A Guide to Personal and Commercial Safes

We want to help you make your home as secure as possible to keep intruders out. But home security isn’t just about preventing intrusions and accidents, it’s also about mitigating damage and losses in the unlikely event of an incident happening. For example, security cameras not only deter criminals, but they also help you claim on your insurance in case someone does make their way into your home.

Another way to protect your belongings and, especially, your valuables is by adding a safe to your home or office.

Why you might need a safe

A safe adds an extra layer of protection for your valuables. So, in the unfortunate event that someone does manage to break into your home or office, your most valuable possessions and assets won’t be lying around for them to grab and take off with. You might use your safe to store cash, electronics, expensive jewelry, and anything else that’s worth a lot.

Safes also help to protect things that don’t have a cash value but are irreplaceable. If you have adequate insurance coverage, then you should be able to receive money for any stolen goods. However, this doesn’t help you get back family heirlooms or priceless memories from your wedding or your child’s first steps. So, some people also store photos and important documents in safes, along with other sentimental belongings.

Storing these belongings in a safe not only protects them from theft, but also from things like fire and flood damage. It would be heartbreaking to lose all your family photo albums in a fire, something that money can’t replace. Another reason is to keep items out of the hands of others in your household, particularly children. If you own a gun or any other dangerous item, then you may choose to store these inside a safe.

Choosing a safe

There are a few things to consider when buying a safe, starting with their size. Safes vary slightly in size, so think about what you want to store in there before you select a size. The type of lock is also an important factor. The main locking mechanisms for safes are,

  • Lock and key
  • Combination dial
  • Electronic lock

All of these have their own strengths and vulnerabilities, so none are 100% impenetrable against being picked or hacked into. Obviously, with a lock and key safe you’ll need to make sure you keep the key in a secure location where you won’t lose it. And with electronic or combination safes, you need to remember the code or combination without sharing it with those who might not be trustworthy.

If you need any more advice about purchasing a safe for your home or office, or installing any other types of security equipment, then contact Carolina Alarm for our support around Greensboro, Winston Salem, Kernersville, NC.