A good safe is much more than a six sided metal box
with a lock on it. Good safes will have heavy duty hinges, as
well as protection against cutting or defeating them in some
manner. This is usually accomplished by a locking bar or pins inside the
Some safes may have active bolt work on all sides of the
door. We refer to "bolts" as the bolts that extend from
the door, into the body of the safe.
Good safes will have a
U.L. listed lock. This assures you the lock has passed many tests related
to security. See the Safe ratings, and safe locks pages for more
Good safes will have one or more relocker devices.
A relocker device, is a mechanism that
can activate during a break-in attempt, usually deadlocking the
safe, not even the correct combination will open the safe if the
relocker has been triggered. An
internal relocker, usually means that the lock has a built in
relocker. An external relocker, usually means that the safe door
has a relocker mechanism. Some safes will have both types of
Good safes will have
"hardplate" protecting the lock. Hardplate is a specially hardened plate of
metal "sandwiched" between the safe door and lock to protect the lock against drill attack. This
metal can be very difficult/impossible to penetrate.
A good safe will have provisions to be
fastened in some manner. Most can be bolted to the floor, some are designed to be encased
in concrete. A good safe may have various burglary/fire ratings.
See the ratings page for more info.
You will want to answer a few questions in order to help you pick out
a new safe.
Burglary protection, or fire protection, or both.
Most of our customers want both. Although if your budget is
limited, we recommend getting as much burglary
protection as your budget will allow. Statistics show you are much
more likely to have a burglary, than a fire.
What will you store it the safe?
Answering this question will help you decide what level or
type of protection you will need.
How big will the safe need to be?
Upon purchase of a new safe, you will most likely
think of additional items you need to secure, that you may not
have originally considered. Our advise is
to gather up everything you will want to put into a safe, put it
into a box, and see how much space it takes up.
What type of lock you would like on
your new safe?
In recent years new technology has emerged, that
offers great advantages for today's safe buyer. Many of today's
safe locks are electronic. The locks offer equal security as
their mechanical counterparts, while offering quicker access,
and the ability to change the combination yourself.
These safes are installed "in the floor". Floor safes, when
properly installed in concrete, offer extreme burglary protection.
They also offer a good level of fire protection, due to the fact
that heat rises, and the concrete surrounding the safe provides
insulation. It helps to know where pipes
or wires run under the floor of your home prior to installation.
These safes are
designed for document storage, have good security, and great fire
protection. A good RECORD SAFE will have a U.L. listed lock as
well as a relocker device, it may not earn a specific burglar
rating, but will still have many security features built in.
We offer several small pistol safes, as well as a large variety of
GUN SAFES designed for various numbers of rifles or shotguns. GUN
SAFES can be purchased with optional interiors, designed for many
combinations of pistols, rifles/shotguns. Most are
available with a fire liner, for fire
protection. We also offer a complete line of gun safes with
custom gloss paint, and pin striping, suitable for display in your
not quite as popular, but they are great, for something small that
can be hidden (just like in the movies), these are also easy to
install, and offer good security. Most wall safes are not fire
These are just a few of the various types of home safes. You will need to carefully consider
which is right for you, based on what level of security you may need, if unsure ask us, we will be glad to answer all of your
Purchasing a safe for a business can be a lot different than choosing a safe for
home use. You will have more questions to answer.
Will my INSURANCE company
require a minimum "burglar
rating" in order to cover the contents?
This is especially important to businesses that store
customers contents, such as a jewelry store or pawn
shop. Check with your agent prior to purchase of a safe.
Will I need to make quick DEPOSITS into the safe?
See types of business safes for more information.
Will my EMPLOYEES have access to the safe?
This will help you decide if you need a special lock.
Will I store valuables/cash OVERNIGHT?
Safe manufacturers have guidelines, showing recommendations
for overnight cash storage.
Another thing to consider is the LOCK you will use on your new safe.
Several types of safe locks exist. Some locks require 2 people
present to open the safe. New "high tech" electronic
safe locks store information, allowing an audit trail of data showing "Who" opened
the safe, and "When".
One of the most common business safes is the DEPOSITORY SAFE. This
type of safe can have a rotary hopper (drum) that turns to
"deposit" items into the safe without having to open the
safe. Another type of DEPOSITORY SAFE will have a pull down door
to deposit items into the safe without having to open it. These
are great for business that want employees to make deposits into
the safe, without giving the employee the combination. If you
store jewelry/cash overnight, you will most likely need a safe
with a Underwriters Laboratories burglary rating. These safes have
been through rigorous testing to ensure extreme burglary
resistance. If you have a small business that simply needs to
store documents, you will want to read the home
safes section above.
We offer various locks for your new safe. The standard for many
years, has been the "dial type" combination lock. This
lock is extremely reliable, and relatively inexpensive. Although
it is lacking in features, and can be time consuming to open. This
often results in the safe being left open for periods of time,
which can be bad, especially for a business. We offer a variety of digital pushbutton locks that meet or exceed
the same U.L. Security ratings of the mechanical locks.