It’s often said that hindsight is 20/20, and anyone who’s been a victim of a burglary will certainly agree with this. If you want to protect your jewelry, cash, documents, and other important items from thieves, your best bet is a safe. That said, there are many safes available on the market, and choosing the right one can be difficult. However, the first step to finding the best safe is to understand the different classification ratings.
While any safe might appear secure, not all of them offer the same level of protection. That’s why safes are rated according to the strength of their construction. In general, there are three:
B rated—For the most part, safes that are rated B offer the same protection as any locked box. While it will deter a burglar somewhat, it offers little resistance against a determined thief with a few tools in hand.
B/C rated—This rating is designated to safes with walls measuring at least 1/4-inch and doors of at least 1/2-inch in thickness. As you might expect, such a safe offers more protection than those with a B rating, but is still not the most secure option available.
C rated—Safes granted a C rating are generally regarded as the most secure and strongest. To earn this rating, the walls of a safe must maintain a thickness of at least 1/2-inch and doors of at least 1 inch in thickness.
Of course, the physical construction of a safe is just one of the considerations you need to consider when purchasing one. After all, a safe is intended to offer protection from a wide variety of threats, including thieves and large disastrous fires. Therefore, a separate rating, developed by Underwriters Laboratories, is used to further classify safes. These codes and their corresponding meanings follow:
Tool Resistant (TL)—As previously discussed, professional thieves often utilize tools to break into a safe. A TL-rated safe means the safe is reinforced to withstand damage from tools such as saws.
Torch Resistant (TR)—Yes, crafty burglars aren’t above lugging around a torch just to get their hands on a safe’s contents. Fortunately, a TR-rated safe can withstand the extreme heat a torch can render, foiling a thief’s nefarious plans.
X6—If a safe carries an X6 rating, it means it is reinforced on all sides—walls as well as the top and bottom panels.
15, 30, 60—These numbers refer to the number of minutes a safe can withstand a physical attack or damage from a torch.
A safe is a worthwhile investment if you possess valuable items requiring protection from thieves or others. By knowing the different construction and performance ratings, you can select the safe that fulfills your specific needs. Once you start to shop for safes, be sure to contact only trusted security experts in Charlotte, NC who can help with any locksmith services including any type of safe for your home or business. Contact our team at Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte NC. We will be happy to assist. Give us a call at 704-347-1088, or complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you right away. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!