The idea of locking up your goods and valuable items into safes isn’t a modern one, as many people in ancient times had the same idea. The first safe to be found was in the tomb of Pharaoh Ramesses II of Egypt. Egypt is notable for pyramids, where the Pharaohs and their riches were secured for the afterlife.
The pyramids had a great number of tricks and traps to keep out robbers and other intruders, but they also had a safe very similar to modern designs. It was a wood safe with a pin system, and the pins would need to be moved out of their holes to unlock the contraption. This is where some tumbler locks got their inspiration from today.
Roman Locks and Tricks
In addition, the Romans had locks as well for their merchants in order to give security. They created locks and made each lock have various sizes and shapes so no one key could open anything. As well as other tricks, such as fake keyholes, several locks, and hidden mechanisms that were needed to open the door.
The Modern Safe
Soon alarm bells and the precursors to the modern keypads and codes were added in the 18th century. In addition, the modern American security safes stopped being made of wood and began to be made of steel. This change made them resistant to fire, the elements, rotting, and also made them heavier to move and handle in the event of a thief trying to take the safe with him.
Finally, several men in the U.K got together and began marketing safes and security, making the safe industry take off with their knowledge and resources. While every advance in security has been countered by an advance in thievery on the part of those trying to break into the modern types of safes definitely gave people an edge.