Everyone wants to keep their valuables and important and original documents safe from theft and damage. There are two ways to do that, one is to rent a locker in a bank and the other is to get a house safe. While probably a bank locker can be considered more secure, however, it can be a recurring burden on your monthly or quarterly budget.
However, getting a house safe is a more feasible option as it is a onetime investment. So you need to consider it as an investment while selecting one.
What should you consider while selecting a home safe?
The purpose of having a home safe is concealment. Not everyone should be able to view or access it. So, first of all, you need to select a place which is hidden and only you know where it is. Usually, in cases of a break-in, the burglars don’t want to stay for longer time in the house in order to avoid getting caught. This is a fact shown by many surveys.
So by keeping a safe hidden in a cabinet or cupboard which is less obvious can be useful. The other features or qualities you should consider while selecting a safe are as follows:
There are documents or valuables which are too important to risk being lost in case of fire. So select a safe which is fire proof. Although most of the safe out there is fire proof but the extent to which they can resist heat is different. Some are better at this than others.
Fire is a factor which cannot be pre-estimated or told. It is very hard to declare a building or an area to be prone to fire as the circumstances that lead to fire can be or cannot be natural. So if such an accident occurs to you or near you, then you would definitely want your valuable documents or items to be safe and sound.
There are some companies that are so sure of their safe to be fire proof that they give you a warranty that is covered by insurance. If you can you should opt for such safe so you are covered in that regard.
Thieves are not the only ones to whom you can lose your valuables, nature can do that too. In the case of natural flood or flooding of the plumbing, your important things can be harmed, so you should consider it as a major factor in your selection.
There are areas which are prone to natural floods and these floods are recurring. If you live in such an area then you should definitely look for a waterproof safe. Water might not damage your jewels that much as it can harm or damage your documents and expensive electronic equipment. So if you plan to store your camera or external hard drives etc. in the safe then select a one which is waterproof.
Impact or shock Proof:
You need to know that your safe should also be impact or shock proof. In the case of storms or earthquakes, your safe can experience an impact like falling of a heavy object on it or falling down with a jerk. The safe should have the capability to resist any damage from the result of such event.
This can also happen if somebody is trying to break into your safe by throwing it from a height or using a hammer. If this is a case then definitely you should select a cabinet safe which is impact proof.
There are a number of different types of security mechanisms used in safe these days, some are just good old combination safe, some are digital code operated, while others are biometric fingerprint and electronic ones.
You need to identify the level of security you want and the budget you can spare for the purchase of the safe. Do remember, they don’t come cheap so better consider it as a long-term investment or a one-time buy before setting a budget.
If you consider the explained features in a safe, I am sure you will be able to select a house safe which befits your requirements and budget.