How are Safes rated?

Posted May 17th, 2018 in Buying Guides by Richard Nash

Safes are an integral part of any home or business; they’re guaranteed to protect your personal possessions, ensuring that there is no compromise made to quality or functionality. When choosing a safe, you’ll notice that each of the safes provided by eSafes incorporate a unique rating which determines how much protection it has to offer, essentially making it easier for you to find the best safe!

Insurance Rating

Some safes are given an insurance rating to provide a clear indication of the maximum cash value that can be covered by the insurance company, should it be involved in an incidence of theft.

Generally, the higher rated safes are suited more towards the requirements of customers who are looking to store expensive items inside, so if you’re looking to keep all of your valuable items secure, a high insurance rated safe is ideal.

Cash Rating

Depending on how safes are designed, they have a cash rating that reflects exactly how much money you can protect. The cash rating is used by insurance companies to ensure that your cash is protected from burglars and that you’re fully covered.

To maximise the safety and security of safes, it’s suggested that you make sure that it’s installed professionally.

Fire Rating

At eSafes, they supply a complete range of safes which are designed to be fire resistant. A fire safe resists flames and exceedingly high temperatures, providing you with optimal protection for your valuable belongings.

If you’re planning on storing paper in the safe, a lower fire rated safe will do just fine… unlike data. DVD’s, CD’s and hard drives are best stored within higher fire rated safes to protect media from heat damage and spoilage.

What does the Rating mean?

Put simply, the rating of safes acts as an indicator as to how burglar resistant it is.

Using jewellery as an example, a safe is an ideal place to keep expensive and sentimental possessions out of harm’s way. If you’re looking for a safe to store your jewellery, but you’re confused by the “insurance rating” of the safe, you’d easily be forgiven!

A safe that has the has an insurance rating of £2,000 in cash is the equivalent of £20,000 worth of valuables- bear this in mind when choosing and storing items in a safe!

Cash Rating Chart

 

What is it determined by?

The rating of your safe is determined by several factors; including the following:

  • Resistance to movement

Any safe that you install to your domestic or commercial property needs to be stored securely if you’re to protect the contents held inside it. The rating of the safe takes into consideration how easy it is to move and how easily burglars can gain access to it.

  • Lock Security

Securing any safe with a high-security lock will protect your items further, making it incredibly difficult for opportunistic criminals to get their hands on your possessions. A high rated safe can potentially prevent theft.

  • Build Quality

The thickness and strength of the walls and doors of your safe can also be reflected on within the rating. Safes that are well-designed and able to resist physical attack will have a higher rating than safes that are less sturdy. Any safe that is carefully designed and built is likely to protect your cash and jewellery more reliably.

Eurograde Safes

When it comes to finding a high security safe, you’re in capable hands with eSafes! Their safes are designed to be reliable and suit the requirements of domestic and commercial customers alike. The Eurograde safes are ideal if you need to protect cash or valuables against theft and burglary.

The insurance rating of a Eurograde safe stipulates whether it has the ability to resist attacks and impacts, potentially helping customers to decide whether it’s suitable for their requirements.

The Eurograde approved safes have a rating between 0 and 7: Grade 0 being the lowest rating and Grade 7 being the highest. The Grade 7 safes are considered to be the most reliable safes when it comes to keeping items secure.

AiS Approved Safes

The Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS Approved Safes) are the UK authority who asses the risks. Any safe that is AiS approved is guaranteed to be covered by insurance companies if assets were to be stolen from the safe.

Choosing an AiS approved safe will provide you with an improved standard of protection as well as the level of security that is required.

With approved brands like Chubbsafes and Securikey, eSafes are bound to provide you with a high-quality safe that is guaranteed to match your budget requirements!

Why not discuss your requirements in detail with the team of experts at eSafes and let them identify which rated safe will suit your needs best? Call them on 0800 7832328 today.

How will GDPR affect your paper document storage?

Posted March 23rd, 2018 in eSafes Services, Security by Richard Nash

When it comes to storing documents in the office, there are several factors that you need to be mindful of. Why not let eSafes talk you through the basics when it comes to keeping confidential information safe in the office, taking into consideration the upcoming changes in GDPR?

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What is GDPR?

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulations. These regulations have been initiated across Europe (not just the UK) to replace the Data Protection Act.

The General Data Protection Regulations are set to take effect in May 2018- leaving you with just over a month to familiarise yourself with the new guidelines. Although you may already have a suitable filing system that works for your business, GDPR may alter this slightly to ensure that any records are stored securely within your office.

Changes have been made to the Data Protection Act to strengthen the safety and security of clientele. Anyone who’s found not complying with the regulations this summer can expect to be faced with a fine for compromising the privacy and confidentiality of clients.

Document storage.

Depending on the type of records you need to keep hold of, this can alter the length of time it can be stored. When storing any documents in your office, don’t forget about the required use date. Once documents are no longer required, it’s your responsibility to destroy, delete or shred them, ensuring that there is no trace to be found.

