costs, a digital safe may be your best option. However, if you simply need a little safe to go to your desk and hide a few valuables and forget about, a traditional key safe may serve you better.

Ask the Safe Experts in Miami

It is a simple matter for an experienced locksmith to change, fix, or replace the lock on a safe. At Quickly Locksmith our team has the training and expertise to replace a safe lock on almost any make and model of security safe.

If you need advice or assistance with a safe, either digital or key operated, Quickly Locksmith can help you. Call us on (305) 984-9922 or get in touch with us through our contact us page for our expert assistance.

About the author
David Davidof is the founder & owner of Quickly Locksmith. The business has grown from strength to strength to become Miami’s go-to provider for Locksmith and Security services. Whilst the company has grown, the founding ethos has remained the same - Helping people in emergency situations and giving them the feeling they are safe.

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