If you’re planning on buying a safe, you should really start thinking about what type of safe would be suitable for your requirements. We would be delighted to offer you any advice you need in this regard. Simply give us a call or click on “Advice” to view all of the different ways you can get in touch! To provide you with a quick overview, we have put together a list of the most essential safe types and their main features.
Also referred to more simply as safes, vaults or stand-up safes, strongboxes are available in a range of sizes and all burglar-resistance classes as well as with and without fire protection. The diversity of these models is what makes this type of safe suitable for use in any environment, from private homes to commercial enterprises. Strongboxes with high burglar-resistance classes are a particularly ideal solution whenever you have high-value items to keep secure with a high level of insurance cover.
Furniture safes are designed to be installed in items of furniture, such as cupboards or desks. The advantage of this type of safe is that they take up very little space and are generally inconspicuous. At the same time, furniture safes are smaller and lighter than their strongbox counterparts. This means that they can’t be manufactured with especially high resistance grades and are obviously restricted in terms of the amount of space they offer. Furniture safes are extremely useful to have not only around the home, but also in offices where valuables have to be stored securely in a convenient location.
As their names suggest, wall and floor safes are designed to be built into floors and walls. This makes them an ideal solution if you are able to incorporate them directly into a new build or renovation project – no matter whether it’s a private home or commercial building. And just like furniture safes, these models are also exceptionally inconspicuous.
Also known as document safes or file safes, filing cabinets are primarily used for storing files and other documents. These are available as “normal” safes complete with a front door, or with drawers fitted with internal suspension files. Filing cabinets are primarily used by companies, authorities and offices.
As this type of safe generally doesn’t offer as much protection as a strongbox, it is better to keep particularly important and confidential documents in an burglar-proof and fireproof strongbox.
Also known as data safes or data strongboxes, data media safes are special safes for storing electronic storage media such as DVDs, CD-ROMs and external hard drives. In addition to anti-burglary protection, they also offer an exceptional level of fire protection and keep the sensitive data media safe from fire, smoke and extinguishing water.
Gun safes are safes whose size and configuration make them ideal for the secure storage of weapons thanks to features such as gun holders and door storage compartments. The regulations surrounding the storage of weapons are defined in the German Weapons Act. Depending on which – and how many – weapons you need to store, the gun safe has to demonstrate a certain resistance grade.
Also known as deposit safes or night safes, drop-down safes are fitted with a deposit hatch or drawer for depositing the valuables in question (such as money bags or envelopes) into the safe without having to open the whole thing. These safes are primarily used by retailers that handle high volumes of cash as a quick and secure solution for storing takings, such as restaurants or petrol stations.
Key safes come complete with special hook systems and key boards designed to keep your keys safe and secure. This type of safe is therefore primarily used in commercial environments to provide a secure and organised solution for storing keys to rooms and vehicles, to name just a couple of examples.
The choice essentially comes down to either a stand-alone unit or a built-in/in-wall solution. Generally speaking, you should only buy safes that have been tested and certified. This can be established by the relevant sticker on the inside of the safe door (VdS or ECB-S). Safes with a modern, electronic number combination lock are very straightforward to operate. All you have to do is set a personal code, so you never have to worry about needing a key to open the door. If your safe is, however, secured with a key, then never leave this in your home or on your premises while you’re not there. If your key is found by a thief, then your safe will no longer be secure.
Your valuables can enjoy twice the protection if your safe has fire protection in addition to anti-burglary protection. You should also bear in mind that the security level and resistance grade of your strongbox plays a vital role when it comes to its insurance category. The extent of your insurance coverage is something for you to discuss with your insurance provider.