A Look at the 4 Basic Types of Safes
Sometimes, it helps to go back to basics. While a professional locksmith may be able to give you a lengthy description of anti-thrust bolts and the history of backplate design, most of us aren’t home security experts. So, what are the basics when it comes to safes? Let’s start with types.
From fire safes and burglary safes to gun safes and jewelry safes, there are different types of safes for different needs. Let’s take a closer look at each type and how they protect your valuables.
1. Fire Safes
As implied by the name, fire safes keep your valuables protected in the event of a fire. These safes have a fire-resistant design and are perfect for storing important documents, memorable items from your family’s history and other high-value items. Many of these safes have warranties and guaranteed protection against fire, so be sure to ask about it when you’re shopping. (Liberty and Browning are two trusted brands for fire safes, FYI.)
2. Burglary Safes
While fire safes are designed to protect against more natural disasters, burglary safes are designed to protect against thieves. Many of these types of safes feature tamper-proof technology and extra levels of security, such as multiple entry methods (e.g. combination, keypad, fingerprint, etc.) and superior materials. Put simply, burglary safes are also designed to store valuable items that you don’t want stolen. It’s also possible that a safe can be both a burglary safe and a fire safe.
3. Gun Safes
A third type of safe is the gun safe. These are obviously designed to store firearms and can be large depending on the type of firearm(s) they’re storing. Handgun safes will usually be smaller and can feature one, two or more compartments. They can also be designed to mount to a wall, under a desk or stand alone. There are also bigger gun safes for storing rifles, shotguns and entire gun collections. Gun safes are also designed for restrictive access, and, as such, feature multiple entry options including quick-access options which don’t compromise security..
4. Jewelry Safes
Finally, the last general type of safe is the jewelry safe. These are designed to both protect and organize your valuable jewelry. Many jewelry safes are beautiful to look at as well. They’re specifically engineered with jewelry in mind, so you can maintain the luster, color and condition of your favorite pieces. As with gun safes, many jewelry safes are also fire- and burglary-proof.
If you’re in the market for a new safe (or need help with delivery or installation), give the A-1 Locksmith team a call today at 972-284-7500 and we’ll answer any questions you may have.