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15 things about safes you might not know

25th March 2021

If you’re on the hunt for a home safe or a commercial safe it may be that you’re getting a bit confused by all the jargon & information you need to take in.

So – as a palate cleanser, we’ve compiled 15 things you might not know about safes…

What Don’t I Know About Safes?

  1. The first burglary-resistant safe to be patented was in England by two locksmith brothers named Charles Chubb and Jeremiah Chubb around 1835. Their goal was to create a lockable box that would be resistant to burglars. Their invention eventually led to the Chubbsafes Company that we still supply today.
  2. The earliest known locks were developed around 4,000 years ago by the Ancient Egyptians.
  3. In Ancient Egypt, keys were seen to be a symbol of wealth as not many people could afford to have safes or lockable doors.
  4. Wall safes are typically lighter than the free-standing floor safes due to the requirement of fitting inside a wall.
  5. Fire-resistant safes are typically rated by the amount of time that the contents can withstand the high temperatures that a fire produces, whilst not exceeding a set internal temperature. Models usually are available with 30-minute protection, up to 4 hours in some cases.
  6. Safecracking, usually portrayed in films and the media, is a lot more difficult than it is made to seem. Stethoscopes don’t do the job nearly as easily as you’ve been made to think…
  7. Safes can be fitted with four different types of deposit options, these are rotary, slot, drawer and capsule cash deposit systems.
  8. Fire-resistant safes are tested to BS EN 1047 standard in the UK.
  9. Standard locking options include key locking mechanisms, electronic locks and combination locks (the ones you see in films), but you can even go as far as having biometric locks installed.
  10. Demountable safes are made out of 5 to 6 panels for the body and 1 or 2 doors, making it easy to install in areas where access is restricted and larger secure storage options are needed.
  11. Strongrooms and vaults were introduced by the 1920s to banks due to repeated robbery attempts.
  12. Underfloor options are installed within the concrete of your floor, meaning they take up little to no space and are completely concealed from view.
  13. Safes are tested to the European standard of EN 1143-1 which is the main testing standard for these solutions as well as ATM security products, strongroom doors and strongrooms.
  14. Jewellery safes are usually high security & fire-resistant, made specifically to house jewellery and valuables.
  15. Cash ratings reflect the value of cash that can be stored within the safe overnight and be covered by insurance. Valuables ratings are ten times the cash rating and determine the value of items stored overnight.

Do I Need A Safe?


If you’ve got items of value, important documents or items that hold a lot of sentimental value, a safe is a great place to put them! Aside from the obvious bonus of burglary protection, you’ll never forget where you’ve put them (so long as you actually remember to put them in the safe in the first place…) and a lot of safes come with fire protection, meaning if a fire were to break out within your premises, you’d have some additional insulation for those valued goods.

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