If you have valuables, such as cash, jewellery, sentimental
items, important documents or computer media, which would need extra protection
in the event of a burglary or fire you should have a security safe.
Choosing the right type of security safe
Refer to the Safe Test Results page for more information on
suitable Home / Domestic safes.
- List all the items you need to protect.
- What is your key concern, i.e. what do you want to
protect your items against:- THEFT, FIRE, MAGNETISM, DUST. (see summary
below, for snapshot on safe types).
|Burglary Safe - Cash Safe
|For valuables, jewellery, money. Paperwork /
legal docs, where fire protection is not a priority.
|Fire Safe Document
|All paperwork, including passports, birth
certificates, legal docs etc.
|Fire Safe Media
||Protects document as well as media records. i.e.
CD's, diskettes, photographs, negatives etc.
- Where you plan to locate the safe, will it be free
standing, under - floor or in the wall. You will need to consider both the
internal and the external dimensions, in order to ensure that the safe will
fit into its designated space.
- Total sizes or volume of the items to be stored. It can
be helpful to have the measurements of the largest item you will place in
the safe in order to get a sense of the minimum dimensions you will require.
Safes are a long-term investment. It is therefore important to identify both
your short and long term requirements before choosing the appropriate size.
- If applicable the total monetary value of goods, to be
stored in the safe. Burglary -cash security safes are graded by a given cash
rating, this is your guide to help determine the grade of safe you require.
(This is important if you want cover by your insurance company)
Safe Classification (There are two standard types of security safes):-
1) Burglary resistant Safes
Burglary - Cash security safes designed to offer burglar
resistance. However, due to their construction (e.g. body thickness, infill
material) cash safes do offer some fire resistant qualities. Some cash safes
benefit from a recognized fire protection testing accreditation. The level of
security / protection offered by a cash security safe, will depend upon the
design of the safe i.e. body thickness, (single or double walled construction)
door thickness, complexity of the locking mechanism, weight of the safe
(resistance to being uplifted) all these design features will help determine the
cash rating given to the safe (see below and refer to Standards & Testing
Safe Cash rating this is the overnight
cash rating given by the safe manufacturer (i.e. it is their view on what cover
an insurer is likely to give). Valuables cover - as a guide,
insurers typically give up to 10 times the cash rating for valuables, i.e. a 3K
cash rating would be 30K for valuables (Please Check with your insurer first).
2) Fire Protection Safes
There are many types of fire protection safes - cabinets
currently on the market. Safes - cabinets are tested for 30, 60, 90, 120 minutes
within a controlled environment and are subject to a variety of tests, such as
Fire & Impact, Explosion etc. Two testing levels, Document and Media
protection. (For more information refer to Standards & Testing page).
Document safe - cabinet is designed to protect paper only, i.e.
valuable documents, wills, share certificates, deeds etc.
Data / Media Safe
Media safe - cabinet is designed to protect disks and other
audio/visual equipment such as video and cassette tapes from fire. These
materials have special requirements because they are more fragile than paper
documents. Diskettes, for example, can be destroyed at temperatures far below
the maximum specified for papers. Storage of diskettes also requires humidity to
be below a certain level.
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