Which Safe Is Right For You?
The last thing anybody wants is to come home and find that all their belongings, private documents, and money have been burgled. Or perhaps you’d like extra security for your business. Investing in a safe is a great preventative but it’s important to first understand the different types. This will ensure that you buy the most appropriate one for your circumstances.
Without further ado, here are the best options to keep your belongings safe… by buying a safe!
Which Locking Mechanism?
Understanding the differences between the different locking mechanisms is an important first step, both for convenience and so the safe meets your desired security level.
Key Lock: this lock type comes with two keys and couldn’t be more straightforward – it’s just like your house! They’re very high-quality and durable and they’re also good for people with poor memory (just make sure you don’t lose the keys)!
Combination Lock: whilst Hollywood frequently casts burglars using stethoscopes to ‘crack’ combinations, the common burglar won’t have a chance against combination locks. These are a great option for multiple-person access and there isn’t the risk of losing a key. The only problem is if you let the combination numbers slip!
Digital Lock: this option is much like those you see outside flats and apartments with numbers, letters, and a turning latch. They’re good because they combine letters and numbers but they’re not as sturdy as the other options, which are more mechanical and rigid.
These are the most common options for those looking to buy a safe. Using a digital lock combination, these are the safes we see on Hollywood screens. They’re more affordable than the following two options, but that’s because they’re meant to be kept above ground and don’t come with any special reinforcements like intense heat resistance. However, they’re still a great option for keeping your belongings safe from common burglars.
If you desire a more discreet option then an underground safe is a good option for you. Churchill are the leading manufacturers of this type of safe and they offer cash ratings from £3,000 up to £35.000. Although the actual safe body itself offers limited protection, it’s usually encased in concrete which is very difficult to penetrate – especially underground! With our team of experts, Campbell & McGovern can install these safes in most floor types.
Fireproof safes are a great option for those wishing to keep important documents and computer data safe. Phoenix are the leading manufacturer for this niche and they make safes that can withstand intense heat for 1-2 hours which should be enough time for emergency services to arrive. However, they’re understandably more expensive than the previous options.
Choosing the right safe is dependent on a number of factors: what are you protecting? What is the value of what you are protecting? How secure does it need to be? Hopefully this guide has helped you to understand these questions better and to think about how they relate to your particular circumstance.
With that in mind, if you have any further queries about safes, or any of our other services like car key services, security systems, or engravings, then don’t hesitate to get in touch with Campbell & McGovern today by calling us on 0151 922 4085!