# Are Combination Locks Safe?

By: Steve Drumm

A combination lock is a type of lock that isn’t opened by a key but a series of numbers or symbols insead, and when entered properly will open the lock. The series can be entered by using one or several rotating dials with engraved markings, usually it will be numbers, which directly work along with the locking elecical. Other combination locks utilize mechanical or electronic keypads for inputting the series.

A combination lock is used by a lot of people to protect their possessions particularly in offices and schools in which it is quite easy to break into someones locker. Most users of combination locks find it tricky to unlock it the 1st time and also it can look complicated, but in reality it is very simple and you can unlock it in a matter of seconds, that is if one know the proper combination.

Most combination locks utilize a 3-digit numerical code and each digit represents one number from 0 to 39. Check that you have the correct numerical code. It is normally situated on the label at the back of the lock or sometimes in the packaging. It is definately better to memorize the code and then remove the label from the lock. Do not reveal your 3-digit code to anyone for obvious security reasons.

Get a firm grip on your lock. Use your thumb and index finger to work the dial located in the centre of the combination lock. Turn the dial to 0 and using your thumb and index finger grip dial. Begin to spin the dial 3 times until the number 0 is directly level to the arrow which is engraved on top of the dial.

Try the first number once the dial is set to 0, you are at this instant set to unlock the combination lock by means of the 3-digit numeric code. Let us say your code is 11-20-28. From the initial position of 0, spin the dial clockwise until the number 11 is pointing towards the arrow.

Now move the dial to the second numeric number. This time, you have to perform two rotations rather than one before stopping at the second number. From the number 11, rotate the dial counter-clockwise until the number 20 has passed the arrow sign. Perform the second rotation by turning the dial counter-clockwise but this time stop turning the dial when 20 is directly pointing to the arrow mark.

Now for the last number. Move your dial to the third number. The final number in the series is 28, and to get there, rotate the dial clockwise until the number 28 is pointing to the arrow. At this time the shackle should have been released from the lock. Open the combination lock by pulling the shackle upwards.

To shut and secure the combination lock. Insert the shackle back into the hole and push it down firmly into place. Next, spin the dial to any number. Check that the lock is really locked by pulling on the shackle. The combination lock is closed correctly if the shackle didn’t move.

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