Choosing the correct safe for what you want to protect.
Safes are built to provide specific types of protection, based usually on what the user wants to protect, the risks they want to protect against, and user convenience. Knowing what you are going to protect and what risks you want to protect it from are the first considerations you should make in choosing a safe.
- What items do you want to protect?
- What do you want to protect them from?
- Where are you going to keep your safe?
- How much space do you need?
These are only a few of the questions you need to answer in order to choose the correct safe for the job at hand.
Choosing who to ask. or who to answer these questions, could be as important as which safe you choose. Most Locksmiths and other safe retailers are trained to help you choose the correct safe for your needs. They are the experts. Are you going to gamble that you are getting the proper protection, on the recommendation of a minimum wage “big box retailer” clerk?
Check the information and links below, to start you in the right direction.
- If you keep your business documents and records, in your home or at your place of business, you need a fire safe. Statistics show that if a company’s records are lost in a fire, 17% can no longer furnish a financial statement, 14% suffer a reduction in credit rating and 43% go out of business completely. No home or business is safe from fire.
- If you keep cash or valuables at home at your place of business, or in a safe deposit box, you may want to consider a burglary safe or high security container.
- If you have a high traffic retail business, where a lot of cash is handled, you may benefit from a depository safe, or skim safe, to control the who has access to your cash and for how long.
- If you keep computer media on your premises, or if you want to store digital files or valuable photos they should be stored in a media safe.
- If you keep guns for sport or hunting, they should be stored in a gun safe.
Video Presentation on Choosing a Safe – “Racing to The Bottom”
- Buying a Safe: Understanding UL Safe Ratings (bargaineering.com)
- 6 Tips for Choosing The Right Home Safe (wisebread.com)
- Howstuffworks “How Safecracking Works” (home.howstuffworks.com)