There is a common misconception that any safe is a good safe. In reality, there are a few things to consider when purchasing a safe to ensure that the contents inside actually stay “safe”.
1. Embedded Safes
When most people think of safes, they think of a metal box with a dial. This is called a free-standing safe. Unfortunately, there are a few downsides to free standing safes. Firstly, it can be hard to hide a large metal box around the house in an inconspicuous manner. Secondly, if it is found by an intruder, it can be removed from your home quite easily for a thief to open later with the required time and tools.
An effective alternative to a free-standing safe is an embedded safe. As implied by the name, embedded safes can be installed into the walls or floors of a house, making them much harder for an intruder to find and open.
Another important consideration when purchasing a safe is making sure that it is practical. You should buy a safe that is large enough to store all your important belongings at the present moment, but also factor in items that you may accrue in the future.
The safe should then be embedded into a space where you are likely to be aware of it so that you can make the most of it.
3. Types of Safes
Different items needing safe storage will also shape what kind of safe is needed to protect the contents. For example, fire-resistant safes aren’t necessarily designed to protect items sensitive to humidity. This includes photos and data storage devices such as CDs and USBs. Fire safes largely rely on steam and moisture to keep the temperature low in the event of a house fire. However, the moisture content within the safe may be high enough to significantly damage photos and data storage devices. An alternative to this would be a safe specifically designed to protect data and media, which keep both the temperature and humidity low, however, these may not offer significant protection against burglars.
Here at Lock, Stock & Barrel Locksmiths, we have experienced and professional locksmiths that can help you find the safe that meets your needs and ensure that it is installed correctly, making sure that your safe stays “safe”. Feel free to get in contact with us or take a look at our safe services.