Choosing the Best Safe

If you’re looking to purchase a safe to protect property at your home or business, you might be a bit overwhelmed by the sheer amount of safe options out there on the market. With this purchase, we stress the importance of investing smartly in a safe that will provide you with powerful and long lasting security, while also fitting within your budgetary requirements. Here’s a guide to choosing the best safe, as prepared by the security experts here at Golden Locksmith.

Considerations for Safe Choice


This will be a fixed consideration in your budget that will help determine what model of safe you can purchase. However, we recommend buying a lower-priced high security safe, rather than the (possibly even lower priced) top range of a medium security safe, as you will simply be receiving a better product.

Door Thickness

This vital consideration determines how safe your safe truly is. You want to consider the thickness of the metal covering the safe’s door. The best type of door thickness involves the attachment of a solid steel plate over the entire door of the safe – the next best option is a solid steel drilling-protected plate around the door’s lock – and worst of all, compressed sheet petal pressed around the safe. Don’t expect the type of gun safes provided by stores like Target to provide you with any true security, as their thin metal construction can be easily pried open.

Side Thickness

The sides of your safes also need to be protected with a thick piece of metal – a consideration often ignored by the makers of cheaper safes that are often protected with simple plastic or thin metal. The best safe side protection you can get consists of the use of a concrete slurry around the side of the safe, rather than a fire board, as a way to make the safe fire rated. Cement composites provide much higher levels of security rather than single-concrete-material or fireboard siding.

Bolt Protection

You want to make sure that your bolt is as thick, long, and made of solid metal as possible. The larger the bolt, and the more reinforced it is, the higher degree of protection it will provide your belongings when a prying attempt is made on your safe door.


Weight per volume of the safe will help yell you which safe has better construction. Comparing safes of similar sizes, the safe that is heavier is always the one that is better constructed. It helps tell you which safe has overall variables of heftier construction, when it comes to the securement of bolts, the metal materials used, and the thickness of those materials. Always choose the heavier safe.