Guide of top 10 tips for First Time Safe Buyers
When purchasing a safe for the first time, there’s more to it than just walking into a store and asking which one they recommend. There are a lot of facts that you should consider. Getting the right-safe for you depends on you understanding all the factors involved.
Your first home safe is a good investment that you should approach with an open mind. Here are some things that lock experts always advise when you buy a safe:
1. The 10% rule when purchasing a safe
There is a good rule that you should budget an amount that is around 10% of the total value of what you envisage keeping in the safe. For instance, if you have property around $100,000 in value, you should be looking to spend at least $10,000 on a safe.
This rule is normally used to help to determine a budget for your safe. Also, the more expensive your belongings are, the more reason you should invest in a good quality safe.
2. Buy a heavy safe
A heavy safe is recommended because it will be difficult to move, relocate or reposition. The heavier a safe the harder it will be to break into. The thickness of the metal contributes to the weight of the safe and will prevent the safe from being easily susceptible to cutting and attempts at breach.
3. Check that there’s no gap
One of the weak points of a safe is the gap between the door and the lock body. When purchasing your first safe, make sure that the body of the safe is tight to the door when it is locked as this will reduce the chances of someone getting into it without proper access. This also increases its resistance against elements such as fire and water. The smaller the gap, the stronger the safe.
4. Anchor your safe to a secure, stable object
You may not want to bolt your safe to the floor to deter criminals from carrying it away, but you can ensure that there is some form of anchor for the home safe. Think of it as how you would secure a motorcycle. Ask a locksmith what is the best way to secure the safe to the floor or any part of your wall dependi