The best safes to keep your valuables secure

Whether you need to protect valuables at home or in your business, safes are a great security option that come in a range of sizes, cash ratings and prices. Safes can be secured underground, in walls or simply secured to the floor – and can be locked using a key or electronic lock.

With so many safes available, you might feel unsure which one is best for your needs. Here are the top safes we recommend to customers in our store.

What is a safe cash rating & why is it important?

The cash rating on a safe tells you how much insurers believe it can safely store. This is one of the most important factors to consider when buying a safe as this will give you an indication of how secure it is and how much an insurer may pay out in the event of a burglary.

A safe will store up to the amount on the cash rating or 10 times that amount in valuables such as jewellery etc. For example, a safe with a cash rating of £10,000 will store up to £10,000 in cash or up to £100,000 in valuables.

Securikey Mini Vault S2 Silver 0 – Best Value Home Safe

  • Cash rating: £4,000
  • Lock: Key or Electronic (Keypad)
  • Capacity: 18L
  • Price: £200 – £300
  • Installation: Bolt to floor or wall

The Securikey Mini Vault Safes are one of the best value safes for homes. With a capacity of 18L and cash rating of £4,000, most homes find this sufficient to store common items like important documents, passports, jewellery and cash. You can choose to have the Securikey Mini Vault with a key lock or battery-powered electronic keypad lock. It also comes with a motion-triggered interior light, making it suitable for cupboards or dark corners. It’s approved by AiS, Sold Secure and Secure by Design.

Phoenix Fortress SS1181k – Best Compact Home Safe

  • Cash rating: £4,000
  • Lock: Key
  • Capacity: 7L
  • Price: £200 – £300
  • Installation: Bolt to floor or wall

The Phoenix Fortress SS118k is the perfect safe for smaller spaces and compact homes. Due to it’s size it has relatively small capacity of 7L but is more than enough to store important documents, passports, and small valuables e.g. rings and watches. Phoenix safes are approved by the The Association of Insurance Surveyors (AiS).

Phoenix Data Commander DS4622E – Best Safe For Commercial Business

  • Cash rating: £2,500
  • Lock: Electronic (Keypad)
  • Capacity: 228L
  • Price: £2,000 – £3,000
  • Installation: Free standing

The Phoenix Data Commander DS4622E is perfect for businesses looking to store important documents, files, and digital media on a regular basis. This safe is often used as a freestanding fixture since it’s weight of 480kg makes it incredibly difficult for thieves to removed. The Phoenix Data Commander also providers enhanced protection against fire – it’s rated to protect tapes for up to 120 minutes in fire.

Phoenix SecurStore SS1163F Size 3 – Best Safe For Retail

  • Cash rating: £3,000
  • Lock: Electronic (Biometric)
  • Capacity: 385L
  • Price: £1,500 – £2,500
  • Installation: Bolt to floor or wall

One of the biggest safes on this list, the Phoenix SecurStore SS1163F is perfect for retailers looking to store cash, cash drawers, electronics and small goods overnight. It comes with a dual electronic lock including both keypad and biometric fingerprint lock – despite the high-tech security it is easy to programme for first-time users.

Phoenix Spectrum Plus LS6012FR – Best Luxury Safe

  • Cash rating: £2,000
  • Lock: Electronic (Biometric)
  • Capacity: 64L
  • Price: Less than £900 – £1,500
  • Installation: Bolt to floor or wall

For locations where style is equally as important as security, the Phoenix Spectrum Plus LS6012FR is a popular choice. With a gold or silver finish, this safe is perfect for luxury leisure spaces like hotels and holiday homes. This safe can also protect your valuables from fire for up to 90 minutes and has a larger capacity than many other home-style safes at 64L.

Considering a safe for your home or business? Halls Locksmiths can provide expert advice to enable you to select the right safe to meet your personal circumstances, including delivery and installation. If you have any questions or need urgent advice, feel free to get in touch with us 24/7 on 0115 9780141 or pop into our store to speak to a specialist.