There are many ways to get confidence that valuables in your apartment, private house, office, or bank vault are safe. Buying a safe is one of them. Safe production technologies have considerably progressed over the last few decades. How to choose a safe for home depending on your needs and the necessary functions?
Many people think of a safe as something with a huge round door from movies, with heaps of money or jewelry hidden behind. In real life, everything is a little different. Now safes are used almost everywhere – from apartments and offices to banks and government institutions. They are used to safely store money, jewelry, antiques, documents, and other valuables.
A safe is a reinforced construction made of metal, which is locked and intended to protect the contents from theft and/or fire.
A safe consists of the following parts:
- Latch mechanism (moving-out metal rods)
- Internal filling (shelves, additional compartments, drawers)
Modern manufacturers use strong alloys and smart technologies to protect the valuables from attacks of malicious people or natural disasters. Choosing among a huge variety of safes one with optimal functionality can take quite a long time, so let’s determine the most important criteria.
Safe choice criteria
As with any other means of security, before buying a safe you must decide on a few important things. Safes can be grouped according to their purpose (place of use), type of protection and lock.
So, before choosing a safe you must answer the following questions:
- Where will it be?
- What kind of danger will it protect the valuables from?
- What will be stored there?
- What is the volume of valuables?
Answers to these questions will help you choose the correct type, size, and model of a safe.
Grouping by purpose
There are five types of safes, depending on a safe location and its functionality:
Each type was developed for a certain purpose and may not satisfy the needs of its owners in a different situation.
Built-in safes are designed for apartments or private houses. They are “hidden” in furniture, niches in walls or floors. They are usually small, have 1-2 shelves, sometimes – a traser (an internal compartment, locked with a different key). For more safety, such safes have fastening holes or reinforcing bars.
When installing built-in safes, it is recommended to use anchor bolts that withstand a high tensile load – from 500 kg to 3 tons. Built-in safes are small and best for storage of small amounts of money, personal items, documents, and traumatic weapons, but can not boast of a high class of burglar resistance.
Hotel safes are similar in their installation and dimensions. These metal products have long become essential in the tourism market and an additional way to earn money. Hotel safes are used in hotel rooms and at the reception, they can be built-in furniture and walls. A distinctive feature of these models is an electronic lock combination and a spare key lock.
For offices, private entrepreneurs, shops, and similar companies the best choice is office safes. They come in different sizes, can be attached to walls or floors. There are built-in models for storage of printing, financial reporting, and cash. Office medium-sized safes can be used for storing important documents and thick folders-registrars. An office safe with drawers or several door-compartments allows you to conveniently store documents, archival records, and valuables. Most office safes are equipped with lockable internal compartments for forms of strict accountability or cash.
The highest degree of burglar resistance is typical for bank safes. Such models are used in banks or for personal needs to store large sums of money, jewelry, collections. Bank safes are large in size and weight, can be fastened with anchors to the floor or wall