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TIPS FOR THE SAFE ASQUISITION

We would like to offer you the most appropriate safe - the one that meets your requirements and assumptions - regardless of whether it will be used for private or business use. That's why we've developed the list of tips to help you understand which safe is right for you.

APPROPRIATE SAFE SIZE

You shall define what you want to keep in the safe. These can be not only important business documents - accounting and contracts, but also private documents - family registers, identification documents, certificates, deposit account statements, insurance policies, motor vehicle registration documents, etc., or valuable jewelry and watches, even electronic devices - such as laptops, mobile phones, cameras, hard drives, SIM cards and navigation devices. Stamp and coin collection are among the items attractive to the thieves and should be kept in the safe. Keep in mind that the quantity of important documents or jewelry will only increase, so think twice and choose the safe of the most appropriate size.

TYPE OF THE SAFE

Does your safe protect against burglary and fire?

The safe of anti-theft and fire-proof class provides double security, especially when talking about items with a sentimental value - family photos or video films that are worthless to the thieves but are unpleasant personal losses in the event of a fire. We offer also different safes that meet specific requirements and use, such as special media storage safes designed to protect electronic data storage devices; weapon safes that comply with national legislation on possession of weapons or deposit boxes that allow you to keep the necessary things in the safe without opening it.

SAFE LOCATION

Rule No.1 - The safe shall not stand out and attract attention. Wall safes and furniture safes are especially unobtrusive; they are easily integrated into existing walls, cabinets or desk cabinets.

When purchasing heavy safes, the floor load or carrying capacity must be considered to ensure that their installation in the building is allowed.

SECURITY LEVEL AND INSURANCE RECOVERY

When considering insuring the contents of the safe, the security level of the safe is important. The higher the security level of the safe, the higher insurance premium can be obtained for its content. European insurance companies have already set insurance standards that require a certain level of safety of the safe. Unfortunately, this sector is not regulated in Latvia and there are no single criteria for calculation of the insurance premium. We recommend you to contact your insurance company for additional information prior to purchase of the safe.

APPLICABLE LAW

If the safe is used in the business environment, it is necessary to verify which normative acts regulate the relevant field. For example, drug safes in pharmacies and clinics, cabinets for hazardous substances in laboratories. Normative acts are also binding for the purchase of safes for the storage of weapons.

SAFE LOCK

MECHANICAL (KEY TYPE) LOCK

Most standard safes are equipped with a mechanical lock and two keys. Advantages: It is not necessary to remember the security code - and only those who have the key can access the safe. By contrast, with the combination code, you cannot be sure that the code has not been passed to a third party.

Disadvantages: Both keys must be kept safe so that they cannot be reached by unauthorized persons. Due to the length (up to 12 cm), it is difficult to keep the mechanical keys together with the other mechanical keys used on daily basis.

COMBINATION lock

Combination code locks usually open with 4 to 8-digit combination code. Advantages: There is no need to worry about keeping the key in the safe place. If necessary, the code can be changed.

There are two types of combination code locks: mechanical combination code locks and electronic locks. The electronic combination code locks are more convenient, since the code is not as complicated as mechanical code locks.

It is also possible to combine the locks, thus ensuring "double control". It’s especially useful in the business environment.

Take into consideration when buying the safe

You should purchase the safe certified for anti-theft and fire-proof level by an independent certifying institute, for example, VdS Schadenverhütung GmbH or ESSA e.V., and contains relevant information inside the safe! Only safes that are tested and certified in accordance with European requirements provide the relevant security standards and only such safes qualify for a full insurance premium! The most important standards for the anti-theft are EN 14450 (safety cabinets) and EN 1143-1 (anti-theft safes).

This is important in the fields where safe content is regulated by law, for example, weapon owners. In this case, it is necessary to provide evidence to the state authorities that weapons are stored in accordance with the provisions of law!

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