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How Burglary Safes Can Be Used More Effectively

Updated: 06/26/2024
Use Burglary Safes Effectively

Burglary safes are one of the most effective ways to protect items that need to be kept in your home or at your business premises. It still makes sense to remove as many items as possible, put them in places where they will be under constant round-the-clock supervision, and take other steps to protect items and data that can be duplicated. Anything from which an identical copy can be created can effectively be saved in an electronic storage system, including off-site cloud storage.

Burglaries can occur in both domestic and commercial premises, and each presents different challenges and opportunities to the potential intruder. A home is less likely to have professional standard security, although the homes of those with the most valuable property will often have one. Commercial property is less likely to be left empty and unwatched, but the potential intruder often has the opportunity to visit the premises legitimately before attempting to break in. A home break-in carries more risk of sudden disturbance as the behavior of the occupants is less predictable, but any light shining in a commercial building outside of hours is likely to arouse more suspicion from onlookers.

Analyzing the problems faced by a potential intruder, and their thought process, is the key to making life as difficult as possible for them. The safe itself needs to be made of a material that fits the type of goods stored inside. It would not be sensible to spend ridiculous amounts of money just to protect items of no sentimental value and only limited financial value. Still, if the value of the goods is high enough, the safe should be the toughest you can find. It should also be located in a place that will pose the greatest problem to the potential intruder.

Once burglary safes have been installed in the right location, there is a need to introduce further protection for the safe itself. Locating it in an area where it is not visible will mean that only those who know of its existence are likely to find it. Protecting the safe behind security doors will add another layer that will slow the potential intruder down. Each barrier that the intruder needs to pass through should be configured to send an emergency signal to the owner of the property when it is breached, and cameras should be taking videos which are sent to a remote location.

Safes are sometimes used to store documents and data media. While it makes sense to store documents such as passports that cannot be duplicated in as secure a place as possible, storing regular media in safes is probably not a good idea. Although the chances of an intruder breaking in are slim, it does happen and once information has leaked out, there is no way to repair the damage. Storing data in remote locations often makes more sense, and the most important tip of all is to use secure encryption.

The entry systems used in burglary safes are changing constantly and being made more effective. For over a century, the same type of combination lock was used in both commercial and domestic safes of all sizes. These safes are still being made, and there are thousands of them on the used safe market, but they are gradually being phased out. A locking system with a digital numeric keypad is far harder for an intruder to break as the code cannot be detected in the same way. The latest safes add fingerprint recognition to the digital PIN, creating the highest degree of safety ever seen in burglary safes.

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