You need a safe place to store precious items when you are not using them – the solution is a home safe!
Everyone needs to protect their valuables and important documents like passports and birth certificates against the incidence of a home break-in. A home safe is a lockable box that can be secured in a fixed place to prevent thieves from accessing the items inside.
Before you buy your home safe
Always start with the size of the safe have a good think at what you would like to put in the safe and gather them together in a pile. This will give you a visual of the size of safe that you require. It is recommended that you purchase a safe actually a little bigger than what you currently need.
Why? Because when you have a safe, it is amazing at the extra items, you would want to store in it.
How much do you want to spend?
Well it depends a little on your budget. Homes safes come in large price range and are designed to protect your valuables from thieves – quality does count!
Where to put your safe?
Look around the house at where you would like to put the safe. Out of sight is best but if you are intending on putting items that you need regular access to, put it somewhere that is not too hard to get at. If you are locking items that you will not be needing very often then securing it in an obscure place is best. Also, ensure that the surface you are installing the home safe on will be able to withstand the weight of the safe with your items in it.
What makes a secure home safe?
The material of the safe, Most homes safes consist of the outer layer of mild steel skin, a mild steel layer in the door to which the lock is affixed to and the hard plate barrier material to protect the lock from tampering. The better the quality of these materials, the stronger your safe.
The locking mechanism
You have three choices in the locking mechanism
1. Digital electronic locking – this type of locking provides excellent anti-theft abilities but allows for easy and quick access to the valuables in your safe. You can choose a pin between four to eight digits and the pin number can easily be changed.
2. Key lock – uses a key to unlock the safe much like a door lock.
3. Combination locks – requires a level of concentration and precision to enter the combination number to open the safe.
Fire rating, Do you live in a fire prone area?
You may need to consider a safe with a fire rating. This is measured in the time it takes the fire to damage the contents of your safe.
If you consider yourself an experienced handyman, you can install some home safes yourself. If you call a locksmith, he can advise on the home safe that suits your needs and security, the best place to install your safe and how to secure it with the strongest bolts (sometimes these aren’t the ones that come with the safe!).
With a residential locksmith, you have the added benefit of his knowledge and experience and in some instances, can protect the conditions of the home safe warranty.
A home safe is a safe home for all your valuables and documents – it is worth the investment!