Top 20 safes for 2017-2018

Strong boxes have been in use for centuries, modern safes have been in use only since the 19th century. The modern safe is basically a strong box that has an impregnable body, a strong tamper proof locking mechanism, and various locking mechanism types to open and close the door.

There are two basics safe types, the floor safe and the mounted safely. A floor safe can be as small as a shoe box or the size of a building. A wall safe is usually smaller by design and places within a wall recess for hiding behind another object.

Do not confuse a strong box with a safe, the main difference between the two is that a safe should not be moveable, the moment a safe is moveable and is of a weight that is easy to carry, it becomes a strong box and not a safe.

There are different specifications for defining the level of functionality that a safe can offer, apart from general protection, these specifications include:

  • Burglar-resistance
  • Fire-resistance
  • Environmental resistance
  • Locking mechanisms (Mechanical, electronic, biometric)
  • Location (Floor, Wall or strong box)
  • Integration (Stand alone or part of a system)

Safe, specific types:

Fire-resistant safes

fire-resistant safes have added insulation that protects the contents for a limited period of time, based on the safes configuration. The maximum internal heat must not go over 350 °F (177 °C), and the time limit cannot take longer than four hours. This means that the top of the range fire resistant heaters will be able to handle fires in excess of 1,850 °F while protecting the contents from this heat for up to four hours.

Within the fire-resistant safe category are two sub-categories, these are documented safes and data safes. The main difference between the two is the internal temperatures that either will allow.

The document safe will be able to reach the maximum fire-resistant limits as mentioned above, while the data safe will only be able to reach internal temperatures of no more than 55 °C (131 °F)

In-floor safes

These safes are installed on a concrete floor, and in most cases are very resistant to fire. In regard to flooding, not all floor safes are waterproof, and as such, it is advisable to secure all perishable contents (bills and papers) in sealed plastic bags or containers.

Wall Safes

Wall safes are designed for hidden protection and are usually only big enough for documents and small valuables. Wall safes vary in size and come with fire-resistance in most cases. Walls safes are also the category where you will find hidden drawer safes, safes big enough to fit in an office (home or at work) desk drawer. These are used to hold money, documents, and weapons.

UL certification for safes

Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is an American testing office that provides certifications for safes are considered to be a global standard. Here is a list of the classification standards you need to check when buying a safe for a specific purpose.

Class 125 is classified for safes that can sustain an internal atmosphere of 125 °F (52 °C) and 80% humidity. This is a waterproof class and is suitable for computer media storage devices.

Class 150 is classified for safes that can sustain an internal atmosphere less than 150 °F (66 °C) and 85% humidity. This is for safes that are suitable for storing magnetic tapes and other similar products.

Class 350 is classified for safes that can sustain an internal atmosphere of less than 350 °F (177 °C) and 85% humidity. This is the basic of UL classification and is aimed at safes that will contain paper documents.

Residential Security Classifications

There is a specific class of safes for string weapons, guns, and ammunition. The UL standard is 1037, and these are their classes:

Class TL-15 is classified as safes that have a combination lock and can resist mechanical and electrical tools for up to 15 minutes. The types of tools that the safe must be resistant too are mechanical or electric tools, grinding points, picking tools, hand tools, carbide drills and devices that apply pressure.

Class TL-30 is classified as safes that have a combination lock and provide and can resist mechanical and electrical tools for up to 30 minutes. The types of tools that the safe must be resistant too are mechanical or electric tools, grinding points, picking tools, hand tools, carbide drills, cutting wheels and power saws.

Class TL-40 is classified as safes that have a combination lock and provide and can resist mechanical and electrical tools for up to 40 minutes. The types of tools that the safe must be resistant too are mechanical or electric tools, grinding points, picking tools, hand tools, carbide drills, cutting wheels and power saws.

Class TRTL-30 is classified as safes that have a combination lock and provide and can resist mechanical and electrical tools for up to 30 minutes.

The types of tools that the safe must be resistant too are mechanical or electric tools, grinding points, picking tools, hand tools, carbide drills, cutting wheels and power saws, impact tools and must also withstand oxy-fuel welding and cutting torch.

