Safes come in a wide array of sizes and shapes necessary for safeguarding your cash, sensitive documents and digital media. Although you may have a brief notion of what it is you’re in the market for, first time safe buyers often feel lost in a world of options—so to speak. How does the size play a role in the security? What’s the difference between theft and burglary protection? How is Robert’s Ratings a useful measure? These are just some of the questions we’re about to answer.

Step One: Size Selection

Size matters when it comes to the security of your valuables and sensitive documents. Think of it this way: you wouldn’t buy a home that was too small to house your family, so why would you purchase a safe that wasn’t large enough to accommodate your valuables?

The ideal size safe should be based on a number of factors including the amount of cash stored, the net worth of the valuables, and the location you intend to keep it. Experts generally recommend first time buyers to pick out a safe that is anywhere from twenty-five percent to fifty percent larger than they think they will need. Why is that? Well, over time we tend to accumulate more “stuff” and it can carry a great deal of value on both a monetary and emotional level. The most effective way to determine what type of safe you’ll need is to create a list of all the pieces, documents, and items you have. By executing this one easy step, you’ll have a better idea of the size you need. Family heirlooms, for instance, don’t take up the same amount of space as a laptop or other type of digital media.

The Chubbsafes AIR Laptop Security Digital Safe is perfect for individuals who store business related information or highly sensitive information on their computers, like financial advisors. With its electronic standard locking system, gaining access to your contents is a breeze.

It’s designed for most laptop computers, exam papers, and important documents but can also store jewellery and cash. Moreover, its base or rear fixing is sure to deter any thief from sneaking off with your valuables. The AIR laptop digital safe is a bronze rated entry level security safe. While it’s not the most highly rated according to Robert’s Ratings, it is a suitable choice for the average consumer.

Theft, Fire Protection or Both

The next step in the selection process is determining where your priorities stand. If burglary is your first and foremost concern, then it is recommended to get a safe which excels in this area in particular. Look for one with the top level of protection as indicated by lab tested evaluations, certifications, and customer review if those are available. However, if you’re not too concerned about burglary but instead want to guard against natural disasters like fire and flood, then opt for a fireproof safe like the Burton Firebrand MKII-1 Fire Security Digital Fire.

It is not by any means the highest tier burglary security system, but it does have excellent fire resistance. It has been tested to survive 60 minutes in high temperatures and has an insurance rating of £1000 for cash and £10,000 for valuables. With one removable tray and digital electronic entry, it’s perfect for important documents and photographs.

The third option is dual fire and burglary protection. Safe Options offers a number of fire resistant and high security safes for consumers to purchase. For example the Phoenix Fire Fighter II FS0442E Digital Cash Fire Safe is equipped with a second tier Bronze protection rating and up to 90 minutes of fire resistance. Powered by dual digital locks, including a digital electronic lock and slam shut lock, this safe is certified to withstand a highly skilled burglar attack.

Robert’s Ratings are Useful Tools

Robert’s Ratings are designed to aid customers in differentiating between various tiers of security levels, fire resistance times and padlock security. The four security levels—Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum—are accompanied by a padlock grading system from 1-3. In this way, a Silver 2 will be more secure than a Bronze 3. Robert’s Ratings also includes a fire resistance gauge to easily determine the fire retardancy of any given safe.