How To Choose The Right Safe For You

Installing 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. 

The various grades of safes that we offer at Associated Security

Guide to Choosing A Safe

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. The size of the safe you require is dependable on the location you will be having your safe installed, and the quantity of valuable goods you need to store within your safe. 

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. Ensuring that valued goods can be securely stored without the requirement to access the body of the safe offers valuable benefits for . 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? Take a look at our full range of safes.

Need helping choosing a safe?

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 or give us a call on 0161 832 2777