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A safe is a practical and sensible thing to buy for many homes. If you don’t yet have one, now could be the time to invest in one. If you have passports, jewellery or any cash lying around, they would certainly all be a lot more secure if you had a safe to put them in.
When you start shopping for one, though, you’ll notice there are many options to choose from. We’ve created a handy guide that helps you answer the most important questions you’ll have to think about. Once you’ve gone through our guide, you’ll have a much better idea of what you need to buy.
The answer will depend on what you want to keep in your safe. If you only have a small amount of cash, a couple of passports and certificates and maybe a couple of pieces of jewellery, a compact safe will be ideal.
On the other hand, you could be looking for something big enough to store your laptop in when you’re not using it. There are laptop safes that are designed to accommodate this sort of equipment. You might also have room to store a few other odds and ends in there.
Think about how you want to use your safe, too. For example, do you want a safe that allows you to easily pop cash inside without actually opening it? Look for one with a ‘cash chute’ that allows for secure deposits if this is the case. Maybe you’d like one with a shelf inside to enable you to keep certain things separate from each other and therefore easier to sort through.
Once you know exactly why you want to have a safe and what you want to keep in it, you can shop with more confidence in getting the right one for you.
The capacity of your safe is a very important element to consider. It’s often best to get something slightly bigger than you think you’ll need. Chances are you’ll find other things to store in it at a later stage as well, so you want to be sure you have room for them.
Security ratings are important to look into as well. Every safe should have a cash rating. This is an easy way of telling how secure the safe is. The higher the rating, the more secure it is and the more you can keep in it in terms of cash or valuables.
Basically speaking, you shouldn’t keep £20,000 worth of jewellery in a safe designed with a cash rating that only protects for half that much. If you do, you likely won’t have the contents covered adequately by your insurance company.
You have two options here – access via a key or via an electronic keypad. The latter will usually have a key as well in case the batteries fail or there is an issue with the keypad. However, you will usually only have to remember the number you programme into the safe and not where you’ve left the key. (Do make sure you put it somewhere secure well away from the safe itself – perhaps with the rest of your keys, for example.)
The answer to this is likely to depend on several factors:
Most safes come with fixings of some kind. For example, the more basic ones come with fixing bolts that allow you to secure it to the floor. Others are designed to be set into concrete, either in a wall or into the floor. If you only want to keep passports and perhaps some cash in your safe, you probably won’t need something this involved.
However, if you keep a lot of cash on the premises (perhaps you’re looking for a safe for your business), or you have a large collection of valuable jewellery, a safe encased in concrete and hidden under flooring could well be a much better option.
Now you know what you need to think about when you’re looking to invest in a good safe. Quality really is paramount here, so look for a good brand name that is going to provide the level of protection and the build quality you are looking for.
A safe really is an investment too – something that can help protect your valuables and possessions, not just from theft but possibly from fire and water damage as well. When you think about it, most people could do with a safe for one reason or another.