Class TRTL-60 is classified as safes that have a combination lock and provide and can resist mechanical and electrical tools for up to 60 minutes.

The types of tools that the safe must be resistant too are mechanical or electric tools, grinding points, picking tools, hand tools, carbide drills, cutting wheels and power saws, impact tools and must also withstand oxy-fuel welding and cutting torch.

Class TXTL-60 is classified as safes that have a combination lock and provide and can resist mechanical and electrical tools for up to 60 minutes.

The types of tools that the safe must be resistant too are mechanical or electric tools, grinding points, picking tools, hand tools, carbide drills, cutting wheels and power saws, impact tools and must also withstand oxy-fuel welding and cutting torch.

It can also withstand high explosives such as nitroglycerin of no more than 4 ounces (110 g) of nitroglycerin in one charge.

To Sum Up

Safes are not just boxes of steel or any other strong, impervious meta. They are a combination of technology, electro-mechanical stability, and durability. The safe’s I review and present here all meet UL standards. Before you go and buy a safe, let me partake of some experience, gathered over 40 years in the field of security.

I have added a bonus at the bottom of this review, tips before buying a safe. I suggest you take a look at this too before you decide which safe to focus on.

Let’s take a look at the top 20 safes:

1. American Security Products: BF6030 the world’s most unique gun safe

Quality86%
Reliability88%
Practicality86%
Price85%

ASP claims this safe is the worlds most unique gun safe, I can safely say that it is different and well-constructed. This is a unique gun safe, which makes it an excellent choice for your securing your collection.

This unit comes with a ½” Thick Steel Plate Door and a Three-Way Bolt Work. The body is 2” thick and the BFHD gas an additional 4ga inner barrier.

This is a UL 1037 classified safe.

For installation, it includes 12 1½” bolts with 4 anchor holes.

The safe is designed with Intertek Verified Fire Rating (120-Minute) and boasts a Dual Door Seals to Protect Against Fire and Smoke.

This safe has a flexible interior and the dimensions: (As quoted from the manufacturer)

  • Weight: 1036 lbs
  • Inside Dimensions: 53-1/2″ x 26″ x 19″
  • Outside Dimensions: 59.25″ x 30″ x 26″
  • Clear Door: 51-3/4″ x 22-5/16″
  • Volume: 26,429 Cu. In.
  • Gun Capacity: 11-11-22+2 Gun

On a personal note, this is a very good safe to own when you have a number of weapons that need securing. I strongly suggest this safe and the company that stands behind it.
 

 

2. American Security Products: UL1511 When fire protection is the #1 concern

Quality87%
Reliability87%
Practicality85%
Price86%

This fire protection safe comes with a lifetime warranty, so they stand behind their claims. This is a UL classified 2-hour fire and impact safe with retardation of up to 350°F.

This safe will withstand 1850°F for two hours and a 30-foot drop. It comes with a 3½” thick recessed door, and a 5/8″ thick front for withstanding pry attempts.

The handle has 7/8″ diameter solid steel chrome plated locking rods, so you get a secure and smooth action. The body comes with rubber feet to secure it on any surface.

This safe also comes in a variety of colors and can sit in any room snuggly. It has a Group II UL changeable combination lock that provides up to a million combinations.

The specifications are:

  • Weight: 246 lbs
  • Inside Dimensions: 15 1/2 x 11 1/2 x 12
  • Outside Dimensions: 21-1/4 x 17 x 18 1/2
  • Volume: 2,139 Cu. In.
  • Shelves: 1 Adj. Shelf and 1 Base

On a personal note, this is another great product form the house of ASP, the lifetime warranty is exceptional, and it’s always better to have a fire resistant safe for document storage. I strongly suggest this safe and the company that stands behind it.
 

 

3. Steelwater: Home & Document – SWD-500

Quality90%
Reliability86%
Practicality88%
Price90%

This Steelwater safe is a UL classified 2-hour fire and impact safe with retardation of up to 350°F.

