3 reasons why you shouldn’t move a safe on your own

Posted February 26th, 2021 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

Storing your important documents and cherished possessions inside a safe is a smart move and will keep them out of sight of prying eyes. Often, safes are hidden in a concealed spot in the home (i.e. in the attic, behind a secret door or mirror, etc.) or inside a room where access is restricted in the workplace. But what happens when you’re rearranging the layout of the office or moving to a new house?

Whilst it’s relatively straightforward to shuffle furniture from one corner of the room to the next, the same cannot be said for safes. Of course, it depends on the type of safe in question but most are big, heavy and awkward to move.

Here we explain why you should never attempt to move a safe unaided:

  • It’s connected to your home’s infrastructure

If your safe is small and portable, you have nothing to worry about as these can be relocated with ease. However, if your safe is fitted to the wall or cemented into the ground then – before you even attempt to dislodge it singlehandedly – you need to be mindful of wall studs and electric wiring.

Another thing to consider is the depth of the safe. If your safe is deep and heavy, you might accidentally drop it as you’re pulling it out or you may struggle to get a firm grip on it. Probably best you ask a professional to do this for you as they’ll have the tools and expertise to remove your safe properly.

  • You could damage the safe

To move a safe correctly, and ensure that it remains intact, you’re going to need to have the appropriate equipment to hand. This includes things like a moving dolly and supporting straps.

Whilst you could ask any old removal company to move the safe for you, some will refuse because (a) they don’t have the equipment or expertise to do so safely and (b) they don’t want to be held responsible for any damage caused to the safe or contents held inside.

  • It’s too big and heavy to move on your own

You need to think about the size and weight of the safe you need to move. Is it a small deposit safe, a metal gun cabinet that’s just as big as your kitchen fridge or a fire and waterproof safe that weighs more than 750kg?

Commercial safes tend to be a lot bigger and heavier than home safes. Even if you’ve got big muscles – you’re going to struggle to lift without damaging the safe or injuring yourself in the process. That’s why you should always ask someone to assist or, better still, enlist the expertise of our safe removal and installation team, here at eSafes. We are fully equipped with specialist equipment that allows us to remove/relocate safes without a glitch.

In leaving it to us, you can relax knowing that your safe and belongings are protected. We eliminate the risk of damage caused by attempting to move it yourself or dropping it and voiding the protective coverage. Plus you needn’t worry about jarring your back or seriously injuring yourself.

For more information about the safes we stock online, or for details about our safe removal service, get in touch today.

Why should your business have a deposit safe?

Posted February 26th, 2021 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

We’ve all seen films and TV shows where burglars have broken into thriving businesses and local establishments – demanding owners and shopkeepers to hand over their takings whilst being threatened with a knife or gun. And as much as we would like to say this is exacerbated purely to make the storyline more compelling, unfortunately, this is the reality.

So, if you work in retail or your business regularly handles large sums of cash, you want to implement the necessary security measures to safeguard your building, employees, earnings and valuables. The best way to do so? Invest in a deposit safe for eSafes.

What is a deposit safe?

A deposit safe – sometimes called a ‘drop safe’ – is designed for use in commercial environments to protect cash and receipts from thieves (and disgruntled employees). They act as a temporary storage place for items until they can be transferred to a bigger safe.

These allows staff to make deposits without having to open up the safe door which also means that, once they have put something in the safe, they won’t be able to fish it out without the appropriate key.

A deposit safe is ideal for industries where deposits are made at regular intervals, such as banks and building societies, post offices and retail environments like supermarkets and jewellers, to name just a few.

Although they are usually installed in managers offices, smaller till safes and counter safes are often placed with each cash register so deposits can be made more frequently.

How does it work?

Drop safes are almost impenetrable – perfect for keeping opportunists away from your hard-earned cash and confidential information before it can be deposited at the bank.

They normally have a slot either on the top or front (or sometimes a drawer) that enables employees to deposit cash, cheques or receipts without having to unlock the safe. Petty criminals will struggle to steal the safe (and contents) too because they are typically bolted to the floor or wall.

Reasons why your business should have one

The best thing about these safes is that they are extremely easy to use – allowing users to make deposits within seconds by slipping them through the slots or drawers. As a result of this speedy transaction, till drawers can be left almost empty meaning that there is less for criminals to get their hands on.

