Buying a cash safe is a wise investment. According to the British Crime Survey, an estimated 600,000 houses were subjected to burglaries or attempted burglaries in 2010/11. Given the current economic climate, many experts believe break-ins and burglaries are likely to increase.
There are some basic questions you need to ask yourself before choosing a security safe. While almost any safe on the market will probably provide adequate protection, there’s no sense in buying a large, expensive high security safe if all you really need is a small, compact model.
The first question is what do I need to protect? Have a look around your house or office and list the valuable items you’d like to keep stored securely in your safe. If you’re planning to store cash, how much of it will there be? If you plan to keep £5,000 in the safe, what denominations of notes will you have? £5,000 in £100 notes takes up much less space than the same amount in £10 notes.
You may find it convenient to gather the items you wish to protect together on a table. This helps you assess the size of safe you’ll need. It will also help you tot up the value of items that will be placed in the safe. In turn, this tells you what level of security you require by indicating the cash and valuables rating you’ll need to look for.
Where am I going to put the safe? This is an important matter for cash safes, as in most cases they must be bolted down to the floor. Otherwise a burglar would simply pick up the safe and make off with it, breaking it open at his leisure. Floorboards are not suitable for anchoring a cash safe, so you’ll need to choose a part of your house or office with concrete or cement floors. You’ll also need to make sure there’s enough space for the safe door to open fully. Locations prone to dampness are best avoided if possible.
The next step in choosing a security safe is to ask what does my insurance company recommend? You should always consult with your insurance company before buying a cash safe in case they have particular conditions or recommendations. Failing to adhere to these conditions might mean your insurance company won’t cover any losses incurred should a burglar gain access to your safe.
In general, your insurance company will always suggest a safe that has been independently tested and certified for burglar resistance. Even if your insurance company has no particular preference on this matter, purchasing a certified safe is arguably still the wisest choice.
With these most important questions out of the way, you can then move on to other matters such as what type of lock is most suitable for me? Most modern safes come with either key or electronic locks, while many manufacturers will also offer fingerprint scanning systems or mechanical combination locks. Each type of lock has its own particular pros and cons.
Once you’ve addressed these questions, you should be in a far better position to choose the right security safe.