- July 28, 2022
5 Factors To Consider When Buying A Safe
A safe is one of the most rewarding investments you can make.
Aside from giving you the peace of mind that your valuables are protected against the threat of burglaries, fires and floods, they are also easily accessible – allowing you to add and remove items whenever you like.
With so many different options on the market, knowing which safe to choose can be difficult.
Here the team at eSafes share some of the factors you’ll need to take into account to help you identify the most suitable safe for your needs.
1. Safe type
There are numerous types available, including home and office safes, laptop safes, floor and wall safes, fireproof safes and deposit safes, to name just a few. The best one for you will depend on what you plan to store inside the safe.
For example, if you’re looking to safeguard personal possessions, a home safe should suffice. Alternatively, if you need somewhere to keep private and confidential data, a fireproof safe will be better. And if your business handles lots of cash, a safe with a deposit or chute function will be ideal.
Deciding what you’ll keep in the safe will also help you determine which size you need.
2. Safe size
Safes come in an array of shapes and sizes, meaning you should have no problem finding one that’s big enough for the items you intend on storing inside.
We usually recommend opting for a safe that’s slightly bigger than you need, to ensure you’re not squeezing everything in to shut the door. However, it all depends on where you’re thinking about installing it and how much available space you have.
3. Cash/valuable rating
All safes are given an insurance rating, which indicates the level of security and the amount of money or cash an insurer will cover if stored in the safe overnight. As with most things, the higher the rating, the more secure the safe will be.
If you have £2,000 of cash (or £20,000 worth of valuables) that you want to secure, we recommend choosing a safe with a £2,000 cash rating. However, if you plan to store additional items in your safe, it’s worth selecting one with a rating that’s 30% higher than your current needs.
4. Lock type
Safes often have a high-security lock fitted – either a combination lock, key lock or biometric (fingerprint) lock.
If you’re constantly forgetting PINs or worried about batteries running out, a key locking safe could be perfect for you. However, there is always the risk of losing or misplacing your keys, which means you’ll have to pay for replacement keys.
To save you the hassle of carrying keys around, you may consider a safe with a keypad. You can change the code as many times as you like – you just need to make sure you remember the combination.
Alternatively, a fingerprint locking safe is one of the easiest and most secure options available. These safes will only open when a pre-scanned fingerprint is placed on the reader. There’s no need to memorise a PIN or use a key.
Whilst safes are available at various price points, it’s crucial to set yourself a budget – and stick to it.
Usually, larger safes, and models with more advanced security features, are likely to cost you the most. However, these are guaranteed to make it more convenient for you to safeguard your possessions.
Similarly, a safe with a higher security rating will cost you more, but you can relax knowing that your belongings are out of harm’s way.
Invest in a security safe today
After considering the factors above, you should have a better idea of which safe you should buy. And with an extensive range to choose from – all priced competitively – you’re sure to find what you’re looking for on our website!
Feel free to explore the products within the category pages and use the filters to help narrow your search.
If you’re still unsure or have any questions or queries, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Either give us a call on 0800 783 2328 or email [email protected], and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible.
- July 28, 2022