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Key Features to Look for When Buying a Safe

17th September 2020

If you’re thinking about buying a safe for your home security or business security needs, it’s important to consider what features you would require to fulfill your security requirements.

Cash safes come with an array of different features, including cash ratings, fire ratings and locking options, in addition to the many different sizes and styles of safe to choose from.

Deciding on the right safe for your security needs can seem quite daunting, but we’ve put together this article to provide you with information about some of the key features of safes, helping you to determine which security safe will be most suitable for your needs.


There are many different safes available for you to choose from which all come with their own unique benefits. Before deciding on which safe will best suit your requirements, it makes sense to weigh up your options.


Deposit Safes are an ideal security solution for retail or office environments. These safes have deposit slots that allow envelopes, capsules or cash to be deposited directly into the body of the safe without having to open it each time. The deposit options available for our range of cash safes include rotary deposit, envelope slot, drawer trap deposit, and capsule systems. Our range of deposit features can be fitted to any of our Eurograde cash safes, ensuring the appropriate level of cash cover can still be achieved through your deposit safe solution.


These safes are specifically designed and manufactured to provide a high-quality security solution for business environments, whether that is a large commercial organisation or a small independent business. Commercial Safes provide an added layer of security for any cash or valuables left within the premises of the business overnight or when the offices are closed. Commercial safes tend to be slightly larger than domestic safes as there is usually more required to store within these.


Domestic Safes have been designed and manufactured specifically for use within the home. This kind of safe provides high-security protection for any cash and valuables lying around the home. Domestic safes tend to be smaller than commercial safes.


When considering buying a safe, it would be wise to contemplate cash and valuables ratings. These ratings indicate the amount of possible insurance cover provided for cash and valuables of any items kept in the safe at any given time. Cash and valuables ratings correspond with the grading of safes, so purchasing a grade certified safe will have the added bonus of cash and valuable ratings attached to it. Purchasing a graded safe allows the safe owner to add the items stored within their safe, such as cash and valued goods, to your insurance cover, should you wish to do so.


If your insurer has recommended or requested purchasing a safe then we offer a range of Insurance Approved options. Insurance approved safes, or AiS approved safes, comply with European standards for the manufacture of safes, ensuring that your security solution meets the appropriate standards required to meet your insurer’s requirements.


At Associated Security, we offer a variety of Locking Options to choose from when purchasing a safe. Our range of cash safes come with key locking as standard, with 2 keys provided. The electronic safe locks or digital locking solutions function by using a code, or combination of code and Dallas key to unlock the safe, whereas biometric locking systems utilise fingerprint scanners to unlock the safe door.


If you require added protection for the documents, cash or media data stored within your safe then it makes sense to consider purchasing a safe that comes with protection against heat and fire damage. Fire protection ranges from 30 minutes up to 180 minutes, ensuring that the contents of the safe would be protected for the applicable length of time in the event of a fire breaking out.


Purchasing a safe is definitely a task that requires more consideration and strategic planning than other security solutions, however, they provide high-quality protection for your cash and valuables, as well as peace of mind that the contents are secure.

By taking into account the various options offered when buying a safe, this will help to paint a clear picture in your mind of what your requirements really are.


At Associated Security, we have a wide range of products suitable for both home security and commercial security needs. If you’re looking at buying a safe and know what you need, or even if you still aren’t too sure what would best suit your needs, we can help – just get in touch with us and we’ll happily advise you.

Find out more about our range of Safes & Security Products and Services or get in touch to discuss your requirements, call us on 0161 832 2777.

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