A few thoughts to consider before purchasing a safe
There are certain elements to determin before purchasing a safeFinding what protection you realistically need is important in choosing the right safe without spending too much.
- Resistance to Burglary
- Environmental resistance
- Location of the safe
- Lock Type
Resistance to Burglary
Verify the type of rating the safe has. For example, a class TL-15 safe can provide limited protection from picking tools as well as mechanical and electrical tools for a minimum of 15 minutes. A TXT-60 class safe on the extreme side, can withstand all the abuse of power saws, mechanical and electrical tools for over 60 minutes and even take punishment from explosives ! Determin what you REALISTICALLY need before spending more that what is inside is worth.
Fire resistance is typically rated by the amount of time the safe can withstand extreme temperatures found during a fire. The typcal run goes from a half-hour to four-hour of flames and heat. However if the firemen flood your house with water, many safes will fill up and may damage sensitive objects such as documents and hard drives.
We're mainly looking at water flooding resistance. These safes are able to be dunked underwater without letting any water inside, thus protecting your posetions one step further.
Location of the Safe
Consider this: If someone break into your house and finds your safe, what are they most likely to do ? Well they will assume that what's inside is worth good money and will focus their attention on the safe itself. Your safe can be bomb proof but if it's small and light enough to pick up, the burglars won't bother trying to pry it open and will simply leave with it.
If all you have in your safe is documents that aren't really worth much to anyone but yourself, and you simply want to protect them from fire, try something small and fireproof and consider leavin it unlocked. Anyone trying to steal it will open and find there's nothing worth their time in there.
Check the total weight of your safe, if it's still not heavy enough you can mount certain safes into the floor or wall of your house.
Here's a basic breakdown of the locks you'll find on safes and vaults.
Combination Locks: Tried and tested, these have been around for a while and never let you down. However it's very long to open, especially cumbersome when trying to get to your shotgun in a hurry !
Electronic Locks: The new locks on the block, these are slowly becomming more popular and trusted. These typically have a number pad on the front and runs on 9v batteries.
Biometric locks: The finger swipe scanners are alot of fun, but aren't trusted and for good reasons. The technology is getting better all the time, but some can be fooled. They're very popular with handgun safes and some come with a keypad backup.