Keep Your Valuables Safe in a Safe!
There are many different types of safes on the market including wall mounted, free standing, fireproof as well as a whole host of different locking systems to choose from.
Here we take a look at what you need to consider when deciding on the right option for your home or business.
Wall, floor or standalone safes
The type of safe you choose will probably depend on where you intend to keep it. First, consider the layout of your house or premises.
Do you have a wall suitable to take the weight of a hanging safe? Will you find access easier if the safe is at head or waist height rather than on the ground?
Alternatively, you may find it more practical to tuck the safe away at ground level and attach it to the floor. However, it’s important to remember that a safe is only as secure at its fixings. A thief may attempt to remove a small safe from its fittings and steal it unlocked to be broken into later.
This is also something to consider with a freestanding safe. Ideally, a freestanding safe should be hidden in an out of the way location with limited access such as under the stairs or in a cupboard – anywhere that makes it more difficult for a burglar to discover.
Types of locking safe
There are numerous locking methods available, and you can choose the locking method you feel most comfortable with. However, prices will increase for some of the more sophisticated options.
Although you can still get key safes or ones with mechanical combination locks, the most popular type generally has an electronic lock. A simple number code is used to lock and unlock the safe.
Some safes allow for multiple user codes so different family members or employees can choose their own numbers. Some models will even save an audit trail with a history of who has accessed the safe, though this is mainly used by larger organisations. Advanced electronic locking systems can include time delays, time locks or remote-control locking.
Fire resistant safes
Some items such as important documents, antiques and personal belongings with sentimental value simply can’t be replaced.
This is why some homeowners choose a fireproof safe to safeguard valuable documents, PCs, hard drives and other personal items. They can then protect them from both the threat of burglary and fire damage.
Most safes offer a certain level of fire protection, but it depends on their construction. If you want to ensure you have a genuine fire resistant safe you need to purchase a properly certified model.
Safe repairs and servicing
Safes should be serviced periodically to check they’re still completely secure. Servicing is more cost-effective than having to repair a safe if it goes wrong.
At Rocks Locks, Stuart can repair and service locks on most safes, and we also supply and install replacement locks for most makes of safe. This can be invaluable if you experience a security problem such as keys going missing.
Need advice on the type of safe you should choose?
We supply and install a wide range of safes from various manufacturers including Dudley, Burton and Securikey and can advise on the right type of safe for your security needs.
To find out how to improve the security of your residential or commercial property, contact Stuart at Rocks Locks on 07900 335525.