This safe will withstand 1850°F for two hours and a 30-foot drop.

The lock is a pre-set four-wheel non-changeable combination dial and key lock.

The unit contains a 1 1/2″ deep Removable tray and an extra adjustable shelf. The base comes with a 1/2″ diameter anchor holes and has a stationary rectangular locking bolts on the hinge Side.

Specifications:

  • Outside Dimensions: 19 1/4” x 13 3/4” x 16 3/4”
  • Interior Dimensions: 15” x 9 3/8” x 12 1/8”
  • Interior Capacity: 0.99 Cubic Ft.
  • Weight: 115 lbs

On a personal note, Steelwater safes are a great American company that fabricates amazing products. These are sturdy and reliable safes and well worth the investment.
 

 

4. Steelwater: Fire & Burglary Safe – SWFB-845

Quality87%
Reliability89%
Practicality89%
Price85%

This Steelwater safe is a UL classified 2-hour fire and impact safe with retardation of up to 350°F and can withstand 2 hours of fire at 1850°F.

It comes with a Korean group II key changeable combination dial and their Vision guard lock.

The safe comes with a 1 ¼” chrome plated active locking bolt with a glass re-locker. The door is secured on two heavy duty hinges and the inside there are 2 adjustable shelves. For installation, this safe comes with a 1/2” diameter anchor holes in the base.

Specifications:

  • Exterior Dimensions: 33 1/4” x 21” x 22 3/4”
  • Interior Dimensions: 27 1/4” x 15” x 15”
  • Interior Capacity: 3.55 Cubic Ft
  • Weight: 410 lbs

On a personal note, this is another Steelwater safe that meets the brief, they are a great American company that fabricates amazing products. These are sturdy and reliable safes and well worth the investment.
 

 

5. Zvetco Biometrics: Smart.Safe.™

Quality88%
Reliability86%
Practicality88%
Price83%

This safe has an extra biometric security feature that is part of the Zvetco product development unit. This safe uses an FBI certified silicon-based fingerprint sensor, which makes it more versatile and efficient when reading a scanned fingerprint.

This safe comes with a 14ga 2mm wall and a 14ga 4 mm door.

The software will allow you to store up to 40 individual fingerprints or 10 individuals with 4 fingerprints each.

Specifications for the two models (difference in sizes)

External size:

S5000 (W)13.2″ x (D)13.8″ x (H)7.9″
S6000 (W)17.4″ x (D)16.1″ x (H)7.9″

Internal Dimensions:

S5000 (W)13.0″ x (D)9.5″ x (H)7.3″
S6000 (W)17.1″ x (D)11.8″ x (H)7.3″

Weight:

S5000 23.4 lbs
S6000 31.4 lbs

Front opening:

S5000 0.52 cu ft
S6000 0.85 cu ft

Low Battery Warning indicators:

  • The safe will beep only when in use and you reach <25% battery
  • The safe will be on Alert will beep frequently when you reach <20% battery
  • The safe will be on Alarm Mode, you can still use it, but it will annoy you when it reaches <15% battery
  • It will snooze once you acknowledge the low battery warning

On a personal note, Zvetco specializes in biometrics, so it was only a matter of time when they would introduce their own safe. I strongly recommend this safe if you want a truly secure locking mechanism.
 

 

6. Gardall: U.L. 2 Hour Fire / U.L. Burglary Safe

Quality90%
Reliability89%
Practicality89%
Price86%

This fire protection safe comes with a lifetime warranty, so they stand behind their claims. This is a UL classified 2-hour fire and impact safe with retardation of up to 350°F.

This safe will withstand 1850°F for two hours. This safe comes with a 41⁄4” recessed anti-pry door and 21⁄2” thick safe walls.

The door has five active bolts that lock in 3 directions and has 1” diameter bolts that extend into the body of the safe.

The interior is covered in plush suede for comfort and for a non-scratch environment to jewelry.

This is a UL listed Group II high-security lock and comes with either a mechanical or electronic locking mechanism.

The chrome plated handle comes with shear points to prevent an attack via the handle. It also comes with an independent re-locker and hard-plate preventing drilling attacks.

