This time, we are going to talk about gun safes. They've been around since ancient times and we see them all the time in action movies, but exactly what features does a box need to have to help us protect the things we care so much about?
Read on and find out all the details that you should not lose sight of and that revolve around safes. What are they, what are they made of, how many types are there, what locking system should you choose, are some of the things we will be looking at.
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- 4 Buying Guide
- 5 Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of safes
- Safety deposit boxes are protection systems that keep valuable objects inside, they have a locking system that prevents someone else from accessing and stealing the belongings.
- There are different characteristics that are used depending on what you want to store, whether for domestic or professional use, we will look at 10 of the most common ones.
- There are at least four different locking systems, plus their combinations, which also depend on the degree of security you want to obtain and the type of goods you want to store.
- To choose a box, it is necessary to have specific answers to what you want to store, the place where it is going to be placed, the size and the security required.
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What are safes and what advantages do they offer?
They are square or rectangular with a defined space inside for the objects that the interested party wishes to keep. They have a locking system that protects the goods from theft, and thanks to the material they are made of, they can also be protected from fire and flooding.
The boxes must have the necessary degree of armour to provide minimum and maximum security to those who use them, such as: individuals, businesses, banks and government agencies.
Domestic or professional safes - what should you look out for?
|You can choose between portable, basic or high security options||They require greater shielding to withstand any type of attack|
|They can be light or heavy in weight and volume||There are options for computer equipment and cash deposit boxes|
|Visible, decorative or camouflaged boxes can be used||Boxes approved for any category|
|Locks consisting of a key and electronic combination are most commonly used||Biometric locks are more common in the professional field due to their cost|
|Built-in boxes, fireproof boxes, tabletop boxes and their combinations are some of the characteristics that boxes for domestic use can have||Hotel boxes, filing cabinets, high security and high capacity boxes, or gun racks are examples of professional boxes|
Being certain of their purpose is the beginning of defining what type of box you need from the myriad of characteristics that exist, we will talk about this later.
Buying criteria: factors that allow you to compare and rate different models of safes
In order to choose the right safe, you need to answer a few questions that will help you make the best decision, either alone or with a technician. Take note!
What to store
The notion of what you want to store, helps to size the space and characteristics of the safe that will satisfy the user's needs.
For example, for storing documents and money, medium-high security safes are recommended, with a choice between a table-top or a built-in safe.
Where to place
This point helps to determine whether you need an indoor or outdoor box, hidden or visible, whether you need to dig a space in the wall or in the floor. Something immediate, for example, and that won't cost you more money than the box, might be a table-top box, but if you want something more sophisticated, you'll need installation and masonry work.
Type of lock
There are about four options plus their combinations. The latch is part of the box's shielding. You probably know of several and have even seen them on TV, so some options are:
- Key, the easiest to use.
- Mechanical Combination, controlled by a system of rotating discs and a numerical password.
- Electronic Combination, opens and closes with a numerical password
- Biometric lock, it is a modern and expensive system, it consists of the analysis and recognition of physiognomic parts.
The boxes need to use high quality and resistant materials, some of the most used are for example aluminium, concrete, steel in its different alloys, or metallic fibres, and the combination of some of these elements with each other.
One part of the manufacturing components is kept secret so as not to make the task easier for those who are not familiar with the product; but the other part helps us to define the level of resistance so that it can withstand water or fire.
In other words, to have one that can withstand fire, it needs to withstand a minimum temperature of above 170°C on the outside and above 50°C on the inside.
Options to choose from
Whether they are for domestic or professional use, they can have a series of characteristics according to what is desired, some of them are:
- Flush mount: They are placed in wardrobes, walls or floors, they can use key, electronic or wheel locks.
- Fireproof: They withstand high temperatures to be resistant during a fire, withstand between 30 minutes and 2 hours of fire and keep the interior cool.
- Desktop: They are exposed to the view of anyone, they are heavy to avoid their mobility.
- Camouflaged: They are kept hidden, they go unnoticed. Ideal for bedrooms or offices.
- High security: Their anti-drill and anti-drop door systems guarantee greater security. They are more expensive.
- High capacity: Designed with greater volume to store more or larger items.
- With filing cabinet: They have a safety box and drawers for filing.
- Deluxe: There are standard options, or they can be custom designed. They are built from floor to ceiling or smaller, with shelves, drawers, lighting, and other luxury finishes.
- Decorative: They blend in naturally with their surroundings, as they can be integrated into a piece of furniture and go unnoticed by outsiders.
- Gun racks: These are boxes for weapons.
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