Types of Safes
Theft Prevention Boxes are metal boxes designed to discourage valuables from walking. They do not provide fire protection. Screwed to a shelf or drawer they are great for senior retirement apartments or student dorms.
Cash Drop Safes allow employees to drop cash into the safe without unlocking it. These are great for businesses and churches.
Wall Safes provide a convenient way to hide valuables. The ones designed to fit in existing walls provide limited space. However, if you're remodeling, there are wall safes that provide more room. Burglar and Fire models available.
Floor Safes are embedded in concrete to enhance their security. You'll probably need a contractor to install these.
Fire Safes are usually sheet metal with fire retardant material in the walls and door. Some materials form a moisture barrier when heated. If you have photos or stamp collections, you wouldn't want this. Look for a dry fire clay filling instead. Security in these safes improves with thicker sheet metal, better lock and bolt mechanism and temp/time rating. Again, these are meant to protect from fire - not burglary.
Burglar Safes are rated for penetration only. These safes are not for papers or items that would be harmed by heat or fire. The walls and door are made of different thicknesses of steel and bolts. The security improves with thicker steel, better lock and bolt mechanism. Ratings indicate the amount of time it took for professional safe crackers with the proper tools to penetrate and open the safe.
Burglar/Fire Safes are good all round safes. RSC Burglary is the UL residential rating. These safes pass a 1-hour or 2-hour fire test plus a test using professional burglary penetration tools. The amount of time it takes a professional, with knowledge of the drill points, to penetrate the safe determines the strength and rating of the safe.