To key or not to key? Which type of safe lock is best for me?

Posted December 1st, 2017 in Buying Guides by Richard Nash

The Esafes online shop stocks a huge selection of home and business security safes from the leading brands and many of these come with a choice of locking options.  In this article we explain the most common types of locking options so that you can choose the one most suitable for your security needs.



Key locks are the standard locking mechanism on most safes, they are secure and reliable and have been used for generations.  The benefits and considerations of these types of locks are:


  • Reliable and usually last a long time without the need for routine maintenance
  • Cost effective and usually cheaper than other locking options


  • No passcode to remember
  • Loss of keys compromises the security of the safe



Digital locks are becoming more popular due to the convenience of not having to carry a key.  The digital keypad lock is powered by batteries which are usually fitted on the inside of the safe.  The key pad can be programmed with your own personal PIN code.  An override key is usually provided with this type of safe so that it can be opened in the event that the batteries run flat.  The benefits and considerations of these types of locks are:


  • No key to carry or lose
  • Code can be changed on a regular basis for additional security
  • Some allow multiple users which is great for businesses where more than 1 person requires access


  • Usually more expensive
  • A forgotten code requires an engineer visit to gain access to the safe
  • Batteries must be kept charged



Although this is the type of lock that many people remember from the Hollywood movies this type of lock is not common.  The benefits and considerations of these types of locks are:


  • Huge number of possible combinations provides high security


  • Expensive
  • A forgotten combination will require an engineer visit to gain destructive access to the safe
  • Not an option on most safes



This type of lock is fitted with a finger print recognition device, the safe will only open when a pre-scanned fingerprint is held on the fingerprint reader.  The benefits and considerations of these types of locks are:


  • Convenient, no key to carry or passcode to remember
  • Some can be programmed with multiple finger prints where more than 1 person requires access
  • Can be fitted on some safes alongside a digital lock


  • Expensive
  • Can’t be opened in the event of a power/battery failure
  • Can malfunction locking the user out of the safe although this is not common.


You can find out more on high security safe locking options by visiting our website

You can also call the Esafes team 0800 7832328 to discuss your safe requirements in more detail.

Encouraging children to save

Posted October 6th, 2017 in Home Safes by Richard Nash

Getting children to save is an important lesson in life.  The most important thing to remember is to make saving fun.  Here are our 5 top tips to teach your child to save.

  1. Provide them something to store their money in

This could be envelopes or jars but we think providing them with their very own home safe is a great idea, they can even choose the colour they want.  This gives them a secure to way store their cash and perhaps save up for something that they really want.  They will also love the fact that their hard earned cash is hidden away from any siblings!

The eSafes online shop is a great place to start looking for a home safe. Why not take a look at the phoenix colour range, ideal for a first safe!



  1. Make a savings goal chart

Are there specific things that you child wants to save up for?  It can be really motivating for them to create a savings goal chart, you can mark where they are as they progress towards their target.  Children like to count money and they can unlock the safe every week to count their money.  The budget home safes that are suitable for children are fitted with an electronic lock, this means that they will need to learn to remember the unlock code too.

  1. Match their savings

Another great technique is to match their contributions.  This technique really encourages good savings habits and if your children are older it gives them an insight into how a company pension works.

  1. Set a good example

You should always set a good example of savings money yourself as children usually want to be like their parents.  If you have a home safe, underfoor safe or wall safe where you keep your cash and valuables let them see how you keep your valuable secure and safe from theft.  Seeing you save will encourage their savings habits and inspire them to save even more.

  1. Open a bank account

Opening a bank account is a great way to encourage children to save for the future.  Once they have saved up money in their home safe taking a trip to the local bank branch is a fun and educational experience.  You can explain to them that bank safes are much bigger and offer guaranteed protection of cash from theft.

If you need any advice please contact us or come and visit us at our Newcastle showroom, we can be found at Fort House, 173 West Road, Newcastle upon Tyne NE15 6PQ or call 0191 238 6000.

Finding an old safe: Far from finding treasure!

Posted September 15th, 2015 in eSafes Services by Richard Nash

Last month a couple in Phoenix, Arizona found an old safe hidden under the floor of their house when they began renovating their kitchen. After several attempts, using a safe code they had found when they initially moved in, the safe opened and inside they were greeted with over £30,000 in old notes, a book and a bottle of bourbon. It has since transpired that the book contains notes and images which many believe to be clues leading to a second safe!

