How To Choose A Safe
Not sure where to start? Here are some guidelines you can follow to find the best safe for you.
When considering a safe, there are three main things you want to protect your items from — fire, water, and theft. Whether you live somewhere that is prone to flooding or you’re worried about a break-in, be sure to select a safe that offers the types of protection most appropriate to your needs.
Mechanical locks require periodic maintenance, whereas electronic locks typically don’t. You’ll get the highest level of protection from redundant locks—two different kinds of locks on the same safe.
The more documents and valuables you’d like to protect, the larger the safe needs to be. Before purchasing your safe, gather everything you’re planning on putting in there. See how much space you’ll need for those items. This is a great gauge for minimum safe sizing, as you’ll also likely add things to the safe as time passes.
Home safes come in portable, wall-mounted, and anchored varieties. A recent "U.S. News & World Report" article strongly cautions against portable safes because they’re easily moved, making them more susceptible to theft.
When choosing your safe, you want to go with the most protection you can afford. You are making this investment to help protect some of your most valuable items, so it’s important to choose a safe that will get the job done. Also, when you don’t go with the lowest grade safe, it’ll be something you can use for years to come.