How safe is your locker with your current lock? It is nearly impossible to ensure the safety of your locker without a solid and durable lock. An attractive locker with convenient storage facilities is of no use due to the absence of a secure lock. There are several lock types available in the UK market. Based on user preference, the best-suited lock can be selected for the locker.
Types of Locks:
Among the variety of options, it can be difficult and confusing to choose only one lock for your locker. Selection of the wrong option for the locker can result in a waste of time, effort, and money. Look at the trending lock types listed below and choose the appropriate one for you!
- Key locks:
Key locks are the simplest type of lock. It is no wonder that everyone is familiar with the functioning of the lock and key. In case of misplacing or losing a key, the user can easily replace the key at a minimal cost. Generally, every lock is delivered with 2 keys. If numerous locks are located at one location (school, workplace, gym, etc.), the user can obtain a master key. One drawback of key locks is the potential for loss or theft of keys, posing a security risk. Keys could also be snapped off in the lock under heavy use, leading to a replacement lock being required. If you think either of these is likely in your chosen environment, then you should consider one of the lock options below.
- Radial Pin Locks:
A radial pin lock is a round-shaped pin tumbler lock, which is provided with two keys and an optional master key. This lock provides a greater level of security in comparison to simple key locks. With increased security and much less likelihood of a key being broken off in the lock, the radial pin offers a more robust solution at an additional cost.
- Mechanical Combination Lock:
This lock opens with a specified sequence of numbers. Usually supplied as a three or four-digit combination lock, we recommend choosing the 4-digit lock as it has over 10000 possible combinations it provides the best option in terms of security.
Mechanical combination locks do not require a key for operating, which eliminates the need for a replacement key. Furthermore, some combination locks are available with master key access to reset forgotten codes.
- Electronic Digital Combination Lock:
An electronic digital combination lock comes with an electronic keypad for entering the combination. It is a battery-powered lock lasting up to 50,000 operations. The electronic digital lock can be programmed in two modes – “single-user” and “multi-user”. In “single-user” mode each lock is allocated to a user with a code. In “multi-user” mode the user chooses their own one time use code and after every use, the code resets for the next user.
Digital combination locks are available on most lockers and can be mounted horizontally or vertically. On lockers with very small doors, this lock may not fit so check with the supplier before you commit. If your budget can stretch to the extra cost of these locks, they might be perfect for your needs.
- Coin Locks:
The coin locks can be divided into two types:
- Coin Return Lock:
Coin return locks are programmed in such a way that when a user puts in the coin/token, the key is released from the compartment of the lock. The lock releases the coin/token automatically once the user puts back the key. When this lock is in use, the user is prompted to return the key to retrieve the coin/token.
- Coin Retain Lock:
It is slightly different from the Coin Return Lock. When the user opens the lock with the key, the coin is not released back to the user. The coin is deposited in the lock’s collection box. This lock is therefore a useful tool to generate income in public areas.
Generally, both types of locks are useful in crowded places such as swimming pools, gyms, theme parks and leisure centers.
- RFID Locks:
RFID is an abbreviation for Radio Frequency Identification. It is a sophisticated lock with brilliant technology, eradicating the requirement for a key. The user card issued for opening the lock functions based on encoded data on the RFID chip. These locks have sophisticated security features that ensure the lock is tamperproof. Some RFID lock brands have mobile applications available so you can manage and configure the lock system.
- Provides a high level of security.
- Can be integrated with existing RFID technology.
- Excellent user experience because of the ease of access to the locker.
- A battery-powered lock lasts 50,000 operations before the batteries will need to be replaced. A master key will be required to open a lock that has no power.
- If a user card is lost a new card must be programmed or a master key/card will be required to open the lock
- Although RFID locks are very reliable, a damaged lock or mechanical failure will require an expensive replacement if not covered under the manufacturer’s warranty.
All these locks have unique designs, features, and useability. A wide range of locks can facilitate users by properly addressing their needs. Carefully consider all the lock options discussed in this article and be sure to choose one that meets the requirements of the user, your chosen environment, and your budget.