For owners and managers, deposit safes provide a higher level of security than any cash drawer ever could. When they remove the cash or items of value, they need to use the key that was provided with the safe and remember to lock the door afterwards.

Here are just a few more reasons why you should consider the investment:

  • Enhance security – there’s no denying that cash drawers and registers are easy targets for savvy criminals. A deposit safe can protect assets against theft and keep them safe at least until they can be moved to an even safer place.
  • Prevent assets against thieves/employees – it’s not unheard of for employees to steal from their workplaces and, with complete access to the till, it’s very easily done. The beauty of a drop safe is that – although anyone can make a deposit – access is limited to those who have the key (i.e. managers or business owners).
  • Peace of mind – thanks to reinforced security and protection against theft, you can relax knowing that your cash and valuables are stored securely – out of harm’s way – inside a deposit safe.
  • Lower insurance premiums – believe it or not, installing a deposit safe can help to keep your insurance premiums low and support your claim in the event of a mishap. They are a smart yet affordable investment for businesses of all sizes.

Order a deposit safe online

If you’re looking to buy a deposit safe for your business, be sure to take a look at our fantastic range, here at eSafes.

We stock a wide variety of safes from leading manufacturers, such as Burton Safes, Chubbsafes, De Raat and Securikey, and keep our prices as low as possible. On top of this, we offer free UK delivery to ensure our customers receive the best value for their money. So, what are you waiting for? Find your ideal drop safe today.

Protecting your business from burglary

Posted January 28th, 2021 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, announced a third national lockdown on 4 January 2021. During this period, people are to remain at home and may only leave to shop for necessities, go to work if WFH isn’t an option and daily exercise. But what does lockdown 3.0 mean for businesses?
Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, building societies and post offices are classed as essential businesses, so can remain open to the public. And whilst retailers have physically shut up shop, they can still operate online – on a click and collect or delivery basis. But hospitality venues, such as pubs, bars and restaurants, have closed and the sale of takeaway alcohol is banned. Things are also tough for hotels – not to mention gyms and leisure facilities, entertainment venues and community centres – as they have had to close their doors (yet again!).
There’s no disputing that these are unprecedented times for us all, and the last thing business owners want is to worry about threats, such as commercial burglaries. Which is why we thought we’d share some of our top tips to protect your premises from burglary…

Burglary prevention tips

Secure cash and valuables – if your business provides high-value items and handles a lot of cash, it’s a good idea to lock them away in a secure place – away from plain sight. Never leave cash in the till overnight (especially if your business is shut for lockdown), and always remember to remove product displays at the end of the day.

Enhance security – burglars are savvy. They will monitor your property and assess the easiest way to gain access. Don’t make their job easier. Always make sure that doors are locked and windows aren’t left open. And if you’re closed, why not use your time wisely to ramp up security and secure your premises with new door locks, a high-quality burglar alarm or perhaps CCTV and floodlights?

Increase visibility – criminals don’t like to be seen and hide under the cover of darkness. A great way to protect your property against theft is to keep it well-lit at all times. Motion-sensor lighting is ideal as it alerts you every time someone is in the vicinity.

CCTV surveillance – smile for the camera! CCTV systems don’t just monitor your property, they record footage which can be used as evidence should you be the victim of theft or even vandalism. Most of the time, burglars will avoid buildings that have 24-hour CCTV in operation as they are at serious risk of being caught red-handed.

Invest in a security safe – whether it be cash, electronics, jewellery or business documents, you don’t want to leave things lying around overnight – never mind days or weeks! The best way to keep things secure and organised is to buy a safe and lock items away when they are not required.

Ready to invest in a safe?


Great! You’ll find a comprehensive range of safes online at eSafes, including deposit safes, Eurograde safes, fireproof safes, home and office safes, gun cabinets, underfloor and wall safes, to name just a few.
Browse the collection in full and click through for more details. Once you’ve decided which safe is best for your business, simply add it to your basket and proceed to checkout. You’ll be pleased to know that we offer free UK delivery on all orders and dispatch products as quickly as possible.
For more information about our safes, or to discuss your requirements with an expert, don’t hesitate to get in touch by calling 0800 7832 328 or email us at [email protected], and we’ll get back to you.

