KEY SAFE FEATURES TO LOOK AT
The features and technology available on a safe can vary from model to model.
However, there are a few important features to know about before buying a safe:
1) FIRE RATING
A safe’s fire rating is simply how well it will hold up to a fire and for how long. The fire rating you need will be dependent upon what is inside the safe. Many house fires can take around 30 minutes to bring under control, which means your safe needs to maintain its fire protection for at least that amount of time.
There are safes available that cater to securing either paper documents or media items in the event of a fire. For documents and files that are absolutely critical, you should opt for the best fire rating you can find and afford.
2) TYPE OF LOCK
There are a few different types of locking mechanisms on the market. Much like the safe itself, the locks will also have their own security rating. Which type of lock you choose will be determined by a combination of its security rating and personal preference. The most common lock types are listed below:
Key locks – The traditional type of lock that requires a key to unlock it. Of course, these are simple to use since they don’t require batteries or any codes to be remembered. However, the keys need to be kept safe.
Electronic keypad locks – These locks make use of a password or pin code that you need to memorise. The benefit is there is no key to keep safe, but you do need to remember your code. Fortunately, there will usually be a master override system in place should you forget your pin.
Biometric locks – Biometric refers to any type of lock that needs a part of your body to open it. The most common are retina and fingerprint scanners. Obviously, the biggest advantage here is there are no keys or even passwords and only select individuals can get into the safe.
Mechanical combination locks – This kind of lock is probably what most people picture when they imagine a safe. It is a combination lock that is entered by turning a wheel to various positions.
3) INSURANCE AND CASH RATING
Most Perth safes are given a rating based on a cash figure. The logic is that a higher “cash rating” means the safe offers a higher level of security. This cash rating is often used by insurance companies to determine the level of cover they are willing to give you.
It is always wise to contact your own insurance provider before purchasing a safe to make sure your items will be covered should they get stolen or damaged while inside the safe.