As you know, having a reliable security system is one of the most important things you can do to keep your home and your family safe. However, while a security system offers great protection from intruders, it is still very important to have a good safe in your home to keep your valuables. Choosing the right safe can be difficult, so here are 3 kinds of protection safes offer that you should consider when choosing one for your home.
What Do You Need Protection From?
It is important to remember that not all safes are created equal. Be sure to consider all of these functions before making your buying decision. Most safes are made to provide at least one of the following types of protection, and many offer all of them to some degree.
- According to the National Fire Protection Association, homeowners have a 25% chance of experiencing a fire serious enough to warrant contacting the fire department.
When considering fire resistance in a safe, you must first determine what you will be keeping in it. A safe that warms to over 300° F on the inside during a fire will have no problem protecting paper documents, but 35mm slides or DVDs will be destroyed in anything above 150° F.
Know what you will be keeping in your safe and check the safe’s fire resistance rating to make sure it is what you need.
All safe’s provide some level of theft protection, just be their very nature. In general, safes offer theft protection in one of two ways, and usually a mixture of both:
- By being difficult to break into.
- By being difficult to find.
Most non-commercial home safes are usually not rated for theft protection. They offer this kind of protection by default, because thieves are much more likely to grab whatever they can get quickly and move on. It is very unlikely that they would want to spend any time trying to break into a safe, and even less likely that they are going to carry it with them, since a 1.3 cubic foot safe is probably 100 pounds or more when it is empty.
Steps can also be taken during the installation process to further deter burglary. A good locksmith like Silverfern Locksmiths can include a kit to bolt your safe down, or even conceal it in a concrete floor or a wall.
Water and Flood Resistance
This is not usually as much of a concern as fire and theft protection, but depending on where you live and where you are keeping your safe, it can be a very large concern if there is a potential for flooding or broken water mains. Most safes that are water-resistant are also fire- and theft-resistant.
Additional Considerations Besides Protection
- In general, a 1.2 to 1.3 cubic foot safe can run between $150 – $300 USD depending on brand and ratings, and can cost up to thousands of dollars for really expensive ones.
- Shelves, drawers, and other accessories can add to cost as well
- Where to Keep It
- The basement is less likely to experience fire damage, but more likely to experience flood damage depending on your geography.
- The master bedroom is usually the room burglars target the most
- Where you should keep it will depend largely on the design of your home
- What Should Go In It
- Birth and/or Death Certificates
- Any documents related to estate-planning
- Insurance policies including life insurance
- Stock certificates
- Savings bonds
A well-hidden and secure safe is an important piece of your overall security plan. Make sure that you choose the best safe for your needs, and one that best compliments your home security system.