WHICH TYPE OF SAFE TO BUY?
Up to this point, you will have determined your needs for buying a Perth safe and have a good idea of some of the key features to look for in a safe. The final task before going out to purchase your safe is to determine what specific type you need to buy.
Different types of safe are specially designed for the user’s needs and will include security ratings and features that align with those needs. Here’s a list and short explanation of the most common types of safes available:
1) SECURITY SAFES
A security safe is the standard kind you are likely to see in most homes. They are primarily used to protect items like cash, jewellery and documents from theft.
To judge the security level, cash ratings are widely used; higher cash ratings correlate to a more secure safe. Higher level security safes are built to withstand more of the drills and cutting tools that a burglar may use.
2) DEPOSIT SAFES
A deposit safe is like a security safe and is normally used to protect cash and documents. The difference is they feature a section that allows items to be easily deposited, hence the name.
A common example of deposit safes being used is inside a shop where the shopkeeper will store cash at the end of the day. Deposit safes are useful in situations where multiple people might need to place items in the safe but you don’t want them to be able to take anything out.
3) FIRE RATED FILING CABINETS
Most commonly used in office environments and, of course, used for protecting important documents. As the name suggests, these filing cabinets offer a much higher level or fire protection than a standard filing cabinet.
If you need a filing system to hold critical documents, a fire rated filing cabinet is a must.
4) FIRE SAFES
A fire safe may look similar to a standard security safe but they offer much higher protection from heat and fires. They use materials and design specifications geared toward keeping cash and documents safe during fires.
Every safe has a fire rating that takes into account the inside temperature and how long it takes for that temperature to exceed the level at which paper burns. Some fire safes may also have a “drop rating”, which measures their strength when falling from a specified height. If your main concern is keeping documents safe from fire, you should invest in a fire safe.
5) GUN SAFES
Also known as residential protection safes, gun safes are designed with the appropriate locks and dimensions for holding firearms and ammunition. The firearms act 1996 outlines certain storage specifications for firearms, so keeping your gun in a high-quality gun safe is a necessity.
6) KEY STORAGE
Usually, a key safe or key cabinet will be used by businesses like hotels or car showrooms. They are usually wall-mounted and used to keep numerous keys organised and safe.
Many of the features found on a standard security safe can be incorporated into key cabinets. Some key safes can be fitted with an area for depositing keys as well, which is useful for hotel owners or apartment rentals.
If you need a key safe, you will need to purchase one with enough key hooks and you’ll need to consider where it is being kept and whether a deposit box is required.
7) FLOOR SAFES
Floor safes are built into the floor of your home, office or business and provide one of the most discreet storage options; your safe will remain out of sight. Floor safes are excellent for providing high levels of security and fire protection without taking up extra floor or shelf space.
The biggest drawback of a floor safe is they require expert knowledge and will have to be fitted by a professional. A common place for household floor safe installation is the garage since there are usually no floorboards or carpets to take up beforehand.
FINAL THOUGHTS ON BUYING THE BEST SAFE FOR YOU
After reading through this guide, you should now have a very good idea of what type of safes you should be looking at. You can use the questions you answered earlier on, and the features guide as a checklist for comparing different models of your chosen safe type.
To get started, view our very own range of high-standard safes and vaults in Perth.