Most businesses have a safe that holds money, financial documents and other important paperwork. This is necessary to protect these items from being stolen or destroyed. When deciding which type of safe is best for your business, it is a good idea to look at the features different safes have to offer. These are some things to consider when choosing a safe for your business.
A burglary can occur when you least expect it. Unfortunately, not every safe is built with the same level of theft protection. Safes are tested before being put out on the market and given a rating for how durable they are against burglaries. These tests are done by using common safe cracking tools, torches and even explosives.
The thicker the metal is on the lock of a safe, the more difficult it will be to break open. The heavier the safe is, the less likely it is that it can be removed from your business during a robbery. When shopping for a safe, be sure to check the UL rating to ensure the safe is designed to have a high level of theft protection.
You will also want to consider how fire resistant your business safe is. While fire safes are not completely fire proof, they can resist certain temperatures for certain periods of time. Like burglary safes, fire safes are given ratings that determine how resistant they are against fires. The higher the rating is, the better the safe can resist extreme temperatures.
If your business is located in an area that has flooding from time to time, you will also want to purchase a safe that is water resistant. This means that even if your business is flooded, the items inside the safe are not likely to be destroyed.
Water resistant safes are tested by submerging them in conditions similar to both heavy and mild flooding conditions. Those brands that meet the specific criteria by protecting the items inside from water damage normally have a label on their packaging that states they are water resistant.
Those businesses that keep high value items, such as expensive jewelry, electronics or guns locked away should always have safes that are highly theft, fire and water resistant. It is also a good idea to hire a professional to take care of your safe installation. This will best ensure that even under the worst circumstances your valuables will be protected and you will not suffer as great a loss should a tragedy occur.