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Smart Safes for Your Sidearm

blog-default If you own a firearm of any kind, it needs to be locked up any time it's NOT being used. With items as dangerous – not to mention costly – as firearms, it's best to keep them as secure as possible. Gun safes have been around for many years, but only recently have they been integrated with technology.  Investing in a safe for your firearm will help to keep firearms out of the wrong hands.

Why You Need a Safe for your Firearm

A safe may very likely keep your firearms secure from break-ins or house fires. Since they’re both expensive and desirable, firearms are one of the most common possessions stolen from homes. That being said, if you don't have them locked up, you're almost asking for them to be stolen. A gun safe will also help keep your firearms out of the hands of children or simply from friends or family that you don't want handling your firearms.

Why Get a Smart Safe?

When it comes to gun safes, you want the best, most advanced safe you can find. This will help keep your guns out of wrong hands – but did you know that you could procure a “Smart Safe?” Smart safes can be linked to your Smart Home security system and react to your home's security system. Smart safes can often be accessed from your smartphone -- just like your home's security system. A normal gun safe is designed to keep people away from your guns, but a determined person may be able to crack the safe. The purpose of the Smart Safe, however, is to keep intruders preoccupied long enough (attempting to break in the safe) for the authorities to arrive. Smart safes work perfectly for this because they can notify the security company or your phone if there is a breach.

Types of Smart Safes

There are many different types of smart safes to choose from, and each of these safes has different capabilities and features. Because of the wealth of options, you’ll need to sift through them to find the one that’s right for you and your home. Not all smart safes will be able to connect to your home security. However, many have a fingerprint scanner, RFID capabilities, and biometric technology. These safes can be customized and programmed to work in certain ways, and they will do the best at helping to keep your weapons safe.

What to Look for in a Safe

If you’ve never shopped for a gun safe before, or you need to upgrade and don't know where to start, there are a few things you need to do. First, you need to consider a safe’s Underwriters Laboratories (UL) rating. There are many different UL ratings, and you should find one that will suit your needs. After researching the UL ratings, research user reviews of safes you’re interested in. If it's a well-reviewed safe, it's probably a good choice. Lastly, talk with someone at a place that sells or makes gun safes. Ask them what kind of gun safe they own and why. Expert opinion is one of the best ways to find out if something is worth buying. Gun ownership is a big responsibility and one of those responsibilities includes gun storage. Obtaining a safe is not only a great idea, but most gun owners would argue that it’s a necessity. Choosing the right safe for your firearm may seem overwhelming at first, but the number of resources at your disposal will hopefully make your life a little easier. Just remember to never “settle” on a particular choice and always get a 2nd opinion.