Depository safes, or drop safes, are a great way to store your cash safely before getting it to a bank. Its loading mechanism prevents anyone from taking money out of the opening, or hopper, and the locked compartment means you are the only one who can get to your money… unless you give away the key or the code to someone else.
It is also a good way to prevent thieves from stealing your money in the blink of an eye, since depository safes are very hard to crack in a short period of time. With multiple access doors as well as locks, you can rest easy knowing that the only way your money will get out of the safe is if someone gets the key or the code from you.
If you are thinking of buying depository safes, here are a few things to consider:
• The drop slot. When buying a drop safe, it is important to look at how the drop slot is configured. Does it have “anti-fishing” features, such as jagged edges on the slot to prevent fishing? Is it working properly?
• Size of the drop safe. Think of the size you will get, making sure it suits your business needs. If you need your drop safe to be underneath the counter, you might want to get a small unit. If you want it to be in a more secure place, then you can consider getting a bigger drop safe.
• Loading the drop safe. It is also important to look at how the drop safe is loaded. Front-loading drops, or hoppers, are the most popular choice as they are easy to manage, but there are also rear-loading as well as top-loading drop safes with a rotary hopper. In general, rotaries are the best because of their size, which gives you an extra layer of security.
• Security options. Pore through whatever security features you can put into your drop safe. Here are a few suggestions:
- Silent alarm: This kind of alarm notifies the authorities without letting the burglars know your employees are doing so.
- Electronic lock: Combination locks are good, but you have to get a locksmith, or a manufacturer, to reset them in case you need to change the combination. Electronic locks are a great way of getting around this problem, especially when you change employees more often.
- Biometric lock: It is probably the most secure kind of lock that’s readily available. This ensures that there are only a few people who can open the lock. The fewer the people that have their biometrics registered, the better.
- Time-delayed entry lock: You see it all the time in banks. Time delayed entry locks are a great way of making sure burglars can’t demand for your safe to be opened anytime they want to. The same technology can now be applied to these safes. This is a good alternative if you don’t have the money for biometric locks.
• Pre-drilled holes. Consider getting drop safes that have pre-drilled holes for better theft control. Drop safes are heavy as they are, but if you can have the safe bolted down onto the floor, it makes them even harder to take. Try getting something that is both heavy and bolted down to the floor and you will see the difference from something that is not bolted down.
Apart from these, there is the normal procedure of going through the basics: the thickness of the steel, entry convenience, re-lockers, Underwriters Laboratories (UL) ratings, etc. Ultimately, the final deciding factor is what you are going to use it for. If it is for a small-scale business, such as a small convenience store or storing rent money, it’s best to get something small, or not get depository safes at all. If, however, your needs are far greater than simple storage, getting depository safes would be the best decision you will ever make.