Sure-Fit Security provides commercial and residential sales, service, delivery, and bolt down of your burglary and fire/media safes and file cabinets. There are many different types of safes and if you are storing documents or media (computer data or photographic negatives) that have no negotiable value, then you might consider a fire protective file cabinet rather than a safe.
Whether you are buying a safe for personal or business use, it is really best to follow the same path in making a selection. There are three major points to consider: 1) size of safe, 2) type and degree of protection required, and 3) the price.
Let us say at the outset that if price is the only consideration, then buy the cheapest thing that uses the name “safe” and you can be certain of “getting what you pay for” – something that is either a glorified hiding place or a housing where you can put all your valuables in one place so a burglar need not search around for them. He or she can take this box with him or her, or bust it open on the spot!
If you are willing to pay for the amount of value (protection) received, then you are ready to start looking at safes of quality and find the proper safe for your needs. A well informed safe dealer will be helpful in answering your questions and assist you in making a proper choice.
The first determination should be SIZE. It is best to measure a few of the larger items you wish to keep within a protective housing.
In particular, note the largest item and all three of its dimensions. This is true whether you decide to purchase a fire resistive safe or a burglar resistive safe. Always plan on at least 25% more space than you will presently need. This is for two very good reasons: first, you may have forgotten some items or you may acquire more, and second, a 25% larger safe is not going to cost 25% more. Before you determine the exact interior size, you will need to find out what sizes exist.
Safes may be rated by an independent testing company or by the manufacturer.
There are many different types of safes. Some are rated for burglary, some are rated for fire, and some are rated for both.
If the contents of the safe are going to be insured or partially insured and the dollar value is several thousands, contact your insurance agent to help determine what your savings will be in policy premium for the different classifications.
Investment information stored in the safe may allow the cost of the safe, or a portion of the cost, to be a tax deduction.
Also, contact your tax accountant. Investment information stored in the safe may allow the cost of the safe, or a portion of the cost, to be a tax deduction. You may also be able to depreciate the value of the safe over a period of time.
Always remember that burglary protection should begin with good physical protection, i.e. dead bolt locks; positive action sliding door locks, etc. All high-value items should be stored in a safe. Then, if additional protection is desired, add electronics in the form of an alarm system. When considering security from fire and theft, keep this thought uppermost in your mind. If man can make it, then man can destroy it, given sufficient time, tools, and technology!
Most safes are priced competitively in all areas of the United States. Having determined the size, type and degree of protection, you can now turn to value.
You can compare various features or preferences, i.e., color, overall appearance, hardware, interiors that are furnished or at additional cost, etc. If this doesn’t give you a final determination between two products, try some simple mathematics. Divide the price by the cubic inch capacity and determine how much the unit cost is per cubic inch of protected area.
Of course, it is not necessary to follow the above format, however by doing so, you will find that you have saved a lot of time, gotten to the heart of the matter rapidly and have made an intelligent purchase.
A safe is the last line of defense when a burglary occurs. There is a big difference in real time protection between a rated safe and a nonrated safe. Choose your safe based on what you are storing in it and the appropriate rating for those items.
Gun safes are recommended for both long guns and hand guns. As with any safe, you get what you pay for and if your first concern is keeping costs low, you may get less protection than you bargained for.
Gun safes are recommended for both long guns and hand guns.
See the Forbes Magazine video: “Unsafe Gun Safes Can be Opened by a Three Year Old”
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