If you’re looking for a suitable storage solution for paper documents, you’re in capable hands with us at eSafes. We supply a complete range of data safes, each of which is priced affordably and suitable for all media types.

Confidential information.

Whether it be bank account details, passwords or social security numbers- you need to make sure that documents are stored somewhere safe and out of harm’s way.

Any documents that incorporate sensitive data can compromise the privacy of clients, hence why you should never leave such documents lying around your office! So, if you handle any documents that incorporate clients names, addresses or personal information, think about where you’re leaving it.

A data safe from eSafes will allow you to lock any papers away, ultimately preventing them from being stolen or falling into the wrong hands. Can you afford not to check them out today?

Adherence to GDPR Guidelines.

Something that we are often all guilty of is overlooking cybersecurity and hacking. Any data that is printed or stored digitally needs to be stored safely to protect client’s confidentiality.

No matter whether you’re storing paper documents or transferring data across networks, you should always make sure that your business adheres to GDPR guidelines.

Go paperless!

A paperless office is a new concept for various businesses. Choosing to go paperless will allow you to meet the GDPR deadline, making sure that you’re prepared for the regulation changes in May. Digital documents will reduce the number of papers you need to store within your premises, not only freeing up more space but effectively working towards environmental stewardship.

Cutting down on the number of paper copies you deal with will allow you to prevent fraudulent activity. To avoid “anyone” reading clients personal information, going paperless is ideal.

Document backup.

Keeping a copy of your documents is always a good idea if you’re prone to putting things down and losing them!

To keep a digital copy of all documents, we recommend scanning them as you go- otherwise, this could be a long process. Once you’ve scanned the documents, make sure that they are disposed of efficiently, preventing them from going walkabouts in the office.

If you copy your documents to a memory stick or hard drive disk, you don’t want to keep this with the original copies- perhaps keep it somewhere safe and out of reach of prying hands? This will not only allow you to know exactly where it is when there comes a time that you need it but can also safeguard your client’s personal information and ensure that GDPR guidelines are met.

Investing in a safe.

Storing paper documents is easy- why not find a suitable office safe from our extensive collection, here at eSafes? Our office safes are guaranteed to prevent papers going missing, providing you with an appropriate place to file them.

We can offer you a highly resistant solution for protecting your documents, keeping your client’s private data just that… PRIVATE!

You can rest assured that any of the office safes that we supply for businesses are designed to withstand physical attack, whether it be a burglary or a fire. What’s more; our office and data safes are perfect for all budget requirements, so no matter how much or how little you’re looking to spend, you can bet eSafes has just the solution!

The data safes that we provide are priced competitively, making sure that you receive the best value for your money.

Safe storage.

The office and date safes we supply are designed to satisfy the requirements of all business (no matter what you’re looking to store inside it). Office safes are extremely spacious and can accommodate various volumes of documents, offering a solution for safekeeping clients confidential data.

You’ll notice that we supply data safes that can reliably store documents and hard drives, along with mobile phones and currency, making it easier for you to lock away any valuable items and to follow 2018 GDPR guidelines.

From our great range of data and office safes, we provide a variety of solutions that are guaranteed to enhance security within your business. All the safes we provide are guaranteed to protect your possessions and any confidential data that you have, making sure that there is no compromise made to the quality or appearance of your belongings.

Some of the safes we have in stock incorporate a life-long guarantee, so you needn’t worry about maximising the use of your safe and storing your documents reliably.

Need to know more about how GDPR will affect paper document storage? Don’t hesitate to get in touch with eSafes today. Simply call us on 0800 783 2328!

Are safes a “safe” investment for everyone?

Posted February 27th, 2018 in Buying Guides by Richard Nash

Finding a suitable safe needn’t be stressful. Here at eSafes, our home and office safes come in all shapes and sizes, making it easier for you to find one that will fit perfectly within your property.

The safes we have available are designed to be flexible and last a lifetime. They incorporate a timeless look and feel, meaning they will never go out of fashion!

Home safes.

If you’re looking to enhance safety in your home, you cannot go wrong with a home safe from eSafes. We cater for everyone, ensuring that you find a suitable solution for protecting your personal possessions.

One of our home safes will allow you to store any keepsakes, jewellery, money or gadgets with the confidence that burglars won’t get their hands on them! Your belongings won’t be left on show if they are kept inside a safe.

We supply the home safes in a variety of brands, including Chubbsafes, Yale and Securikey. Make sure you choose something suitable today!

Fire and Data safes.

When it comes to finding a safe that offers protection against fire and water, look no further than eSafes! A fire and data safe will provide you with the peace of mind that your documents and cash are safe.

In the event of a fire, you can rest assured that your belongings held inside the safe will be protected and they won’t be damaged. Our fire and data safes will make the perfect addition to any office, allowing you to secure any sensitive date you leave in your office overnight.

