Drop safes are essential tools that provide security for your precious items, cash, jewelry, certificates, vintage adult pulp magazines etc. Many customers get into different kinds of problems after buying a drop safe. There are those who would regret their purchase because they decided to get a bigger one, or a smaller drop safe. Be a smart buyer and follow these guidelines before buying a drop safe.
- Decide what valuables you intend to store in your safe.
Most people keep cash, jewelry, guns, family heirlooms, or treasured letters in safes. There are also different kinds of safes available for your valuables. For instance, drop safes are used to store cash and small valuable items, while gun safes are used to store guns, bullets and other weaponry. Safes are sold in home depots in various shapes and sizes, complete with compartments, lights, drawers, and many more useful add-ons or excluding them. Do you want a smaller safe for money, or a bigger one for hoarding gold dug out from a buried treasure chest? It is always wise to buy a safe that’s bigger than what you think you need. It will provide you extra space for more valuables you wish to keep.
- Consider the type and level of security you need.
Drop safes come in different levels of security, from a medium safe lock to a high level security that incorporates biometrics. Small to medium level businesses that involve a small group of individuals would fare well with a drop safe of mid-level security. There are safes that come with anti-fishing slots, dual key locks, anti-pry doors and piano hinges, electronic audit trialing, remote locking mechanisms etc. Of course, you wouldn’t need all that to secure your collection of Pokémon cards from mischievous little brats, but large scale businesses would certainly benefit from these security features. Most safes are fire-proof and water-proof; they can secure your valuables in the event of a fire or flood, though their resistance to a dragon’s fireball is questionable.
- Where should you put your drop safes?
In a home environment, find the safest spot in your house where burglars would not dare to tip toe into, and install the drop safe there. Drop safes are usually attached to the walls or floors using secure bolts. Some even blend in house and office furniture. In the workplace, however, most depository safes are placed under the counters of business employees. If you are going to use your drop safe on a daily basis, pick a spot where it would be easily accessible to you. Some people tend to place their drop safes in their garages. Burglars often break into your home but stay clear of your garage; therefore it is advised to be a good place to hide your drop safe. Safes are often made of steel and are quite heavy. It is advisable to anchor your safes securely using epoxy anchor bolts. Moisture can rust the bolts over time, so periodically ensure that the bolts are not worn out.
- Set your price range
Be it cash, prized jewelry, or a bunch of important certificates, the purpose of purchasing a drop safe is to provide impenetrable security for your valuables. You can buy safes for as low as $150 or as much as $1,000 or even beyond. Cheap safes may indeed save you money, but they cannot secure your valuables safely from robbers, or in case of a fire. If you invested a good amount of money for your valuable, then you should also consider investing on a good quality drop safe for heightened security. As the adage goes, you get what you pay for.