Tips on buying a commercial safe


If you store valuable items or sensitive information on your premises, then it is highly advisable to invest in a safe to keep those items in. Break-ins at commercial premises are still common, and can be devastating in terms of the loss of property, but also the time it takes to clear it up, replace what has been lost and deal with the insurance company.

Safes are one of the most secure was to protect value items on commercial premises, but there are a wide range to choose from, so it is important that you invest in the right one for your business. Here are our tips to ensure you get the right safe for your business.

Decide on what will be in the safe

Compiling a list of what you will be putting in the safe will help you to decide which safe is most appropriate for your needs. 

For instance, if you want to store jewellery, there are safes available that have shelves installed and soft linings to prevent any scratching. It is also advisable to have an idea of the value of the jewellery that will be stored so you can get the right level of safety.

Meanwhile, if you are storing documents or usb sticks, it is worth investigating the fire safety rating of the safe to ensure they don’t get damaged if there is a blaze at your premises.

There are also specialist laptops safes – which are generally thinner than typical safes to accommodate the shape of the laptop.

Also, remember to check the internal dimensions of a safe when you are choosing: safes may look like they have a bigger capacity due to the thickness of the walls. 

Choose your level of security

Different safes have different levels of security, so you need to work out the value of what you will be putting in the safe.

Every safe has a security rating, which is used to check if your insurance covers the contents of the safe. The rating is worked out by things like the thickness of the door and walls and how good the lock is on it – the thicker the walls the higher the security rating and the more secure it is. 

The European EN standards can be a requirement for business safes. The EN standards are EN1143-1 and EN14450.

EN1143-1 has a range of grades from 0 to 6. Grade zero is equivalent to a £6,000 cash rating, while Grade 1 is equivalent to £10,000 cash rating. The ratings go up in stages up until Grade 6 equivalent to £150,000 cash rating.

When choosing a safe, don’t just think about your current needs, but also about what you might require in the future so you have adequate capacity if you want to store more at a later date.

Types of locks

There are three main types of safe lock; key, electronic and fingerprint. All three have their pros and cons, so you need to think carefully about which one suits your needs best.

  • Key: The traditional method of locking a safe. While key locks are secure and there is no fear of batteries running out, keys can be lost or stolen. Getting a replacement key, or getting the safe open without it can cost as it requires the services of a professional locksmith, such as Inta-lock Locksmiths in Leicester
  • Electronic: Here, the user needs to input a pin code before the safe will open. While this offers a high level of security, and codes can be changed regularly if required, you have to ensure the code isn’t forgotten. Also the batteries can run out, which means it cannot be opened, although most modern safes will have some sort of alert for when the batteries are getting low
  • Fingerprint: Possibly the most secure open, as to open it will require the specific fingerprint to be scanned, and various different fingerprints can be stored and recognised. On the downside, this is again operated by batteries, so care must be taken to ensure they don’t run out.

Where to put the safe

This is an important consideration. Firstly, will the safe be fitted into a wall or on a floor? Which option will be determined by what is stored in the safe – obviously if it is heavier items than a floor safe is the best option. 

You should also consider if you will need regular access to the safe or not. If it is used regularly, then it should be in a place that is easily accessible. If not, it can be hidden behind furniture and things like that. 

If you are considering an underfloor safe, think about whether there is the necessary space for it, and that there aren’t pipes or wires running through where you are intending to put the safe.

Take advice

If you are unsure about which safe you require, then get advice from professionals about it. Locksmiths are trained in safes and can give impartial advice on which type of safe will best suit your business and recommend brands of safes that fit the bill. They can also advise on the best place to locate the safe.

Get the safe professionally fitted

Once you have decided on the safe you want, then it needs to be fitted, and a professional should be engaged to do this. Locksmiths that have experts in installing safes – such as Inta-lock Locksmiths in Leicester – can come in and ensure that it is properly fitted, which often involves being secured to a floor or wall (or both). Failing to ensure this is done properly by a professional means that it might not be as secure as you hoped it would be and your business insurance policy could be invalided if the worst happens and there is a break-in and the safe is opened.

For more information on how Inta-lock Locksmiths in Leicester can help you choose and install a safe, please call … or email … and one of our friendly team will be happy to help.