Valuable items like jewelry, fur, cameras etc are an easy pick for thieves. Bank safe deposit vaults tend to be too small. Besides one cannot always rush to banks to store their valuables as they can be required at anytime. So it is advisable to invest in a home safe.
There are quite a few thins to be kept in mind while buying home safes:
Protection Levels: different safes come with different UL or Underwriters Laboratories rating awarded to them depending upon the level of protection they provide.
Class A Safe — Protects documents and valuables for 4 hours at 2000°F (approx).
Class B Safe — Protects documents and valuables for 2 hours at 1850°F (approx).
Class C Safe — Protects documents and valuables for 1 hour to 1700°F (approx).
For most home owners a Class C safe is a sure protection option.
UL ratings are also given to safes based on the protection they provide against the tools used by thieves;
TL 15 – protection against drills for up to 15 minutes
TL 30 – protection against drills for up to 30 minutes
TL 40 – protection against drills for up to 40 minutes
The ratings listed above are the ones that are recommended for home safes.
Home Safes should also protect stored items from damage due to shocks such as building collapses. Combination safes are a good option as they feature a strong money chest fitted inside an equally or even stronger fir resistant safe. However they tend to be very bulky. used safes for sale
There are many other options available when it comes to locking mechanisms such as key locks, electronic locks etc. You can select one that suits you the best.
Select home safes, based on what you planning to store in them as a wrong choice can result in loss of valuables. For example, due to the working mechanism of a fireproof safe, computer data may be destroyed when stored in it.
Due to the opening of world markets, many safes are available today some tested some non-tested. So it is advisable to go for one’s that are from a reputed company as you will be trusting these safes for the safety of your valuable documents, jewelry computer data etc. A wrong choice can lead to huge losses. Home safes are also machines and machines tend to need repairs. These repairs may not always be possible if they re purchased from small time dealers. So, it is recommended that you purchase a safe from a reputed outlet or a locksmith of good repute as they can provide you better post-sale service as and when the need may arise.
Go for a safe somewhat larger than what you need today as buying home safes is not an everyday affair.