The AmPm Guide to Choosing a Good Safe

1. Determine what is going into the safe. Imagine the items that you want to put into your new safe. Do you need to look at gun safes that can hold your firearms, or do you only need a wall safe to protect papers and small val
uables?

2. Take a look at the size of your items and choose from wall, floor, and drop safes a little bigger than what you think you need. You will thank us for this bit of advice later down the road. Many of our customers discover additional papers and items to put into their floor safe once they have it in their home or office. You now know how much space you need.

3. Measure the area where you are going to be installing the safe. This is another consideration for the wall or floor safes which will be right for you. You may have a cabinet that you need exact measurements for or you may have a room that can accommodate several sizes. It is very important to know where the office or depository safe is going to be installed because this will determine the size and type of safe you buy.

4. Think about the protection you need. Look back at those three items again. Do you just need to look at fireproof safes for important paperwork? Do you need a burglary rated safe for more than just a passport and birth certificate? A burglary rated safe can also have fire protection, too. Think about it…Remember with a safe you are buying time: time against a fire and time against theft. For more help choosing the protection check out types of safes .

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5. Choose either a dial, key pad or key system to gain entry into your new safe.

Here are a few pros and cons:

  • Pro for dial – Standard and cost effective
  • Con for dial – costs more to change the combo if needed
  • Pro for electronic keypad – Really easy to use and change the combo whenever you want
  • Con for the electronic keypad – The buttons show wear if you don’t change the combo every once in a while.

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