What to Consider When Buying a Safe

Safe security

You have a lot of valuables in your home – and not just big stuff like TVs, computers and sound systems. You have small items, too, and they can be the most valuable things of all. Things like jewelry, lifetime records, small firearms, even lifelong keepsakes and heirlooms are things you want to protect most. So a safe may be the best thing to have as a last line of defense against fire, theft or flood. Even with the worst natural disaster, a safe will be there protecting those smaller valuables.

Here are some things to consider when contemplating a safe:

  • What do you want to protect? Papers and jewelry are things that come to mind first. Papers might include birth and death certificates, wills and estate planning documents, life insurance policies, savings bonds and stock certificates, and tax returns. More and more these days, people keep valuable information on their computers. The “cloud” is there. But do you really want that most personal data out there in hack land? A disc or backup drive may be something you’d want to stash in a safe.

Think of the threats

So you need to consider what you’re securing and purchase accordingly.

  • Fire protection: You need to think in terms of what type of material the safe will protect. If you’re just protecting papers, you need less heat resistance. Things like film and slides would need more heat resistance, and computer discs are the most sensitive of all.
  • Burglary protection: Here, you need to think like a thief. A 1.2 to 1.2-cubic-foot safe that weighs about 100 pounds, isn’t something a burglar wants to go for, when there are lighter, more portable things around. Some safes come with bolt-down kits, too. And you can install a safe in a wall or anchor it to a concrete floor.
  • Water-resistance is an added feature of safes that have good fire and theft security.

Location, location, location

  • Where to put the safe: A master bedroom is often the first stop for burglars, so choose another place. If you’re not in a flood-prone area, a basement is a good choice. Again, a wall or a floor where you can bolt down the safe, is good.
  • Get professional advice. Unlike many other locksmiths, we at 24/7 ASAP Locksmiths, deal with safes all the time. You can call us, and we’ll come out and consult with you on what type of safe you may need. Or you can come by our office, check us out, and check out our selection of safes. Either way, you can be sure that you’ll get professional service. Our people are certified, licensed and bonded – not to mention friendly and courteous.

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