Three reasons you need a safe with deposit slot

There are a wide range of safes available to purchase, but not each type will suit your requirements. With data safes, deposit safes, and fireproof safes to choose from, you need to assess your situation and work out which safe will do the job! If you work in retail or high-control environments, here are three reasons you need a safe with deposit slot.

1) Security

Deposit safes make use of a deposit slot, which allows you to deposit valuable items and money without ever opening the safe. This is great for security as employees can deposit goods into the safe, but at no point have the opportunity to withdraw from it. Only the key holder will have access to the contents, but it’s completely open for a deposit from anybody with access to the safe itself.

Imagine a deposit safe in the retail industry. You have a high turnover of cash, and tills need emptying into a safe. Instead of exposing the ever-growing pile of money sitting inside the safe, employees simply feed the money through the deposit slot. It’s the most secure safe in this scenario.

2) Convenience

A safe with deposit slot provides the utmost convenience when you deposit more than you withdraw. All you have to do is approach the safe and make use of the deposit slot!

If you didn’t have a safe with deposit slot, each employee who uses the safe would need a key providing – which comes with a whole host of risks. Keys can be lost, there may be untrustworthy people, and there’s an additional cost of getting keys cut. All-in-all, deposit safes are the best solution for retail, shops and other high-control environments.

3) Versatility

Whereas a home safe is, unsurprisingly, perfectly suited to your home – deposit safes are surprisingly versatile. While they’re ideal for retail scenarios, deposit safes can easily be used at home, in your business, and some can even be fitted in vehicles.

Vehicle deposit safes are specialist models that are ideal for use in vans and lorries on delivery rounds. They use base plates to attach to the vehicle, ensuring the safe cannot be moved without a key. The safe can be removed from the base plate while still restricting access to the contents, meaning cash is always safe – even in transit.

Hopefully now you understand the benefits of choosing a safe with deposit slot. We stock a bunch of secure deposit safes from the most trustworthy brands in the market! If you need any more information then give our friendly sales team a call on 01724 281044.

How safe is your vital data when it’s in the cloud?

Fireproof Data SafeThe current push to ‘cloud computing’ and storing vital personal and company data ‘in the cloud’ encourages us to ignore one simple but very important truth – the cloud has a physical location.

And because it has a physical location, the sophisticated IT arrangements to which you entrust company information and old wedding photographs is arguably at as much of a risk as whatever storage arrangements you might have on your own premises, if you’re thorough. The cyber-risk could be even greater, because it’s highly likely that as you read this, somewhere in the world a member of the hacking community is working to breach the security of whichever data centre holds your information.

As the amount of data held expands exponentially – its is forecast to at least triple in the next three years – not only will the prize for the potential hacker grow in perceived value, but the chances of some kind of IT ‘hiccup’ will also grow. Furthermore, a recent study has suggested that your cloud-stored data may not be immune from being seen by others using the same provider. However, this blog is intended to highlight not cyber-threat potential, but physical problems facing ever-larger data centres, and to suggest some advice as a result.

It’s not necessarily malicious attacks that we should consider. Employees, who are as human as the rest of us, make mistakes. Natural disasters like flooding and earthquakes can happen, power supplies can be interrupted, fluctuating temperatures (and IT can generate lots of heat) can cause problems.

Best then, as a business, to audit a data centre just as you would audit any other business service, or have a specialist do it for you. They would check all manner of things, no doubt based on the EU Code of Conduct for Best Practice in Data Centres, and looking for:

• ISO accreditations
• business continuity management to BS25999-2:2007
• the payment card industry’s PCI-DSS
• IL3 status for governmental systems
• power and temperature readings
• disaster recovery capability
• hardware efficiency
• thermal capacity
• airflow management
• physical security

All of which serves to highlight the level of risk faced by data centres, and by association, your data. This is not to say that we shouldn’t be using data centres for storage. However, we do need to be aware of any potential shortcomings, and to think of the sentiments of a man with no experience of data centres whatsoever; American inventor Benjamin Franklin. He said that distrust and caution were the parents of security. It’s the same thinking behind the phrase ‘belt and braces’ that we’re all familiar with.

And on that basis, perhaps you should be thinking of backing up business data and treasured family pictures and documents on your own secure storage device, and keeping it in a locked fireproof filing cabinet, as well as on the cloud? Software is readily available today that will do the backing up for you, quietly and in the background, throughout the time your computers are running. Large amounts of storage are found on stand-alone devices smaller than a paperback book, and therefore easily capable of being tucked into secure fireproof data safes or home safes. With two potential sources of recoverable data, there would be no need to worry about any loss of data, which would all be secure and to hand whatever the eventuality.

Your Holiday Security Essentials

Although the fickle weather is again contradicting the seasons, our great British summer and the holiday season is barely a week away. Whether you are loading up the car or heading for the airport make sure you have left your home safe from intruders by taking sensible precautions.
Our community police liaison officer and the neighbourhood watch have issued some good advice to minimise the risks both home and away. Go through the checklist before you travel.

