Do I need to install / bolt down my safe?
Do I need to install / fix my safe to the floor or wall?
Yes … definitely. Most insurance providers will state that if you’re buying a safe to protect your valuables and/or cash at home, it must be “professionally” fitted or fixed to the floor. All safes that are sold will come with anchoring points either in the floor or wall of the safe (sometimes both.) the bolts to permanently fix your safe to your floor or wall are also supplied with the safe. With regards to it being professionally fitted, read on as we cover this in more detail below.
Should I fix my safe to a concrete floor?
This is the ideal situation. If you’re in a position to fix the safe to a concrete floor that’s great, alternatively fixing to a wooden floor will suffice, however you’ll need to ensure that you’ve fixed it to a joist or used coach bolts to make it as secure. Gluing is also an option, but should be seriously thought through as the safe, once glued, is not moving!
Pros on fitting the safe to the floor or wall.
A safe is a natural deterrent to someone who has unlawfully entered your house. In our experience if a burglar were to see the safe the first thing they would do, would be to attempt to move it and when that resulted in a non-mover, they’d move on.
High security safes can take hours to pick and as we know the common burglar to be a prime opportunist, they’d always look at taking a safe with them to pick or break, out of sight. By fixing your safe to the floor you’ll be getting another layer of protection for your cash or valuables.
Regardless of size or weight of your safe, it is highly recommended that you bolt down your safe. We sell safes that can weigh in excess of 1000kg, however, we still recommend that it’s fixed to the floor to stop occurrences like this happening.
Heavy safes are great, they are solid and intimidating in comparison to smaller safes, however if the safe is not bolted down, you may find that thieves are prepared to move a safe if they come across one.
Are there any cons with fixing a safe?
We’ve sold safes to tenants renting their property, as well as to commercial businesses, retail environments and homeowners – all of which we recommend fixing to the floor or wall, however like everything there may be some cons.
If renting you’ll most likely need to request permission from your landlord before drilling holes in the floors or walls, gluing a safe will most likely be out of the question due to a) not being able to take it with you when you move and b) the landlord may not want a safe!
Please also bear in mind that if you are tenant in a property and would prefer to have a very heavy safe, consider that when and if you decide to move out, you’ll need to think about how you’re going to move it.