Safes: Out of sight out of mind

Today, hiding jewellery and spare cash in your sock drawer is no longer an option as security-savvy burglars know where to look.

If you are guilty of leaving high-value items around your home, think about storing them in a safe. The same goes for important documents, such as passports, credit card statements and car registration paperwork.

Here, experts from leading security specialist, and headline National Home Security Month sponsor, Yale, offer advice on what to consider when buying a safe:

Cash ratings and standards

Cash ratings can be used as general guide to the security level of your safe. The higher the cash rating, the higher the security.

A cash rating refers to how much your insurance company will underwrite the contents of your safe for. If the rating is £1,000 then the safe is suitable for storing up to £1,000 in cash or 10 times this sum in jewellery and other valuables i.e. £10,000 in jewellery.

Individual insurance companies’ ratings may vary, and you can check with yours before you purchase a safe. You can also look out for independent test standards, such as Secured by Design, Sold Secure and SKG.

Lock away laptops

As more Brits continue to work from home, IT equipment that would usually be locked away in office buildings needs to be kept safe. When you log off at the end of the day what do you do with your laptop? Computers are expensive pieces of kit that contain important files and sometimes sensitive information, so it’s important to keep them out of the hands of thieves.

Yale’s range of Maximum Security Motorised Safes will help to keep your most important belongings secure. These include features such as reinforced anti-drill plate in key areas and laser cut doors for protection against attacks. The Yale Laptop Safe is designed to protect cash to the value of £2,000 and valuables up to £20,000. 

Keep documents safe 

One of the most worrying targets for burglars is important documents and papers including passports, birth certificates and credit card statements. A thief can use these to access your bank account or even steal your identity. They’re also a nightmare to replace! For your safety and peace of mind, store these documents in a safe too.

It’s a good idea to look for a home safe that is fireproof. In the event of a blaze, this will protect the contents from heat caused by a fire. Keeping sensitive documents locked away will ensure they’re not stolen or damaged, and some models offer up to one-hour fire protection. 

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