What to Consider When Buying a Safe for Your Business


Find out what you need to consider when buying a commercial safe for your office or retail business.

If you’ve identified a need for a safe for your business you may be wondering what your next step needs to be. There are many things to take into consideration before investing in a product which needs to protect some of your most valuable assets; below are just a few.

Purpose of the safe

Firstly, you’ll need to establish what exactly you need to store in the safe. Documents and paperwork? Digital media? Petty cash? Keys? This will help you to decide what kind of safe you need such as one with fire or water resistance.

Quantity of items to be stored

Once you have established the type of things you will be storing within your safe, you will need to estimate the quantity of those items. This will give you a rough idea of how big you need the safe to be. Remember to always over estimate based on the potential contents because it is better to have too much space than not enough and you can always add more items to your safe later without worrying about having no space.

Location and Installation

Before you decide on the size of the safe you require, the prospective location of your safe is also an important thing to consider. There would be little point purchasing a safe only to find out it doesn’t fit where it needs to go.

In order to receive the ultimate protection a business safe has to offer, it will also require bolting down into a concrete floor or wooden floor joist. In addition to that, you will need to take into consideration whether the safe is going in a ground or upper floor as it is not advised to install a safe over 500kg on an upper floor (you wouldn’t want the floor buckling under the excessive weight!)


Will your safe need to be accessed by one person or multiple people? Do you require restricted access to specific parts of your safe? This can all be controlled by the locking options you choose. For example, if you only require access for one member of staff, a simple yet secure key lock could be sufficient. However, if you require multiple access to your safe, a digital lock with full audit options is advised.

For restricting access to parts of your safe, you may require a safe with a deposit option, internal lockable cupboard or completely separate compartments.

Insurance Requirements

Are you planning on having the contents of the safe insured? If so you will need to liaise with your insurance company before deciding on a safe because they will give you a required grading of the safe in order to provide the necessary protection. Grading relates to the value of the contents (whether in cash or valuables) which will be covered by your insurance policy.

Associated Security

Associated Security is the UK leader for the supply and installation of an extensive range safes which are ideal for the business environment. We provide graded safes from grade 0 to grade 6 with a number of different locking options and additional extras. All safes purchased with Associated Security have the option of being installed by our own highly trained engineers and we offer a further safe maintenance service in order to help you keep your safe maintained to the highest security standard. For more information please get in touch with our sales team on 0161 832 2777.

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