When most people think of safes, the first thing that comes to mind is usually from films. Safes have long been a cinematic staple from old Westerns to spy films and mafia flicks. And with good reason. Safes offer such an added layer of protection for important valuables that cracking them has become the subject of urban myth and mystery.
At Minneapolis Lock and Key, we specialize in providing Minnesota residents with high-quality safes to protect their valuables. In this post, we share our knowledge about home safes to help you sort through the options and choose the best one to protect your most important documents and valuables.
History of the Locking Box
Although safes are common today, the modern version of the safe has only been around about two hundred years. Lockboxes for valuables existed, but it wasn’t until modern advancements in metallurgy that the modern safe came into being. They are the natural evolution of their predecessor, the treasure chest or coffer.
These locking boxes were often highly ornate and meant to hold money, precious linens, weapons, and other valued items. During the Renaissance period, these boxes could become quite ornate. One of the distinguishing characteristics of these chests was iron over the lid.
Creating the Modern Safe
Modern safes were first invented in the 19th century as a place to keep and preserve important paperwork. In an era before photocopies, the ability to protect and preserve important documents would have been necessary to protect a person’s legal rights.
Early safes were produced using forged metal and meant to be resistant to burglaries, accidents, and fires. Advancements in safe technology led to the popularization of virtually uncrackable safes and vaults over the years. Today’s safes vary in function and security level widely.
If you’re shopping for safes, you’re likely to come across all of these options:
● Gun safe
● Wall safe
● Burglary safe
● Fire safe
● Electronic locking safe
Choosing the Best Safe for Your Home
With all of the options available, it can be difficult to decide which safe is the best option for your home. Before you make a decision, you’ll need to decide what you’re trying to protect and what your needs are.
Here are a few questions you should ask:
1. What items are you planning to put in your safe?
The type of items you plan to store in your safe will help determine the type of safe you end up purchasing. There are many reasons homeowners might want to place a safe in their homes. Extremely valuable jewelry, especially family heirlooms, is one of the most commonly stored items.
If you’re a gun owner, having a safe to keep your weapons safely out of reach is a necessity. Homeowners also often store birth certificates and other important documents that are not easily replaced.
2. Are you protecting your items from burglars or the elements?
You might be purchasing a safe to protect important items from burglars, but it’s important to think about other ways a safe can protect your property. If you live in a region where flooding is a possibility, it’s crucial to consider water resistance when deciding which safe to purchase.
This is also true in areas where humidity is a concern. Finally, determine the level of fire resistance you’re looking for in a safe.
3. Where will the safe be stored?
Next, determine where you plan to keep your safe. One of the most common sites for storing a safe is in a closet. However, the master bedroom closet is also a likely place for burglars to search.
Some homeowners may also choose to store their safe under a stairwell. The location you choose to store your safe will also help you determine whether you plan to use a floor safe or a wall safe.
4. What is your budget?
Your budget will play an important role in deciding what kind of safe you’ll end up purchasing. You’ll end up paying more for certain features, material, and size. Whatever your budget, we can work with you to help you choose a manufacturer and model that works within your budget and meets your needs.
5. What type of locking mechanism are you looking for?
Before you visit our showroom to purchase a safe, you’ll need to decide what kind of lock you’re looking for. Dial locks are one of the most common options available in most budget ranges. Digital locks are simple to use but require batteries. If you’re not sure what to buy, we can help you make the best decision for your home.
Twin Cities Fire Safe Installation Services
Whether you’re looking for a high-quality gun safe to store your collection of rifles and keep your family safe, or you need a place to keep your valuables, we have plenty of options. Our professional safe installation services team can help you choose the ideal safe to help you store your important items.
Our safe services at Minneapolis Lock and Key also include safe opening, combination changes, and safe installation. Speak with a member of our team by calling us at 612.823.8148, or contact us to learn more about our safe manufacturers and warranties.