How to Choose the Right Safe
You have come to the conclusion that it’s time to purchase a safe. Chances are you have contacted every safe company listed in your favorite hunting or shooting magazine, and now you’re sitting in a pile of literature trying to figure out what to do next! How do you make the right decision with so many choices available? Some brands you may have seen, then there are the factory direct companies promising big savings on safes that are not nationally distributed. These are much like the direct marketing ads you see on TV for products that are "not available in stores." If you’ve ever ordered items such as these, you may have discovered why they are not available in stores! As with any product, some safes are better than others. Unfortunately, the safe business has had its share of products that are of questionable value. These range from "safes" you assemble yourself, to "safes" with see through doors which enable a burglar to inventory your valuables to see if it's worth the risk of moving up to armed robbery.
The question most often asked by our customers is "which safe is the best?". Most dealers respond to this question by recommending their most expensive model while quoting the ever popular sales pitch, "you get what you pay for." While you can’t buy a safe that is too secure, it is possible to spend too much on a safe by getting into the area of overkill. Conversely, you can definitely spend too little and end up with an inferior product that will not protect your valuables. This can lead not only to the loss of your valuables, but also the loss of the money you spent on false security.
The first step in choosing a safe is to decide whether or not cosmetic appearance is a factor. Will it be used as a piece of furniture in a den, or will it be placed in a closet or basement? Obviously, fancy paint finishes and gold plated dials will not make a safe more secure, but they definitely add to the cosmetic appeal and price of the safe. At Southern Security, we don’t have sales people working on commission. You won’t be pressured into a high priced unit that you may not need. We will help you choose a safe that will fit your needs as well as your budget.
The security of a safe can be enhanced by placing it in an area where access to the thinner side walls is limited. Limiting the area in which a would be thief has to operate will decrease their attack options. Of course, any safe can be compromised given the proper equipment and sufficient time. Most people give too much credit to the average home burglar. They are primarily hit and run types with no tools or expertise in safe cracking. Our experience has been that most burglars will not attempt to break into a safe. It’s too easy to get caught, and it’s much simpler to move on to another house, like yours, where there is no safe.
You can usually increase the survival time of your safe by placing it in the lowest point of your home, preferably against an outside corner. This will likely decrease the amount of combustible material around the safe. By comparison, a safe placed on an upper level in the center of your home will likely be subjected to more intense heat and will fall through the flooring once it has burned out from under the safe. If you plan to keep valuable papers or cash in a fire insulated gun safe, you may want to consider purchasing a secondary unit to provide maximum protection at minimal cost. Simply place the smaller unit inside your gun safe for a double layer of protection.
step in choosing your safe deals with size. The most common mistake is
to purchase a safe that is too small. A safe can be a once in a lifetime
purchase provided you choose a model that will not only accommodate your
present needs, but also give you room to grow in. One of two things will
happen when you buy a safe. You will either grow into it, or you will
grow out of it. Usually the only repeat customers we get are dealers who
place multiple orders, or individuals who have outgrown their first safe.
This brings us to the final and most important step in purchasing a safe, and that is actually going through with it. We talk to people every day who are buying a safe after they’ve been robbed. Let’s face it, nobody wants to buy a safe just as nobody wants to buy insurance for their home or car. It probably makes you mad to think in terms of having to spend a considerable amount of money just to keep what’s already yours! As if that’s not enough, it’s no secret that gun owners are politically under fire. Talk about adding insult to injury, new laws are making gun owners liable for crimes or accidental shootings involving their stolen guns. At the risk of making a self-serving statement, gun owners need to be responsible for their weapons. The best answer to gun control is to keep guns in the hands of the law abiding citizens who purchased them. A safe will do exactly that.
Hopefully this information has provided a basic education on safes that has taken you beyond the marketing hype stuffed between the pages of the various factory brochures you may have received. You will certainly have specific questions that will need to be addressed on a personal basis, and we will be happy to assist you. Deciding which safe to buy requires careful consideration, but deciding where to buy it is less complicated. Southern Security is the only name you need to know!