Fundamental Considerations When Buying Your First Home Safe

Posted on: 16 September 2020

As security becomes a top concern for you, buying a safe may seem to be the most straightforward solution to keeping your valuables protected. However, a mistake that a good number of people make when purchasing their first safe is being caught up in factors such as the price and brand without taking a step back to see the bigger picture. Before you can invest in the right safe, you need to take time to determine what you need from it since these structures offer more than just safekeeping of possessions.

So to make sure that you are making the most of securing these items, choosing between mounting or anchoring and so on, there are several things you need to bear in mind. To help you along, here is a brief outline of two fundamental considerations that you should have when buying your first home safe.

What valuables do you need to put in the safe?

Before you can start perusing through the different types of safes that would be best for your needs, it is imperative to establish what those needs are in the first place. There are three main categories of valuables that typically go into a safe and those are jewellery and keepsakes, data and media (whether in document or electronic form) and guns.

Money is another belonging stored in a safe that falls under the paperwork category, as cash can be stolen or it can burn in a fire. Once you have made a comprehensive list of all the items that you want safeguarding, you can then begin to consider what type of safe will be best suited to their protection. Your locksmith can also help you determine the right size of safe to accommodate all items that will go into the safe.

What degree of protection do your valuables require?

The second fundamental consideration to guide your choice of a home safe is the degree of protection that you think the valuables require. However, this is not merely about taking their overall value into account, since belongings such as keepsakes hold more of a sentimental rather than a monetary value. Instead, you need to establish the primary risks that your possessions are exposed to.

Items such as passports, title deeds, intellectual property and more would be at risk of harm from fire, more so if you reside in a bush fire prone part of Australia. Hence, a fire-resistant safe would be your best bet. On the other hand, items of high value such as diamonds and cash should be stored in a burglar resistant safe. It is worth noting that while a safe that provides both fire and burglar protection is more expensive, it does offer all-round protection.