Types of Safes
Manufacturers produce safes in every size and for every
purpose imaginable, rendering the search for the right one
overwhelming. To aid in the research process, we have compiled
a short guide. We divide safes into two broad categorieshome
and business/commercialto make the search easier.
Usually fairly small when it comes to safes, home
safes typically include a one hour fire-resistant
rating. The fire-resistance and theft-resistance, though
often lower in home safes, offers enough protection for
most personal uses. Consumers find home safes attractive
in pricing as well--size and slightly less security from
theft and fire contribute to the lower price tag. Consumers
can purchase wall safes or floor
safes for the home depending on the importance of
content accessibility. Often a wall
safe offers more convenience. Attached to studs in
the wall, wall safes can be secured
in place with concrete for added security. Floor safes,
bedded in concrete, prove to be very theft-resistant but
can sometimes rust due to the placement below the floor.
When considering a floor safe, keep this in mind and ask
the salesperson about the wear and tear that will occur
A gun safe, the ideal place to
secure your firearms, is another common type of home safe.
Designed to fit all sizes and types of guns, these safes
come equipped with varying amounts of fire protection. If
you simply want to protect your guns from theft or from
getting into the hands of a child, then a less fire-resistant
model will work fine. If you are looking for protection
for your collection of valuable or irreplaceable guns, some
models offer a higher degree of fire protection.
Business and Commercial Safes
Office safes, although similar
to home safes, are equipped with more fire protection, more
theft-resistance and are often larger than equivalent home
models. In addition, manufacturers create office safes geared
specifically towards business requirements. For instance,
fire-proof filing cabinets offer a safe place to keep legal
documents that must be protected from fire and theft while
also remaining accessible for everyday office business.
Rotary hopper and front
depository safes, specialized types of office safes,
allow deposits into the safe without any security. Functioning
like mailboxes, the safes afford a way for everyone to place
a deposit but can only be opened by the individual who has
the key or combination to unlock it. Since the safes contain
openings for deposits, they do not protect the contents
as well as other types of safes (note the bottom to hopper
or depository distance in descriptions of these safes that
indicate how easily one might access the contents without
a key or code). Businesses with high volumes of cash coming
in might use one of these safes during the day and transfer
the money to a higher security safe or the bank at night.
A data safe, an important safe
for businesses today, protects diskettes, CDs and
tapes from theft, and more importantly, fire damage. At
temperatures above 150°F, electronic data is destroyed.
Therefore, a normal fire-resistant safe that maintains internal
temperatures of 350°F, fails to safeguard irreplaceable
electronic data. Specialized safes for data storage maintain
internal temperatures of 150°F or less during fire exposure
of up to two hours (one hour for some models)and will preserve
your important business data in case of fire.
The fire proof safe with security safe
offers an additional level of support in the home or office.
With a layer of fire protection as well as an additional
safe inside for security against theft, the fire proof safe
with security safe enables the consumer a unique level of
security against burglary and fire damage. The safe allows
two people to have access to the primary safe while maintaining
more limited access to the inner safe if desired.
Hotel and dorm safes protect guests valuables from
theft and, in some cases, fire. They are relatively inexpensive
due to their small size and afford a great way to protect
yourself or your guests from theft.
The consumer can also search for safes according to U.L.
classifications that suit his needs. Simply look for safes
offering fire resistance or theft-resistance consistent
with your business or personal requirements. Exploring the
options when it comes to buying a safe can be overwhelming,
and often advice from an expert proves invaluable. Please
feel free to contact us at Vault and Safe and we will help
you through the process of choosing a safe.
Many people want to know the difference between a vault and
a safeis one better than the other? The simple answer
is no: vaults are just very big safes--think walk-in closet
or "Ocean's Eleven"-style casino vaults. Generally,
a safe functions just fine for most personal uses and many
of your business needs. How big should you go, however, is
a different question.
If you have an expanding store of valuables such as a jewelry
collection, you may want to consider a more sizable safe
than currently fits your needs in order to accommodate for
the future. A quality safe lasts a number of years, so taking
into account how much room you will need in the years to
come could prove worthwhile. Additionally, consider the
inside of the safe and how the contents will be arranged-in
small compartments or on a few shelves, no drawers or several?
Thinking in terms of space and internal configuration facilitates
the decision-making process when it comes to buying a safe.
Mechanical combination locks offer the least expensive way
to secure a safe and are usually more than adequate for
home use. Electronic locks, however, afford some distinct
advantages for business use. Electronic locks make changing
the combination easier and can sometimes be programmed to
deny the user entrance following too many wrong attempts.
Consequently, a thief can not simply breeze through every
combination, eventually gaining entrance. In addition, different
users of an electronically-locked safe can have different
combinations and the door of an electronically-locked safe
automatically locks when closed--rather than with a turn
of the dial. All of these advantages signify one goal: higher
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