Life is full of unpredictable moments that can put your valuables at risk. Break-ins, natural disasters, and even day-to-day life can risk the safety of essential documents, digital media, guns, heirlooms, and keeping jewelry safe. The question remains: how do you best keep your valuables safe?
There are a variety of safes that can help protect your valuables. Homeowners put locks on their homes to keep them safe - why not put a lock in front of your valuables? Whether disaster strikes as a flood, fire, or break-in, many different types of safes ensure your peace of mind.
With different types of safes, there also comes a variety of sizes and options. Knowing what each kind of safe is capable of compared to the others will help you to choose what safe is best for you correctly.
How do you choose the safe that is right for you? This article will help you learn more about the five different types of safes, including:
- Gun Safes
- Wall Safes
- In-Drawer Safes
- Fireproof Safes
- The Mini Safe
A gun safe is an excellent option for those who own guns for home security, hunting, or their profession. This type of safe ensures your firearm(s) will be kept out of reach from those who should not be handling the weapon, like your little ones.
There are many different sizes of gun safes, which allows you to purchase the one that will best fit your gun(s). Handguns will fit into smaller safes, while rifles and shotguns require a much larger gun safe.
Wall safes are a great option since they hide valuables away at home, with the safe installed in or on the wall. This type of safe can be installed in numerous ways to make it more secure to the wall. The more secured the wall is, the harder it is for a burglar to take the whole safe.
A wall safe is more accessible for the owner than a floor safe because it does not require them to kneel. As the names suggest, floor safes are installed on the floor, and wall safes are installed on the walls. While both offer particular advantages, wall safes are certainly the more accessible of the two options.
An in-drawer safe is kept in a drawer or drawer-like location and can be used as an office safe. In-drawer safes are an excellent option for those who want a secure site to store valuables inside their desk or dresser.
A great place to use this safe is at your office desk at work, though your home-office desk is by no means off the table. This safe will keep your valuables safely locked away in your desk drawer. It will lessen the chance of any valuables like your wallet or keys getting stolen, whether you install the safe at your work or home office.
Mycube offers a Biocube In-Drawer safe that uses proprietary biometric fingerprint technology that stores up to 10 fingerprints. It can be securely installed using pre-drilled bolt holes that the safe has.
A fireproof safe is designed to protect your irreplaceable values in the event of a fire. Most people store important documents such as birth certificates or even family heirlooms. These safes are designed more to protect against natural disasters than a burglar.
Fireproof safes are designed differently to provide an extra layer of fire protection. Fire-resistant safes actually have different layers to make up the fireproof properties. Be sure to check the fire rating before purchasing a fireproof safe.
While fires do not happen in every home, it is a risk that everyone needs to consider. Installing a fireproof safe will help give some peace of mind if this tragedy occurs.
The Mini Safe
A mini safe is a good lock box option for those who want to keep their valuables safe but do not necessarily have enough to need a full-size safe. They are also easier to keep hidden away than a full-size safe while maintaining a high level of security.
The Mycube Mini safe is an excellent option for your mini-safe needs. Weighing in at 35 pounds, it makes the perfect size to keep those valuables hidden away when you do not need much space. This mini safe has an illuminated digital keypad to add a personal and secure touch.
What Types of Lock Do You Need?
Now that you know about the different safes, you should learn about the various safe locks. You might be surprised by all of the options that are out there. Here is an overview of the most common types of locks:
- Biometric Lock
- Push-Button Keypad
- Smart-Phone Enabled Lock
- Key Lock for Backup
A fingerprint reader is an example of a biometric lock. Biometric locks are great for safety because no one will have the same fingerprint as you. Only the fingerprints programmed into the lock can access the safe, providing you guaranteed security and peace of mind.
Another benefit to using a biometric lock on your safe is that it is quicker than using a keypad or key lock. There is no need to fumble around on a keychain or recall a memorized code or password. With Biometric locks, all that's required is on-hand at all times.
A push-button keypad lock is great because you do not necessarily need a key to access the safe. This type of lock is classified as electronic because the battery powers it. All you need to access this safe lock is to enter your password.
This locking mechanism is commonly used in hotel safes because their password codes can be easily reset if needed. With many people checking into hotels, having a hotel safe with a custom code is a great amenity.
The downside to having an electronic lock such as this push-button keypad relies on battery life. If the battery were to run out, you would not be able to access the safe until it is replaced or charged.
Smart-Phone Enabled Lock
A smart-phone enabled lock is probably the most unique as it is controlled by your phone. The iCube safe is a great smart safe that utilizes this technology with the safe connecting to their secure cellular cloud.
This type of lock means you need a charged and readily available smartphone to unlock your safe. If your phone is dead, you will not be able to access your safe until it is changed.
Key Lock for Backup
Having a key lock for backup on the door lock can be very reliable because you do not have to depend on battery power. When looking at safes with a keypad entry, it could be a good idea to look for one with a key in case the battery life runs out when you need to access the safe.
Key locks for backup can also come in handy if you were to forget the code for your safety. With any safe, it's essential to remember that there is always the chance you could forget the code or have your phone battery die.
At-Home Safes With Commercial Safe Technology
Where do you look for a safe with all the different types of safes and even different lock options? There are plenty of opportunities for safes, many of which are good safe options. It is what works best for your needs. Here are some excellent safe options with various locking mechanisms for you to choose from.
Mycube has some excellent safe options for any need you might have. From fireproof safes to mini safes, Mycube has it all. Our best-selling safe, the Mycube Classic, comes in a convenient size with premium protection by using a digital keypad lock.
There are also a handful of biometric lock safes that Mycube has to offer. You can find five great options on our site, including:
Each of these safes offers different storage capacities and amenities for you to choose from, but they all store up to 10 different fingerprints for you to use.
Mycube offers a handful of other safes that have already been mentioned throughout this article. With many types of safes out there for you to choose from, make sure you do your research on what safe is best for you.
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