You know you are a responsible adult when you start thinking about a safe to protect your valuables and important papers from theft and fire. Perhaps, like me, someone gave you a fireproof lockbox as a wedding gift and you have used it for all those important documents like birth & marriage certificates, insurance papers and your will. Other small valuables, such as rare coins or rarely worn jewelry may be placed there for safe keeping too. However, if you are really serious about protecting these things from fire and theft, there are many downsides to that box bought at a retail store.
Retail Fire Boxes Are Likely Not Enough
Our Virginia Key and Lock locksmith, Ryan Boggs, frequently receives service calls that require him to gain access to the contents of a lockbox or safe, in which the lock has broken – usually because the inside lock pieces are plastic and break easily. The difference between a safe you buy at the store versus one installed by Virginia Key and Lock, is the quality of the lock. We sell and install safes with all metal locks, but one you purchase at a store most likely has plastic pieces that frequently break, so the box will not open and you cannot get to those important documents and valuables, without the help of a professional.
A Virginia Key and Lock safe also has thicker walls that offer better protection from fire.
A professionally installed residential safe needs to be large enough to contain all the property you want to protect. If you have guns to secure a larger safe is necessary. We also bolt the safes to the floor so it is not stolen and then broken into at a later date.
Contact us at Virginia Key and Lock (804) 648-5301 to install the right safe for your needs. We install Amsec, Gardall, FireKing, and Liberty Safes. VKL is a division of Richmond Alarm Company, a security company with a longstanding reputation as the company you can trust in Virginia.