Couple who found 50 year old safe hidden behind wall  Source: Imgur/sarm

Couple who found 50 year old safe hidden behind wall Source: Imgur/sarm

Now not everyone will be this lucky when discovering an old safe, in fact for the majority finding one can be a major inconvenience, especially when it comes to disposing of something that can weigh in excess of one tonne. Luckily here at eSafes we have more than 30 years experience in moving, installing & disposing of safes of all sizes and will be more than happy to help should this happen.

Head to and complete the online form or give us a call on 0191 238 6006 to discuss with one of our experts.

5 Tips To Keep Your Home Safe During The Summer Holidays

Posted May 15th, 2015 in Buying Guides, Security by Paul Young

ALMOST eight out of 10 burglars scour social media to find ‘empty’ homes during the summer holidays, according to UK security experts.

Every year during the winter and the dark nights the level of burglaries increases, but many burglars rely on householders taking their eye off the ball when the clocks have gone forward and the warmer weather is here in summer.

In 2014 during the warmer months there were more than 200,000 burglaries in the UK (source: And experts from leading UK home security company have highlighted the two reasons why.

Stephen Wylde, eSafes Director, said: “Firstly more people leave their windows and back doors open on sunny days which thieves take advantage of.

“Secondly, and most importantly, as people take their annual summer holidays at this time of year thieves are preying on the empty houses left behind.

“Brits are much more aware of the threats during the darker winter months but clearly feel more relaxed about home security during the summer. And it is this relaxation of security that burglars rely on.

“So to combat this problem we have pulled together 5 simple steps to help people protect their home while they’re away soaking up the sun.”

1. Don’t tell the world your home is empty. It can be tempting to post a cheeky selfie at the airport or on the beach to show your friends you’re off on your holidays. However 78% of thieves use social media to find empty houses (source: so we’d always advise that you resist posting status updates like this to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

2. Make the house appear lived in. If you get newspapers or milk delivered then cancel them during your holiday as a build-up is just like erecting a sign that says “no one is home” which will attract burglars. Also if you’ve got timers for your lights then we recommend using these as well to make the house appear occupied.

3. Enlist a neighbour or family member. One of the best deterrents is to ask your neighbour or a family member to come around and do every day things like move your post, put your bins out and park a car on your driveway. All these little things will put a burglar off who may have been monitoring your home.

4. Lock all windows and doors. Locking the front and back door is something we all do but can you honestly say that you regularly lock your windows too? 25% of break-ins occur via a window so they need to be locked. Time to remember where you put all those little window keys and start using them!

5. Keep valuables in a safe place. It might surprise you to hear that 51% of people don’t keep their valuables somewhere secure (source: with 13% still keeping items in a sock drawer aka a burglars favourite place. If you have a safe make sure you use it to store all your valuables, keys, paperwork and cash in.

Stephen Wylde added: “An increasing number of us use social media and, clearly, we want to share our holiday experiences with friends and families. Our advice though, is to be careful about it and wait until you’re home from the beach before you do so.”


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Product Review: Securikey Mini Vault 2 Silver Electronic

Posted May 14th, 2015 in Brand Feature by Paul Young

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SFMV2ZE-S_021The Securikey Mini Vault 2 Silver is part of the best-selling Mini Vault range which have been popular on eSafes for years.

It is a £4,000 cash rated safe (£40,000 valuables) which is fitted with an electronic lock.

It is large enough to be used as a business safes as well as a domestic one. It is also AiS Approved meaning it has been approved by the Association of Insurance Surveyors.

Let’s take a look at the good and bad points of this safe:

Good Points:

  • When you see the safe the first impression you get from it is how well it is put together. Like all Securikey products the workmanship is good and coupled with the 4mm body and 8mm door it gives an immediate impression that this is a very secure and robust safe.
  • Inside the safe there are a few little touches which elevate the quality of this safe above others on the market. There is a soft foam lining to protect jewellery from being scratched, adjustable jewellery shelves and an internal light.
  • There is a lot of internal storage space making it ideal for storing paperwork, jewellery, electronics and other valuables together easily.
  • The electronic lock is very easy to operate and can be reprogrammed in a matter of moments.

Bad Points:

  • The Silver model doesn’t offer any fire resistance. If you’d like a safe of a similar size then the Mini Vault 2 Gold offers 30 minutes fire protection – however note the internal dimensions are slightly smaller on this model.
  • The electronic lock fitted onto this safe hasn’t been tested to ENV1300 standard.

