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What types of safes are there?

2nd August 2021

What types of safes are there? There are many different uses for safes, they are needed to suit various needs and requirements. Due to this there are a wide variety of safe options to choose from. Safes are required for many different purposes, such as domestic safes for home use and commercial safes for businesses of any size. These safes tend to differ from each other slightly due to the uses for them being so dissimilar.

Free Standing Safes –

These are the most commonly used safes as they are suitable for both home use and commercial use to any scale. The safes come in a wide range of sizes in order to make sure the homeowner/business owner has enough space to store all their valuable items they want/need protecting. These safes are recommended to be bolted down to the floor, this takes away the opportunity for thieves to be able to carry your safe out of your home/business. These safes can also be covered by your insurers.

Cupboard Safes –

Cupboard safes tend to be a lot smaller than the free standing safes as they will need to fit inside your wardrobe or cupboards to conceal them. These safes are not usually covered by insurance as they don’t provide secure enough protection. As the safes are designed to be kept in a cupboard/wardrobe this means they cannot be bolted to the floor. This leaves the opportunity for the entire safe to be removed upon a thief finding it.

Deposit Safes –

These are used in commercial use only, they provide a secure way of depositing cash and other valuable items into the safe without allowing all staff members to have access to the main entrance of the safe. Due to this, deposit safes limit the amount of keys required for staff members which can reduce the frequency of losing keys. Deposit safes can include envelope drawers, rotunda deposits and drawer traps.

Wall Safes –

These safes require a thick wall that cannot be accessible from the outside of your home or business for it to be installed in. They are built into a brick/concrete wall to conceal the fact you own a safe. However these safes aren’t as secure as free-standing ones are. Although the free-standing safes are visible to any intruders, it is unlikely they will gain access. Whereas wall safes can be plied out using the correct equipment and then can be taken with the thieves.

Underfloor Safes –

Safes that are fitted under the floor also have the benefit of being unnoticed in the event of a break in. However, similarly to the wall safes they still aren’t as good as free-standing. They can be quite difficult to fit as a whole in the concrete or foundations of the house would need to be removed in order for the safe to be fitted.
Although some safes have more benefits than others, any of these could be perfectly suited to your requirements and provide sufficient protection for the contents.

At SMP Security Solutions we manufacture all and any types of safes, along with bespoke options for those who have unique specifications. Visit to view our products and services or call 01952 585 673 to find out more information.

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