Safes can be vital components in both residential and commercial security. When you want extra protection for you valuables and assets, it’s natural to consider purchasing a safe to store them in. Subsequently, the decision about what safe to purchase shouldn’t be taken lightly. Not all safes are created equal, so you’ll want to make sure the one you buy meets your standards of security. That’s why we’ve put together this list of 3 things to consider before buying a safe: burglary ratings, fire safety ratings, and lock safety. Understanding these features of a safe will help you choose the best one for your home or business.
The first thing that should be on your mind while you’re shopping for a safe is burglary ratings. The safe you buy should be tamper-proof and pose strong challenges to any burglar attempting to open it and steal its contents. There are a set of industry ratings that you can refer to when determining whether the safe you’re considering is right for you.
These ratings are based on the assumption that you’ll want to take greater precautions to protect items of greater value. As such, a B-rated safe (on the lower end of the spectrum) without a burglar alarm, is rated to protect up to $5000 worth of items. Moving to the highest end of the spectrum, an Underwriter’s Laboratory rating of TRTL-30X6 accompanied with a burglar alarm, is rated to protect up to one million dollars of valuables. Of course, there are a whole host of ratings between these two, and thinking about the value of the items you’ll be placing in your safe will help you select a safe with the appropriate burlgarly rating.
Fire Safety Rating
Another important thing to consider about your safe is its fire safety rating. After all, a safe that’s made to keep out burglars may not also be built to keep away flames and protect your items from fire damage.
There is a system to rate safes according to their ability to protect from fire damage. In order to get its fire safety rating, a safe is tested for endurance, impact, and resistance to explosion, and combined explosion and impact. They also test for how long the safe can withstand a fire.
You can read more about Underwriter Laboratories official rating systems here.
Finally, the last major thing to consider is the security of the lock itself on the safe. You have many choices, but it often boils down to choosing between a digital lock or mechanical dial lock. Both have their pros and cons. For example, digital locks offer high tech features that can stump a burglar, and they’re also less likely to jam or rust. However, a mechanical lock will always be accessible, even in the event of a power outage. A popular option for commercial clients is the redundant lock: safe locks that combine electronic and mechanical lock components into one.
Safe Installation in Indianapolis
If you’re in the Indianapolis area and need some advice about safe selection and installation, just give The Locksmith Indianapolis a call. We’re happy to help you determine what you need and install the right safe for you at your home or commercial space.