Select a safe
It is not easy to decide which safe is the right one. In order to make the right decision, you should consider the following points when choosing your safe:
- Type of lock
- Insurance rating
- Fire resistance
- Final location
Before choosing the right size always consider what the safe will need to store. Start by creating a list of important items, such as cash, credit cards, cash box, jewelry, watches, documents, certificates, passports, insurance policies, photos, data carriers, hard disks, CDs, USB -sticks, long or short weapons or ammunition. Then based on the list work out the approximate size needed.
We recommend that an additional 30-50% storage space is taken into consideration, for any valuables that might need to be stored in the safe in the future.
Please pay attention to these points when buying a safe, to make sure you make the right choice and enjoy your safe for a longer time.
2. Type of lock
Choose from the following lock options:
- Key lock / Double bitted lock
- Electronic lock
- Mechanical combination lock
The key lock or double bitted lock is supplied with 2 keys. It is the most simple solution as you do not have to remember a combination of numbers and there is no code to forget.
The electronic lock offers millions of code possibilities to best protect your valuables. The code can easily be changed anytime. The electronic lock offers great flexibility and security, hence the higher price.
Mechanical combination lock
The mechanical combination lock offers many different settings of the code and can be adjusted as often as required. Unfortunately the process is not very easy.
3. Insurance cover
It is important that you consult with your insurer about the desired insurance value and the required rating of your safe.
On the back of the door of tested safes there is a plate containing information regarding the security rating of the product. Your insurance company can assess the classification of your safe based on the the information that can be found there. Tested safes offer a burglary and / or fire protection, have a stronger construction and a tested locking system.
Graded safe are also listed with the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AIS), insurance companies will use this list as a guide.
4. Fire safety
Apart from burglary protection, some safes also have tested fire protection. This is indicated by a separate test label.
Testing is conducted at a maximum of 1090 ° C and can last for 60 to 120 minutes. It includes a heating phase in a fire oven, a drop test of 9.15 m onto a gravel bed and a cooling phase.
5. Place of installation
It is important that that the position of the safe is well-chosen. It should not be fixed somewhere visible, or in a place known for just about anyone. The more concealed it is, the better protected your valuables will be. Safes should not be placed in a room with high humidity. Fireproof safes should not be placed in direct sunlight, as the insulation material will react to temperature rise.
The best location for your safe is an office or bedroom, as burglars suspect your valuables are here, and this is where they would be looking first. This prevents your entire home from being devastated, as the burglars will concentrate on the safe.
Also mind the structure of the building, and whether the ceiling would bear the weight of the safe, if it is not installed on a ground floor.