When it comes to selecting a safe that best fits your needs, how do you choose? With so many options, sizes, classes, and ratings, it can be a difficult decision. Below are some great recommendations you should consider before making your purchase.
1. What’s the right size for me?
You should get a safe slightly larger than you think you need. As a general rule of thumb, a safe about 1/3 larger than you were thinking is sufficient. You don’t want to have to go through the hassle of running out of room. You’ll find additional items you want to store in the safe and you’ll also accumulate more valuables over time.
2. What rating should I select?
Regardless of the items you plan on storing inside, you’ll want to seriously consider upgrading your rating if the value is significant. If you’re storing valuables above $30,000.00, consider a safe with both a fire and a burglar rating. Valuables $100,000.00 and above, we’d highly recommend a high security safe which would protect against attacks that use tools like drills and torches. Be aware these recommendations are subjective. The right rating for you might be higher or lower depending on your unique application.
3. Should I bolt down my safe?
Absolutely. Your safe should come with a bolt down kit. Even though your safe might seem heavy, burglars might have an easier time moving and removing it than you might think. It is highly recommended to bolt down any safe with a weight less than 1,000 lbs.
4. Does my lock choice matter?
The type of lock you select can be dependent on whether or not the application is residential or commercial. For example, you can select a lock with various levels of security including single or multiple lock users, audit capabilities, and time delay. Combination locks require very little maintenance and are incredibly durable over time. However, you’ll need us or a locksmith to come out and change your combo for you should you ever need it. On the other hand, electronic locks are convenient and extremely user friendly. You can change your code as many times as you’d like with these. However, you will need to occasionally replace batteries for those locks that require batteries.
5. What about wall and floor safes?
Wall and floor safes are generally not a good place to store items of high value. The only real advantage you get here is the element of concealment. These safes can be easily removed once discovered. Wall safes can simply be cut right out of the wall and are typically a lighter gauge steel. They do not provide high levels of fire protection. If you plan on truly protecting your items, you’re much better off with a free standing fire safe, burglar/fire safe, or a high security safe with a fire rating that can be bolted to the floor.