Even with an alarm system in place, burglary and fire are still major risks to the home. While the risk of damage to your home is understandably the major concern in the latter case, the risk of damage to your possessions is still not worth taking if it can be avoided. Over 400,000 burglaries took place in the UK between March 2016 and 2017, and more than half of these occurred in residential properties. This is in addition to 162,000 fire incidents which happened in the U.K in 2015/16, with the threat of a house fire also putting your valuable possessions at risk.
Consequently, it is understandable that you might want to have a home safe installed in your property. However, it is also worth considering what the best safe for your home is. The following outlines a number of different types of safes that offer varying types and levels of protection.
Home safes for storing valuables and data
If you are looking for a secure way to store your valuable items, such as expensive jewellery, there are a range of safes which can offer dual protection from both theft and fires.
Made of steel, which renders them fireproof, wall safes can be built into both an inside or an outside wall in order to conceal the safe from burglars. Wall safes that are installed internally are usually done so in between studs on the wall, which limits how big they can be; this makes them particularly useful for smaller valuables and restricted spaces.
Freestanding safes are heavy and also usually made of steel. The sheer weight of these safes is what generally discourages burglars from removing them from your home. Freestanding safes can be fitted with a variety of locking devices; from electric or simple key locks to code combination locks.
Data safes are ideal if you simply want an efficient way to protect important paper documents, like wills and birth certificates, or other digital media, from the threat of fire. As these safes are fire-resistant, rather than fireproof, they will protect your possessions between thirty minutes and 2 hours (depending on the fire rating) in the event of a house fire providing the necessary window of time for the fire brigade to attend your premises.
Where should I hide a safe?
Identifying the best location for a home safe is dependent on what type of safe you have purchased. Those that offer the highest levels of protection are either fastened to a concrete floor or bolted to a wall, which makes it extremely difficult for burglars to remove them from your property. When it is not feasible to secure a safe in concrete, it could instead be fitted to a wooden joist in the floor. Safes containing valuable items like jewellery which you may need regularly should be placed in a secure but easily accessible location such as a bedroom, a spare room, or a walk-in wardrobe.
Fire resistant safes that contain important paper documents that you won’t need as often could be placed in a garage. Freestanding safes are usually heavy enough to discourage burglars from simply walking off with them. However, for added security, it is recommended that these safes be located out of sight, in a closet for example.
The weight of your safe is also a factor in where it should be located. Safes under 1,000 lbs. can be on the second floor of your house, but those over 1,000 lbs should be placed on the ground floor, or in a garage.
In any event, it is always advised to consult with a security expert prior to purchasing a safe. At Bridger Security, we offer a variety of safes ranging from data and wall safes to completely bespoke solutions to meet your specific needs. Book a free onsite consultation today and a member of our highly trained surveyors will help you decide on the right safe.