Wall-mounted safes are built into the wall, which allows for them to be hidden behind another object for increased security. They must be installed in a wall that is at least two-inches by four-inches thick, a criteria that most residential and commercial structures meet. These are a good choice to hold important documents, files, jewelry, and small firearms.
Under-desk safes can be anchored to the floor or the underside of a counter with bolts so they cannot be easily removed. These are primarily used to enable employees to make quick deposits in a retail or restaurant environment without them having access to the safe. They can also be used for other types of secure deposit storage, such as a drop box for hotel guests to leave room keys in as they leave.
After you decide which type will work best in your establishment, the next consideration is size. Dimensions are given in both interior cubic feet and interior dimensions, which allows you to determine if it will accommodate what you need it to hold. Because these models have a compact exterior, they typically have less than one cubic foot of interior space. Interior dimensions of wall units are between one and two feet high and wide, but only a few inches deep at most. Under-desk models have more variation, but are typically smaller than one foot in all three dimensions. Measure the largest items you intend on storing in your safe to ensure you'll have room for them.
There are two types of locks available on these safes: electronic and key operated.
- Electronic locks have been growing in popularity. They're more secure than key locks, since a key can be stolen or lost. Unlike manual combination locks, this type allows the combination to be changed without having to call a locksmith. Manager functions and multiple employee codes allow for greater control of access.
- Key locks can be opened with a single twist of a key, providing easy access. Many establishments prefer this type because managers do not have to remember a combination and can temporarily give an employee the key to open the safe.