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|Electronic Keypad vs Dial Combination
Convience is the main reason for selecting a LaGard
electronic keypad. If you are opening the safe several
times a day, this is well worth the money. I have found
that if someone doesnt like the process of dialing
the combination then they will quit putting things inside
the safe. Thus defeating the purpose of having a safe.
Many people ask Which is a better lock, a dial
or an electronic keypad? Good Question. I have
found through experience in safe cracking that both
are VERY difficult. Electronic keypads have a 4 consecutive
invalid code lockdown. This makes the
keypad inoperable for 5 minutes. After the end of
5 minutes you get two more tries or it goes back into
lockdown for another 5 minutes. Thus virtually eliminating
random entry of the code.
What if the battery goes dead? There
is a battery door compartment on the outside of the
keypad. Just open the door and change the 9volt battery.
The computer chip maintains the combo at all times
and will not default because of no battery.
Here is something else that many dont consider,
changing the code on the keypad. Its easy and
can be done when ever the current code has been compromised.
Your safe will come with instructions on how to do
this but I have included some general notes below.
Keypad vs Dial Combination
- Easy to change the combo
- Fast to enter the combo
- You pick the numbers so the combo should be easier
- If an incorrect combo is entered 5 times it goes
into lockdown mode and another attempt cannot be
made for 5 minutes.
- Great strength and security.
- You have to change the batteries average is around
once a year. (it will remember the combo even if
batteries go dead.
- Initial cost is more than a dial.
- If it goes into lockdown mode because you forgot
your combo, you have to wait 5 minutes until you
can try again.
- Electronic locks have only been around for 20
years or so.
- Can keep the same combo and it will not show wear
- Dials last a long time with the proper care
- Initial cost of a dial is less than an electronic
- Been around for over 150 years.
- You need to call a locksmith to change the combo
- It takes time to unlock and open
- Difficult for people with shaky hands or arthritis
- No lockdown mode.
- Not convient. Its like an old rotary phone dial
verses push button phone.
If you have any questions about which lock to choose
please call us.
|For those of you that have
forgotten or lost you code change instructions, please
find below the instructions for changing a LaGard LGBasic.
Please look at the front of your lock and find an LG
stamped just below the keypad. If you do not find the
LG this may not work.
Changing The Code On Your Electronic
Lock on Your Fireproof or Burglary Safe.
ALWAYS PERFORM THIS OPERATION WITH THE DOOR OPEN!
*Valid Code Entry- you will hear a double signal after
valid six (6) digit code is entered.
- Enter zero six times
- Enter your existing six (6) digit code one time.
- Enter your NEW six (6) digit code two times.
- If a mistake is made wait thirty (30) seconds
and repeat steps 1-3
- Test lock operation several times before closing
*Invalid Code Entry- Triple signal and old code is still
Opening The Lock
- Enter valid six (6) digit code (Factory is set
- The lock will signal a valid code entry with a
- Within four (4) seconds, turn handle to the open
- Pull the door open.
Wrong Try Penalty
Battery Low Warning
- Entry of four (4) consecutive invalid codes starts
a 5 minute delay period. (this is for anti-theft)
- LED flashed red at five second intervals
- At the end of the delay period, tow more consecutive
invalid codes will restart an additional five minute
Repeated beeping during an opening indicates that the
battery is low and needs immediate replacement.
* Uses one (1) 9-volt Alkaline battery. Any high quality
alkaline battery will do fine.
* Change your battery at least once
a year. Not only on your safe but also on all
smoke detectors you may have around your home or office.
(My wife says Halloween is the National Change Batteries
Day and if its not
it darn well should be!)
If your battery is depleted and will not allow lock
to open, simply follow instructions below. Note: A sign
that the battery is low is when you put in the code
and it accepts it but doesnt pull back the bolt.
You have a weak battery.
Changing Your Battery
- Remove black plastic battery compartment cover
(located at the bottom of the keypad) by gently
pulling downward on its handle. Note that sometimes
there is a screw securing the battery door which
must be removed first.
- Allow the battery and its attached leads to drop
down and out of the battery compartment. If it does
not drop, gently pull on the battery until it does.
- The connector is easily removed by unsnapping
it form the tow terminals on the top of the battery.
NEVER PULL ON BATTERY LEADS.
- Connect a new 9-volt alkaline battery to the battery
- Push the battery and the leads completely up into
the battery compartment.
- Install the battery cover by placing one side
of the cover in position and then pressing the other
side into position with your finger.
If you still have problems regarding your drop safe,
depository safe, fireproof safe, gun safe, floor safe,
wall safe, security safe, or any other safe that you
have purchased from us please call us at 877-629-6214
or contact your local locksmith.
the above instructions for a lost or forgotten
code. (.pdf format)
Tell me about the combination dial.
James Sargent designed and developed the first key changeable
dial locks to be used in the United States in 1957.
Later in 1865 a partnership was born between James Sargent
and Halbert Greenleaf forming the Sargent and Greenleaf
company. Manufacture these locks in Rochester, NY. Manufacturing
remained here until 1975. Don't worry, they are still
made in the "Good Ole USA" in Nicholasville,
Kentucky. They pride themselves in the most quality
driven security products in the lock building industry.
Specializing in UL listed Group II locks that locksmiths
world wide depend on.
These locks are made so well that I still have antique
safes with the dial locks from the 1890's. Still working.
Still secure. Still dependable.
When it comes to changing a dial combo is that easy
to do? No its not. That is not a recommended procedure
for anyone to attempt. Always call your local locksmith
to change the combo on your dial.
"What about dials, in the old movies a thief
uses a stethoscope to listen to the tumblers falling
into place as he attempts to break into the safe"
That is mainly in the movies! What the person is doing
is called "lock manipulation". As long as
you purchase a safe with a "Group II dial"
that is UL listed. You shouldn't have a problem. The
inexpensive dials like on the ones for sale in the
big box retailers can be manipulated. However, I have
yet to meet anyone who ever has been able to open
one through manipulation. It is not a common practice,
even among locksmiths.
I often get a call from a business owner that has
been robbed. He states "My safe was broken by
a theft attempt, he didn't get it open but he damaged
it trying to break in". When this happens, the
thief rarely gets it open. Often the first attempt
to break in is to smack off the dial. Sometimes they
are successful in getting the dial to break BUT they
are unaware that once it breaks it triggers a relocker.
This relocker fires another bolt to lock all the bolts
in place. Once this is done, the safe is locked up.
It will require the services of a professional locksmith
to unlock and open. But everything is safe and can
be repaired with a new dial.
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Corpus Christi, TX 78404
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