If you’ve decided to buy a safe to protect your valuables, the task is already half done. The next critical step is to select the right safe for the right job. From Budget Safes to top of the range Consider the value of the items you want to protect. Budget safes can be used as simple, inexpensive guards against opportunistic theft and are suitable for general items that don’t require specialty safes.

If you have been burgled before, or have items of high value, you’ll need to guard against determined thieves using a strong, heavy-duty safe. Chubb Safes, Yale safes and CMI safes are all fit for purpose in this category and are best for sensitive documents, jewellery and cash. Different safes for different needs.

Check if your insurance company specifically requires you to safeguard against the risk of fire. Fire-proof safes or fire resisting safes are suitable for rare or irreplaceable documents and high-end jewellery or art. European safes, so-called for meeting exacting standards, are particularly suitable for protecting electronic data, as they have the ability to resist fire over prolonged periods.

Also consider ease of access. Wall safes typically allow for easy, regular use and can be hidden behind pictures or curtains if necessary. Infloor safes are an excellent choice if you are in the process of constructing a house or are prepared to endure disruption to the existing floor in the interests of added security. They have the benefit of being able to be hidden under carpets.

Drug safes. A common motivation for theft is raising cash for illegal drugs, but medicines are also targeted. Drug safes keep harmful products out of reach of both burglars and children.

Safes provide an excellent line of defence in securing valuables. Assessing your requirements before buying will make choosing the right one considerably easier.