Top tips on how to stay safe this Christmas

Posted December 22nd, 2020 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

After what feels like a long and dismal year, a lot of us have thrown caution to the wind and gone early with our Christmas decorations in an attempt to lift spirits and spread a little festive joy.

As the excitement builds for the big day, we wanted to share some of our top tips for staying safe – a few extra precautions that may seem obvious now, but can easily slip your mind on the run-up to Christmas.

So, let’s get started.

Fire safety

Burn candles safely

Candles are popular all year round, but more so during the festive season. There are a plethora of scented Christmas candles to choose from – be it cinnamon, pine, fir, orange zest, winter spice, sandalwood, etc – and they come in all sorts of colours, shapes and sizes. You can even buy decorative Christmas candle holders too.

However, you must never place candles near your Christmas tree, furnishings or any other items that can come into contact with the flame. Keep candles, lighters and matches out of reach of children. And never leave burning candles unattended.

Test your fire alarm

Ok, so this is probably the least of your worries when there are presents to be wrapped, mince pies to be eaten and mulled wine to be drunk! But you must check that your fire alarm and battery are working at all times.

With fairy lights – both indoors and out – and various other electricals, there is bound to be a lot more pressure on your sockets, not to mention the addition of candles on the fireplace, windowsill or kitchen table. Testing your fire alarm regularly will ensure that it will sound in the unfortunate event of a fire. And the best bit is, all it takes is a weekly check and a quick clean to remove any dust.

Kitchen safety

Be vigilant

If you’ve hosted Christmas before, you’ll know just how hectic things can get in the kitchen. You have a list as long as your arm – from preparing the vegetables and arranging the table to making sure the turkey doesn’t burn in the oven! Which is why it pays to be extra vigilant in the kitchen at Christmas time.

Loose materials can catch fire very quickly so avoid wearing baggy clothing and keep towels and oven gloves handy but not too close to the cooker or hob. Try not to get distracted by what’s going on around you either.

Don’t drink alcohol whilst cooking

Did you know that more fires start in the kitchen than any other room in the house?

We understand that it’s a celebration, and you want to have a tipple with loved ones, but you should stay sober. At least until you’ve finished cooking, have turned everything off, and sat down to tuck into your delicious Christmas dinner!

Personal and property safety

Don’t reveal too much

What springs to mind when you think of Christmas? Is it spending time with your nearest and dearest? Enjoying delicious food at the Christmas Markets and splurging on lavish gifts? Perhaps you enjoy getting dressed up on Christmas Day?

Although a lot of us can’t wait to share with family and friends on social media what we’re up to, where we are and what Father Christmas brought us, it’s important we stay safe online.

Invest in a safe

At Christmas, our houses are often filled with gifts. We’re all guilty of stashing presents in the loft out of reach of the children and slipping things under the bed or in the wardrobe. But the truth is, even if you think you have the most discrete hiding place in the house, it’s not to say savvy criminals won’t find it!

Therefore, investing in a safe is a great idea and will enable you to protect presents and any other expensive or sentimental items.

At eSafes, we stock an extensive range of safes and are confident that you’ll find something suitable for your valuables, space and budget. We cannot recommend our fireproof safes enough. These will protect your possessions from the threat of a house fire – not just during the holiday season but all year round. For more information about the fireproof safes we supply, or for expert advice on which safe to choose for your home, give us a call on 0800 7832 328 today and we will do everything we can to assist.

How much do safes cost?

Posted November 24th, 2020 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

Ever considered investing in a safe – either for your home or office? If not, why not?

Safes are an important investment for homeowners and businesses alike and allow you to store all kinds of hard-to-replace items, including How much do safes cost?expensive jewellery, family heirlooms, cash, documents, and more. However, a question we get asked a lot is how much do safes cost?

It’s tricky to say how much you will pay for a safe as the overall price can vary significantly depending on several factors. These include the size of the safe, the level of security it provides, how much fire protection it offers and any other built-in features.

Let’s break these down.

  • Size

When shopping for safes, size matters – and the bigger units are almost always the most expensive. But, spending a little more on a larger safe will give you ample storage space for your possessions and, in turn, eliminate the need to squeeze everything in. A more roomy safe will not only protect your goods against harm but allow you to organise them – ideal for office documents and valuable equipment that will be left on the premises overnight.

