How to Choose the Best Safe for Your Home

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Safes provide homeowners with the peace of mind that comes with knowing valuable jewelry, priceless heirlooms, cash and weapons are protected at all times. In addition to that security, rather than having to head to the bank to open your safety deposit box, you can head down to the basement to grab what you want whenever the need arises. And you don’t have to worry about your guns getting in the hands of the wrong people.

Many homeowners live their entire lives without experiencing a burglary. While some might think their homes are secure, the facts speak to the contrary. Believe it or not, recent data suggests the United States has by far the world’s highest burglary rate, with homes being attacked every 14 seconds. So even if you have an immaculate burglary-free track record, there’s certainly a chance that your home will become a statistic sooner or later.

To protect your home and make sure your family’s important possessions are secure and your weapons are fastened, you should consider investing in a home safe. After all, in today’s difficult economy, you can’t afford to gamble on your family’s future. And you can’t afford to let any accidents happen.

What to Look For

Once you've made that decision, you’ll quickly find there are a slew of options available when it comes to choosing the model that’s right for your home. Here are some of the questions you should consider as you go about your search.

What Kind Of Items Are You Trying to Protect?

Safes are made to accommodate different kinds of materials. There are gun safes, safes designed to protect electronic data, fire-proof safes that secure documents, and safes made for things like cash and jewelry.

Once you've zeroed in on the kind of safe you need, you've then got to calculate the value of the items you intend to store in it. Insurers will need to know the worth of your valuables.

How Much Are You Willing to Spend?

Just like anything else, with safes, you pay for what you get.

When you think about it, it doesn't really make sense to look for the cheapest safe you can find. If you’re going to invest in protecting your valuables, it’s counterintuitive to skimp on that investment.

Many of the "burglar-proof" safes on the market today are actually made cheaply and don’t provide much protection, even from novice criminals. For experienced thieves? Forget it. So when it comes to figuring out the budget for your safe, it’s probably worth it to round up.

Where Should You Put Your Safe?

Safes aren't just cubic metal boxes. In fact, they come in all shapes and sizes — you can put them in the wall and you can put them on and in the floor.

When you go about figuring where to anchor your safe, you need to ask yourself how often you intend to interact with it. If you decide to put it in a dark, dusty corner of your basement or under the stairs, chances are you probably won’t be committed to using it much — which is fine, if that’s what you intend.

Make sure your safe is stored in an area that’s decently lit (or at least stock a flashlight nearby). It should also be relatively hidden (duh) and bolted down to the ground.

What would you do if someone stole your family’s most prized possessions or your guns fell into the hands of the wrong person? With a sturdy safe, you won’t have to worry about any of that.

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