The Right Home Safe Can Make a Difference in Your Security and Wallet
There are several types of home safes that are designed to protect your belongings from burglary, fire, or any other kind of horrific event that may occur. Problem is, how do you know what these features really mean?
Deciding which security features you find the most important for your safe to have will determine which type of safe you get. From additional safety elements to the size of your safe, there are several things to consider before buying one for your home.
While many safes have a combination of the different safety features, here at Alford Safe and Lock, we want to help our customers understand what the features entail to help you feel more confident in your decision. Here are some tips to keep in mind before buying your next home safe.
Fire Resistant Does Not Mean It Is Fire Proof
Having a safe that will withstand the elements is generally a feature that every homeowner looks for when they are choosing the best one to have in their home. However, when you are looking for a fire-resistant safe, be sure to always check the ratings.
A safe that has “fire proof” listed as one of its features may only be able to resist flames for a maximum of 30 minutes. While this may be plenty of time for you, it is important to always check first and know a safe’s limits before you lose your most important possessions to a fire.
What Size Do You Need?
The ideal safe size will depend on the items you are wanting to secure. For example, if you are looking to buy a safe to secure important paper documents and jewelry, a smaller safe would be the best investment. The size of your safe will also depend on where you are looking to conceal it. Are you going to have your safe in your closet or somewhere in the bedroom? The amount of room you have to store your safe will be a determining factor in what size of safe you should buy.
Anti-Theft Features to Diminish Movability
While the portability of a safe may seem like it would go hand in hand with its size, some thieves will go to extreme measures even when dealing with a large safe. Because safes that are light and easily portable are not the securest way to protect your items, we do not offer them at our store. While our safes are not easily moved, we do provide the option to bolt your safe to the ground for extra security.
Many homeowners find comfort in bolting down their safes to ensure that it stays in place no matter what. Whether your safe is the size of a shoebox or a refrigerator, you can have your safe bolted to the floor. This option is available to minimize and even diminish the possibility of anyone moving your safe from its dedicated space.
Consider the Type of Lock You Want: Mechanical or Electronic
The decision between a safe with a mechanical or electronic lock may seem like a tricky choice to make, but it depends on what you feel most confident using. If you would feel more secure carrying the physical key versus using a keypad then a mechanical lock might be your best option. Of course, there are several newer models of home safes that have an electronic lock with a traditional lock option as a backup. Whatever your preference is, it’s wisest to choose the type of lock that you feel most secure using.
Choose the Home Safe That Is Best for Your Budget
Before you buy an expensive safe online, be sure to talk to an expert. Choosing a quality home safe is an investment and requires careful thought and consideration. The last thing you want to do is invest in the wrong type of safe and lose your most important possessions.
The technicians at Alford Safe and Lock are highly knowledgeable regarding features, models, and types of home safes so that you can feel confident that you are getting the best one for your belongings and budget. Stop by Alford Safe and Lock and talk to one of our experienced technicians today!