Where is the best place to hide a safe?

Posted September 7th, 2020 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

So, you’ve recently invested in a safe to protect your valuables? Great – but have you thought of a good place to hide it? You want it somewhere that’s easy to access but out of reach of kids.

Safes attract burglars, like a magnet, as they assume there’s something valuable stored inside them. Experienced burglars know all the common hiding spots – be it in the drawer, cabinet or under the bed – so you must choose wisely.

Here we look at five of the best secret places to hide your safe:

  • In the attic

The attic or loft is a great hiding place for safes and other valuable possessions. Burglars won’t want to spend long in your house – climbing up into the attic – as this increases the risk of them getting caught.

Now, we’re not saying you should just plonk your safe in the middle of the attic. Try camouflaging it with old boxes or furniture – making it barely noticeable. To make it even harder for burglars to get to the attic, don’t leave the ladders nearby and secure the door with a lock.

  • In the wall

Whether you want to protect cash, jewellery, important documents or hard drives, wall safes are a brilliant option.

A wall safe can be hidden anywhere in the home – be it upstairs or downstairs – but we’d always suggest putting it somewhere that’s easy to access for those who know about its location.

  • In the floor

Arguably the most secure and discrete place to hide a safe is under the floor. Underfloor safes are an incredibly popular choice today, and with good reason.

They are difficult to remove and can be covered with a big fluffy carpet or any other furniture – making it harder for burglars to spot. The safes we supply can be installed into concrete and wood floors and they come with a combination, electronic or key lock as standard.

  • Under the stair treads

Safes come in all shapes and sizes and can house all manner of items – be it family heirlooms, delicate pieces of jewellery or the latest technology. Depending on the size of your chosen safe, and the goods you intend on storing inside it, you may consider modifying your stair treads to create a top-secret hiding place.

Although you may need to hire a professional to ensure there are no obvious traces of modification, it’s the last place a burglar will think to look.

  • Behind a hidden door or secret mirror

Ok, so it’s not the cheapest option but it’s certainly one of the most effective places to conceal a safe. The great thing is, unlike the attic, safes behind secret doors and mirrors are easily accessible for those who know about them, yet almost invisible for anyone else.

If you’re replacing a cabinet or closet with a hidden door, make sure it blends with the environment – as one that stands out will attract attention.

Need expert advice?

There are many places you can hide a safe in your home. But we understand that every home is different and some safes might suit your property better than others.

No matter which safe you choose and what you keep inside it, we suggest you avoid hiding it (and any valuables):

  • in a cabinet or drawer
  • under the kitchen sink
  • in the freezer
  • in a child’s bedroom
  • inside a vase or plant pot
  • inside a jewellery box
  • in the laundry basket
  • under the mattress or beneath the bed

If you have any questions about hiding a safe or would like to discuss your requirements in detail, get in touch with us today. Simply call 0800 7832 328, email [email protected] or fill in the online enquiry form.

Should I invest in a key safe?

Posted September 7th, 2020 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

Do you work in a factory, office suite or hospital? A hotel or car dealership? Wherever it may be, we can bet you’ll have access to a lot of keys – either for rooms, cupboards or cars. But what do you do with them when your shift ends?

The solution is simple.

A key safe is a strong metal box that is designed to store all manner of keys. It can be installed inside or outside – into the brick or concrete – and is accessed by a combination code which helps to protect your keys from going missing or being stolen. Without the correct code, the door won’t open. And as specialists in safes and secure storage, we have a comprehensive range of key safes and cabinets available within our online catalogue, here at eSafes, which can store up to 500 keys.

Why might you need a key safe?

There are lots of reasons why you should consider investing in a key safe.

Safes are great for storing valuable possessions – keeping them out of harm’s way and ready for when you need them next. Key safes are the same, only they are designed to house keys and fobs.

An indoor key safe is typically used by industries that deal with hundreds – if not thousands – of keys on a regular basis. For example, garages, hotels and letting agents. They are particularly useful for schools and other commercial environments where multiple people will require different keys at various times during the day too.

But they aren’t just great for businesses. Indoor key safes are ideal if your family is constantly misplacing car keys, garage keys, shed keys, bike padlock keys, etc.

