Depends on your vehicle.I have an LCP and an LCR. What is a good value priced car safe? Key or combo lock?
Yup. That's what I have, but with a keyI got the lock box for my car. I have it hooked to the seat frame via cable and keep it under the passenger's seat. It works fine for me. I only use it when I go into some place where I can't carry.
There is one in the pic below- price shows about $35, but I believe I paid about $18 for mine at Academy.
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The cables can be broke with a 36" crowbar (or tire iron) wrap the cable around bar a little pry and pop goes the cable.Someone I know had the cable cut on the gun safe. Lost the gun and safe. Shopping malls are targets as they know you will be a while. Readers will pickup your fob frequency when you lock the doors. They just walk up, push a button to unlock your car and help themselves.
For my situation.....as for firearms, for those of us that carry a third "item" in addition to a primary and bug, it comes in handy. Then there are states like New Mexico that only allow an individual to carry one firearm on their person. So to avoid problems while driving through that state, it serves a purpose.I never unarm myself and leave my firearm alone. As someone said, put it in a holster and leave it on the roof. If a car thief steals your car what difference if you spent $ or $$$$ ... as far as smash and grab you might be ok but why risk it ...
My 21 Yukon lid will close with the key in my vault.I, too, have Lock'er Down Console safes in three of my vehicles. Like @terry_p, I have the four-digit tumbler combination lock. I choose the four-digit tumbler combination lock and only change one digit when locking it. That way if I need to quickly open the safe, I only need to change a digit.....no fooling around digging for a key or entering four digits.
In addition, the four-digit tumbler combination lock allows the safe lid to be closed and not lock. Whereas, according to the owner of the Lock'er Down Console Safes, the only way to keep the lid down with a key lock, is to "lock it". When I asked if the key could remain in the safe so as to be able to open it quickly (such as driving or sitting in the vehicle), the owner said "no" since the key would not allow the vehicle's console lid to close. The potential delay in opening their safes with a key lock may be an issue for you IF you go with them and IF you choose the key lock option.
Good luck in your search!