How do Fingerprint Safes Protect your Valuables?

We are all concerned about the safety of our most valuable jewellery, important papers and other cherished items. Finding the best solution for storing them can be difficult however. There are many secure storage devices available today but each one has its drawbacks. We need something we can rely upon so that we can sleep with peace of mind. Advances in technology have bought about some very effective methods however. One of them is the biometric fingerprint safe.

Most safes use combination locks, keys and keypads to gain access. A fingerprint safe on the other hand opens only when it correctly identifies one of a list of fingerprints it has been pre programmed to recognise. Many models can read and accept about 10 different fingerprints.

A scanner is employed to read the details of your print. There are two main types of scanner available, the optical scanner which takes a picture of the print rather, and a capacitive scanner which incorporates thousands of minute electrical circuits that pass a current only when a ridge of the fingerprint is in contact with the scanner. In this way, an overall picture of the print can be built up. In relative terms, the optical version is much easier to fool. You could take a copy of a print left on a glass, transfer it to paper and this should be enough to gain access.

Despite the technology used, there is remarkably little difference in the cost of acquiring a fingerprint safe compared with a standard key or combination locking model of a similar specification. The natural assumption is that one should go with the advanced features of a fingerprint safe for protecting your valuables but there are some limitations and risks. The most notable of these is a situation where the safe needs to be opened in an emergency but the individual with access is not present.

Some models make use of a key option as a backup to the fingerprint in case the individual with the access fingerprint is unavailable. An alternative system uses a key as an additional level of security rather than as another option to biometric access.

As with all safes, it is important to consider their own security. How easy is it to simply walk off with the safe and decide how to open it later? A wall safe with strong fastening is a good deterrent here. Also check the fire and water resistance. Protecting against theft is one concern but so is damage or loss through fire and flood.

Despite certain reservations, this option remains one of several reasonable alternatives to protect your important items from burglary or indeed keeping them out of reach of your children. Firearms and medicines spring to mind here. Although a relatively new technology is employed, fingerprint safes are practical, secure and reliable for home and office use. More details of safe and secure storage options are available here

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