Some safes are suitable for outdoor use – allowing you to keep spare keys outside for people to easily gain access to your property. Outdoor key safes are invaluable if you have a loved one who lives alone and may struggle to get to the door when you knock. They allow family members, carers or healthcare professionals to access the property without disturbing the occupant.

What’s the best key safe?

The best key safe for you will depend on several factors, including how many keys you need to store, how much space you have available and your budget.

However, we provide safes to suit every need – from leading brands, such as Burton Safes, Chubbsafes, De Raat, Phoenix Safes and Securikey – and all our key safes come with a high-security combination, electronic, key, padlock or push-button lock as standard. So whether you’re looking for a budget key safe, a portable key safe or deep key vault, you should have no issue finding it at eSafes.

Some of our safes and cabinets also come with a selection of coloured keyrings which makes it easier for you to organise your keys and identify exactly which ones are missing.

If you have any questions about key safes or would like some assistance choosing one, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Just give us a call on 0800 7832 328 or drop us an email at [email protected] and we’ll get back to you ASAP.

Top 5 things to store in a home safe

Posted June 11th, 2020 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

THome safes are great for keeping valuables away from prying eyes. They come in all shapes and sizes, so if you’re considering a safe, you need to think about exactly what you want to store in there.

The last thing you want to do is buy a small safe only to find  you can’t fit everything in. Likewise, you don’t want to opt for one that’s too big, resulting in you paying for space you don’t need.

To help, the team of security experts at eSafes, have pulled together five of the most common things stored inside safes to get you started.

Passports

Replacing a passport can be a pain in the neck. Not only is it expensive, it can also take a long time. Why not save yourself the hassle and expense and store your passport in a home safe? This way you needn’t worry about losing it or forgetting where you last put it.

Keys

Thanks to technological advances, it’s never been more difficult to steal a car. But what if your car is parked on your drive? Opportunistic criminals will bargain on your keys being easily accessible (perhaps even eyeing them up through the window if you’ve left them on show) and break into your home to grab them before driving away with your car.

Depending on where you store your keys, they may not even need to break in. Hooking through letterboxes is a common technique and, these days, even standing by your front door using clever devices to transmit signals from keys inside and trick cars into opening.

The safest way to avoid being caught out? Any car keys, or spare keys that aren’t being used, should always be stored in a home safe. It’s the safest, most secure option.

Insurance documents

In the unfortunate event your home is damaged or destroyed as a result of fire, flood or natural disaster, you will need to make an insurance claim. But to do so, you need the appropriate documentation, detailing your household possessions. Keeping these vital documents (including any other important policies) in a home safe that’s fireproof is a great idea and will ensure they are kept safe, out of harm’s way, so you can make a successful claim.

Cash

Having cash in the house is always good for when an emergency strikes, but many people are unsure about how much they should keep in their home safe. As a guide, every safe is given a cash rating, determined by a range of factors, including:

  • the resistance to be being moved
  • the security and complexity of the lock
  • the thickness and strength of safe walls and door
  • the general build quality

If you intend on storing a specific high-value item or cash amount in your safe, you’ll ned to check with your insurer beforehand. It may be that a higher rating is required.

As a leading safe specialist, eSafes supply a wide range of AiS approved cash-rated home safes and can advise you on the best one for your needs, taking into consideration the amount of money you wish to keep at home. A safe with the AiS logo on it is generally a green light for automatic insurance approval.

Jewellery

Although many people opt for jewellery boxes and stands, home safes are a far more secure option for storing valuable and sentimental pieces. Safes are typically free-standing or bolted down but you can also get them in wall and floor varieties too, depending on the brand.

Home safes are great for various other items too, including copies of wills, paperwork, hard drives and more. For more information about what you can store in a safe, feel free to get in touch with the eSafes team on 0800 7832 328 or send an email to [email protected]. On hand from 8.30am till 5.00pm, Monday to Friday, they will be more than happy to answer your questions. Or, if you’re ready to purchase a home safe, be sure to check out the extensive range of home safes online.

What to Consider Before Purchasing a Home Safe

Posted March 23rd, 2020 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

Home safes can be extremely useful when it comes to protecting and securing your valuable belongings and important papers. However, before you make the investment, it’s important to consider a number of elements to ensure you’re doing the right thing.

In this article, the home security experts at eSafes will explain what you need to consider before buying a safe for your home.