The models dimensions:

  • Outer Dimensions: 25” x 17 ¼” x 19 ¾”
  • Inner Dimensions: 18” x 12” x 11 ¾”
  • Volume: 2,538 Cu.In.
  • Weight: 313 lbs.

On a personal note, I always claim that any company which offers a lifetime warranty is a company to look out for. A lifetime warranty is a rare commodity and a sign that the product is better than good. This particular safe is compact and extremely strong.
 

 

7. Sentry Safe: Alarm Fire/Water Safe Model SFW205UPC

Quality85%
Reliability84%
Practicality83%
Price90%

This is a digital alarm lock type with UL classification for Fire, Water, and general home Security. The locking mechanism relies on 6 x 1” bolts, and emits a sound when detecting prying, moving, and tampering.

This model comes with interior lighting and a removable tray. It is ergonomically designed for handling extreme situations, so I can honestly recommend this safe and the manufacturer.

Specifications:

  • Exterior Size: 60.3 cm H X 47.2 cm W X 49.1 cm D
  • Interior Size: 49.8 cm H X 37.6 cm W X 30.2 cm D
  • Volume: 56.5 liters
  • Weight: 56.6 kg

On a personal note, Sentry Alarm systems produce some standard office and home safes, they are sturdy and long lasting. If you want a standard safe with no frills, then this is the one for you.
 

 

8. Steelwater: Office & Document – SW-1000C

Quality84%
Reliability84%
Practicality82%
Price90%

This Steelwater safe is a UL classified 2-hour fire and impact safe with retardation of up to 350°F and can withstand 2 Hours of fire at 1850°F.

This is a large safe and can handle a lot of capacity. It has a Korean key (group II) with a changeable combination dial and their vision guard lock. This unit comes with a drawer that also has a lock, albeit a key, and is located at the top of the unit.

The 1000V comes with 5 x 1” chrome plated locking bolts and 3 x 1” inactive locking bolts on the hinge side. The unit comes with a 1/2” anchor hole, and a chrome plated handle.

Specifications:

  • Exterior Dimensions: 36 5/8″ x 23 5/8″ x 20 7/8″
  • Interior Dimensions: 30 1/2″ x 17 1/2″ x 14 1/8″
  • Volume: 4.36 Cubic Ft
  • Weight: 407 lbs.

On a personal note, this is another Steelwater winner, and this one is especially well designed and good for larger spaces. I like the extra locked compartment, and this one is actually in an office downtown where employees need to access it for confidential written reports. So the valuables are kept in the upper compartment, out of their reach.
 

 

9. Adir Office: 2.32 Cubic Feet Security Safe with Digital Lock

Quality80%
Reliability79%
Practicality85%
Price95%

This Chinese safe comes with a lifetime warranty and a programmable electronic locking mechanism that runs on 4 AAA batteries. This safe operates like most hotel safes and is easy to use and install.

This unit comes with 2 anchor holes in the base so you can secure it to any surface.

  • Outer dimensions: 20.5” x 14.2” x 13.8”
  • Inner dimensions: 13.8” x 14.2” x 20”
  • Volume: 2.32 Cubic Feet
  • Weight: 39 lbs

PDF Manual here.
 

 

10. Sentry Safe: Digital Fire/Water Safe Model SFW123GDC

Quality85%
Reliability85%
Practicality86%
Price80%

This is a digital alarm lock type with UL classification for Fire, Water, and general home Security. The locking mechanism relies on 6 x 1” bolts, and emits a sound when detecting prying, moving, and tampering.

This model comes with interior lighting and a removable tray. It is ergonomically designed for handling extreme situations, so I can honestly recommend this safe and the manufacturer.

This battery-powered digital locking system uses a programmable 1-8 digit code. Multiple user options vary by model.

  • Exterior Size: 45.3 cm H X 41.5 cm W X 49.1 cm D
  • Interior Size: 34.9 cm H X 31.9 cm W X 30.2 cm D
  • Volume: 33.61 liters
  • Weight: 39.3 kg

On a personal note, this Sentry Safe is a really good compact model. Extremely strong and the digital code combined with lock adds that extra punch of security. The warning alarm is a great little gadget to have and has been tested and proven to work.
 

