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Mastering Safe Security: Choosing the Right Safe for Your Needs


When it comes to securing your valuables, choosing the right safe is crucial. Whether you're a business owner guarding against theft or a homeowner protecting personal treasures, understanding the various types of safes and their security ratings is essential. In this guide, we'll explore top brands like INKAS®, USCAN, and Brawn Security Safes, discuss their purposes, and decode what those complex ratings actually mean. Plus, we'll offer practical advice on selecting the perfect safe for your needs. Let's secure your peace of mind with the ideal safe solution from Calgary Lock & Safe.


Brands and Their Safes: What’s Right for You?

  • INKAS® Safes: Renowned for their durability, INKAS® offers safes like the Neptune, Callisto, Jupiter, Titan, and Saturn series. These are ideal for high-security needs, especially in commercial environments. The UL TL-15 and TL-30 ratings mean they can withstand attacks using tools for 15 to 30 minutes, respectively. The Jupiter and Saturn models even boast a TRTL-30x6 rating, offering advanced protection against torch and tool attacks from all sides.

  • USCAN Designer Series: These safes are designed with residential use in mind, featuring fire resistance and stylish, lightweight designs perfect for storing jewelry and important documents. They come equipped with electronic locks and provide one-hour fire protection, combining convenience and security in a user-friendly package.

  • Brawn Security Safes: A versatile option, Brawn’s range includes both gun safes and combination fire/burglary safes. These are particularly suited for homeowners and businesses needing to secure firearms or valuable items, offering solid protection against both theft and fire.


Understanding UL Ratings: Your Assurance of Security

The ratings assigned to safes, such as those by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), are crucial in determining their effectiveness. Here's how to interpret these ratings:

  • TL Ratings (Tool Resistant):

  • TL-15 and TL-30 indicate the safe's resistance to tools for 15 and 30 minutes, respectively. These safes are constructed with thick steel and may include complex lock mechanisms to thwart burglars.

  • TL-30x6 provides similar protection on all six sides of the safe, enhancing its defense capabilities.

  • TRTL Ratings (Torch and Tool Resistant):

  • TRTL-30x6 can resist a combination of torch and tool attacks for 30 minutes from all directions. This is an advanced level of protection suited for high-risk scenarios.

  • TRTL-60x6 extends this resistance to 60 minutes, offering even greater security.

  • TXTL Rating (Torch, Tool, and Explosives Resistant):

  • TXTL-60x6 is the pinnacle of safe security ratings, designed to withstand torches, tools, and explosives for up to 60 minutes on all sides.

How to Choose the Right Safe

When selecting a safe, consider the following steps:

  1. Identify Your Needs: Assess what you need to protect. Is it documents, jewelry, guns, or digital media?

  2. Choose the Right Type: Decide between burglary protection, fire resistance, or a combination of both based on what you are storing.

  3. Consider the Rating: Look for safes with appropriate UL ratings that match your risk level.

  4. Evaluate Additional Features: Consider safes with extra security features such as biometric locks, interior lighting, and adjustable shelving.

Visit Calgary Lock & Safe

To see these safes in action and get personalized advice, visit the Calgary Lock & Safe showroom. Our experts can help you navigate the complex world of safe security and find the perfect match for your security needs. Can't make it to the showroom? No worries, you can also explore our options online at Calgary Lock & Safe.


Choosing the right safe is an investment in peace of mind. At Calgary Lock & Safe, we’re dedicated to helping you protect what matters most. Don’t wait for the worst; secure your valuables today with a safe that meets your specific needs.

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