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Important points to consider when choosing the right safe

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We live in a time where crime is at an all-time high in our country, and there has never been a better time than now to consider your security at home. One of the first port-of-call when it comes to home security, especially if you keep money or valuables at home, is installing a safe.

When it comes to installing a safe in your home, there are a few important points which you should take into consideration when choosing what safe best fits your needs.

How secure is the safe?

In the event of a burglary at your home, you need to be sure that the safe you have is suitably protected, should someone try and breach it. Your safe's ability to withstand a burglary has a lot to do with two specific components, namely the thickness of the steel and the type of locking system the safe uses. When it comes to choosing a lock for your safe, there are a number of options that you can choose from including traditional combination locks, fingerprint scanners, dual mechanical and electronic locks and electronic locks that require a pin number. When it comes down to safety, however, you really can't go wrong with a good old combination lock.

When choosing the right steel thickness for your safe, the obvious choice is to opt for thicker steel, as thin steel is more likely to be breached. Keep in mind when choosing a safe for your home, that steel thickness is measured in gauges and that smaller numbers indicate thicker steel. When choosing the thickness of the steel for your home safe you should look at between 10 and 6 gauges.

Fire Resistance
When choosing a safe for your home, you should look at a safe which will offer its contents some sort of insulation in the event of a fire. This will ensure that any important documents or jewellery of sentimental value will be protected. Fire resistance is measured in minutes, with home safes offering anywhere from 30 minutes to 60 minutes of fire protection, at varying costs. 

Water Resistance
Water-resistance is another important factor to consider when choosing a safe, as having water resistance will help protect the contents of the safe in the case of a flood, leaking roof, or a fire (as water would be used to extinguish it). The size of your safe will be determined by what you are wanting to store in it. If you want to store multiple objects, the obvious choice would be to install a larger safe in your home. It's important to opt for a safe that has more storage space available than you currently need, as more often than not people end up storing more items in their safes as time passes.

Location
In order to ensure your safe cannot be removed, the safe must be installed in a sturdy part of your home, such as a concrete floor or a brick wall. Fixing a safe to a wooden surface could make it an easy target for removal by burglars.

It is best to keep the safe out of sight, so that it is not easy to locate at a glance, such as installing your safe in a special cupboard. After all, if a burglar does not know of the existence of the safe, they will not try and break into it.

Here are some local safe brands you can look at when choosing a safe for your home.

https://www.thesafeshop.co.za/

http://www.nationalsafe.co.za/

http://www.magnumsafes.co.za/

https://mutual.co.za/


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