It is easy to see why this has been such a good seller. Inside and out it is a quality safe which is large enough to accommodate a lot of items inside but isn’t too big that it takes up too much space. It could easily be installed in a cupboard or under the stairs without taking up too much room. Also to get a £4,000 rated safe, that has an electronic lock and is AiS Approved for only £313.20* is great value.

View the safe on eSafes here. 

*prices correct at the time of writing.

May Brand Of The Month: Securikey

Posted May 1st, 2015 in Brand Introduction by Paul Young


At eSafes our number one aim is to bring you the best safes at the best prices. As part of our commitment to this aim we are bringing you an exclusive deal on all Securikey products.

Throughout the month of May we’re offering 5% off the entire range including:

To qualify for the discount simply enter the promotion code ‘SKEY5’ during the checkout process.

If you are unfamiliar with Securikey here’s a little background information about them:

  • Established in 1973 and based in Aldershot, Hampshire
  • Members of the Master Locksmiths Association
  • One of the leading manufacturers of safes, key safes and other security products.

Order your Securikey Safe today from eSafes where you’ll also get Free UK Delivery on each order.

Jargon Busting: What Do Safe Testing Standards Mean?

Posted April 18th, 2015 in Buying Guides by Paul Young

Pass-or-FailWhen you are buying a safes, key cabinet or gun safe you will come across a lot of jargon and the security test standards can be particularly hard to get your head around.

It can look like a collection of random numbers like EN1143-1, but what do they mean?

Here at eSafes we try and keep things as straight forward as possible so with this in mind we’ve drawn up the following guide to easily explain what each test means.

This safe can protect paper documents inside it for up to 60 minutes from fire.

Any safe with this rating will protect paper for up to 90 minutes from fire.

Any safe with this rating will protect your paper documents for up to 2 hours from fire.

NT FIRE 017-120 Dis
Will protect contents of the safe from fire damage for up to 2 hours.

This is the standard that the UK Police test Gun Cabinets to. If your gun cabinet doesn’t meet this standard you need to upgrade it asap.

This is a burglary attack test. Any safe with this rating has been thoroughly tested to withstand various types of attacks and forced entries. This is the standard Eurograde safes must pass.

This is an attack test devised by the Police. The MLA (Master Locksmiths Association) carry out the tests and once a safe passes the test it can be classified as Sold Secure Police Approved.

This means a safe will withstand being heated up and falling from a large height (usually 9.1m). This is to replicate a safe falling through floors of a building during a fire.

To standardise the testing most of the above tests are carried out at independent test laboratories in Germany, Sweden, Italy, France and the USA.

If you have any questions regarding the various testing standards that are applied to safes please give us a call.

Product Review: Tuffbank Van Box VB1

Posted April 14th, 2015 in Commercial Safes by Paul Young

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Tuff 2The Armorguard range is a new addition to eSafes. Hampshire based Armorgard and their range of Tuffbank boxes are the market leader when it comes to protection for tools on the go.

The Tuffbank VB1 is one of their best sellers in the UK and has been designed to fit into both panel vans and flatbeds.

So how does the Tuffbank VB1 compare to other vehicle boxes on sale? Does it offer both security and easy access for users who are on the go all day long? Let’s take a look at the good and bad points…

Good Points:

  • Heavy Duty! The first thing you notice about the VB1 is how well put together it is. Made with 2mm and 3mm steel it is Tuff 1very robust and helps give you confidence in the overall security of the box. It also has an internal anti-jemmy system to prevent the box being pried open.
  • Easy access. The autolatch lid means the box lid will stay safely open giving you quick access to your tools allowing you to get on with the job.
  • Lock and keys. The VB1 is fitted with a strong 5-lever deadlock and comes with 2 keys. Armorgard offer a great key replacement service with each box having its own unique serial number, this allows them to get you a new key quickly should you lose yours.

Bad Points:

  • If you have a lot of tools and equipment in your van then you might struggle to fit them all into this box. Should you need more storage we recommend the Tuffbank TB12 which is larger but still comes with all the great features above.
  • Lack of internal hooks or adjustable compartments means it could be hard to keep the box organised with everything mixed in together. Small compartments would’ve helped prevent the problem of loose screws and drill bits floating around inside the box.


