5 Questions About Home Safes

Person opening a safe at home.

When you imagine owning a safe, it’s tempting to think “that’s for rich people.”

You picture something built into the wall of a mansion, hidden behind a priceless painting and hiding equally priceless gems.

But in reality, anyone who has anything valuable in their home could use a safe. Even if you’re not worried about a burglary, owning a safe could protect things like birth certificates and other important documents against fires and floods. In a sense, safes are your last line of defense for home security,

So that’s the “Why” of purchasing a safe. Let’s focus on the “How” and the “what.” Here are a few questions you should ask when installing a safe.

1. What should I store?

Like we said earlier, safes aren’t only for storing jewelry or cash. People use them to protect birth certificates, passports and legal paperwork, investment documents or insurance policies.

2. How much space do I need?

Think of a safe like a new piece of furniture: you need to know you have enough room before you bring it home. Your safe needs to be able to fit where you want it and be large enough to store your goods.

Measure the height, width and depth of the space you’re considering and compare that to the dimensions of your safe. You should also measure your doors and stairwells as well, to make sure you’ll have an easy time getting the safe into your house.

3. What type of protection do you need?

Not every safe is designed to protect against every threat. You might find one that keeps out burglars but doesn’t do much against fire. (And for what it’s worth, Consumer Reports says fire is the most common cause of asset losses.) With every safe you look at, consider the types of protection it offers.

4. What kind of lock should I choose?

Safes come with two types of lock – dial or digital – each of which has its own benefits and drawbacks.

If you’ve ever used a hotel safe, you’ve likely used a digital lock, which operate using a keypad that’s opened with a PIN code. It’s easier to operate than a dial lock and lets you get to your valuables more quickly. But digital locks require batteries that will need regular replacement to ensure your safe keeps doing its job.

Dial locks are like what you had on your locker in high school. You rotate to them to the right and left until you’ve entered your combination. They’re extremely reliable because they don’t rely on electronics. But if you want to change your combination, you’ll need to enlist the services of a locksmith.

5. Where will I keep the safe?

There’s no right place to keep a safe. Some people argue for the master bedroom closet, as its closest to where you keep your valuables. Others say not to use the bedroom, as that’s the first place burglars will look for expensive items.

Just choose the place where you feel the safest. If the master bedroom doesn’t work for you, you can always put the safe in your basement or home office or any place you feel most secure.

A safe is the last line of defense for your home security. If everything else fails, it can prevent you from dealing with a total loss.

Are you thinking about installing a safe in your home? Contact Holicong Security.

Holicong Security has specialized in installing safes for homes and businesses for more than 60 years. Let our staff of experienced professionals help you choose the right product to protect your valuables.

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