The A, B, C of Securing your safe
A safe, as the word suggests, is a storage compartment where you keep your valuables exactly that, safe. This is the motivation behind the purchase of a safe and yet the actual purchasing process is only one of a series of boxes that need to be ticked before considering your valuables safely stored away. A common mistake made by consumers is the assumption that a safe’s security is determined by the turning of a key or combination dial or the entering of a locking code. The fact is that the lock itself is only one of a number of security features and measures involved in the creation of a suitable, secure storage compartment or safe.
Criminals and burglars, upon encountering a safe will firstly attempt to break into the safe and, failing which, will then attempt to move or remove the safe, sometimes off the premises for opening when and where there are no time constraints. It is therefore imperative that due care and consideration is taken when choosing the correct safe to suit the value of the contents and also the best location.
The following points will assist you in choosing the best location for your safe and also provide tips and advice for securing it:
A – Location, location, location
Your safe needs to be stored in a place that allows access in line with usage demands. If you will be using it regularly then access to the door should be clear of obstruction and the door should swing open freely. If there are items of a sensitive nature or of high value then the positioning of the safe should be in a position where it is not easily seen by unauthorized people, additional attention can create undesired interest and will also expedite a direct route for burglars. Positioning a safe where burglars cannot swing heavy objects at it or get good leverage in any attempt to move is also an effective deterrent. Burglars do not have the luxury of time so anything that you can do to delay a successful entry attempt on a safe can be the difference between returning to a damaged safe and returning to an empty safe.
B – Choose concrete when securing the unit
Rawl bolts are supplied with Mutual Safes products and these are a vital component of the securing process. The reason they are supplied is for use in a concrete medium which provides suitable strength for preventing movement. Should concrete not be an option, and a wooden floor or wall has to be used, ensure that steel washers are used to spread the surface area. Alternatively, bolt to a steel support beam if possible.
C – The Three Point Rule
Where possible, it is always best to anchor the safe to three surfaces. Most commonly, this would be the floor and two adjoining walls, placing the safe in the corner. It is common practice for burglars to attempt to dislodge a safe by levering it side to side and away from a wall. With the three surface anchoring this becomes increasingly difficult and time consuming, and if done properly, it is almost impossible.
Although it is often the best, a safe is not your first line of defense, it is your last. This means that due care and diligence should be taken to prevent an attack on your safe. The key elements to this are a secure perimeter, access control, suitable location, personnel education and then additional electronic aids such as alarms and CCTV.