Space

Remember to measure the area in which you’re planning to place the safe. Check that the box will not obstruct access to any part of a room or to any entrances or exits.

If you’re planning on purchasing a larger safe, you should also think about how it can be transported upstairs or through doors. Measure door frames and inform the safe provider of any obstacles that may increase the difficulty of getting your safe delivered and installed.

Security

A safe should not be in a position that is too prominent or accessible. We recommend placing it somewhere that is not visible to members of the public passing outside.

Make sure you can keep your safe in a place to which you regularly have quick, easy access, such as your home office. You should also think of measures to avoid leaving the keys in an easy-to-reach place or writing the access code anywhere it may be visible to unauthorised individuals.

Users

Who will be allowed to use the safe? Think about the family members and visitors to your home who you will trust with access to your security box. Try to prevent sharing access information with too many people as this will help you to avoid it being accidentally shared.

This decision will help you to determine what type of safe you’ll get – key lock, code, combination or biometric – as it’s easier and safer to share codes with multiple people than to hand out numerous keys that may be lost.

Features

What do you need your safe to do? Are you likely to need a fireproof or waterproof safe? Will you be storing paper inside? What about data storage devices? Would you like to be able to set a “lockdown” period that renders the safe inaccessible for between 1 and 48 hours?

There are all kinds of specialist options to choose from to ensure your safe performs exactly as you need it to.

Budget

Finally, you need to consider what you can sensibly afford. There are a number of smaller, simpler safes that cost little but are still very high in quality – so you can save money by avoiding safes with features you don’t need.

There is also the option to purchase a refurbished safe. eSafes restores high quality used security boxes to be like new, so you can benefit from a perfectly functional second hand product that is still as safe and insurable as the day it was made.

For further advice regarding purchasing a home safe, contact the team at eSafes today via [email protected]

Top 5 Home Safes for 2020

Posted February 27th, 2020 in Buying Guides by Richard Nash

This year marks the start of a new decade, making it the perfect time to change up your approach to home security and start the 20s as you mean to go on.

One of the best ways in which you can protect your cash and valuables is by securing them in a high quality home safe. Of course, there are a great many models to choose from – so how do you decide which is best?

In this article, the home security specialists at Esafes reveal our top 5 home safes for 2020, so read on to discover the perfect model for your unique requirements.

1: Top budget safe: the Chubbsafes Elements Air 15K

The Chubbsafes Elements Air range is a highly affordable selection of security boxes that provide superb protection for your valuables.

The 15K is possibly the best value option at only £79 ex VAT, as it boasts generous interior dimensions for such a compact model. Plus, it features super-secure steel locking bolts along with base and back fittings.

With a 2mm thick body and 4mm steel door, this model is extremely tough and durable. It’s cash rated to £1000 (£10,000 for non-cash valuables) and comes with a one-year warranty.

2: Top safe for additional fire protection: The Yale Extra Large Fire Safe

If you have a little more space to play with and you wish to rule out any possible damage to your safe and its contents, we highly recommend the Yale Extra Large Fire Safe.

Fitted with an electronic keypad, the safe is cash rated to £1000, fully felt-lined and fireproof for up to one hour. You can also set a “lockdown” period, making it inaccessible for between 1 and 48 hours.

3: Top biometric safe: The Burton Eurovault

The fingerprint-accessible Burton Eurovault is cash rated to £10,000 and AiS approved. The warranty on this model lasts for 5 years in a domestic setting, and it features an ingenious relocking device and anti-drill protection.

Of course, if you’d rather opt for a more traditional entry method, this model can also be fitted with a key lock, electronic keypad or combination lock.

4: Top safe with a high cash rating: The Dudley Europa Grade 3 Range

Each model in the Dudley Europa Grade 3 safe range is cash rated to an amazing £35,000. They are AiS approved and fitted with either a Key lock, Electronic lock or Combination Lock.

All Dudley Safes are high quality and built in the UK!

5: Top luxury safe: The Phoenix Next Luxury Range

For something a little more high-end, the Phoenix Next Luxury range is ideal. Available in a variety of elegant finishes to match your home decor, including sleek black, sharp white or sumptuous cherry or oak, you can wave goodbye to the utilitarian look with these models.

