What to Look for in a Safe
Choosing the right safe means understanding what kind of defense you and your family need. While your primary concern may be protecting your jewelry from potential thieves, a neighboring gun owner may value a safe for child protection.
So, what should you look for in a home safe? Here are six questions you can use to assess your needs before buying a safe.
1. Do I want a safe that can protect children from firearms?
Guns in the family? Many children in the United States have access to firearms. Fortunately, gun owners can help avoid tragic outcomes by keeping guns and ammunition locked securely inside a safe.
If you need a firearm safe, you’ll want to determine the appropriate type of safe for your guns. Do you have several large firearms? Do you need adjustable gun shelves or a door organizer for smaller guns and gun accessories? If you plan to purchase additional guns in the future, selecting a large safe now could save you time, money and hassle down the road.
Whether you’re adding a child to your family or welcoming grandchildren into your house, a gun safe is a necessary safety step for responsible gun owners.
2. Am I concerned about amateur break-ins?
Not all burglars are created equal—some are more capable, cunning or skilled than others. However, this doesn’t mean a new criminal is less of a security threat. Amateur burglars typically use force and violence to get inside homes—and they’re happy to take anything that isn’t bolted to the floor or carefully hidden.
If you want to deter smash-and-grab thieves, look for a safe with anti-pry tabs, or reinforced brackets installed on the top and bottom pin-bar supports. Anti-pry tabs provide up to 400% more strength during a pry attack—meaning a reckless, unpredictable burglar with a crowbar is likely to slink away empty-handed.
3. Am I concerned about professional thieves?
Professional thieves are after money, guns and high-end items such as jewelry or electronics. If a professional burglar sets out to break into your home, he or she will usually succeed. If you have a variety of valuable possessions in your home, you may be at risk of experiencing a professional burglary.
Protect your valuables from expert thieves by choosing a safe with dual re-lockers. Designed as a backup plan to the backup plan, dual re-lockers trigger a spring-loaded mechanism if a burglar defeats the safe’s primary lock. Dual re-lockers ensure the safe remains locked.
4. Do I travel or spend long periods of time away from home?
Are you always on the road? Spend late nights stuck at work, only to wake up bright and early for your shift in the morning? Maybe you spend the bulk of your days in class or studying at the library?
If you want to make sure your valuables are always secure when you’re not home, it may be time to invest in a safe. If you’re living in a college dorm and sharing your space with roommates, personal safes make it easy to protect cash, credit cards, debit cards, small electronics and other hard-to-replace items.
5. What if a natural disaster strikes?
Natural disasters—tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and wildfires—destroy property and cause stress for all victims involved. A reliable, durable safe can be the protection you need against high winds and smoke damage. While home safes cannot guarantee the protection of valuables from all natural disasters they can give you more protection and peace of mind than not having one at all. In the unfortunate event that a natural disaster does affect your family, Cannon Safe provides a lifetime warranty in which we will repair or replace your safe at no cost to you after a fire, natural flood, or burglary.
Choosing a safe also means choosing a safe company with a dedicated customer service team. If you’ve experienced a weather-related tragedy, you need the peace of mind that comes with a lifetime warranty. Plan for the worst now—select a company who stands behind its safes with a repair and replacement promise.
6. Where can I shop for home safes near me?
Selecting a safe is an important task—but it doesn’t have to be difficult. As you research safes, browse safes online to determine the features, style, size, and weight you’ll need. Visit a local retailer to see and feel a variety of safe options so you can make the best decision for your family.