  • Level of security

Smaller safes that offer a basic level of security for cash and valuables tend to be the cheapest and can be installed almost anywhere around the home. Whilst safes that have many security features – and are virtually impenetrable – will cost you more upfront. However, if you’re storing precious items in a particularly vulnerable location, a secure box is well worth the expense.

  • Fire protection

If you’re searching for an office safe to store important documents and files, a safe with increased fire protection is desirable as you want to be sure that your papers won’t be destroyed in case of a fire. Though fire and data safes that offer more resistance usually carry a hefty price tag, they are well worth the extra expense to protect your documents against the worst.

  • Other features

Some safes have built-in features which – although it depends on the type – can affect the price. These include things like interior fabrics, lighting and shelving and a painted finish on the exterior that ensures the unit can withstand all impacts.

Something else to be mindful of is that wall safes – the ones that slot into the wall in place of bricks – cost a fraction more than standard safes. But they do make it very unlikely for a burglar to remove the entire safe and get away with your possessions.

Ready to buy a safe?

From home and office safes to deposit safes, gun safes and fire document safes, we have an extensive range available for you to choose from. These come with a key, electronic or fingerprint lock as standard, allowing you to secure the items held inside.

Simply browse the range in full and narrow down your options using the navigation at the top. If you’re unsure about anything or have a question about the safes we currently stock, you’re welcome to contact us at any time. Either call 0800 7832 328 or email [email protected], and we’ll be in touch.

5 reasons to add a safe to your Christmas list

Posted October 28th, 2020 in Uncategorized by Richard Nash

It won’t be long before you’re putting up the Christmas tree, watching festive films with the kid’s and seeing their little faces light up once they open their presents on Christmas morning. But, as the UK continues its battle with the coronavirus, it’s clear that Christmas 2020 is going to be like no other – and, large families will have to rethink their family festivities to comply with the ‘rule of six’.

Although it won’t be what we’re used to, it doesn’t mean that you can’t still buy gifts for your loved ones. Online shopping makes it easy for you to shop for everyone on your list – from the comfort and safety of your home – without having to wear a mask, keep a safe 2m apart and follow a one-way system! But before you get carried away splurging on everyone else, have you thought about what you’ll ask for this year? Of course, you may have had your eye on a pair of designer trainers, a sparkly diamond ring or the PlayStation 5 – but might we suggest a safe?

Here we look at the key benefits of having a safe in your home:

Protection

Arguably, the best thing about safes is that they allow you to keep all kinds of items safe and secure – out of reach of thieves and burglars. This could be anything from family heirlooms, expensive pieces of jewellery, cash or electronics (i.e. laptops, mobile phones, etc.).

Fireproof

Always wanted somewhere secure to keep important documents, such as bank statements, birth certificates, passports, tax returns and wills? Perhaps you want to protect other hard-to-replace items? A fireproof safe is a fantastic investment for your home and will save your valuables from getting damaged or destroyed in the unfortunate event of a fire. Typically, these safes offer 30, 60 or 90 minutes of fire protection for paper, however, some brands offer up to 120 minutes resistance.

Safety

Safes are great for keeping potentially dangerous items, like shotguns, away from little ones who are instinctively curious and quick to touch things they aren’t supposed to. It’s also a legal requirement for all weapons (including ammunition) to be stored securely inside a lockable gun safe or cabinet to keep them out of harm’s way and prevent misuse.

Money saving

One of the most surprising benefits of safes is that – if fitted professionally by a qualified installer – they can lower your home insurance rates because the risk of material losses and damages is minimised. The money you save could go towards future home improvements, family holidays or the items on your original Christmas list! You decide.

It’s also worth speaking with your insurer as they will be able to advise you on the best place to locate your safe to ensure you benefit from competitive insurance premiums.

Peace of mind

Are you a stickler for putting things “in a safe place”? Or forgetting what you’ve done with your keys? Fear not, a safe can save you the stress of searching high and low and provide you with the peace of mind that items are held safely and are close at hand.

What’s more, several safes are designed especially for large bunches of keys, including budget key safes, deep key vaults and key stores. These allow you to store your keys conveniently and can only be opened using the appropriate key or code. For more information about the safes we supply online – here at eSafes – and why you should add one to your wish list, get in touch with the team today. Just give us a call on 0800 7832 328 or drop us an email at [email protected], and we’ll get back to you shortly.

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]