Each is fire resistant for up to an hour and fitted with both fingerprint access and a touch panel lock. They’re beautifully finished inside and cash rated to £3000.

For more information about our products and services, contact Esafes today.

Security Resolutions: Protecting Your Valuables in the New Year

Posted December 18th, 2019 in Buying Guides, Uncategorized by Richard Nash

It’s the time of year when people decide to make changes as they look to the future. This year is particularly meaningful as we look towards a new decade.

At eSafes, we have a great suggestion for a New Years Resolution that you can keep easily: upgrade your home security and the payoff throughout future years may be considerable.

Why upgrade my security?

If you keep valuables in your home, it is important that they are protected against theft. Jewellery, electronic devices and any other items of this kind should be kept away from windows and exterior doors and secured out of sight.

Failing to do this will make break ins more likely and may cause a great deal of expense and distress to members of your household.

Whether you’ve received valuable Christmas gifts or you’d just like to ensure that your home is a little safer moving forward, making changes to your security to help you keep items safe is a great way to start the New Year.

When should I make the necessary changes?

The best time to improve your security is sooner rather than later, particularly during the winter months and early spring. This time of year always sees darker, longer nights, providing greater cover of darkness to would-be intruders.

For this reason, the latest and earliest months of the year are the peak time for break-ins.

New Year’s Eve itself sees many homeowners leaving their properties to celebrate in town and city centres or with friends. This creates opportunities for thieves to break into the homes that are left empty, confident that the residents will not return until late.

What is the best approach to upgrading my security for the New Year?

Installing additional door and window locks – or upgrading to smart locks that can be controlled remotely – are great ways to manage access to your property.

However, one of the best ways to ensure that your valuables are inaccessible should all of the above hardware be bypassed is the acquisition of a home safe. These items can be highly affordable, easy to install and unobtrusive in almost any space.

What is the best type of safe for my needs?

This depends on the type of items you wish to store, as well as their volume and value.

Cash and jewellery

If you wish to store cash, you could opt for a simple and compact home safe like those from the Chubbsafes Elements Air series. They’re cash rated to £1,000 (£10,000 for non-cash valuables) and accessible via a simple key lock or electronic code lock.

For larger amounts of cash, jewellery and watches, the Securikey Euro Grade 3 safe series is superb. They’re fire-resistant for up to 30 minutes and cash rated to an impressive £35,000 (£350,000 for non-cash valuables).

They’re available in nine different sizes and can be accessed via key lock, electronic keypad or combination lock.

Paperwork and electronics

The new Phoenix Fire Commander FS1911F is tested to the Swedish NT Fire 017-120 paper standard. This means it will protect paper from fire for up to 2 hours. It’s also drop-tested to 9.1 metres.

The safe will also protect data devices from fire for up to an hour – but for something more compact and suited to the shape of a laptop, the Yale Laptop Media safe is also superb. It’s lined with soft material to prevent scratching too.

For further information about our available safes, browse our range today or contact [email protected]

Why Our Home Safes are Perfect For Storing Your Christmas Presents

Posted November 27th, 2019 in Buying Guides by Richard Nash

It’s unfortunately unsurprising that the period prior to Christmas sees a rise in thefts and burglaries. As we gather presents and cash gifts for our loved ones, our homes become more and more attractive to criminals.

It’s also darker for longer at this time of year – and many of us go out socialising regularly – providing more opportunities for undetected break-ins.

So how can you keep valuable Christmas gifts safe in your home? A new safe could be the answer.

In this article, the security experts at eSafes will explain why our security boxes can help to prevent the theft of almost any kind of Christmas present.

Suitable For Any Budget

We know that Christmas is an expensive time – but replacing stolen presents can make it costlier still. Luckily, eSafes stocks a range of high quality budget safes, so that you can afford to keep valuables secure, whatever your budget.

We also offer free delivery anywhere in the UK mainland – plus, you could benefit from one of our regular special offers.

Finally, we are skilled at reconditioning used safes. Our team restores older security boxes to full functionality, allowing them to look and work just like new. This provides a more affordable option without any change in quality.

All Shapes and Sizes

Whatever the size of the gift you’ve purchased, you’ll be able to store it somewhere secure thanks to the great variety of safe volumes we offer.

From compact boxes to larger models and even full-sized cabinets, you’ll find the type you need to hold anything and everything.