 

11. Ainfox: Safes and Lock Boxes, Model AIFBXG

Quality82%
Reliability82%
Practicality85%
Price89%

This is a plush Chinese home safe designed for securing jewelry, coins (coin box included) and general items. The locking mechanism uses 4 AA batteries and has an easy code programming system. The safe case is made of 25ENC Steel.

Specifications:

  • Dimensions: 9.84” x 13.78” x 9.84”
  • Weight: 13.23lbs (60Kgs)
  • Low Battery warning light

 

 

12. Eosphorus: Digital Double Door Safe

Quality84%
Reliability82%
Practicality83%
Price89%

This is a double door safe, which means its really two safes in one body. Both doors require a separate code to unlock them, making it useful for shops where you want the employee to have access to general storage, keeping your true valuables in the primary storage unit.
 

 

13. Viking Security Safe: VS-50BLX Large Biometric Fingerprint LCD Keypad Safe

Quality86%
Reliability85%
Practicality85%
Price85%

The Viking is a standard home security safe providing ample security in a well-designed unit. This safe use both a biometric fingerprint and code keypad for double security measures.

The locking system uses a biometric fingerprint reader together with a digital LCD keypad. The unit has an upgrade 500 DPI optical sensor, and the PIN code includes 4-8 programmable numbers. There are a motorized deadbolt and a 2 pry resistant insertion slots that work together with the locking mechanism.

The coding unit can store up to 32 fingerprints and 1 PIN code. The memory is secure even while replacing batteries.

The safe comes with 4 pre-drilled anchor holes with anchor bolts, and the electronic locking device requires 4 AA batteries. (Included) The safe door thickness is 5 mm, and the body is 3 mm.

The interior of this safe comes with LED lighting, key hooks, and adjustable shelves.

Specifications:

  • External Dimensions: 16.69” x W 13.78” x D 12.21”
  • Internal Dimensions: 19.29” x W 12.5” x D 9.25”
  • Weight: 48 lbs. (22 kg)

On a personal note, this safe is a medium security safe with a maximum-security mechanism. The fact that it has a biometric fingerprint reader combined with a small two bar lock is confusing. However, it does provide personalized access which is great. This a really good unit for homeowners and home businesses.
 

 

14. V-Line: Slide-Away Heavy Duty Large Capacity Handgun Safe

Quality84%
Reliability85%
Practicality84%
Price85%

V-Line produced some of the best gun and concealed safes you can find. This is their slide away model and is made of 12ga steel. The drawer pulls out smoothly and sits on ball bearings. The compartments can hold a tablet or two 1911 type firearms and magazines.

This safe can be attached under or in a drawer, making it a perfectly concealed unit. The opening mechanism includes a quick release mounting bracket and can be placed in either top or under position.

The lock is a standard pushbutton mechanical system.

Specifications:

  • Model No. 10123-S FBLK
  • External dimensions: 10″ x 13″ x 4″
  • Inner dimensions: 9.5″ x 10.75″ x 2.60″
  • Weight. 21lbs

Lock PDF here.
Installation PDF here.
Cortec PDF here.

On a personal note, all I can say about V-Line is, great and wow. These are amazing safes for a specific purpose, to store your handguns. Don’t even bother to look beyond this brand, they are the best in the market.
 

 

15. Stealth: Dorm Safe

Quality85%
Reliability84%
Practicality83%
Price83%

The Stealth dorm safe is a vertical unit for storage in lockers and cupboards or under tables. It is designed for small locations but is versatile and secure. This unit comes with securing holes in the bottom and a battery replacement unit from outside the safe.

Specifications:

  • External Dimensions: 20″ x 7″ x 14″
  • Internal Dimensions: 18.5″ Height
  • First shelf position is 5.5”
  • Second shelf position is 9.5”
  • Third shelf position is 14”
  • The width of the three shelves are 6.5,” and they are 12” deep
  • Weight: 30 lbs.

