Safe Buying Guides
An estimated 2 million residences are broken into each year, with residential property accounting for an astounding 66% of total break-ins. Unlike furniture, electronic devices, and appliances, homeowners that are victims of robberies are unable to replace cash, priceless assets, documents and personal belongings. A personal safe can keep an individual's money and most priceless items safe and secure in the instance of a home or office theft occurrence. What exactly should you look out for when buying a safe? We’ve compiled a safe buying guide for you to consider when assessing any safe.
Capacity or Size of the Safe
What you plan to store in the safe will have a direct impact on the size or capacity of the safe. Measuring the largest objects you want to secure is the best way to go about this.
Plan to buy a safe which has interior dimensions that accommodate at least 25% more room than what you anticipate needing. Be aware that the inside and outside dimensions of the safes vary considerably.
Where Your Safe Will Be Situated
The amount of room you have and the method you will use to transfer the safe there will be some things to consider, along with the safe's final placement.
Always measure the widths and heights of your doors and compare them to the outer dimensions of the safe you're looking to purchase.
Be aware that the door hinges and combination lock will increase the dimension by an additional 2 to 4 inches.
Make sure the stairs (and other surfaces the safe will be transported across) are sturdy enough to sustain the weight of the safe if you want to move a large, heavy safe up or down them.
Protection Mechanisms and Degree of Security
The type and level of protection depend on the kind of possession you want to secure.
You may start by finding out what safety ratings your insurance provider needs so that you can get coverage. Safes are constructed to adhere to predetermined requirements for resistance to fire or theft. Paper records and papers that cannot be altered can typically be kept in a fireproof safe.
However, if the majority of the things are valuables like money, coins, or jewelry, they should be kept in a safe that can withstand robbery.
A burglary safe can be made fire-resistant by adding small fire-resistant inserts or using composite materials. On the other hand, fire safes rarely provide any genuine level of burglary security.
If you are looking to protect yourself from break-in thefts, consider getting a safe that is specially designed for residential or office use.
Your Budget for the Safe
The size and kind of safe you choose to buy will vary depending on your budget.
Prices for safes can range from being quite expensive in the case of jewelry safes to being inexpensive for small fire safes.
Just be careful if you stumble across a bargain price for a used safe, since you might not get a good deal for it. Never forget that, when it comes to safes, "you get what you pay for." It is preferable to consider a safe as an investment rather than just a purchase.
No matter your budget, use case, or required size, Templeton Safes has the safe for you. Browse our collection of safes today!