One of our fire and data safes will prevent documents from being intercepted by the wrong hands and used fraudulently.

Deposit safes for retail.

How safe are deposit safes? The deposit safes that we supply for retail are designed to make it easier for you to store cash and cheque deposits within your office. Each deposit safe enables you to insert cash easily, meaning that you don’t need to open the safe every time you want to put money in.

For retail; we supply the electronic safes, till safes, deposit safes and underfloor safes. No matter which of our safes you choose for your retail business, you’ll find that our products are manufactured to the highest quality- providing you with a safe solution for storing deposits.

ESafes have just the solution for keeping deposits safe; choose an affordable deposit safe today!

Gun safes.

What better way to secure your firearms than a gun cabinet or safe?

Our gun safes are available in several leading brands, like Burton Safes, Phoenix Safes and Securikey. At eSafes, we supply only the best safes for firearms, ensuring that they are protected from theft and damage.

The gun safes incorporate a simple locking system; they either lock using a key or electronically.

By storing your gun in a cabinet, you can ultimately protect it from being stolen and you can store it safely, ensuring that there’s no compromise made to its quality.

If you’re planning to transport your gun from one area to the next; our gun cabinets are a safe investment to make. Designed to be lightweight, the cabinet will make it more convenient for you to carry your firearms- protecting your shooting equipment and preventing the risk of injury!

Needless to say, eSafes supply a complete range of safes, accommodating the needs and requirements of all customers. With so many to choose from, it’s fair to say that safes are a safe investment for everyone; they allow you to store your expensive items safely and securely. Our safes are available in all shapes, sizes and colours, so you needn’t worry about finding one that blends seamlessly within your property!

For more information, call us on 0800 7832 328 today!

Investing in safes in the New Year

Posted January 30th, 2018 in Buying Guides by Richard Nash

Needless to say, a safe can maximise the security of any home or office. Here at eSafes, we supply safes that are perfect if you’re looking to lock away any valuable items. We supply the safes to prevent the risk of your expensive items from being stolen or damaged, can you really afford to miss out?

As with any of the products that we supply, our safes are manufactured to protect your precious belongings that can often attract the attention of burglars, allowing you to keep them safe and out of reach.

There are countless reasons why you should invest in the safes that we supply; however, you’ll need to consider the following:

 

Winter

Believe it or not, winter is the prime time for burglars! More cover can be found during the winter months, providing burglars with more time to search for money, jewellery and other expensive items.

The simple investment of safes will allow you to prevent your property from being broken into, allowing you to keep your home or office safe and secure. Why not choose one of our home and office safes today? We’re confident you’ll find something that combines practicality with style.

Post-Christmas

Once the festivities come to an end, this can be peak time for property break-ins! Burglars tend to break into homes after the Christmas period when homeowners return to work, children go back to school, and properties are left, filled with all sorts of valuable items.

Valuable products can often entice burglars to your property- hence why we recommend keeping these out of sight! Any expensive items that you got for Christmas should be stored inside one of the safes that we supply at eSafes, this will allow you to protect them from being stolen.

Secure storage

You should always prioritise keeping your items safe. The safes that we supply for the home and the office provides a protective solution for your equipment, enabling you to store them safely and out of reach of thieves.

With any of the safes that we supply, you needn’t worry about finding a suitable safe for storing your valuables.

Design

When choosing safes for your property, you want to make sure that they suit the style of your property and the space you have available. Any of the safes from eSafes are designed to be discreet, so you needn’t worry about them blending in seamlessly.

We supply the safes in a wide range of shapes and sizes, making it easier for you to maximise the space you have available. Take the Yale Certified Home Safe for instance; this is significantly smaller and more compact than the Securikey Mini Vault 2 Electronic Safe!

Reliability

Here at eSafes, we supply a wide range of world-renowned brands, so you needn’t worry about getting the best value from your safes. With brands like Chubbsafes, Securikey and Yale, you can rest assured that your items will be protected and stored securely.

We provide cash rated safes, high-security safes and laptop safes, protecting your money, jewellery, mobile phone, electricals or even your business’ client information.

Need to know more about why you should invest in our safes in 2018? Call us on 0800 7832328 today!

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 LOCK

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:

Pros

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

Cons

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

 

DIGITAL LOCK

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:

Pros

  • 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

Cons

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

 

WHEEL COMBINATION LOCK

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:

Pros

  • Huge number of possible combinations provides high security

Cons

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

 

BIOMETRIC LOCK

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:

Pros

  • 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

Cons

  • 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 www.esafes.co.uk.

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 https://www.esafes.co.uk/safe-removal-of-all-safes 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: ukcrimestats.com). And experts from leading UK home security company eSafes.co.uk 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: mediabistro.com) 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: confused.com) 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.

Overview:
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

Brand-of-the-month

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.