When it comes to protecting valuables in your home or business, most people think of a safe. Unfortunately, many home/business owners believe that any safe is better than none when purchasing one. This can lead them to a significant case of buyer’s remorse when your possessions are damaged or stolen when the safe is compromised.
Not all safes are created equal, and this goes beyond their size. There are plenty of options for valuables of all sizes and the level of protection you’d like to have. If it’s your first time buying a safe, you must consider making an appointment with a security expert who’s prepared to answer any questions you may have and suggest the best models for your particular situation.
Before you call an expert, though, there are a few details you should evaluate yourself. That way, you’ll have a better picture of what you’re looking for in a safe. You’ll also give your security expert a clearer picture of what you need.
Today, we’re sharing with you four critical questions you must consider before buying a safe for your valuables.
1. What are you going to keep in your safe?
Make a clear decision on what types of documents and valuables you’ll keep in your safe. Are you going to store legal files? Are you saving currency and/or financial assets, or digital backup devices? Will you keep family heirlooms? Jewelry? Firearms?
Answering these questions will give you two clear guidelines for the type of safe you need. First, you’ll get an idea of how much internal space it should have. You don’t want to squeeze all valuables into a barely adequate space. Choose a device that, when fully closed, allows for more space for any new possessions you may include.
The second guideline is that by knowing what kind of objects you’ll keep in your safe, you’ll be aware of any additional protective features it should have. For example, if you’re only going to keep sensitive documents, a standard fire protection safe is adequate. If you’re going to keep cash or jewelry, you may wish to consider a safe that includes covers or drawers to keep the contents shielded from glances into the safe when it is opened.
On the other hand, if you’re going to keep digital mementos such as memory cards and drives, you’ll need a media safe. In the event of a fire, this device will protect your files from high temperatures, ensuring that they will be readable if you plug them back in.
2. Do you want to protect your valuables from natural events or from burglars?
A safe that keeps its content protected from fire and flood damage may not offer the same security against burglary damage. Many buyers make the mistake of buying a fire protection-only box, believing that they will deter burglars in the case of a property invasion. To their surprise, expert thieves can open these cases with relative ease.
That’s why your best bet, if you can afford it, is to purchase a safe that includes high-quality protection for both cases. Higher rated safes will be more likely to have thicker plates, deadbolts and other features that can delay a burglar’s access to their contents, including discouraging casual attempts to penetrate them altogether.
3. Where will you place your safe?
Location, location, location is the mantra of real estate, and it also applies to your safe.
Deciding where to place your device is a decision that’s more challenging for owners than you’d think. Burglars know that most people keep their valuables in the master bedroom of their homes, or in the master closet, so it’s the first place they look. On the other hand, placing your safe in a basement or a hidden nook could put it at greater risk of damage in the event of flooding or fire.
A responsible security expert will advise you to think outside the box when choosing your location. Consider placing your safe in a guest bedroom, or utility closet, as most burglars avoid tend to avoid these areas. If you’re going to put it in the basement, you should also consider whether the area is well-lit and allows for easy access to the safe.
Another cardinal rule to follow is to keep your safe anchored to the surface. This is a non-negotiable, even if you think that it’s too heavy for anyone to pick it up and take off. Don’t underestimate the persistence of thieves; discuss the best type of anchors for the floor of the room in which you’ll keep your safe.
4. What type of lock is best?
When we think about safes, the first thing that comes to mind is the traditional dial lock most buyers are familiar with thanks to movies and TV shows, but there are many other types of locks available in the market. For example, some safes include a double bit security lock, providing access only to those who have a copy of its key.
Other types include an electronic number combination lock or a biometric fingerprint locking system, in which only those who have their fingerprints saved in the device will be able to open the safe.
Depending on your budget and the specific requirements for your safe, a security expert will help you pick the best kind for you. They will also provide you with instructions on what to do if you’re locked out of your safe and need the support of a specialized locksmith to recover access.
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Our security experts and locksmiths at Empire City Locksmith are ready to advise you in choosing the best security devices for your property. Call us and make an appointment today.
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