The Armorgard Tuffbank VB1 might be slightly more expensive than other vehicle safes on our site (£149 +vat including free delivery) but the strong construction including hydraulic gas arms, 3mm thick body and welded piano hinges really set it apart. It’s not hard to see why they’re the market leaders. If you’re in the market for a van box then here at eSafes we’d recommend you start your search with this one.

View the Armorgard Van Box on eSafes here. 


Product Review: Securikey Top Opening Eurovault

Posted April 9th, 2015 in Brand Feature, Home Safes by Paul Young

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IMG_0180The Top Opening Eurovault is a new addition to eSafes from leading manufacturer Securikey. It has been designed specifically to be installed in a cupboard floor.

Ideal for storing valuables and A4 sized paperwork (insurance certificates, deeds etc).

It is already selling really well online so let’s take a look at the good and bad point of this safe:

Good Points:

  • The first thing you notice about this safe is how well it has been built. It has a nice design and the 2mm body, 4mm door and gas powered struts give it a nice robust feel.
  • Easy to use electronic lock. The lock is very straight forward allowing easy regular access. It can be changed every time if you wish making it ideal for use in hotel rooms.
  • Ample storage. The internal space of the safe is great and will allow you to store iPads, smartphones, cameras and paperwork all together.
  • Simple installation. The safe has four pre-drilled holes in the floor and comes with bolts making installation really easy. Also the safe has a protective mat which stops your jewellery from getting scratched.

Bad Points:

  • The safe doesn’t currently come with a recognised cash rating. If you are looking to store items with a real high value then we’d recommend checking out our Eurograde range.
  • The brightness of the internal lights could be a bit stronger.



This is another solid and reliable safe from Securikey. It doesn’t offer anything cutting edge but as there aren’t many good cupboard safes on the market it fills a gap in the market really well. It is available for only £97 (+vat) and despite the lack of a recognised cash rating the plus points outweigh the bad ones. If you are looking to store a few items like certificates safely in your cupboard then we’d recommend this to you.

View the safe on eSafes here.

Choose A Gun Safe In 6 Steps

Posted April 7th, 2015 in Gun Safes by Paul Young

Gun Safe Image 2Here at eSafes we have been selling Gun Cabinets nationwide for years now and are regularly asked the same questions by customers when it comes to choosing one:

“How big do I need?”
“Where’s best to install it?”
“What type of lock should I get?”

So we’ve decided to use the most frequently asked questions and pull together a simple 6 Step Gun Cabinets Buying Guide.

1. Police Approval

Any gun safe you consider buying should be Police Approved. You need to make sure that the gun cabinet meets the BS7558/92 standard which is set out by the Police.

2. Size

Picking the right sized gun safe is the best way to start the rest of the decision process. You need a gun safe which is big enough for the guns you currently have and those you might get in the future. So we’d advise you pick a gun safe bigger than you need as it’ll help future proof the safe and save you buying another safe in years to come. Our team also recommends you measure the dimensions of your individual weapons and check they will fit into the gun cabinet you’re looking at. Just because the manufacturer says it’s a 7 gun safe doesn’t necessarily mean your 7 guns will fit.

3. Pick a Location

Knowing where you want to store your guns is the next step. Is the garage or bedroom going to be most convenient for you? Wherever you decide to put the gun cabinet we’d recommend you make sure it’s in a discrete spot that people can’t see when passing your house. Due to the nature of the contents you want to draw as little attention to your gun cabinet as possible.

4. Choosing a Lock?

Choosing between key or electronic locks on your gun cabinet is essentially down to personal preference – what will you feel most comfortable using? The majority of gun cabinets on the market are fitted with key locks but you can also get electronic locks on Burton Ranger Safes. They can be more expensive but you won’t have to worry again about losing or having your keys stolen.

Gun Safe Image5. Fire resistance

Not all gun cabinets have fire resistance but if you can find a model that will fit all your weapons in and has fire resistance then it is worth paying the extra money to get one. The JFC GB2 Gun Cabinet will give you 60 minutes protection from fire and is one of our best sellers here on eSafes.

6. Picking a brand

As there are various manufacturers of gun cabinets on the market it can be hard to decide which brand to go for. Fortify were one of the bestselling brands before they recently went out of business and now we are finding a lot of customers are opting for the JFC brand. We have 28 JFC models available and they can hold from 2 to 9 guns. Best of all these Police Approved gun cabinets are available at great low prices and we’ll even throw in free delivery for you too!

If you would like more guidance about choosing the right gun safe for your specific needs then please give us a call and our team will be happy to assist you.