Safe Codes: Choosing a Code that is Strong but Easy to Remember
A few common mistakes are made when choosing the correct code for a safe. It can be difficult to choose a code that is secure, but not so long and difficult that the homeowner cannot remember it. The last thing anyone wants to do is have to keep the code written down somewhere, as would be thieves could find that slip of paper!
The best numerical safe code is one that appears random, but really has a meaning to the owner. This does not mean you should use a date of birth, address, phone number, or social security number. The first numbers a burglar will try are numbers that relate to the owner such as those. It is also important to avoid using numbers consecutively (12345), and please do not ever use banking information. Instead, follow these steps to create a secure combination that only you can "break".
Step 1: Think of a 5 to 6 letter word that you are familiar with. (Again, no personal information should be used.)
Example- "create" or "bacon"
Step 2: Using a telephone keypad, replace the letters with the corresponding numbers.
Example- "create" becomes "273283" and "bacon" becomes "22266"
Step 3: Turn your new number into a safe code.
Example- "create" becomes "27-32-83" and "bacon" can become "02-22-66" or "22-02-66" or "22-26-06"
To the outsider, this set of numbers is random, only you will know what it really means. This system will work equally well for safes that require even longer combinations. Simply start out with a longer word or phrase.
Example- "I love football" becomes "4568336682255" which could be "45-68-03-36-68-22-55"
As long as you the owner can remember your word or phrase, you can always refer to any telephone keypad to decipher the numbers, and soon enough you will no longer need to even do that as the number will be committed to memory through repetition.