Safes are one of those things that we really only need to purchase once in a lifetime, so it’s important to get it right on how to choose a safe. Whilst they are the ideal way to keep your valuables protected against theft, purchasing one that proves inadequate can ultimately be a waste of time and money. It’s essential to ensure that the safe you choose is good quality and preferably from a reputable manufacturer. Chubb, Churchill and Burton are all well known and trusted brands and undergo rigorous testing and all comply with industry standards. If in doubt, it’s always a good idea to consult a professional locksmith beforehand and have them supply and install your safe for you correctly, so that thieves are unable to remove and take off with it.
It’s worth keeping in mind the following when knowing how to choose a safe:
Does your safe need to be approved by your insurance company?
If the answer is yes, make sure your safe conforms to their criteria.
Do you require a safe that’s fire resistant?
Not all safes are completely secure, and likewise, not all safes are fire resistant. So if you are looking for protection for your goods should a fire break out, make sure you check out the level of protection your safe offers. LFS (European standard for safes), SP (a highly reputable Swedish laboratory) and UL (an American laboratory) are the initials to look out for in the description or model number of your safe. Also, the numbers 30, 60, 90 or 120 indicate how many minutes the safe can survive in the event of a fire.
It’s also worth considering what items will need protecting. If you will be storing computer media in your safe, you might want to consider buying something suitable and that will withstand fire more greatly than a regular safe. Computer media is much more vulnerable than paper products and will degrade at just 125 degrees, unlike paper which can withstand up to 350 degrees.