On a personal note, this is a great stand up unit for students as well as people that liven tight spaces.
 

 

16. Generic Model Hotel or Home Safe

Quality86%
Reliability85%
Practicality85%
Price82%

This is a standard hotel type safe with a programmable electronic lock and a shelf. This unit provides ample protection for most valuables, and the unit runs on 4 x AA-Size 1.5V batteries.

The safe comes with 4 pre-drilled mounting holes. The code is a 3-8 programmed PIN digits and has a 3-attempt time-out. It comes with an override key (press 159 and then A or B). This safe is made of 2mm steel, and the door is made of 4 mm thick steel.

Specifications:

  • Exterior Dimensions: 13.8″ x 10″ x 10″
  • Interior Dimensions: 13.5″ x 9.7″ x 9.7″

 

 

17. V-Line: BRUTE-Tactical Heavy Duty Large Capacity Handgun Safe

Quality85%
Reliability83%
Practicality84%
Price85%

This is another great V-Line product, and if you are looking for quality, then don’t look further. I have one of these strong boxes in my office, and it’s a wonderful feeling to have this unit.

This safe is constructed out of 10ga steel and has the V-line classic anti-pry clamshell design. The handle is a 12 ga. steel unit that also incorporates anti prying tech. The locking mechanism is a SIMPLEX mechanical push button lock, and it comes with a gas assisted opening strut.

The safe comes with 4 x ¼” anchor holes ready for mounting.

Specifications:

  • Model No. 1394-S FBLK
  • External dimensions: 12.5” x 9.5” x 3.6″
  • Internal dimensions: 12” x 9” x 3.25″
  • Weight. 22 lbs.

On a personal note, another V-Line winner, and I already wrote that I have one, well I do, and so should you.
 

 

18. V-Line: Hide-Away-Large Capacity Handgun Safe

Quality86%
Reliability84%
Practicality83%
Price85%

This is one of V-Lines most popular models and is a steal (pardon the pun, intended). This safe has front opening secured with a slide out felt lined drawer. The unit comes with the V-Line MB2912 quick release mounting bracket and makes for easy hidden installation anywhere. The lock uses a 3/8” steel lock block that is welded for extra strength.

This unit does not use batteries, it is mechanical and integrates anti-pry technology. The hinge is continuous and is welded on one end which prevents pin tampering.

Specifications:

  • Model No. 3912-S BLK
  • Outer dimension with the door closed: 12¾” x 9¾” x 3½.”
  • Outer dimension with the door open: 12¾” x 11¾” x 4¾.”
  • Internal dimensions: 11¾” x 7¾” x 2¼”
  • Weight: 18 lbs.

On a personal note, there is never a thing as too much V-Line, the more, the merrier and this one packs their usual punch of quality, security, and good concealment.
 

 

19. Stealth: Original Handgun Safe

Quality89%
Reliability90%
Practicality86%
Price85%

This is a classic strong box safe and comes with all the features and quality you would expect from Stealth. The locking mechanism is the standard simplex lock that gives 1,081 combinations. This unit comes with a one-year warranty only.

The body is made of 10 ga. steel and the door are 3/16” wrap around steel with 2 x 3/8” steel lugs. The unit includes two steel dead bars and a continuous welded hinge for pry proofing. The lock is punch resistant, and it comes with 4 pre-drilled anchor holes ready for mounting.

Specifications:

  • Exterior Dimensions: Height without knob 4-1/4″ Height with knob 5-1/4″ x 12-9/16″ x 10-1/4″
  • Internal Dimensions: 3″ x 10-1/2″ x 9″
  • Weight: 24 lbs

On a personal note, this is a very basic strong box type safe, very good for home or office use when concealment is not an issue.
 

 

20. Honeywell Safes: Large Digital Security Safe with Money/Deposit Slot 5107S

Quality90%
Reliability87%
Practicality88%
Price85%

This is Honeywell Safe’s classic large deposit safe, used for elections as well as for storing incoming cash. This safe uses a digital lock with LED display, and the mechanism is powered by 4 AA batteries. This safe comes with a 7-year warranty.

