The benefits of owning a safe far outweigh the misfortune of not owning one. In times of crisis or emergency, peace of mind is priceless and in the long run well worth the investment.
If you own fine jewelry, family keepsakes, photographs, store cash, coins or other valuable collectables in your house, it would be wise to purchase a safe to preserve these items from fire and theft.
Protection from theft is often considered one of the first benefits of owning a safe. But just like theft, fire is just as dangerous and can consume your valuables faster than any thief. The average response time for response to a fire is about 3-5 minutes depending on your area. Depending on the cause of the fire, flames can engulf a room or entire home in a matter of minutes. Modern homes are often filled with furniture and decorations made of materials that burn rapidly. Polyester for example, burns much more rapidly than cotton, so when a house if filled with items made of these materials, the home is at greater risk for rapid loss in the event of a fire. So if you have items that need protection from fire as well, consider buying a fire rated safe to protect your valuables and keepsakes.
With thousand of home burglaries each year, it’s clear that protection from theft is one of the most obvious benefits of owning a safe. In any home burglary, time is of the essence and the more time you can put between your valuables and a burglar the more you increase your chances of keeping your things.
The prices of safes can vary greatly and will depend on where you’ll install it and what you’re trying to protect. On the lower end, handgun vaults range from $40 – $250 and can protect handguns and small items like wallets and passports. Please understand that handgun vaults won’t protect against fire. Fire rated safes range from $400 – several thousand dollars and the benefits of owning a safe like this is protection from both fire and burglary.
Once you’ve made the decision to purchase your safe there are two other considerations that will make it even more secure and will deter thieves even longer. The first is choosing a covert location inside your home. Many people place their safes in a garage or in plain sight on the main floor of their home but this only make it easy to spot. Choosing a more covert installation area such as a closet or some even build their safes into the walls.
Another way to make your safe more secure and less vulnerable to penetration is to have it bolted down during installation. Thieves have a better chance of opening a safe if they can tip it on it’s back to gain greater leverage with prying tools. So having your safe bolted down will decrease it’s chances of being tipped over and opened.
As stated earlier the amount of space you have and what you want to protect are some of the primary concerns when choosing a safe. Here are a few other things to look out for when making the decision to purchase a safe. Safes that are not made and/or tested in the USA should be researched carefully because manufacturing processes and testing standards are different. When making an online purchase, read the specifications carefully to ensure it will fit in the desired location. Also, be sure that if an online purchase includes free shipping and/or delivery be sure you know exactly what that means. Usually, free shipping will be non-discreet meaning your neighbors will know that you’re getting a safe. Also, if you see ‘curbside delivery’ it usually means the safe will be taken off the truck and placed curbside. It will be up to you to move the safe from your curb into your house or garage which isn’t really a problem if the safe is around 400-800 lbs and you have the proper equipment, but anything over that weight could be a real problem moving around and you could damage the safe.
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A fireproof safe can also be a lifesaver when it comes to protecting your most valued possessions and important papers. Bank safe deposit boxes may seem like a reliable and secure option when storing valuables. Cameras, security guards, and tons of steel can make this seem like a viable option but exactly how secure and convenient are safe deposit boxes?
Did you know that items stored in bank safe deposit boxes aren’t insured by the FDIC? As stated in their consumer news, “Plus, cash that’s not in a deposit account isn’t protected by FDIC insurance.” So this means that any cash you have stored in the safe deposit box that’s not deposited into an account is uninsured as is any other valuables or paperwork.
Items like passports, wills, and extra keys are not only uninsured but also inaccessible during certain hours. For these reasons, a fireproof safe is an excellent option when it comes to storing your valuables. The following items are just a few to be considered when storing items in your safe:
Lastly, in addition to storing your valuable items in a fireproof safe, you should also consider placing paper items like cash, birth certificates, etc. in a waterproof ziplock bag then placing that inside a fireproof bag. This will give an added measure of protection from fire or the fireman’s water hose should them have to extinguish a fire in the area of your safe.
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More than 500 super strong parts work together. The outer shell is a sandwich of ultra-tough steel and slabs of ground up rock fireproofed to 1,200 degrees. 26 hardened steel bolts clamp the door deep into the sidewalls and a lock with 1.2 million possible combinations gives easy access if you know the code.
The secret to what makes the safe so strong is the way engineers make its steel skin.
In this 300,000 square foot Utah factory that these Liberty safes begin life as 9 ton rolls of coiled up steel. It’s 5 times thicker than the steel used on car body work, and incredibly tough. Workers must wrestle this super strong steel into a precision formed box. It’s a mighty engineering challenge.
When the goal of owning a firearm is protection, the speed at which you access it becomes just as important as storing it safely when it’s not in use. Gun safes provide an added layer of protection with gun ownership that protects family members and prevents theft. Biometric gun safe locks are the latest technological advances among safe manufacturers offering quick secure access to firearms or valuables.
When we think of home or office safes, the iconic large-dial combination lock types of safes is what may come to mind first, but the days of the cannonball safe are gone. Since we sit on the cutting edge of technology, the evolutionary path of safe technology is also seeing great benefits from today’s technology pool. Some of the biggest advancements in safe technology have come from the improvements made with locking mechanisms as safe manufacturers now offer biometric locking mechanisms as an option when purchasing a safe.
The term biometric refers to an automated user-identification method using physical traits. These physical identification traits include fingerprints, the iris, face, veins in the hand, signatures, thermograms, and voiceprints. Biometrics are more secure than traditional methods because they are more difficult to steal. Even before the days of CSI, detectives dusted crime scenes for fingerprints left behind as a means of identification.
As you know, everyone has a unique fingerprint, but with so many unique combinations for fingerprints, how do biometric gun safe locks work? Within each fingerprint are unique identifiers called minutiae points or the major features of a fingerprint. The biometric lock has a template stored in it’s database that matches these points onto their template and assigns a code to your print. Since this technology pulls from a digital database, it’s possible to store more than one fingerprint, and some have the capacity to hold up to 100 unique fingerprints. It’s a good idea to store more than just one of your own fingerprints and/or maybe more than one person’s print. If something happened to you, who else besides a locksmith would be able to open the safe?
The good news with biometric locks is no more lost or forgotten passwords. Another advantage of biometric mechanisms is the compact size needed for the touchpad and the low cost to produced them, making them optimal for small or large devices. The scanning surface for fingerprint biometrics is just over one half inch. The other obvious advantage of biometric lock is speed. With just one swipe of your finger it’s possible to gain access to a safe’s contents. Many people may have no need to quickly access their jewelry or important documents, but when it comes to home security, begin able to quickly retrieve a firearm could mean a great deal.
The disadvantages of biometric gun safes are minimal but definitely worth mentioning, one of which is smearing. If the identifying finger gets sweaty or wet, this will negatively impact the device’s ability to correctly match the fingerprint pattern denying access to an excited user.
About one third of American households own a firearm, keep yourself and your family safe with the responsible storage, and quick access provided by a biometric gun safe.
Looking for more information on the technology behind biometric gun safes, visit our page of Biometric Safes