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If you have valuables to protect, the best option is to buy a safe. Yet that isn’t where the work should end. In fact, it’s only the beginning.
It’s no good having a safe if you make it abundantly clear to anyone breaking in that you have one in the first place. For example, you might put it on the bottom shelf of a bookcase or shelving unit in your home office. You might hide it away in the bottom of your wardrobe, but that would be an obvious place for any keen thief to look. Even if they cannot get into the safe to begin with, they’re likely to take it away with them if they possibly can. They’ve then got all the time in the world to try and get into it.
The solution is to hide your safe. This may be easier than you think, because there are manufacturers who specialise in creating solid and secure safes that are designed to be installed in walls and floors.
All you need to do is to choose the size and type of safe that makes the most sense for you, and will be easiest to install in your home.
The main benefit, of course, is that no one will know the safe is there except for you. The safe itself – regardless of whether it is in the wall or the floor – is actually fitted into the fabric of your home. This can be done easily if you are building your property (it can even be set into a concrete floor as it is being poured, so no one can ever remove it). However, you can still install a safe of this type even if you have no intention of altering or renovating your existing home.
Since these safes tend to be heavy, it is worth consulting a carpenter or builder if you wish to install one in the floor or wall. This will ensure it is done properly and will remain in place without any issues.
Another big advantage of a hidden safe is that very few people would ever guess it was there. A wall safe could be hidden inside a cupboard or behind a painting or picture, while a floor safe can be covered by a carpet or rug. You can even lay laminate or wooden flooring over the top – just make sure a section is cut that can be lifted up with ease whenever you need to access the safe.
Hidden safes, by their very nature, cannot simply be carried out of the house either. A basic safe might be broken into by a thief, who takes the contents and then flees. However, if he cannot do this on the spot, he might carry it away with him. He cannot do this if the safe is set into the fabric of the house, which means he is far more likely to abandon it, leaving your contents safe and sound.
You will need to consider what size safe you need before you make your purchase. You also need to think about where it will be installed. A high-security safe gives you peace of mind, especially if it provides a good cash rating and jewellery rating, for instance.
A good example of this is the Burton Unica UK4 wall safe. This is relatively compact at 200mm deep, 270mm high and 390mm wide, and yet it is cash rated for £6,000 and covered for £60,000-worth of jewellery as well. There are other larger options you could get instead if you require more space.
With the addition of reinforced concrete to hold it in place, a floor safe is arguably the safest option of all. The aptly-named Burton Sub Terra floor safe is designed for this very purpose, and offers an impressive 7 litres-worth of storage space for your valuables. There is also a tightly-fitted dust cover to ensure the contents are safe from harmful dust or other particles.
Another option to consider if you prefer the idea of getting a floor safe is a Deposit floor safe. This is so-called because it is designed to allow you to put things inside the safe without actually opening it. It is built with a deposit chute included, which allows you to drop things into the locked safe, yet you cannot get them out unless you unlock it. If you have the need to put things back in your safe regularly, this could be a good option.
As you can see, buying the right hidden safe is easier than you might think. All you need to do is consider where best in your home you could place one, and how much you want to store in it. Then you can make your purchase with complete confidence.