The locking mechanism has 2 steel bolts, concealed hinges, and a recessed door. The door bolts are motorized and a 3-6-digit programmable code.

Specifications:

  • External dimensions: 21.9” x 15.0” x 17.7”
  • Internal dimensions: 20.9” x 14.9” x 15.9”
  • Volume: 2.87 cu.in.
  • Weight: 53.8 lbs (24.4 Kgs)

Owner’s Manual PDF.
 

 

Bonus: Tips for buying a Safe

Before you go out and buy a safe, ask the following questions, these questions will guide to which safe is best for your purposes.

1. What am I going to store in the safe?
2. How big must it be?
3. Where will I install it?
4. Is it for my home or my business?
5. Who will have access to it?
6. Should it have a “Posting” slot?
7. Should I include a lockable compartment in it?
8. How frequently will I access it?
9. Do I have other security measures?
10. Who will maintain and service it?

What am I going to store in the safe?

This is not such a simple question as it seems at face value. There are many items that can be stored in a safe, ranging from valuable jewelry, bank notes, gold coins, and other expensive commodities.

There are documents of various kinds ranging from contracts to wills, photos, and checkbooks.

There are medium storage devices and electronics, and there are personal items that might not have a market value, but to their owner are priceless.

Each type of item can be stored b itself or in combination, and therefore the choice of safe must take into consideration the most vulnerable items as the basis for protection type and the most expensive items for the safe type.

If possible don’t combine too many items in the same safe, if you need to access your safe on a regular basis for then, you might need to split the safe into two units. I will present this option further down.

How big must it be?

The safe size depends on how much content you want to place it at any given moment. Therefore, take a moment to think of all the items you want to place in your safe, and what will happen when everything is in it. Calculating the maximum space will require you add an inch on either side of your calculation, so you have space to rummage around, and not stuff your safe till its hard to close it.

Where will I install it?

Location, location, location. This is important for safes too. If you are a business, then you will locate your safe in a secure office. If your safe is at home, you have many options to choose from. This boils down to what the purpose of your safe is, business or home.

Wherever you decide to install it, you must take into consideration all the environmental issue, such as fire, flood and crime rates. Only install a safe that will meet any environmental danger, otherwise hide it won’t help if there is a fire or a flood.

Is it for my home or my business?

A great question that determines the type of safe you should install. If your business is at home, you will still need to consider who will have access to it apart from yourself. If the safe is for business and not home use, then consider getting more than one safe.

Who will have access to it?

This question is split between home use and work use. If the safe is at home and is for personal use, then consider who will have access to it from with your family. Also, consider if the safe will contain a weapon of any kind.

If this is a business safe, and you need to allow employees access to it, consider a double door safe or a safe with a locked compartment so you can segregate special items and documents for your eyes only.

Should it have a “posting” slot?

Posting slots are access points for cash or documents. You only need a posting slot if you will be using the safe for regular envelope size drop-offs.

Should I include a lockable compartment in it?

If you have multiple user access to the safe, then a locked compartment is mandatory and essential for you to segregate your special personal items from everyone else.

How frequently will I access it?

This is an important question to ask, if you are accessing your safe regularly, on a daily basis and even a few times a day, then you don’t want to hide it behind a picture on the wall. If the safe is for in-frequent use, maybe once a week or less, then a hidden safe is your best choice.

Do I have other security measures?

A safe is great for securing items from theft and other problems such as fire. However, it is not the only security solution you should consider. If you need a safe, you must install a practical security system to assure that any attacks will have to go through alarm systems.
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At home, install a proper motion detector unit in the room and have an automated video recorder when the motion detector is activated. In a business, you will want a CCTV system installed. All security systems must have silent security alert options.

Who will maintain and service it?

Maintenance is a byproduct of quality and usage. It is also a byproduct of initial installation. I stress that if you need a safe, you should consider getting a professional locksmith to install it. The same locksmith can be your maintenance service provider if you ever (hope not) need service.