If you’re looking to buy a safe in 2021 there are some things you need to consider and with so many options out there it can be hard to find what one is best for you. Check out our blog below to discover the different types of safes and what you need to consider when buying a safe!
What do you want to put in your safe?
First of all you need to consider what you want to keep stored securely away in your safe as this will affect the size of safe you will need to buy. Is it small like cash and documents, jewellery maybe or do you need to store larger technical equipment perhaps?
What do you need protection from?
As well as considering the size of the safe, you should also factor in why you need the extra security in the first place. Many safes offer protection from burglary, fires or both.
Burglary Protection Safe
If you are looking for a safe to prevent your valuable items from getting stolen should you be burgled there are a few different options on the market. Look for the insurance rating of the safe which is determined by a number of factors including the resistance the safe has for movement, the thickness and strength of the walls and door, the security and complexity of the lock and bolt mechanisms and the overall quality. The higher the insurance rating the more secure the safe.
The insurance rating is only applicable if the safe has been installed correctly and to ensure your valuables are covered should the worst happen it is worth choosing a safe that is 30% higher than your needs. Look for AiS (Association of Insurance Surveyors) when buying a safe as they are the UK’s top authority on safe insurance ratings.
Fire Protection Safe
There are also a few different options for you to consider when buying a fire protection safe. This is due to the different temperatures the safe can withstand to keep your valuables safe inside. Safe.co.uk report that magnetic media such as tapes and film will spoil at a 52°C so the safe’s temperature must stay below this level, digital media will corrupt at anything over 120°C and any safe holding paper must stay below 177°C to prevent it from combusting.
Fire protection safes are categorised into four different ratings of standard, medium, high and maximum and are determined in the duration of which they are tested by 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 120 minutes plus. Fire protection safes endurance tests include measuring the internal temperature over a period of time when exposed to high temperatures, the explosion test is carried out to ensure the safe won’t explode when exposed to sudden extreme temperatures and the fire drop test to ensure it can withstand falling through a burning building.
How do you want your safe to operate?
Are you looking for a key operated safe, a pin code or even something that is more contemporary such a fingerprint opening?
Key Lock Safe
A key lock safe is a tried and tested method of securing your safe. However, there is a risk of losing the keys or a burglar gaining access to the safe with the key.
A keypad safe operates with a PIN code that is able to change as often as you require it to. This type of safe is popular in hotel rooms where many people will be using it throughout the year.
A fingerprint safe will only open when it detects a pre-scanned fingerprint. There are no keys to lose and no pin code to forget but these types of safes are more expensive.
Dial Combination Safe
These are the type of safes you usually picture in films where the burglar is listening for the ticks to unlock the code. However, these types of safes are a bit tricky to operate.
Dual Lock Safes
These are operated with either two locks or a keypad and key so that two people can operate the safe.
Where do you want your safe to be?
Do you want your safe to be mounted in the floor, the wall, or freestanding?
Floor safes are perfect if you are looking to store your valuable items in a secret, secluded space. They can easily be covered by a rug or furniture.
Wall Mounted Safe
Like a floor safe, wall mounted safes offer extra protection security wise as they are easily hidden from sight and not easily removed.
Free Standing Safe
Free standing safes are the cheapest alternative in initial cost and there are no other installation fees. Of course these are less secure than their counterparts as they are harder to hide and can be picked up and taken away.
If you need help with your small, freestanding safe give us a call! Find your local Locksmith here! If you found this blog interesting why not check out Burglary Statistics 2021 and Restoring your Home Security after a Break in!