Safe & Vault Shop – Secure Your Valuables
So you are thinking about getting a safe but have no idea what to look for or where to start. Well you came to the right place. At Action Lock we can help you find the right safe to meet your individual needs and keep it within the price range you should be looking at.
Some people are under the misunderstanding that safes are only for the rich who have lots of cash to hoard, as opposed to hiding it under the mattress. This could not be further from the truth. In the first place we do not recommend using a safe to hide tons of cash. A safe is like an insurance policy. It is there to help guard you from the dangers of theft, flood, and fire or in a state of emergency; a place that you have to keep everything that is essential and important to you. If you were to be hit right now by any of those misfortunes what would you want that was easy to access, readily available, safe and protected.
A SAFE IS SOMETHING THAT EVERY HOME SHOULD HAVE
What Does a Safe Provide?
There are several types of safes available for very different items; however, they all provide the same basic functions.
- Security – preventing and protecting items from dangers such as theft or fire. In the case of a gun safe, it secures the item and prevents the gun from being used by the wrong person at the wrong time, therefore preventing the potential injury of another person.
- Safety – keeps items safe and out of harm’s way
- Peace of Mind – A Safe allows you to store valuables that are virtually irreplaceable, or in an emergency are essential that you know exactly where those assets are kept; have quick access to them, and never need to worry that they could be destroyed or fall into the wrong hands
As a Homeowner the top 10 reasons why you should own a safe are:
- Property insurance policies and agent contact information. You’ll need this information right away if your house suffers damage in a fire.
- Passports and original birth certificates & SIN cards. These can be a hassle to replace and will come in handy to establish your identity for other purposes. The banks charge a monthly fee for their storage of your items and may not be available when you need access to those items and documents i.e. weekends and evening
- CDs or an external hard drive containing digital copies of all family photos. It’s a good idea to scan all older family photos and keep a digital copy of them as well. Your family memories in photographs are irreplaceable.
- Important papers related to investments, retirement plans, bank accounts etc. Because you may need ready access to funds. Copy of wills and all wills in which you are designated the executor. It’s important to have access to these as safe deposit boxes are typically sealed upon notification of the box owner’s death.
- You have firearms or other dangerous items that require secure storage by law
- Spare Keys and titles to all vehicles: It helps to know where copies are in the case that you need them.
- Valuables: Jewelry, coins, cash, etc. that you may want access to from time to time. The contents of a safety deposit boxes, at the bank, are not generally insured.
- Information on your outstanding debts, due dates, and contact information. It’s important to protect your credit even in the event you’re displaced by a fire.
- A list of family doctors and prescription medications. You may need these to get new supplies of medications you use on a regular basis. (Keeping extra medication for an emergency is a good idea as well.)
- Copies of your important legal documents. These include powers of attorney, living wills, and health care proxies-both for you and for anyone else for whom you are designated attorney-in-fact or health care surrogate.
As a Business owner having a safe is important if:
- You operate a business that uses a lot of cash
- You want to prevent prying eyes from accessing media or paperwork
- Want to keep items such as Keys locked up
As mentioned above, a Safe is not just for the wealthy; nor is it something that people get for jewelry or items that just have a large dollar amount attached to them. Today one of the biggest concerns is identity theft. In 2018, there were 10.11 incidents of identity theft per 100,000 residents in Canada. We are living in an age where it has become more important than ever to guard our personal information (whether on paper or digital media) then it is to guard a piece of jewelry.
What Size and Style Should I Get?
So now that you better understand why you should have a safe, the question becomes what kind should I get. Safes come in a variety of different styles, materials and weights. Some safes can be purchased at department stores for low prices but that is not necessarily the smartest way to go. A good rule of thumb when it comes to buying a safe, or lock for that matter, is to look at how valuable the items you are safeguarding or locking up are worth. This could be in terms of dollar value or of sentimental value. How much would it cost to replace the items you want kept safe? Can you even put a dollar value on the item? If you are locking something up that has a value of under $80.00 then purchasing a safe for $400.00 is not really necessary. However, if you are locking up something that has a value of $2000.00 or more, ideally you would NOT want it locked up in a safe that cost you $100.00.
The key to buying the right safe lies in knowing what or who you want to guard the items inside from. Is it just a place to keep some items that you don’t want your children to get into, or do you live in a flood zone and are worried that your main floor may end up underwater someday?
If your number one concern is theft then your basic B-Rated Burglary Safe will do. If you are concerned about Fire as well then Fire and Burglary Rated Safe is ideal. Before I show you our basic B-rated Burglary Safes, I should explain a little about Safes and their Ratings.
How Do I Know What Grade of Safe to Get?
Underwriter’s Laboratory: an organization that has dedicated itself to educating businesses and the public about safety and performance of products for over 100 years. They have devised a system where a Code represents a testable safety or performance standard to show a consumer what proficiency their product is capable of doing.
If a safe has a U/L rating, it has been tested and certified by the underwriter’s laboratory and assigned a code that appropriately describes what sort of protection you will receive for that specific product.
For Burglary Rating
Grade Protection Features
RSC $5000 The door successfully resists entry for 5 minutes when attacked with
(TL-5) common hand & electric tools of rigorous prying ,drilling, punching, chiseling and tampering attacks by UL technicians.
B Rated $10,000 Steel doors less than 1” thick and steel body less than ½ “thick.
C Rated $30,000 Steel doors less than 1” thick and steel body at least ½ “thick.
TL-15 $200,000 The door successfully resists entry for 15 minutes when attacked with common hand & electric tools & includes anchorage.
TL-30 $375,000 The door resists the same attack as TL-15 for 30 minutes
TL-30×6 $1,000,000 The entire safe resists the attacks described for TL-30
NOTE: Add TR for torch resistance and TX for explosives resistance to a burglary safe
NOTE: If a safe has a B or C rating it has not been tested or certified by the underwriter’s laboratory, (insurance companies will often not usually accept a B or C rating depending on what or where the safe is being used for)
For Fire Rating
Grade Protection Features
350-1 Paper A UL 72 Class 350 1 Hour rated safe is the most widely recognized industry standard for commercial quality fire safes. This rating is given when a safe demonstrates an internal temperature that does not exceed 350 degrees F for up to 60 minutes even when exposed to external temperatures of over 1700 degrees. Safes with this “records protection equipment rating” are meant to store only paper documents and files.
250-1 Paper Internal temperature will not exceed 250`F when fired for 1 hour
250-2 Paper Internal temperature will not exceed 250`F when fired for 2 hours
150-1 Media Internal temperature will not exceed 150`F when fired for 1 hour
150-2 Media Internal temperature will not exceed 150`F when fired for 2 hours
125-1 Media Internal temperature will not exceed 125`F when fired for 1 hour
We Provide Safes and Vaults for Residential and Commercial Applications.
- Wall Safes
- Fire & Burglary Safes
- In Floor Safes
- Data Media Safes
- Defense Vault Safes
- Depository & Drop Safes
- Hotel Safes
- Gun Safes
- Fire Resistant Filing Cabinets