Utilizing a robust combination lock to protect your gun safe can help you feel more secure. However, you should keep in mind that the combination lock in use is only as secure as the person who is setting and remembering it. According to a study from Data Genetics, approximately a fifth of all gun safe owners resort to one of the three combinations: “1234,” “1111,” or “0000.” While you need to have a combination that is easy to remember, making it too easy may give an intruder access to what is inside. With that in mind, here are a few tips to help you choose a secure combination for your gun safe.
Selecting an Electronic Lock Combination
Most electronic locks give you the ability to create six-digit combinations. When selecting your six digits, use a few guidelines to ensure you don’t choose something a thief may easily figure out.
- Don’t use repeating digits, such as “121212” or “878787.”
- Avoid sequential number series, such as “012345.”
- Don’t choose significant or easy to guess numbers such as anniversaries or birthdays.
Keep in mind, you want to choose a series of numbers that is going to be easy for you to remember. This will ensure you don’t have trouble accessing your gun safe when necessary.
Selecting a Combination for a Dial Lock
It is easier to define a bad dial lock combination, than a good one. As a result, you need to keep a few things in mind when selecting a combination for your dial lock.
- Don’t choose numbers that end in “5” or “0” such as “45 – 10 – 30.”
- Avoid selecting a combination that follows an obvious ascending or descending sequence, such as “21 – 35 – 56.”
- Make sure you keep a difference of at least 10 digits between successive numbers of the combination. (Don’t pick something such as “42 – 38 – 56”
- Avoid any numbers between zero and 20 or from 95 up to 99 as the last number. These are numbers that result in an error that keeps your lock from locking properly.
General Combination Choosing Tips
If you don’t have plans to access your gun safe too frequently, you may easily forget your combination at some point or you may need another person to access it when you aren’t around. As a result, you need to put a copy of your combination somewhere secure. Try not to use the same set of numbers for several purposes, such as using the bank PIN number as your safe combination. Also, if you ever think that your safe combination has been compromised, you need to change it right away.
Having a gun safe in your home is a smart move. However, if you want to keep the items inside safe and secure, you have to pick a strong combination. The tips here will help you do just that.