Do I need to install / bolt down my safe?

Hello and welcome to our last post in January where we’ve focussed on Eurograded Safes available from some of the leading manufacturers Chubb Safes, Burton Safes and Phoenix Safes.

In this post we focus on the importance of fixing your safe to the floor, regardless of size or weight.

Throughout January we’ve read about some pretty terrible stories from around the UK, of safes being stolen from their properties and we thought it’d be useful to stipulate how important it is to bolt down your safe – even if it weighs over 1000kg!

Do I need to install / fix my safe to the floor or wall?

Yes … definitely. Most insurance providers will state that if you’re buying a safe to protect your valuables and/or cash at home, it must be “professionally” fitted or fixed to the floor. All safes that are sold will come with anchoring points either in the floor or wall of the safe (sometimes both.) he bolts to permanently fix your safe to your floor or wall are also supplied with the safe. With regards to it being professionally fitted, read on as we cover this in more detail below.

Can I fix the safe to my floor or wall myself?

In a nutshell, yes, we can fit them for you as part of our service if needed, but if you plan on fixing this yourself check out our How to install a home safe blog.

Should I fix my safe to a concrete floor?

This is the ideal situation. If you’re in a position to fix the safe to a concrete floor that’s great, alternatively fixing to a wooden floor will suffice, however you’ll need to ensure that you’ve fixed it to a joist or used coach bolts to make it as secure. Gluing is also an option, but should be seriously thought through as the safe, once glued, is not moving!

Pros on fitting the safe to the floor or wall.

A safe is a natural deterrent to someone who has unlawfully entered your house. In our experience if a burglar were to see the safe the first thing they would do, would be to attempt to move it and when that resulted in a non-mover, they’d move on.

High security safes can take hours to pick and as we know the common burglar to be a prime opportunist, they’d always look at taking a safe with them to pick or break, out of sight. By fixing your safe to the floor you’ll be getting another layer of protection for your cash or valuables.

Regardless of size or weight of your safe, it is highly recommended that you bolt down your safe. Here, in a recent story affecting a gas station in Birmingham, thieves were able to upend the safes and drag them to a getaway car. We sell similar safes to those in this story and they can weigh in excess of 1000kg, however, we still recommend that it’s fixed to the floor to stop occurrences like this happening.

A similar incident happened to a resident in Sussex whose safe weighed at least 300kg. The size of the safe didn’t put off the gang who targeted houses in the area as they were able to lift the safe from the property and make away with the loot.

Heavy safes are great, they are solid and intimidating in comparison to smaller safes, however if the safe is not bolted down, you may find that thieves are prepared to move a safe if they come across one … however if bolted to your floor, the only way to remove it would be with a JCB!

Also this month, a nursing home was on the unfortunate end of being a victim of safe theft when their safe was taken from their main office. The safe was fairly small making it an easy target – if only the company they brought it from had advised to permanently fix their safe, this may not have happened. We hope that the cash and contents, which was to be used for activities for the residents is located and returned to the rightful owner.

Are there any cons with fixing a safe?

We’ve sold safes to tenants renting their property, as well as to commercial businesses, retail environments and homeowners – all of which we recommend fixing to the floor or wall, however like everything there may be some cons.

Here we list some of the cons our customers have made us aware of, do you have anything different? It’d be great to hear and how (and if) you were able to overcome the issue!

If renting you’ll most likely need to request permission from your landlord before drilling holes in the floors or walls, gluing a safe will most likely be out of the question due to a) not being able to take it with you when you move and b) the landlord may not want a safe!

Please also bear in mind that if you are tenant in a property and would prefer to have a very heavy safe, consider that when and if you decide to move out, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to move it. I spoke with a customer who was considering a safe weighing 600kg and when he advised me that he was renting I asked how he planned to move it when he left …. He wasn’t too sure – so definitely something to consider if you’re in the same position!

The biggest downside of bolting a safe to your floor / wall.

Recently we’ve been contacted from some customers in a rather unique position – not that unique though, as the exact same issue was apparent to both!

Both customers were locked out of their safes, whether this was due to forgetting the code or losing the key. Each of our callers lived fairly locally so to avoid a call out charge I asked if they were able to bring the safe to us … their response, “ah … I can’t because I’ve fixed the safe to the wall or floor!”

Due to the safe fittings being in the floor or wall of the safe, and losing the key / combination there was no way to take the remove the safe from the fixing … this resulted in a call out to fix the issue.

If you are comfortable with keys or electronic combinations the best way to secure your cash and or valuables still remains to be that of a safe that is fixed to the wall or floor but we hope that this blog gets you to think how you wish to install.

Like those lost socks, stolen safes usually end up somewhere and in Edinburgh a safe graveyard was discovered earlier this month following a spate of robberies on Greggs and Subways stores. It’s images like these that really hammer home how important bolting down safes are.

Safes are a serious purchase – we can help with your purchase to ensure that all of the above considerations are taken into account.

Here at allaboutsafes we’re more than just a safe shop, I’ve grown up with safes all my life (my dad is an award winning safe engineer … seriously; he cracks safes, in record times! Check out bdblockandsafe.co.uk for all their info) and I am allaboutsafes! We genuinely enjoy ensuring that our customers have all their questions answered and are left with a safe that’s right for them.

Get in touch regarding any questions you may have about your safe purchase, or installing your safe – the most intrinsic and unique the better!!

Thanks for reading.

Dean

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