Home safes have seen a considerable increase in popularity over the past couple of years, mainly for the peace of mind and security they offer. So whether you need to store keepsakes, jewellery and over valuables or cash, home safes are the ideal solution.
Purchasing a safe for your home or office is an important decision. It's not something you'll do every day, so you must ensure the safe you choose has all the features you need and want.
Keep reading this guide to learn all the essential aspects of purchasing a home safe, so you can make a correct and informed decision about which option is best for you.
The first thing you need to consider when buying a home safe is what it will contain. This is important as you will want your insurance to approve the safe in which you keep your valuables.
If you do not have insurance, choosing the correct security safe for your items is still a sensible idea. This is recommended not only for safety reasons but in case you decide to take out insurance in the future.
Please note: each insurer will have a different insurance value. When choosing your safe, ensure it has an insurance value above the value of the items you want to store. Always check with your insurers to approve the safe and the contents you want to keep inside.
Although many people buy home safes for security reasons, protecting valuables from fire damage is also important. Many safes are designed with fire protection in mind, but unless they have been tested in a furnace, you cannot rely on them to withstand a fire emergency.
If your main reason for a home safe is fire protection, then you may be better off buying a fire-resistant cabinet instead.
It is important to remember that most safes have a very thick wall and door construction. That is why when deciding the right size for your valuables; you should keep the internal volume of the safe in mind.
Consider the size of the contents you need to store and purchase a safe large enough to fit these contents. If you buy a safe that is too small, you risk your valuables not fitting inside comfortably or out-growing it in the future.
This decision comes down to personal choice. There are two main types of locking mechanisms, each with its benefits. Most locks are certified VdS-class locks, and all key, electronic and combination versions will offer the same security.
Older safes may have a dial combination locking mechanism. Although they look good, they are very fiddly to use and have fallen out of fashion, replaced mainly with electronic locking systems.
The most important factor when choosing where to position your safe is ease to access. Keeping your safe out of sight and reach, such as in lofts and garages, makes it difficult to get to them to add or remove valuables.
Choose a secure yet easily accessible location to keep your safe, such as on the floor under your desk or mounted to a wall. If you want to conceal your safe, you could store it behind a bookshelf but note that you may need to move a few books each time you need to access it.
Most safes are designed to be anchored and have bolt-fixing holes in the bottom and the back. They also come supplied with a fixing kit, and its use is highly recommended. If your safe is not fixed or bolted down correctly, chances are it will not be covered by insurance either.
We hope you have found this guide to be of use in helping you decide which home safe is best for you. You can browse our range of home safes on our website.
If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact our friendly and knowledgeable team, who would be more than happy to help.
Richard O'Connor is a Director at First Mats. He has deep knowledge in areas like Manufacturing, Warehousing, Marine, and Health & Safety. Richard's insights have been featured in well-known publications such as Bloomberg Business, The Sun, and Reader's Digest. His blend of industry expertise and passion for sharing makes him a sought-after voice in his fields.