What to consider when buying a safe
Whether watches, jewellery, important data or documents. Anyone who stores valuable objects unprotected at home is taking a risk. To prevent this, the purchase of a safe is a good idea. But caution is advised here. Because those who lull themselves into a false sense of security risk a rude awakening.
Safes should definitely be certified according to the valid EN-1143–1. This means that they have passed numerous tests, security tests and endurance tests. For this purpose, the safes are processed with sledge hammers, welding torches, electric chisels and cutting discs, among other things, and thus put to the test. Certification is necessary simply so that insurance cover can be taken out, if desired. The level of insurance cover depends on the security level assigned.
Consideration of security levels
The security level, also known as the resistance grade, provides information about the burglary protection a safe offers. The higher the security level, the greater the load the safe can withstand. As a buyer, however, neither the quality nor the security level can be judged from the outside. You can get certainty from the sticker attached to the inside of the safe door. It documents, among other things, the resistance level but also the weight of the safe. The common security levels for safes range from l to V.
Unsuccessful attack on a high-value WALDIS safe with 17 spent cutting discs.
Anchoring the safe
Proper anchoring contributes significantly to the security of a safe. Because if burglars manage to remove a safe, they have an infinite amount of time to break it open. And they will eventually succeed in this endeavour. When placing and installing a safe, it is therefore essential to trust the expertise of professionals.
The right lock
Modern safes are secured with an electronic combination lock. In case the code is forgotten, the opening code should be locked and deposited with the notary. A master code does not exist for security reasons. You should definitely keep your hands off safes with emergency opening keys. At first it seems reassuring to have a key at hand to open the safe at any time. But in the event of a burglary, this would tempt thieves to turn the entire living space upside down in order to find this key. On the one hand, this creates hopeless chaos, and on the other hand, the chances of success are surprisingly good: in about 20% of cases, the key is actually found. The prospect of success is defacto impossible with an electronic high-security lock. On the one hand, because the combination possibilities are almost infinite, on the other hand, because a time lock sets in after the third wrong entry. And if you want the highest level of security, you can also equip the safe with alarm preparation.
Safe with wooden interior and LED lighting.
If you are aware of these facts, you are well prepared for the purchase of a safe. Nevertheless, detailed advice from a specialist is recommended. After all, a high-quality safe is a long-term investment — it is not for nothing that some suppliers offer a guarantee against break-in of up to 30 years.
Finally, a small insertion regarding design: A safe does not only have to be fit for purpose — it can also be beautiful! Both in terms of colour and interior design, there are numerous options that make a safe a real gem and show your most valuable things in the best light.