Types of Safes and Safe Options

Types of Safes

Safes are known to be the most effective home security measure available for homeowners. Manufacturers recognize the fact that different homeowners have different needs when it comes to home security. This is why they’re manufacturing different types of safes.

Different Categories

We can categorize the different types by category. Here are the most common categories of safes:

  • Resistance

Most entry-level safes are just resistant to burglars by requiring a combination for it to unlock. This is a good option for homeowners that don’t have enough budget for something that offers more resistance.

On the other hand, there are fire and water resistant types of safes. This is a good option for those looking to protect their valuables from these elements. This is also good if you’d like to store valuable paperwork like birth certificates, insurance paperwork, mortgage information and other important paperwork.

  • Type of lock

We all know that most safes have a dial in them. You have to dial in the combination for it to unlock. This is the preferred option of most people since it doesn’t require any electricity or batteries.

More modern people prefer safes that require you to punch in a PIN code. This is a good option if you don’t want to go through the hassles of turning the dial. There’s also a fingerprint type of lock that requires you to scan your fingerprint. This is a good option if you don’t like to remember any codes or combinations. This is also a good option if you’re going to store your gun in the safe for easy access.

As you can see, there are several types of safes when it comes to the type of lock. It’s a matter of personal preference.

  • Capacity

Of course, safes come in different sizes. This means that they have different capacities. There are small capacity safes which are good enough to store some wads of cash and jewelry. Some of these small capacity safes even have dividers so you can store a handgun in there.

Most homes go for medium capacity safes so they can store more valuables in them. Do an inventory and if you feel that all your valuables won’t fit in a medium capacity safe, then go for a high capacity safe. This is a must if you’re planning to store valuables like heirlooms, high-powered firearms, gold and silver bars, and the likes.

As you can see, there are different types of safes to choose from. Make sure to determine your needs and wants before buying one.

What Should Be Kept in a Safe?

It’s a good idea to do an inventory of your valuable items before buying a safe. This helps you choose the right type of safe.

However, some homeowners don’t really know what should be kept in safes. It’s important to know what these things are so you can maximize the benefits presented by a safe.

Things that should be Kept in Safes

Here’s a list of what should be kept in a home safe:

  • Cash

It’s always a good idea to have some cash at home for petty expenses or emergencies. However, cash shouldn’t be lying around the house or stored under mattresses etc.

  • Jewelry

While jewelry for “every day wear” is usually stored in a jewelry box, there is jewelry that is more of an investment than an accessory. This includes very expensive pieces that are only worn on very special occasions. It’s a very good idea to store them inside a safe when they are not in use.

  • Firearms

It’s always a good idea to make sure that your firearms are in a safe place especially if you have kids around. There are gun safes as well as firearm cabinets that can help you with this and will still provide you with easy access when needed.

If you insist on having a handgun by your bedside drawer when you sleep at night, make sure that your other firearms are stored in your home  safe.

  • Family heirlooms

There’s a good chance that the family heirlooms in your possession have been passed down for several generations already and this is why it would be a shame to lose them. The previous generations fully expect you to take care of them so you can pass them on to the next generation so include the family heirlooms on your list of what should be kept in safes.

Some common family heirlooms include jewelries, pictures, recipes, musical instruments and several others.

  • Important paperwork

A good safe not only helps protect your valuables from burglars, it can also help you protect your valuables from fire and water damage. Important documents are not really friendly with these elements, so you have to make sure that you keep them in a safe for preservation. Also, it allows you to make sure that all important documents are kept in a single place. Here are some important documents that should be kept in a safe:

  • Birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate
  • Passports
  • Wills
  • Deeds
  • Insurance policies
  • Titles of vehicles

Now that you know what should be kept in a safe, you can choose a home safe wisely.