Safe OptionsInstalling a safe in your home or business is the best way to ensure your valuables are protected against theft and damage – but how do you know which is the best safe for you? There are a number of safes on the market and grades, fire ratings and locking options can be quite confusing. Our step by step guide can help you to find the perfect safe for you. 

Step 1 – Value of the contents. 

One of the first things you needs to consider when choosing a safe is the value of what you will be placing inside it. Safes are graded from 0 – 6, offering cash ratings of up to £150,000. The cash rating can be multiplied by 10 for the storage of valuables – for example a Grade 1 safe with a cash rating of £10,000 can hold up to £100,000 in jewellery. 

Safe Grading

Step 2 – Size

Many people think that the size of the safe reflects the cash cover of the safe – but this isn’t the case. You need to consider the size of the safe you are going to need, where it is going to be located and if all of your valuables will fit inside. 

Step 3 – Locking options

Choosing the right lock is personal to the user and is dependent on the level of security that is required. Retailers with multiple users may find the audit functions and time delay features of a digital lock suits their users better than a key lock. Domestic clients with a small valuables safe my find a key lock is more suitable for them. However, the advantages and disadvantages of both types of locks need to be considered. Codes can easily be forgotten and keys can be lost. For added security, you may also want to consider fitting both a key lock and digital lock to the safe. For more information about the locking options available, click here. 

Other things to consider

Fire Ratings – dependent upon what you are keeping within your safe, you may need to consider a safe with a fire rating. Fire ratings advise on the amount of time the safe or cabinet will protect important documents against damage. For example, a safe with a 60 minute fire rating will protect documents and data from damage for 60 minutes – giving fire crews enough time to put out the fire. 

Internal & External Fixtures and Fittings - safes can be fitted with a number of internal fixtures and fitting options ranging from rotary deposits, deposit slots and lockable internal drawers. If you want to be able to place items within the safe without opening it, consider our deposit options. If you want certain areas of the safe to be inaccessible to certain users – consider internal compartments and drawers. 

Have more of an idea of what you want? You can find our range of safes here. 

If you’re still not sure, a member of our team will be happy to help talk you through your options. We can even get a member of our team to survey your site. Contact a member of our team on 0161 832 2777.