When it comes to protecting your most valuable possessions, getting a locksmith to provide a deadbolt lock installation isn’t always enough. Some homeowners feel far more comfortable when they have a safe. Here are four oft-asked questions about how to choose a model that suits your needs.

Top FAQ on Residential Safes

What types of home safes are available?

There are three main types of safes available for homeowners: those that offer fire resistance, those that protect against thieves, and those that protect against both threats. Fire-resistant safes keep contents at a stable temperature in the event of disaster, while anti-theft safes use heavier doors and other countermeasures to deter burglars. Not surprisingly, safes that combine both fire and theft resistance are more expensive, but they offer the best level of protection. Some safes also offer water resistance. Pricing will also increase with size. 

What do ratings mean?  

locksmithJust like a locksmith will use lock grades to determine which options are best suited for a door, you can also use safe ratings to find high-quality safes. Fire resistance is rated based on how long the safe can withstand flame and what temperature it can maintain within its interior, typically anywhere from 30 to 150 minutes. Burglary resistance is typically rated with “TL” followed by a number. The higher the number, the longer it would take a thief to pick the lock. 

How do I choose a material? 

The bodies and doors of most safes are made of steel. The thickness of the steel is measured in gauges. The thicker it is, the more strength it provides. There are different gauge systems depending on the type of steel alloy, but most run from 7 to 28, with the lower end of the spectrum offering greater sturdiness. 

What lock types are available?  

Most safes come with combination locks, keys, or both. While generally secure, each have their downsides. Keys can be misplaced or stolen, while codes can be forgotten or compromised if shared or written down. A third high-tech option is a biometric safe, which scans your fingerprint and relies on long-lasting batteries for power, but these are relatively expensive and may require more upkeep than other varieties. Ask your locksmith for vault security recommendations. 

How can I install my unit? 

While there are many freestanding models, you can opt for hidden, wall-mounted, or floor-mounted units for additional security and stability. 


If you need help with lock repair or access for a home safe or vault, trust Competition Locksmith to get the job done. Serving Suffolk County, NY with 24/7 emergency service, the expert technicians at this company have more than 10 years of experience in keeping homes and valuables secure. To learn more about their locksmith services, visit them online or call (631) 807-1366.