Safes are the standard security measure for protecting valuable assets. Whether inside your private home or business, a safe can give you the insurance that your precious items are secure. There are a wide variety of types and categories of safes that consumers can choose from - in varying degrees of structural integrity, and specific qualities. Below, I will describe the few different types of safes available for consumers, so you can figure out which category of safe suits your needs best.
Deposit or Drop Safes
These types of safes are especially popular in retail or restaurant environments. They provide the ability for any employee to deposit cash or important documents without allowing access to the main safe compartment. In almost all drop safes there is a door located at the top of the safe that can be opened to allow the deposit of precious items into the secure body of the safe - only accessible by key to authorized individuals.
Fire Rated Safes
These freestanding safes are designed to protect their contents in the case of a fire. They provide the security of knowing that your assets are safely protected, while in the unfortunate case of a fire, you can concentrate on the physical health and safety of your employees, patrons, or family. They are rated to last for a specific period of time determined by their manufacturer.
These safes are common in retail and restaurant sectors - they can be bolted to the floor or left freestanding, and are often fire rated as well. They are drop tested to ensure that nobody can access the safe’s contents through repeated dropping.
Data or Media Safes
Information stored in any electronic device can be deleted by temperature increases. Paper inside safes can withstand temperatures up to 350 degrees, while electronic data can only withstand temperatures less than 125 degrees Fahrenheit. Data safes are made to be heat proof to protect the important and priceless information from any sort of high temperature or environmental damage.
In Floor Safes
These safes can be concealed in the ground under a protective/hiding layer of concrete. This is a popular choice in industrial or commercial fields due to the added security feature of it’s protective layering under a false floor.
High Security Safes
These robustly secure commercial safes are the highest security that you can find. These include the TL or TR categories of safes. These safes include multiple barrier levels to prevent drilling, and have additional locking mechanisms that are deployed upon detection of attempted forced entry. The additional security of these safes are often reflected in their steep prices - however for people with assets of the utmost importance, the investment could be worth the peace of mind.