Easy to Insure

The cash ratings of our safes range from £1,000 (£10,000 for non-cash items) to £35,000 (£350 for non-cash valuables). This is the amount of cash – or the value of other items – that can be covered by insurance when secured within the safe.

Specialist Features

Not only can our safes provide great security for cash, jewellery and sensitive documents, but they can also be used to store more specialist items such as data devices.

Items that hold data can be damaged easily and, should there be a fire, the data can be corrupted at a certain temperature.

From DVDs and CDs to hard drives and USB sticks, you can keep almost any device protected within a data safe.

Extra Protection

If you wish to take precautions against fire or flooding, look no further. Many eSafes products have been rigorously tested to prove that they can withstand flames or water for more than 30 minutes. Some remain secure for up to 120 minutes.

Many of our safes also feature extra reinforcement so they cannot be broken open under any circumstances.

For further information about our range of safes, explore our selection of new and used models today. Otherwise, contact our team on 0800 783 2328 or [email protected] and we’ll be happy to provide you with expert assistance and advice.

The Best Home Safes of 2019

Posted October 24th, 2019 in Buying Guides, Company News by Richard Nash

As the year draws to an end, the team at Esafes are looking back at some of the most popular and effective products we’ve provided throughout 2019.

The good news is, these products will continue to be available throughout the new year – so why not take a look at this combination of our favourites and the most popular models among our customers?

 

Best Affordable Security Box

 Yale Certified Home Safe

If you need proof that money isn’t everything, take a look at this wonderfully simple, highly effective and wonderfully cheap model from top safe manufacturer, Yale, accredited by both Sold Secure and Secure by Design.

With an electronic keypad lock and blue backlit LCD display, fully motorised locking bolts, a £2,000 cash rating (£20,000 for valuables) and the possibility of affixing firmly to the wall or floor, if you’re looking for a straightforward safe for a family home, this could be all you need.

 

 Best Safety Features

 Masterlock Fire Safes

From the height of simplicity to all the bells and whistles you’ll ever need. Depending on the model you choose, this range of steel security boxes offer a fire rating of between 60 and 120 minutes for data equipment alone (which tends to become damaged at much lower temperatures).

They’re also waterproof, ETL Verified for the protection of USB drives, CDs, DVDs & portable hard drive and you can choose between electronic and combination locking systems.

 

 Best Cash Rating

 Dudley Europa Grade 3 Series

With the option of six different sizes and a superb cash rating of £35,000 (£350,000 for valuables) each safe in the Dudley Europa Grade 3 range comes with a choice of key, electronic and combination locking options. You can also choose to include a secure deposit facility.

Each is both police and AiS approved and fireproof for up to 45 minutes – so when you invest in a Dudley Europa Grade 3 series safe, you know that your most valuable belongings will be as secure as possible and easy to insure.

 

 Best Wall or Floor Safe

 Churchill Safes Domestic D3L

eSafes’ best-selling underfloor safe is cash rated up to £4,000 (£40,000 for valuables) with the option to upgrade to £6,000 cash (£60,000 valuables). The Churchill Safes Domestic D3L is available with your choice of a key lock, electronic lock or combination lock.

The safe is available in two sizes. Both come with VDs Class 1 locking and improved door access. Its circular cap is discreet and easy to disguise – plus, you can choose to add either a deposit cap or locking deposit cap if required.

 

 Top AiS Approved Safe

Securikey Eurograde 1 Series

The favourite among our most popular Association of Insurance Surveyors approved safes is this superb range from Securikey.

In addition to their approved status, each one of this range of 11 security boxes of different sizes was manufactured in accordance with EN 1143-1 Security Grade 1 construction. They’re fire resistant for up to 30 minutes and available with a choice of key, electronic or combination locks.

They’re cash rated up to £10,000 – or £100,000 for valuables.

Take a look at our entire list of best-selling models right here. All of Esafes products are eligible for free mainland UK delivery. For further information, please contact our team on 0191 273 6010 or via [email protected]. We’ll be very happy to assist you with any enquiry regarding our products and services.

A Safer Storage Solution for Your Keys

Posted October 15th, 2019 in Buying Guides by Richard Nash

Key storage is something that many home and business owners require in order to ensure that their properties are completely secure while allowing access for authorised individuals.

