Safes are an effective deterrent for criminals and will provide you with the peace of mind that your belongings are secure.
They can be installed almost anywhere in the home – whether it be upstairs or downstairs, hidden in the wall or under the floorboards.
As great as safes are, they’re not completely impenetrable.
That’s why, when purchasing one for your home, you must choose a top-quality safe from a renowned security brand, such as Chubbsafes.
Chubbsafes patented the first-ever burglar-resistant safe back in 1835, and continue to build some of the best home safes today.
They provide a variety of different options, including the Earth, Fire, Water and Air models, all of which are manufactured to an exceptional standard and boast unique strengths.
So, how do you decide which one is best for your home?
Allow us to guide you through the process of choosing the perfect Chubbsafes safe.
· What items do you want to protect?
From family heirlooms to expensive jewellery, important documents and quirky collectables, a safe will keep your valuables as secure as possible – ensuring opportunistic criminals don’t get their hands on them!
Deciding what you’ll store inside will help you to choose a suitable sized Chubb safe and receive maximum value for your money.
· What do you want to protect valuables from?
Chubb safes are designed to resist burglary, fire and explosives.
Each one has a high-security lock fitted on the outside to prevent savvy thieves from being able to break in and steal your valuables. They also have a cash rating which indicates how much insurers will cover in the event of an emergency.
Some have a fire rating too – offering 30, 60, 90 or 120 minutes of resistance against extreme temperatures and flames. This is especially ideal if you’ll stow paperwork and other irreplaceable items in your safe.
· How much capacity does the safe need to have?
Your ideal safe size will depend on its contents.
For example, a few delicate pieces of jewellery won’t take up much room in a safe, but you’re likely to need a couple of shelves for paper files.
When choosing a safe size, we recommend sizing up if possible. This will allow you to add more to it in the future – saving you the hassle and expense of replacing it with a bigger Chubbsafes safe.
· How would you like to secure your safe?
While your preferred locking method won’t necessarily affect the security of your belongings, it will impact the ease of use – making it simpler for you to access your safe.
Some have key locks – meaning there’s no PIN to memorise (or forget!) – whilst others are fitted with highly secure electronic locks and reduce the need to carry a key.
Chubbsafes also provide safes with dual locks, which add an extra layer of protection by requiring two people to open them (i.e. one person holds the key to the safe while another enters the code).
· Do you need a graded safe?
Graded safes are typically required for insurance purposes. They undergo rigorous tests to ensure they offer optimal protection for the items stored inside, as well as peace of mind for you.
A Grade 0 safe will provide cover for up to £6,000 cash (or £60,000 worth of valuables). A Grade 4 offers cover for £60,000 in cash, whilst Grade 6 offers £150,000 cash cover.
· How much fire protection does your safe need?
Important documents and antiques are often irreplaceable in the event of theft or fire damage. So it’s worth considering how much fire resistance a safe offers before you decide to make a purchase.
If you only need a low level of protection for a few documents, you can’t go wrong with a standard 30-minute fire rating. If you’re looking for maximum protection, a Chubb safe with 120 minutes of fire resistance is ideal.
· What’s your budget?
You can expect to pay between £80 and several thousand pounds for a Chubbsafes safe, depending on its size, cash rating and level of fire protection.
But it’s money well spent, as your valuables will be protected from theft, fire and damage – reducing the need for expensive repairs and replacements.
We suggest setting yourself a realistic budget when shopping for a home safe. This will not only help narrow your options down – making it easier for you to make a decision – but will also prevent you from overspending.
Ready to buy a Chubbsafes safe?
When it comes to finding the best fire, deposit, floor or wall safe from Chubbsafes, keeping the above in mind will certainly help.
However, it also pays to go to a reputable stockist who has an extensive range available for you to choose from. On top of this, they’ll be able to guide and advise you on the most suitable safe for your needs and budget.