As technology advances, more security options become available for affordable prices. A safe is one of the best way to store your personal or commercial valuables and assets securely, but with so many safes on the market, it’s difficult to know which to choose.
The good news is you have plenty of options. Once you know what you are looking for, it will be easier to narrow them down and find the perfect model for your needs. Here are six considerations when choosing the right safe:
What will you use your safe for? What function does it have, and what are you hoping to achieve with it? You may require a safe for your home or for your business. If you want a personal safe, consider what you will store. There is a different safes for storing cash and jewelry, storing guns and firearms, or for storing documents and data.
Business owners may want to use a depository safe, which allows employees to deposit assets without opening the safe. You can also opt for a custom safe to meet your every need.
There are two types of security rating for safes. The first is the fire-rating, and refers to how fireproof the safe is. Fireproof safes are usually made from thin-gauze metal, and are useful to protect your assets if a fire occurs, but may not always be the most secure for burglary.
The cash-rating describes how resistant the safe is to burglary, with a higher rating implying more security. Choose a safe with high enough security rating to negate the risk of break-ins and protect your valuable possessions.
Once you understand the purpose and security rating of your safe, it is time to consider the size you will need. Think about what you will store in the safe to give yourself an idea of how large it will need to be. Leave yourself extra room to add more valuables.
To give you an idea of size, a standard home safe is 10 x 10 x 8 inches, but it’s really up to you if you want bigger (or smaller). It is better to choose a size too big than leave yourself struggling to fit your valuables in your safe.
Several locking mechanisms are available on safes. Some basic models are unlocked using a key. This is fine for some purposes, such as storing small amounts of cash, but for more valuable assets you should consider a different mechanism, such as dial combination or digital code.
Dial combination and digital code lock safes have added advantages both security and accessibility. Lost or stolen keys are not a problem. Instead, you can rely on your memory of a simple code or combo. You can also choose to have keys for a backup in case you forget the code.
One of the final considerations before choosing your safe, is the location in which it will be installed and fitted. You may want to keep your safe well out of the way of prying eyes, but you may also want a level of ease when accessing it.
Some safes offer specific installation options. For example, you could opt for an in-wall installation or an in-floor installation.
Once you have made all other considerations, and have thought about the purpose, security rating, size, locking mechanism and installation of your safe, it is time to pick the right model for you. Only choose high quality models from reliable brand names, preferably with top user reviews.
At Mr. Locks we have hand-selected the finest safe models, with many types and sizes available to suit your home or business. We can help you to understand the selection process, and choose the right safe for you. Contact us today to arrange a free consultation.