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Find the Right Safe

Making the right choice of home safe, can be overwhelming due to so many choices.

At Simply Safes, we frequently receive calls asking for assistance. Our experienced staff put them at ease and help them make an educated decision.

With an extensive range of safes to choose from you might ask "Why do you list so many safes?". Some are not suitable, simply down to their size and/or weight. While most manufacturers follow similar sizing, some will have models with external hinges and larger handles than others. In certain situations, this will limit your choice. Rest assured we will help you find the type of safe to suit.

Buying a safe for your home is often a once-in-a-lifetime purchase. This easy to remember Buying Guide will assist you. The five points will give you peace of mind now, and many years to come.

Do I need a particular rating of safe?

Our suggestion is to start by choosing a rating that you require to suit the valuables you will be securing. Safes have a Cash Rating and the valuables rating is a multiple of 10 of that value. Entry level models start with a cash rating of £1,000 which gives a Valuables Rating of £10,000. Please see the table below for a selection of different ratings.

Rating Type Cash Rating Valuables Rating
Untested £1,000 £10,000
S1 £2,000 £20,000
S2 £4,000 £40,000
Eurograde 0 £6,000 £60,000
Eurograde 1 £10,000 £100,000

The above table does not include all the ratings available; these are the most applicable for the domestic market.

What type of lock should I choose?

Personal preference often solves this the answer to this question. In short, a key lock will last you longer. However, you will be required by insurance companies to keep the key on your person. An electronic lock means no key to keep with you. However, you should remember to change the batteries every year, or every 6 months if you use the safe a lot.

What sort of size should I consider?

Space in the home is often limited. You may not have many options as to where your safe can be secured. This could mean that size is one of the most important factors to consider. For this reason we stock many models, so you can narrow your choice by dimensions if nothing else.

A safe is a once in a lifetime purchase, so it is worthwhile getting the biggest model possible. This will enable you to store extra large items such as laptops when on holiday.

While budget may be limited, we urge you to bear in mind the replacement costs of documents. Please consider all the factors mentioned in this article when making your choice.

How long would it take for a home safe to be opened by a burglar?

The typical time for the Police to respond to a burglary can vary dramatically. The average burglar will remain in your property between 8 and 12 minutes. Ultimately having a safe will buy you time. The higher the rating, the greater the level of protection, the longer it might take. If a burglar had sufficient time and the right tools then they would be able to gain access eventually.

What other measures can I take to help prevent my home from being a target?

There are several different ways you can prevent your property, these include:

  • Ensuring all doors and windows are locked when you leave.
  • Hide all keys from view and store them securely in a safe.
  • Install outside lighting with motion sensors.
  • Install a burglar alarm with a siren box to act as a further deterrent.
  • Install a video doorbell or CCTV so you can monitor and record activity.
  • Mark all property with your name and postcode.
  • Consider joining a Neighbourhood Watch Scheme or starting one.

This list is by no means exhaustive, so try to consider all aspects of how a burglar might gain access.

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