While safes may be an obvious place to store valuable objects and money, it is still the most secure option. Hiding valuables in obscure places around your house may seem like a good idea at first, but when you consider that determined thieves will tear your house apart to find what they believe is hidden, it doesn’t seem like such a good idea. The two main types of safes are burglar-resistant and fire-resistant. A locksmith is your best source for choosing the right safe for your needs.
Considerations When Looking at Safes
Many buyers consider fire a greater possibility than burglary. According to the National Fire Protection Association, there is a one in four chance you will have a household fire that requires calling the fire department. Fire-resistant safes come in a variety of options depending on what you need to store inside the safe. For example, if you plan to store 35 mm slides or old tape recordings or film, you’ll need a safe that will not exceed 150 degrees inside. Computer disks and DVDs require a safe that doesn’t reach 125 degrees inside.
Burglar-resistant safes are more common in jewelry stores than private homes. The safes are rated by how long it takes a person to break in to the safe while using commonly available tools. However, the biggest protection against burglars is weight. If the safe weighs more than 100 pounds or is bolted to the floor, it will be too much trouble for a common thief who is in a hurry and doesn’t want to take the time to figure out how to get the safe out of the house. Many fire and theft-resistant safes are also water resistant.
You can learn more about safes from an expert on locks than from any other source. Locksmiths know the ins and outs of every kind of safe and can recommend the best security option for your needs. Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte NC carries a complete line of safes, and if we don’t have what you need, we can get it for you in short order. Stop by or call, or fill out our short form and we’ll get back in touch with you about your safe needs.