Biometric Gun Safes Can Provide An Extra Layer Of Security
Until fairly recently, gun safes relied upon keys, combination locks, or digital keypads to engage their locking mechanisms. Biometric gun safes make use of your body to gain access to the safe – fingerprints, voice recognition, or a retinal scan can be the ‘key’ that will unlock the safe. The reasons for keeping your gun safe secure start right in your own family – your children (even if you have no children of your own, relatives or friends can bring youngsters when they visit). Thousands of children are injured every year because they were playing with guns. Very young children simply do not understand the harm that a gun can do, and many children are impulsive besides. Making sure that a child does not hurt himself or others is one of the reasons you got a gun safe to begin with; one with a biometric lock will help assure that children do not get into the safe accidentally.
Burglary is another good reason for using a biometric gun safe. Guns are the primary target for burglars; cash and jewelry are actually quite far down on the ‘shopping list’. An experienced burglar can often figure out the combination to your safe or pick the lock, but there is no way that he can fake your fingerprints. Biometric locks will foil burglars every time.
How Biometric Gun Safes Work
Biometric gun safes use what is part of your personal ‘signature’ to form what is called a biometric template. This template is a record of your fingerprint, handprint, or the pattern of your iris. This template will be used when you want to access your safe as the key to unlocking the safe. As your personal signatures are yours alone, there is no way that anyone else can open the lock. Perhaps one of the most important features of a biometric gun safe is that it allows you nearly instant access to your guns.
When you want to open your biometric gun safe, it will be necessary to apply your hand, finger, or eye to the sensor, which will then give the data to computer. Once your data has been recognized, the safe will open. Only you and anyone else, such as a spouse, whom you have entered into the biometric data bank, will be able to open the safe.
A Wide Choice Of Biometric Gun Safes
Quite a few of the top gun safe companies now offer biometric gun safes. These could be safes that will be appropriate only for handguns, or gun safes that will accommodate long guns as well.
• Browning now offers biometric gun safes in their product line. Although not every Browning gun safe line will be available with biometric locks, the Medallion, Gold, and Platinum Plus models are all available with a biometric lock option. Browning uses the SecurRam Biometric Lock on its safes, which uses a fingerprint as the ‘key’.
• Barska makes a line of biometric safes perfect for handguns, and has recently added one for rifles and shotguns. A Barska biometric safe will allow you to keep your pistol near your bed or in any room you wish. Predrilled holes will allow you to bolt the safe to the wall, shelf, or floor, so it cannot simply be picked up and carried off. These safes are simple to program, and will allow you to add up to 120 fingerprints, depending on the model. These safes will give you quick access to your firearms when you need it.
• The Stack-On PS-10-B Biometric Safe is perfect for placing on your bed table. This is a small safe that still gives you to store handguns and other valuables inside. The shelf is adjustable or can be removed entirely. A touch of your finger will open the safe instantly, and you can also open it with a digital pad or with a key. You can program up to 32 fingerprints in the template, so other responsible family members will be able to open the safe if needed.