Safes and Home Security by Guide4Home
Installation, fireproof, electronic locks - all things to consider
Safes are the most common way of protecting your valuables which is nothing new in any home or business anymore.
The history of safes is as long as the history of burglary and the latter has encouraged a lot of people to buy a safe. Here is a list of possible reasons for buying a safe:
* Birth certificate
* Photos, photography equipment
* Sales receipts
* Investment papers
* Investment metals - Gold and Silver
* Antiques and collectibles
* Firearms & ammunition
Different Types: Safes are being produced in different ways in order to either offer fire or burglar resistance. A very important fact to know is that the Underwriters Laboratory (UL) is the standard company who is responsible for testing the resistance of a safe and its locks. A label on the safe verifies their level of heat resistance and durability even when dropped or broken open. Normally a safe has to withstand 15 and 30 minutes of drilling and temperatures of about 350 degrees Fahrenheit internally and 1700 degrees externally for about four hours.
Size: Where is a safe being stored? Internal and the external dimensions are equally important in order to find the right model for the right space at home or in the office. Safe manufacturers are also aware that buying a safe usually is an investment for a long period of time and before a model can be chosen it is important to understand what is supposed to be protected and what is it being protected from.
Installing a safe: If a safe is not small enough to be hidden in a cupboard or a desk, it is advisable to bolt it to a concrete ground or wall. The equipment is usually provided with the safe to ensure maximum security and service. It also depends where the safe will be located. Is the area safe? How substantial is the ground or the wall? Can fire spread easily and what is located underneath the floor? A concrete fire proof area would be the most effective choice, especially with large free standing safes such as gun safes or vaults .
Locks: Most security safes come with a traditional combination lock. They are effective but are not an immense threat to an experienced burglar if they are of basic construction. Electronic safes and digital locks have become very common, especially in the hotel industry. In regard to this special lock, the term electronic safe is also referred to. Swipe cards or even fingerprint ID locks provide an equally high standard and just like electronic locks are more difficult to crack.
Note: No matter how many safes you have in your home or office, there is no success guarantee but it will certainly feel more secure to have your valuables locked away. Having spent enough time, effort in order to get the right equipment no burglar should have it easy to rob you of your possessions.