Between 2018 and 2019, approximately 2.4% of Australian households were broken into. Such incidences can be scary, especially if you do not have a means of protecting your family. It might explain why some people prefer to buy a licensed firearm. Nonetheless, owning a gun comes with a certain level of responsibility. A gun safe offers the best possible space to store a firearm away from children, burglars and unauthorised people. Here are some common mistakes to avoid when buying a gun safe.
Failure to Anchor a Safe
Most firearm owners assume that gun safes are too heavy for burglars to carry during a robbery. However, some robbers may decide to take the gun safe out of your home and pry it open elsewhere. A burglar is less likely to be intimidated by a gun safe that just sits under your desk or office corner. Therefore, you should think about anchoring a gun safe to a solid surface—either a wall or the floor—to make it harder or impossible to carry it from your office or home. You can anchor a gun safe yourself or hire a locksmith to do it on your behalf.
Overlooking a Digital Lock
Gun safes are available in several lock designs. Most safes have mechanical locks, biometric locks or a combination of the two. While a mechanical lock will keep your gun safe, you need to go beyond this first safety measure. Ideally, biometric locks provide better security than mechanical locks. Notably, gun safes with mechanical locks are easy to pick with the right tools. On the other hand, biometric or keypad locks allow firearm owners to change the password or code every few days. Therefore, even if someone gets hold of your password, they cannot access your firearm. That said, it is advisable to buy a gun safe that features a mechanical and a biometric lock.
Relying on Manufacturer's Size Description
When buying a gun safe, the manufacturer may be able to provide you with a brochure regarding various available sizes. However, it is essential to note that the sizes are based on the number of guns a safe can hold. That said, you may also decide to use a gun safe for other reasons. For instance, you might need to store files or other valuable items in the safe. Therefore, you may want to buy a gun safe that is slightly bigger than what you need for your firearm.
Contact a gun safe company for more information.