So why might your family or your company require secure storage for keys, and what kinds are available?

The team at eSafes have a number of options available to ensure that your keys – and those of your employees or cohabitants – are as safe as possible.

Why Might I Need Key Storage?

Key storage solutions allow keys to be kept on site within easy reach of those who will need to let themselves into certain rooms or areas without requiring them to have their own key copy that could be misplaced or damaged should they take it with them.

What Kinds of Key Storage Are There?

You can select from a variety of key storage options at eSafes. These include:

  • Key safes
  • Key cabinets
  • Emergency key boxes

We’ll explain a little more about each of these below.

Key Safes

This storage solution is simple to implement and use, whether in your home or place of work. A key safe is a highly secure container, usually fastened to a wall and accessible through a variety of options, including mechanical or electronic push button coded entry, combination lock or key lock.

It holds a relatively small number of keys, and is heavily reinforced, making it extremely difficult to smash open. Many key safes are also fireproof.

To use this security option, you usually need to open the front, set a code, push down the lock (which is often found in a central position above the keypad or combination) and release it once the safe is closed.

You will then need to enter your chosen code to open it again.

Key Cabinets

In order to safely store greater numbers of keys, you could choose a key cabinet. This is a larger container – often found in offices and professional environments. Usually, key cabinets contain rows of hooks on which you can organise a series of keys in whichever way you prefer.

Again, these storage solutions are extremely secure. You can choose from mechanical or electronic coded entry, combination lock or key lock access.

The best approach to this type of storage is to give the cabinet’s code or key to a manager. Staff members can then either request access to the cabinet on a case by case basis or at the start of a working day, signing keys out and then back in again when they are finished.

Emergency Key Boxes

You might select an emergency key box if, in an emergency, a member of staff may require access to valuable items or vital equipment that is not regularly used – or could be considered dangerous in other circumstances.

Some of these boxes include a clear panel on the door so that an individual can check whether their required key is inside. Many come with two locking mechanisms – key-based entry and a padlock.

For more information about the security solution for keys that are available from eSafes – including safes, boxes, cabinets, vaults and reels – simply browse our selection of products today or contact us on 0191 2736010.

Everything you need to know about outdoor key safes

Posted August 23rd, 2019 in Buying Guides by Richard Nash

You may have come across homes with outdoor key safes before – but would one work for you? These little security containers can prove extremely practical and are certainly a lot safer than keeping a key under your mat or in a plant pot. So what do you need to know before you decide to install one?

In this handy guide, the security experts at eSafes explain a little more about outdoor key safes and their benefits, as well as a few points you will need to remember.

Why Might I Need an Outdoor Key Safe?

People invest in outdoor key safes for many reasons. For example, they may care for or regularly visit an elderly relative who is not able to easily get to the door, or who may require urgent help in an emergency situation. Keeping a quickly accessible key to hand outside their property will save valuable time and make everything a little more simple to manage.

It may also be the case that you work full time, but your teenage children finish school between 3 and 4pm. A key safe outside your own home will grant them access to the house without you having to be there, so they won’t have to hang around outside.

How Secure are Outdoor Key Safes?

With options ranging from push-buttons to combination locks and even electronic systems, key safes offer a wide variety of available designs to ensure that your house keys are totally safe inside. There are thousands of possible combinations that you could use, making it almost impossible to guess your chosen code.

Key safes are also heavily reinforced to avoid being broken into. Choose one that is police approved for extra reassurance.

What if the Wrong Person Learns My Code?

While you can’t lose a code in the same way that you could misplace a physical key, there is still the possibility that someone untrustworthy may find out the combination.

Luckily, you can change the code on your key safe as many times as you want, which is a great deal easier and cheaper than having to change your locks! To avoid these mistakes happening in the first place, however, it’s definitely best to avoid writing your code down anywhere it might be seen by members of the public.

How Can I Ensure That My Key Safe is Totally Secure?

The best approach is to have your safe fitted by a professional when you first purchase it.

If you become concerned at a later date that your safe does not appear totally secure, you should call the team at eSafes as soon as possible and, in the meantime, remove any keys from the safe.

For further information about the outdoor key safes available from eSafes, simply get in touch with our team of specialists today and we will be more than happy to assist you. To see our full range of key safes and cabinets, you can browse our stock here.