Types of Safes

Types of Safes

Since it’s invention in 1835 by inventors Charles Jeremiah Chubb, the safe has become the stalwart of security for small and large businesses alike. The safe in a business protects precious property from the ruses of burglars. Though many monetary transactions are done electronically, many businesses still keep jewelry and large amounts of cash in safes.  People may also keep valuable documentation in their home or business safe. Over time, technology of safes has made it so they are much less difficult to heist than ever before.

The standards of safes has risen throughout the years, and so has the variety of types of safes. Safes are typically categorized by the following:

  • Burglar-resistance
  • Fire-resistance
  • Environmental resistance (e.g., to water or dust)
  • Type of lock (e.g., combination, key, time lock, electronic locking)
  • Location (e.g., wall safe, floor safe)

Types of Safes

Burglar-resistant – These types of safes are rated by the type of tools in the attack and the time of the attack. Attack increments are in 15 min., 30 min. and 60 min. Many of these safes have more complex locking systems than just a key lock, such as an electronic lock or a combination lock. Some more sophisticated ones might even have biometric locks.

Fire-resistant – A good majority of safes are now fire resistant. These are the best safes to use for protection of precious documents. Fire burns at approximately 1300 degrees F and a document will burn completely at approximately 451 degrees F. Fire resistant safes are rated by the time they can withstand the temperature of a fire: times range from 30 minutes to 120 minutes. The temperate inside the safe does not reach more than 351 degrees F.

Environmental resistant – Safes that provide environmental resistance are waterproof. It’s a good idea to put original documents or cash in such a safe. These safes can be submerged in water and nothing will happen to the things inside.

Diversion safe – A diversion safe is one that is made to look like a regular, everyday object such as a book.  This is to trick anyone that might come to heist the safe. This is a great idea for a residential or small office safe.

Wall Safes – Wall safes are usually to protect precious valuables like jewelry. These are often kept behind paintings to keep burglars from heisting the safe.

At Great Lakes Security Hardware, we have a safe to fit every need. We make sure that no one gets to your valuables but you!

Types of Safes