Have you ever hidden your money or other valuables inside a cracker box? How about the pantry? Or, you might have gone the old-fashioned way, and simply used the mattress. In any case, you are not alone. Most people have, at least once, trusted their most treasured possessions to these DIY measures.
However, no amount of creativity can prevent a burglar from reaching inside and helping himself to what was left within the arm’s reach. Not to mention these measures offer no protection against natural disasters or accidents, especially those related to fire damage.
The good news is there is an available solution that is both fire and burglar-proof: a home safe.
Don’t Fear the Fire – Secure Your Valuables Against It
No matter how many precautions you take, natural disasters or occasional accidents are unavoidable. In fact, it can only take a moment of inattention for your hard work to (literally) go up in flames.
This is particularly relevant for those homeowners with a house which doubles as an office. Since the Internet offers an alternative to the traditional work environment, many opt to do their work from home. However, paperwork is unavoidable, and this only adds to the list of valuables which need protection.
The only way to ensure your valuables are safe until help arrives is to enclose them within a protective casket, such as the one provided by fire resistant safes. While no safe is completely fireproof, there is an entire range of safes providing protection from heat long enough without damaging your possessions. Fireproof safes are rated based on how much heat they can withstand, and for how long. The recommended time period should ideally be two hours of fire resistance.
Safes Are a Foolproof Burglar-Deterrent
Despite what the heist movies suggest, the average burglar does not possess the sophistication, or the speed of light, to find the safe and break into it in five minutes. Additionally, the design of home safes has improved, and now they are able to withstand a wide array of tools and techniques meant to penetrate them.
There are several factors included in measuring the strength of the safe – the complexity of the lock, the difficulty of removing the safe, and most importantly, the strength of its doors and walls. Again, the rating system is there to tell you whether the safe is tool resistant (TL), torch resistant (TR), protected on all six sides (X6), and for how long.
At the very least, the safe will resist a burglar for fifteen minutes, at most, for an entire hour. Considering the average burglar spends no more than 8 to 12 minutes inside a house, even the minimum resistance time is sufficient to deter them, or hold them off long enough for help to arrive.
Apart from keeping burglars out and protecting your belongings from fires, safes also serve to put away your personal items out of reach of the youngest members of the household. At the end of the day, getting a home safe is a perfect (and perfectly responsible) solution for your needs, and an investment you won’t regret.
Contact us to discuss how easy it is to install a safe in your home or business, and start protecting your valuable items right away. 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 ASAP. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!