You can deposit items into depository safes without openig them

Depository safes can accept deposits without having to open the safe.  This can be useful if you don’t want to grant access to the safe to your employees, or if your business deals with large amounts of cash — the cash can easily be deposited periodically throughout the day.  Depository safes have a slot or opening  on the front or top of the safe for making deposits.  Some have a rotary hopper like a corner mailbox.

Inside, baffles are attached to these openings in order to keep someone from “fishing” the contents back out of the safe.  It’s a good idea, however, to move the contents of a depository safe to a more secure location at night — because of the opening they’re not considered to be burglary proof.  For more information on depository safes.

Should Home Safes be UL Listed?

Hmmm, good question right?  You will often find that Home Safes are in two catagories. Factory Rated 1 hour fireproof home safes or UL listed 1 hour fireproof home safes.  Factory rated means that the factory has designed the safe for what they think it would take to pass a UL test or had a less reputable testing facility test the safe. 

The guys at Underwriters Labratory are the most abusive on a product.  I have seen some factory rated products pass at half the “factory rated time!”  Such as a 2 hour rated safe lasting for only 1 hour. 

I have also seen some companies that make a fireproof home safe sent to UL for testing then get passed at 1 hour. The design gets sent off to an ultra cheap overseas manufacture facility that cuts corners and doesn’t produce the safe properly so it would never pass the UL test again.  I often find these in the big box retailers.  I challange them to take one off the shelf and get it retested and see if it passes.

Always get the advise of an expert.  Start with your local locksmith and work your way out from there. Remember, even my opinion is just that…an opinion.

The depository safe can provide protection from robbery

If your business handles large amounts of cash or small valuables such as jewelry or coins, you could benefit from a depository safe.  Depository safes are designed to allow small items to be deposited into them without having to open the safe.  This way you don’t have to give your employees the combination to the safe.  If you deposit cash or other valuables throughout the day, then there’s less exposure if you’re robbed.

Depository safes usually have a slot in the top or front of the safe, or use a rotary hopper mechanism like a mailbox.  They have baffles attached to the openings to keep someone from “fishing” the contents back out through the opening.  It’s best to move the contents of a depository safe to a more secure location when your business is not open, as they are not very burglary-resistant.  For more information on the depository safe.