Buying a pistol safe is a great investment for folks with smaller valuables that are easily portable. These smaller valuables like coin collections, furs, firearms, jewelry, and cameras are easy for thieves to sell, making appealing targets. Experienced burglars can easily find these valuables too, therefore, your favorite hiding place might not be very secure. A bank safe deposit box is a very secure place to store valuables, but bank safe deposit boxes are only able to hold a few items, and inconvenient to the home.
Home safes are a viable option. Before buying a safe, learn about the different levels of protection due to the type of locking safe. Trustworthy safes will have Underwriters Laboratories, or UL, ratings. These ratings determined how fire-resistant a safe is, in the following categories:
- Class C Safe — Protects paper documents for up to 1 hour at temperatures up to 1700°F
- Class B Safe — Protects paper documents for up to 2 hours at temperatures up to 1850°F
- Class A Safe — Protects paper documents for up to 4 hours at 2000°F.
A class B or C locking safe is fine under most circumstances for protecting irreplaceable papers. There are even more specialized safes available to protect data storage devices and computer disks. A trustworthy safe should also protect against damage caused by a collapsing building.
A money chest may be sufficient if you don’t need something as large and bulky as a safe. Money chests can also be secured to your house’s structure. Typically smaller than safes, but can be more expensive. However, because they are smaller, they could be removed by the thief for later cracking. This is why money chests should be secured into a masonry floor or wall.
Combination Lock Safe
Combination lock safes are popular choices. They are made up of two parts: A sturdy money chest inside an a sturdy fire-resistant safe. This type of locking safe has a thick steel door and walls, and a combination lock with a relocking device. It should be bolted to the floor or set in concrete, so a burglar cannot move them.