A safe is basically a lockable container which comes in all shapes and sizes used for storing valuable items against theft or fire, and consequently also come in range of strengths and construction methods for fairly specific roles. So, before you purchase your safe you should have a very good idea of what you are going to put in it and what you are protecting it from. Unfortunately today, safes are not just used by businesses and the wealthy, but have become a normal feature of everyday life for more and more people. Storing everything from cash to drugs, guns, documents and data, the global safe industry has risen to an estimated US$4 billion in 2021.
At United Safes, we supply the complete range of safes produced by Australia’s leading safe manufacturer, CMI Safes, based in Melbourne, we will meet your every need. But with such a huge variety on offer, from high security safes, basic home safes, platinum safes and all manner of new and second-hand safes, making your choice can be a little bewildering. However, safes are can be categorised as to their use and the level of protection that they afford and the most commonly used rating for anti-theft safes is the Cash Rating.
Independent agencies conduct thorough and wide-ranging tests on all safes to determine their resistance to fire and to forced entry by drills, arc torches and other means. The more resistant the safe, the higher the cash rating or Level, in other words, the easier it is to break into a safe, the lower the cash rating. Generally, the lowest cash rating you will see is around $1000 and the maximum $ 500K +, This is of course just a rating system and not an indication of the quantity of cash the safe can physically hold.
To make things even simpler, at United Safes we have applied our own rating system, scoring safes from Level 1 – 7 dependant on their resistance to attack, or fire. Level 1 would indicate the least resistance to attack but good protection from fire, whilst level 7 is given to the most secure safes available anywhere.
And when you have decided which level of security you require from your safe and start to browse our catalogue you will find even more options on dimensions and locking mechanisms – with most safes available with key, digital or combination locks to choose from.
Making the correct choice of safe may also be dependant on your desired location and whether or not it needs to be bolted to the floor. Unsurprisingly, large tough safes can be heavy and difficult to move and location may be restricted by door widths and other physical factors. With this in mind, we strongly recommend that all safes over 100kg in weight should be delivered and fitted by our experienced and professional team of experts. Many of our extensive range of safes come with bolt holes to enable secure fixing to the floor or a rear wall.
Whether you are looking for new or used safes, at United Safes we will have exactly what you are looking for.