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Things to Consider When Buying a Safe in Roanoke, VA

B&D Lock Co. Wants to Help Customers Make the Right Safe Choice

There are things to consider when buying a safe to protect your belongings in Roanoke, VA. We all want to protect our most valuable possessions like money, jewelry, guns, business contracts, and more. But theft, fires, flooding, and other dangers can put your prized belongings at risk if you leave them unprotected. That is why B&D Lock Co. strongly suggests that you should buy a safe to protect your valuable possessions. A safe is also a great way to secure your guns away from curious children and avoiding a possible disaster. We can sell and install a safe at your home or business.

B&D Lock Co. has many years of experience in selling and installing safes to homeowners and business owners in the region. When you search for the right type of safe, you should approach the purchase as an investment. We provide the following tips will help you as you make the right safe purchase.

Spend 10 Percent of the Cost of What You’re Storing

You may wonder what you should invest in a safe. A good rule is to spend 10 percent of the cost of what you are protecting. As an example, if you are storing away $20,000 worth of valuables, you should spend at least $2,000 on a safe. If you are protecting $50,000 worth of items, you should spend at least $5,000. You get the picture. At B&D Lock Co., we have a wide variety of safes, including a commercial BF-rated safe and home safes. You are really removing a zero from the cost of the jewelry, money, or guns you are locking away. If you add to your valuables in the future, it is a good idea to upgrade to another safe.

A Heavy Safe Makes it Difficult for a Burglar to Move it

You will want to consider the weight of the safe. One of the first ways a thief attempts to breach your safe is they will try to take it and open it at another location. If you have a heavy safe, it makes it more difficult for the thief to take or even move. Don’t make it easy for the intruder to take the safe. The weight of the safe also gives it more security. If the burglar attempts to cut open or pry open the safe, a heavy safe with thick walls will be hard to penetrate.

Consider Anchoring the Safe to the Floor or Wall

As an added layer of protection to a heavy safe, consider anchoring the safe to the floor or to a wall. Like we said, a burglar will try to take the safe first, especially if they don’t have the tools to breach it. The best time to fortify your commercial BF-rated safe or home safe is during the installation. If you buy a safe from B&D Lock Co, we can install the safe at your home or business. We can also help you out with the anchoring of the safe. You might have to drill into the bottom of the safe for mounting purposes.

Know the Differences in the Types of Safes

You should do your homework on the differences in safes. Are you familiar with a home safe, gun and cash vault, commercial BF-rated safe, or a fire-rated safe? A Burglary-rated safe doesn’t have the same types of protection as a fire-rated safe. You need to think about why you are getting the safe. The professionals at B&D Lock Co., can help with you with the decision and show you the differences in the safes.

Types of Safes We Offer

  • Gun and Cash Vaults
  • Home Safe
  • Commercial BF-Rated Safe
  • Cash Safe – Night Drop Vault
  • Wall and Floor Safes
  • Can Safe
  • Two-hour Document Safe
  • Key Cabinets – 20 to 300 Capacities
  • Fire-Rated Safe
  • Book Safe
  • Wall Switch Safe
  • Key Cabinets
  • Hide-A-Keys
  • Safety Deposit Locks
  • Dial Parts
  • Combo Locks
  • Digital Locks
  • Safe Dehumidifiers

Stay Aware of the Exterior and Interior Humidity

Almost every safe is susceptible to exterior and interior moisture concerns. If you are installing a home safe in a room with a high level of humidity, be proactive. Buy a dehumidifier along with your fire-rated safe to regulate the humidity. Some areas might be humid, but there could some rooms in the house or business that are vulnerable to humidity. This is big concern for gun owners, but humidity will affect other safes, too. The interior of a safe can be very vulnerable to humidity, especially if you don’t open it much. First Alert offers some advice on preventing humidity from taking over the interior of your safe.

“To help prevent this from happening, you should plan to air your safe out at least every two weeks for a minimum of 20 minutes each time. If your safe is still in good condition, invest in a small packet of silica gel, the same packets that are used to keep moisture out of boxes and bags. It will help absorb moisture in your safe. Delicate items like pictures or intricate jewelry should be placed in an air-tight container or bag before you put them into your safe to avoid any damage.”

Source: How To Maintain Your Safe | Moisture Control for Safes (

Choose the Right Lock Option for Your Safe

You will need to consider what lock option you want. You have to decide whether you want the manual dial option or the electronic lock option. If you are worried about a burglary, you should limit the ways you can open the safe. You can open the safe faster with electronic locks, but you have to make sure the battery is working. If the electronic lock shorts out, your safe won’t open. If you choose a manual dial lock, you have to remember the combination or have it written down somewhere. B&D Lock Co. in Roanoke, VA, can work with you to make the right choice.

For more information on safes, give B&D Lock Co. a call at (540) 563-1101. We will be happy to help you make your purchase with us. Ask us about the things to consider when buying a safe.