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To buy a home safe, or will burglars just steal it?

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MangoMungoMidge Thu 09-Jan-14 21:46:05

Was thinking of buying a safe to put jewellery etc in. But a friend suggested that if my house was burgled the thieves would find all my goodies in one place (the safe) and just make off with it.

AIBU to buy a home safe do you think?

Prettykitty111 Thu 09-Jan-14 21:48:43

firstly you can buy safes that will screw into a wall or floorboards. Can't see a burglar running off with half your wall. Second have you felt the weight of them? Mine needs three strong men to move it when it's empty! Unless I get burgled by a big group of muscle men they aren't moving my safe! Plus it's hidden under a pile of clothes at the back of my wardrobe so they'd have to really go hunting for it.

LOTree Thu 09-Jan-14 21:50:05

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OddBoots Thu 09-Jan-14 21:51:43

I think it depends how big, heavy and hidden it would be - some friends had their safe stolen a few weeks ago but it was quite a small one and was only screwed into wood in an easy to find place.

Caboodle Thu 09-Jan-14 21:53:58

Also, many home safes are fireproof (for a certain amount of time IE X amount of hours) so useful to keep important documents in anyhow.

shoofly Thu 09-Jan-14 21:58:16

It needs to be screwed into a structural wall or floor and then there's no chance of anyone making off with it. Ask your insurance company and they might recommend one. Or check with a security/ locksmith company. We were required to have one to get house insurance confused The one that the local locksmith recommended and insurance company approved was cheaper than the one I'd looked at in B&Q

FortyDoorsToNowhere Thu 09-Jan-14 22:00:08

you could have a really good safe, but if you can pick it up so can anybody who breaks into your home.

GlitzAndGiggles Thu 09-Jan-14 22:07:30

My friends mum used to put jewellery and money in a cereal box in the cupboard. Unless the burglars got hungry they'd never find it

MangoMungoMidge Thu 09-Jan-14 22:29:00

Thanks for the tips. Can anyone recommend a decent safe?

eggsandwich Thu 09-Jan-14 22:56:48

Our safe's very heavy and has a combination lock so if you were able to lift it, which is very unlikely, you wouldn't be able to open it unless you knew the combination.

FortyDoorsToNowhere Thu 09-Jan-14 22:58:41

PigletJohn Thu 09-Jan-14 22:59:29

if you have a safe, it is vital to have it where an intruder will not find it. Floor safe, or a wall safe in the garage will do.

Do you really want a burglar to find the safe, and come back another night with his big brother?

MsAspreyDiamonds Fri 10-Jan-14 01:03:25

In the loft amidst all the junk is the best place, the robbers would need time (which they don't have) to go up to the loft.

Szeli Fri 10-Jan-14 02:31:57

I thought they were more in case of fire?

PigletJohn Fri 10-Jan-14 02:39:47

Fire safes are different, lighter, and not burglar a resistant. Persistent work with a bread knife would get you into a domestic, or even an office, fire safe. Even though they look as if the walls and door are thick and they have a big lock. The thick walls are made of plaster with a thin skin like a biscuit tin.

fivepies Fri 10-Jan-14 02:42:31

I can recommend this safe:
We bought one a couple of years ago and have been really happy with it. We wanted one that was large enough to fit laptops in and had a light. Ours is bolted to the floor (has to be over a beam).
We like being able to lock our car keys and jewellery away.

DisgraceToTheYChromosome Fri 10-Jan-14 07:38:55

Wherever you put the safe, the really important thing is to conceal the fact that you have anything worth putting in it.

Because if it's worth taking, it's worth them getting YOU to open it. The founders of Phones4you had a very nasty time of it.

LeeGood Mon 30-Oct-17 07:24:12

Safe must be installed very firmly and to be situated in a "secret" place, like bottom of the floor for example

Jasminedes Mon 30-Oct-17 07:27:10

My dad looks after a church, and when it was burgled, and they saw there was a safe, the burglars came back a week later with tools to get into it.

IHopeYouStepOnALegoPiece Mon 30-Oct-17 07:29:13

This thread is 3y old...I think the OP has made her decision by now....

Jasminedes Mon 30-Oct-17 07:29:15

And I'm not sure if the people who burgled our house looked in the cereal boxes, or the loft, but they looked in literally every other container in the whole house, every drawer, every loom band box, every ornamental pot on top of the kitchen cupboards.

Chattymummyhere Mon 30-Oct-17 07:29:27

We have one that’s hidden and screwed in. We only keep paperwork in it. Everything else can be replaced easily via insurance. It’s fire resistant for something like 30minutes.

FlibbertigibbetArmadillo Mon 30-Oct-17 07:30:23

Get a gun safe and screw it into the bricks with expanding bolts

alexbbb Mon 30-Oct-17 07:51:13

I personally own a SentrySafe safe. You can find the review on it - . I was initially planning to get one that you could nail to the floor, but then rejected the idea. Living in a fire risk zone, I was very nervous about keeping stuff at home, so I need something that would secure my stuff from fire as well as from theft. So I'm thinking of getting one more safe. One to store some papers and a few coins. The safe I open "if a gun is to my head". Another one with the real valuables in it.

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