What type of home safe is best for you?
One of the simplest ways to protect items of financial and sentimental value is to invest in a home safe.
What do you need to store?
The type of safe you require will depend on the items you wish to protect. Make a list of everything you plan to store in your safe. This will give you a starting point for the type you’re going to need.
If it’s a case of jewellery and an emergency cash reserve, then a small hidden safe will be sufficient. These can be attached to a wall or into the floor. But if you have a number of precious family heirlooms, it’s going to be more practical to have a larger freestanding safe.
Do you need to consider temperature?
If you need to store computer backups and other digital data, you’ll need to take temperature into consideration. Hard drives and USB backups should be stored in a safe that has a minimum rating of 150 degrees.
Important documents should also be kept in a safe that can protect them from environmental conditions such as damp.
Is fire protection important to you?
If you keep important documents such as property deeds, wills, home and health insurance, bank account information, passports, birth certificates and marriage licenses, you may want to invest in a safe that will protect from fire and flood.
This type of safe will protect its contents from high temperatures and have a duration of resistance against fire.
Do you have dangerous items that need to be locked away?
If you possess any dangerous items such as firearms, then it’s essential to keep them locked away, especially if you have children.
It’s a legal requirement to keep all weapons and ammunition in a secure environment to ensure they’re not misused.
How do you want to gain access to your safe?
Once you’ve decided on the safe most suitable for your needs, it’s time to consider the locking mechanism.
Traditional key lock safes are still popular, as are combination locks as they’re highly effective.
Electric combination locks are easy to use as there’s no key; you just need to remember the code. However, if you do forget, most have an override or backup password system that enables you to open the safe and set a new passcode.
But there are now more modern options to choose from including biometric locks, where access is only gained by recognition of a physical feature of a person. This could be a fingerprint or scan of the retina. Biometric locks are highly secure and practical as there’s no need to worry about losing a key or forgetting a passcode.
Another option is a time lock, which allows the safe to be programmed so that it only opens during set hours. Or there’s a time delay lock that enables you to pre-set the lock so that it only opens after a set duration after a code has been entered.
Would you like expert advice on protecting your precious possessions?
To find out how the latest security products can protect your home or business, contact Stuart at Rocks Locks. Stuart will conduct a FREE security survey and provide advice on the best security solutions to meet your needs and budget.
Call Stuart on 07900 335525 or visit www.rocks-locks.co.uk for more information on the range of locksmith services.