1. Choosing a Safe That's Too Heavy or Too LightThe weight of the safe should be a factor you consider, and the weight you choose will be dependant on where you plan on installing the safe. Be cautious when selecting a new floor safe for the upper floor of your home: if you choose a heavy safe, you risk damaging your floor and you also create a safety hazard. But keep in mind that if you choose a safe that's too light, it makes it easy for burglars to walk away with it. If your safe is not particularly heavy, consider bolting it in place for extra security.
2. Choosing the Wrong Size SafeAnother consideration you'll need to make is the safe’s capacity. A good rule of thumb is to think about all of the things you want to keep in your safe, and then measure the space you have to store your safe. These considerations will help you make a good judgment call on the safe size you need. If you have the room, buy a bigger safe than you think you may need. You never know when you might find another valuable possession or an important document that you want to keep secure in your safe.
3. Selecting the Wrong Type of SafeThere's no “one-size-fits-all” safe, and so the items you want to store in the safe will dictate the safe that's right for you. For instance:
- A wall safe is great for storing files and paperwork, but these safes can't support much weight. You shouldn’t use wall safes for all of your belongings.
- Floor safes are a good bet for storing jewelry, precious metals, and hard drives. But most floor safes are not fire resistant.
- Gun and pistol safes are specifically designed to store guns. They feature pry-proof materials and complex locking technology to reduce access or the risk of an accident.
- Burglary safes are made using thick steel to minimize the chances of anyone breaking into your safe and taking your valuables.
- Fire-resistant safes and moisture-resistant safes protect valuables from water, heat, and smoke damage. Keep in mind that these types of safes are designed for fire or moisture resistance and not for burglary resistance.