When it comes to choosing a safe, you may feel quite confused because there are simply so many options to choose from, and to the untrained eye, they can all look very similar in terms of functions and safety protocols. However, there are many different types of safes which sometimes have very specific uses as well, thus, it is important for you to know about different types of safes before choosing one for yourself. Professional locksmiths can tell you about the design but more often than not, the issue of security remains quite striking. Security in this sense goes way beyond fire alarms and anti-burglary measures.
There is no ‘one safe that fits all’, since all are manufactured to serve different purposes. This si why it is also recommended to consult with a security expert who can give you expert opinion on the kind of safe you would require based in your needs. There are many kinds of safes which can be used either for commercial or residential settings, or both. The most general classifications are as follows:
- Wall safes.
These are almost always used in residential installations since they are quite small and can easily be fitted into wardrobes or other closed spaces, to offer an extra security feature. They are ideal for when space is limited, such as in smaller houses and rooms which may seem inconspicuous. Wall safes can be customised in any way the customer wants, incorporating as many security features.
- Fire-resistant safes.
Burglars and thieves are not the only enemies to your valuables, since statistics have shown that more safes have been destroyed by agents such as fire and natural calamities than human factors. Fire-resistant safes can also be customised in any way the customer wants, and can offer varying degree of protection against fire hazards. These can be used in both residential and commercial setups.
- Data safes.
Tailored specifically for commercial environments, these safes are digitalised to keep important data secure. These can be found in commercial company buildings and government offices, where sensitive data needs to be stored. These come with specialised protection against any sort of electromagnetic or electrostatic influence, which ensures that the data remains safe. Since digitalised data need not be physically handled to be stolen, these come with both physical and digital countermeasures so that only restricted personnel can handle them.
- Gun cabinets.
These are specialised safes that are only meant for storing guns. They come with their own safety protocols, since guns usually determine life and death at the wrong or inexperienced hands. These can also be constructed in both commercial and residential setups and can be customised to store one handgun or as much of heavy ammunition as required. Since these are only suited for guns, it is not practical or safe to store other important/valuable items here.
These are the broad types of safes that are mostly used in both residential and commercial settings.