Today’s modern security is constantly changing. Suppliers are always coming up with the latest technology and introducing new ways of protecting your assets. Standard mechanical devices are rapidly being replaced by modern electrical locking devices, but a question that many people have is which device is more reliable and more secure? We have come up with a list of the pros and cons of these two locking systems to help home and business owners decide which device makes the most sense for them and will keep their assets the most secure.


Mechanical locks are operated 100% without electricity or batteries. They have been around for hundreds of years and are often a long-lasting solution for simple security needs.

Cons include:

  • The technology has stagnated and has not kept up with modern security demands
  • Opening a high-security mechanical lock can sometimes be a slow process and force you to start over repeatedly
  • Need professional help if there is any malfunctioning on the device
  • Unauthorized key duplication can leave your business vulnerable without you even being aware of it
  • Mechanical locks cannot provide an audit of when the door has been accessed and by whom
  • Whenever keys are lost, stolen or duplicated without permission, you incur the expense of having every lock changed that the key accesses

Pros include:

  • Reliable time-tested solutions since the 1800s
  • Hardware tends to last a long time without the need for extensive repair work
  • Does not require electrical power
  • Often a weatherproof solution
  • Most employees have a good understanding of how to operate mechanical locking mechanisms


An electronic lock (or electric lock) is a locking device which operates by means of electric current. Electric locks are sometimes stand-alone with an electronic control assembly mounted directly to the lock. … Electronic locks can also be remotely monitored and controlled, both to lock and to unlock.

Cons include:

  • Need access to electricity via battery or other
  • If you lose power you could temporarily lose the ability to gain entry
  • May require employee training to operate
  • May need to change battery routinely
  • Many options and features associated with adding an electrical lock to your home or business often requiring professional assistance in choosing the best option

Pros include:

  • Added security with increased lock combinations from standard mechanical locks
  • Easily add or change combinations
  • Easy to access and ability to operate in the dark
  • Weather resistance options
  • Add, block, or transfer users with specific access abilities
  • Monitor access by hour of the day
  • Have a record log of who accessed and when
  • Can often self-service the locks and make changes without paying for additional help
  • Can integrate additional hardware such as intercoms and surveillance cameras


The Team at Western Lock Services can go through the options with you and supply and install whatever lock is going to suit your needs.

Whether it’s a basic lock and key or an old key card system, if you fall into any of the reasons we’ve discussed to change or upgrade your locks, maybe it’s time to consider a new security solution. Your local, Western Locksmith is here to help you make your best, educated decisions concerning your commercial security priorities. Contact us today!