In wall Safe
Most people have valuables that they keep in their home and one of the best ways to protect your valuables is to keep them in an in wall safe. While wall safes may not be suitable for very high value items, because a determined thief could remove the safe from the wall, in wall safes are a cost effective and convenient way to deter the theft of most people’s valuable items and protect them from fire.
In wall safes are available in a huge range of different sizes and designs and the price of different models can vary considerably too, so if you have never bought an in wall safe before, choosing the best in wall safe for you can be a bit daunting. To help you select an in wall safe to protect your valuables, here are the main things that you will need to think about when you are buying a wall safe for your home.
The quality of the wall safe that you choose will be, to some extent, dependent on the price that you pay for it. In wall safes are designed to protect your valuables against fire and theft, but how well they protect your valuable items will depend on how much you are willing to spend. Everyone will have their own budget, but do consider both the monetary and the sentimental value of the items that you want to hold in a wall safe and then look for a safe with best features for the money that you can afford.
Think about location
When you are deciding on the type and size of in wall safe, you will need to think about where you are going to locate your safe. Most wall safes are designed to be installed in standard depth walls, but you will need to check the depth of your walls before you decide where to install your safe. One of the benefits of in wall safes is that they can be hidden from thieves, so choose a location that you think no one else would think to look for a safe. Do bear in mind convenient access for you as well though. If you are going to frequently need to take things out of the safe, you will need to have it installed in a location where you can easily get to it.
Check the ratings
The best in wall safes will have ratings provided by Underwriter Laboratories (UL). These ratings will tell you about how effective a safe is in various aspects of protection, including theft deterrent and fire resistance. The type of in wall safe that you will need will depend on what you want to keep safe in it. Paper and jewelry, for example, will withstand heat of up to 250 degrees, whereas computer disks and photographs will only withstand 125 degrees. The ratings will also tell you how long a safe will protect your valuables from fire. That can be a consideration if you live in a rural area where the fire service would take longer to reach your home in the event of a fire.
Think about the locking mechanism
You will find that in wall safes come with a variety of different locking mechanisms, including combination locks, dual combination and key locks, and biometric fingerprint locks. The decision of which type of lock you need will depend on whether or not you need fast access to the contents of the safe and the level of security that you want.
Look for in wall safes with solid steel walls and door
Even with additional protection features, if the walls and the door of a safe are not thick enough, a determined thief will easily be able to gain access to the contents. The best in wall safes have solid steel walls and doors of at least ¼ of an inch thick.
Weight is always a good guide
When you are looking at the specifications of an in wall safe, you can tell a lot about its quality by its weight. A solid steel safe will weigh a lot more than a sheet metal safe and it will be much more of a deterrent to thieves. A heavy safe is also far less likely to be removed from the wall and taken away by a thief, which is what some thieves will do if they can’t open the safe while they are on site.
In wall safes do provide a very effective way of deterring theft and protecting your valuable items against fire damage. The best indicators of a good quality in wall safe are the weight, solid steel walls and door, effective and convenient locking mechanism, and good UL ratings. How much you will need to pay or an in wall safe will depend on the value you place on the items that you want to keep in the safe and, of course, your own budget. Safes, however, are an item that you can generally judge the effectiveness of, by the price that you pay for them.