If you believe what you see on television, wall safes are for big stacks of cash from shady deals. In real life, that’s not the case. Almost everyone has important papers, jewelry, and other valuables that should be protected against theft, fire, or natural disaster. And a reasonable amount of cash gives people a secure feeling as well.
A safe that can be carried off isn’t a lot of help, and keeping your cash under the mattress is not a good idea. But some people don’t like to put their valuables in a bank safety deposit box, though that’s probably the best idea.
If you’re a person who feels better having all your valuables within reach, a wall safe designed for the home is a good choice for you. Compared with the cost of a safety deposit box, the price of a wall safe can be recouped in months or years, depending on what the bank charges.
Now comes Brinks, pioneer of commercial safes, with safes designed especially for the home. Made of heavy-gauge steel, it’s the next best thing to having your own little Fort Knox.
Home safes come with digital electronic locking systems with a key override. The locking system is reprogrammable so you can change it you need to. They are ideal for jewelry, documents and laptops.
The wall safes are built to fit inconspicuously behind a picture or in a closet wall. Dimensions of one model are 15 1/8 inches wide by 4 1/2 inches deep, and 21 1/2 inches tall. That is about six times the storage capacity of a standard safety deposit box.
Though they are very tough, they weigh only 40 pounds, are easy to install, and they sell for under $200.