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Secure Wall and Floor Safes in the Home

Updated on December 4, 2012

Why Buy a Home Security Safe?

Wall and Floor Safes are the most secure safes you can buy for your home. These types of safes are set in concrete and so would be extremely difficult for thieves to take away, without making a lot of noise which would hopefully alert someone in your neighbourhood.

It is also a slow going process to bore into concrete to take the safe out, and thieves do not like stay in a place they have burgled for too long.

Having a security safe installed in your house is no longer something only the rich consider. It is rapidly becoming a necessity in modern society where so many people seem to think it is OK to break into someone else's house, and take what isn't theirs, instead of going out and getting a job like the rest of us have had to do.

The Floor Safe

The floor safe is without a doubt by far the most secure type of safe you can instal in your house. They need to go below your floorboards, so there has to be enough space underneath to comfortbaly fit the safe. The size you buy may be dependant on the area available.

The floor needs to be able to weight-bear as safes are incredibly heavy, therefore it most likely that your safe will have to be installed on the ground floor of your house.

Unless you are extremely handy yourself, this will need to be carried out by a qualified tradesman. It is better to employ a tradesman you have had dealings with in the past and can trust, because it is imperative to you that this person does not tell others where and how he installed your safe. The more people that know about it, the less secure it is.

After it is installed, you home insurance company will probably give you a discount on your annual premium, as safes are obviously much more secure than just keeping everything in your house because, sadly these days, no matter how good your home security system is, somebody always seems to find a way round it.

You might want to look for one that is not only fireproof but water proof. In event of fire heat rises, but water goes down and you do not want your precious belongings ruined by water, after taking all this care to look after them.

When it is properly installed and cased in concrete, the top of it should be level with the floor, and it is from here you will access it to put things in or take things out.

If, however, you have difficulty bending down to access your new safe, you might want to consider a wall safe instead.

Wall Safes

To fit a wall safe flush with your wall, your wall needs to be made of solid brick. Wall safes are generally much narrower that floor safes simply because walls are narrower. However, there should still be sufficient room inside for all your valuables whether they be paper or gold.

There are different types of wall safes depending on what you intend to use it for.

Try and position your safe well away from any water inlet pipe feeding an upstairs room or apartment in case of accidental burst which may soak your safe if it isn't waterproof. Alternatively choose one that is waterproof which you might be grateful for in event of fire.

Cash Safes

Cash safes are for money, valuables and important papers like wills, property deeds, share certificates etc. If you are storing these things in a safe you will want a heat-resistant safe in case of fire.

Papers burns at 177 degrees Centigrade and so you want one that will protect your documents at least to this heat.

Find out from your insurance company what they consider to be a fair cash rating for your wall safe. If they say $2,000 this will allow you to store valuables along side this amount of cash to the tune of $20,000. However, don't assume this to be the case, ask them first.

Data Safes

This is for the storage of computer disks, especially when backup is vital to your company, work or hobby.

Because plastic melts at a much lower heat than paper, the data safe will need to have been constructed differently to allow for lower temperatures inside to be be maintined.


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