If you have very valuable belongings at home, you understand the worry of ensuring they are safe and out of reach of burglars. If you’re thinking this, you’d also be considering getting a home safe.
To be honest, home safes are not the best options for certain items. An ideal place for items such as your precious jewelry or other valuables is a bank. They offer more protection than home safes will
But if you want to keep items such as tape, hard drives, DVDs, documents, certificates, and records are near impossible to replace, home safes offer the type of protection you’re looking for.
While inexpensive compared to banks, they offer adequate protection for birth and death certificates, passports, important documents, electronic storage media, or even ammunition you’ve acquired to defend your home.
Choosing a home safe can be tricky, but if you know what to look out for, the process becomes easier.
1. The size
For starters, you need to know the size of your safe. Stacking the items you’ll put in the safe in a neat pile and measure the size of the pile, both height and width is an easy way to determine the size of safe. Try adding more height to the dimension because as time progresses, chances are, you will get more valuable documents for yourself and your family. You don’t want to leave the safety of the future documents to chance.
It’s most likely your main concern for choosing a safe is fire. Good thing most safes protect from fire and theft, some also throw in water protection into the mix.
Safety from Water
Choosing an appropriate safe for your documents can depend a lot on where you live. For instance, if where you live is prone to flooding, your best option is for a safe that is also water-resistant.
Safety from Fire
In case of fire outbreaks, paper documents have to be protected from temperatures above 350 degrees. Go for a safe whose internal temperature will not exceed this temperature during a fire accident. However, tapes, hard drives, and other electronic storage media don’t survive temperatures above 150 degrees. If tapes are among the items that will go in the safe, look for safes that won’t rise above this temperature. This is easy to look for – the information is provided in the safe.
Most house safes are built to withstand burglars. Here’s what Consumer Reports says about safes: “Independent ratings for burglary resistance are less common for home safes than for ones made for commercial users, such as jewelry stores. To determine their burglary-resistance ratings, UL testers go at safes with tools, torches, and even explosives. A TL-15 rated safe, for example, can withstand an attack of at least 15 minutes using common tools.”
3. The lock style
Keep an eye on the kind of locks or the locking mechanism your preferred safe comes with. It’s generally good to go for safes that come with two locks. These types of safes provide the best level of protection for thieves.
Home safes are basically of two types: the Portable and the Unmovable types. While there are portable options available, it’s better to go for safes that aren’t portable to lower the chances of theft – portable safes face a higher risk of being stolen since they are easily movable.
5. Your budget
Protecting your valuables is an investment you are making, not just for the present but for the future. For this reason, you need to pick the best safe that falls within your budget. Opting for a low-grade safe when you could have afforded better is a bad idea. You might say “with luck nothing is going to happen”. But are you willing to depend on luck for the safety of your documents or storage media? Of course not.
Murphy’s Law states that if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong. And a lot of things can go wrong. Make the investment.
6. What do others say about the dealers
Go online and make an effort to search for reviews on the dealers and manufacturers. More often than not, the opinions of others who have used the safe you are interested in will give honest reviews about the product. That way you will know what you’re getting into. Aside from the sales talks, features, and benefits of the sale on sale, find out how it really performs in service.
If you need more information about making a choice on what safe to buy or need professional help with safe installation, don’t hesitate to contact us.
Why Choose Alcatraz Locks?
As our customer (or yet-to-be customer), we want you to know other customers have been left satisfies by our company.
Here’s what a very satisfied customer Carolyn L. has to say about Alcatraz Locksmith:
I was in SUCH a bind and locked out of my car on a time crunch – plus I live south of Tucson, not even in Phoenix, I was just up visiting. He dropped everything even though he was already home for the day and headed straight over, and I was able to head into what I needed to with plenty of time. Professional, very careful with my car, very easy to work with. Would recommend him to anyone for any job.
We Guarantee Satisfaction
Our locksmith service has had hundreds of satisfied customers, and so far and we pride ourselves in always being able to solve the issues that our clients have with their locks, their keys, and their security systems. More than that, apart from the amazing automotive locksmith service, our company has also put an emergency locksmith service at your disposal. This means that no matter what time of the day, what day of the week, and what month of the year it is, all you have to do is give us a call and we will be there to give you a helping hand.
Apart from the amazing automotive locksmith service, our company has also put an emergency locksmith service at your disposal. This means that no matter what time of the day, what day of the week, and what month of the year it is, all you have to do is call us and we will be there to give you a helping hand.
We’ve Got Your Back in Emergencies
These two services are also the two main reasons why Alcatraz Locksmith is considered to be the most professional and reliable locksmith service in the area. More than that, our company has also become the most popular locksmith service in the area due to the high quality of our work, due to our dedication and, of course, due to our low prices.
We actually take great pride in being the top pick, both for residential and commercial customers. It is no secret that over the years we have managed to help countless businesses and residential customers with their locksmithing issues.
However, one other very important thing about our company is the fact that over the years we have managed to maintain a fair price for our services. Our customers are never overcharged and they are never taken advantage of. We perfectly understand that an emergency also means an unplanned expense. This is exactly why we have the most affordable prices in the area and why you will not be able to find another locksmithing service with prices that are as competitive as ours.
Alcatraz Automotive Locksmith Services
Our automotive locksmith service includes, but is not limited to car key replacement, truck key replacement, emergency vehicle opening, car trunk opening, broken ignition key removal, and replacement, broken door key removal and replacement, laser keys, high security vehicle key origination, high-security vehicle key duplication, ignition repair, ignition replacement, and even theft or break-in repair.
The bottom line is that no matter the damage, our highly trained professionals can definitely deal with your problem and also fix it in a timely manner.
It’ll be in your interest to know we are an A+ rated business on BBB Business Profile. That’s not something you see every day in the locksmith business. Take advantage of our skills just as hundreds (nearing thousands) of satisfied customers already have. We hope to hear from you about any of your lock problems.