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Why do I need a safe?

A safe is the last line of defense for your valuables. It buys you time to protect your valuables. Most thieves are in a hurry and want to get out as quick as they got in. Many home burglaries last only 10 minutes. The best burglars are bold enough to do their job even with an alarm going off. Unfortunately, it can take police a long time to respond. It makes sense to put your most valued items in the right kinds of safe and Hill Street Lock and Key can help you have the confidence you need.

How do I choose the right kind of safe?

Safes bring peace of mind. The wrong safe just provides a false sense of security. The cheaper safes cost $100 - $300 and the higher end ones can cost $600 and above. You get what you pay for and no more. Our recommendation is to list of the possessions that will be placed in the safe and determine the size safe you'll need and the content value. Most people use these items to start their list:

  • • Cash
  • • Precious Metals (gold & silver)
  • • Collections (coin and stamp)
  • • Firearms & ammunition
  • • Jewelry
  • • Photography equipment
  • • Estate valuables, heirlooms
  • • Documents (trusts, wills, tax docs)
  • • From there, you should call Hill Street Lock and Key and speak with us about how to proceed.

What are the different types of safes?

Floor Safe - A floor safe is easy to conceal and designed to be embedded in the floor. A floor safe can be inconvenient to use and can fill up with water in a fire.

Wall Safe – A wall safe is usually placed in a convenient location. They are easy to conceal and are great as a second safe. The downside of wall safes are they are not very secure safes and susceptible to fire damage.

Vaults – A vault has a large area with walk in access. Modular vaults can be constructed virtually anywhere for the highest security requirements, but they can be rather expensive.

Are there special issues to consider when thinking of a floor safe?

If you are building a new home or office, make sure you have a safe designed into the plans. If not, forget the floor safe! Floor safes do not offer the convenience as other safes. If you have a fire, most in-the-floor safes will fill up with water as the house is hosed down, therefore, you will want to all water sensitive items in Tupperware or Ziplock baggies.

What is the difference between a burglary and a fire safe?

A fire safe protects from fire and a burglar safe protects from theft. Not all burglar safes are fire resistant. The most popular safes for home have both burglar and fire resistance.

Should I consider fire protection and how does it work?

When you have decided to purchase a safe, it pays to spend the extra money to get fire protection. There are different levels of fire ratings, ranging from 1200 degrees for 20 minutes to the highest level of 1700 degrees for 1 hour and above. More expensive concrete fire safes can provide up to a 2-hour rating and weigh more than twice as much as the normal home/office safe.
Contact Hill Street Lock and Key for more information.

Can I change the combination for my safe?

Many dial lock combination safes come with a preset combination from the factory. If you wish to change the combination Hill Street Lock and Key can help you! Electronic locks (digital keypad) are user friendly and the combination is easy to change whenever you desire. Please follow manufacturer instructions carefully. 

What happens if I loose or forget my combination?
 What happens if I loose or forget my combination?

You can contact Hill Street Lock and Key and we can perform the service for your or you can contact manufacturer of the safe.

How often do I need to change the batteries on my electronic lock?

It depends on how often you use your safe and how good the battery is. A good start would be annually.