191a – Cancel newspapers, milk and any other regular deliveries.

– Turn off the water supply and unplug all but essential electrical appliances.

– If you have an intruder alarm make sure you activate it before you travel. Preferably leave the alarm activation code and a house key with someone near to your home who you trust in case of emergencies.

– Lock the windows

– Let someone know you itinerary and give a contact number. You can also inform the police when you are away or if you have one, inform your Neighbourhood Watch co-ordinator.

– Put valuables in a safe place preferably in a home safe with bolt down capability or in a good quality strongbox again fixed to a solid structure and out of sight. Move any other valuables such as ornaments out of plain sight.

– Secure any outbuildings with quality locks or padlocks and preferably lock expensive tools and equipment away in a secure steel tool chest or cabinet.

– Don’t take expensive jewellery on holiday if at all possible. If you must have your bling with you then hire a safe deposit box at your resort accommodation. You should also check your travel insurance cover is adequate.

– Carry as little cash as you can. The prepaid currency cards are a practical alternative and can be used like any other debit card, including making cash withdrawals from foreign ATM’s. You can usually get a better exchange rate into the bargain.

– If travelling by car don’t leave valuable in plain sight, particularly when the vehicle is unattended. Opportunist thefts from vehicles in service stations are common so lock valuables in the boot or glove compartment.

– Finally make sure you have the contact numbers should an emergency arise whilst you are away i.e. Insurance Help Line, Bank and Credit Card provider, Holiday Accommodation and Flight Provider.
Have a happy and relaxed holiday

Heavy snowfall increases risk of flood and theft

The heavy snow forecast to affect the whole of the UK at some point this weekend is further bad news for those businesses and homeowners at risk of flood. Snow, despite its picturesque effect on the landscape is rain by another name so when it thaws it can only add to the flood risk on already waterlogged ground. Now is the time to take added precautions to safeguard valuable stock and valuables by placing them out of reach of potential flood waters.
This precaution is doubly true if your business uses hazardous chemicals. It is advisable to consider raising hazardous storage cabinets well off the ground on steel stands available to suit most standard COSHH cabinets. Leakage of toxic substances into the environment can have devastating effects and if you are sited in a high flood risk area the environment agency will look to you for proof that sensible precautions were in place should a leak occur.


Valuables can also be stored in the same way in high security storage cabinets placed on stands, or in waterproof security chests and safes depending on the value and quantity of goods to be stored.
Another consequence of the freezing temperature is a significant increase in vehicle thefts. Criminals literally tour the streets looking for vehicles that have been left unattended on driveways with the engine running to defrost the car or van. This presents a golden opportunity for thieves to either steal the vehicle itself or rifle the contents in seconds for any valuables, laptops, tools and equipment.
Commercial vans and lorries can be fitted with lockable heavy duty steel van boxes and cabinets that bolt to the chassis for storage of expensive tools and equipment but that does not prevent theft of the vehicle if the thief has the opportunity. One tip is to use one key to start the engine to defrost and then use the spare key to lock the doors until you are ready to start your journey.
With a little care you can avoid falling victim to the unforeseen risks that the onset of winter weather can present.

Safe Insurance Explained

When buying safes you cannot base your choice on looks or price alone, at least not if you want your insurance company to cover you for losses due to theft, fire or flood damage to the safe and or its contents.

The manufacturers of quality cash safes will give Insurance or Cash Rating for each safe expressed in terms of the amount of cash an insurance underwriter considers you can safely store in the safe. The general rule is that the higher the cash rating the more secure the safe is from burglars and safecrackers. The Cash rating also usually defines the Valuables rating of the safe i.e. the equivalent value of non-cash valuables such as jewellery the safe can hold. This is almost universally agreed by insurers as 10 times the cash rating.

A safe certified to EN14450 is suitable for low risk applications up to a maximum of £4000 in cash and £40,000 in valuables and are a popular choice for home security. The European standard EN1143-1 covers everything above this security level and safes to this standard are often termed Euro or Eurograde cash safes. The “Grade” is expressed as a number from Grade 0 to Grade13 in ascending order of greater security. A grade 13 safe is effectively equivalent to a bank vault with a cash rating of £3.5 million.

Assigning cash ratings is usually based upon testing to the European Attack Test Standards and drop tests that are now widely recognised by the insurance industry and provide independent third party confirmation of the security level and durability of a safe. You do sometimes see equivalent American test standards quoted usually prefixed by UL and independent laboratory certifications such as NT or NordTest more often for fire and water resistance.

Certification to international standards is the starting point for choosing the right safe for your circumstances but be aware that different insurers may apply different risk assessment criteria due to other factors such as the location of the property and the presence of other security measures. It is always best to check with your insurer that your cover is adequate particularly if you are storing lots of cash or valuables.

Water resistant storage a bigger priority

At long last Summer has arrived, at least for a day or two. River levels are falling and the farmers may at last be able to get onto their fields to harvest crops. It’s easy to forget that many businesses are still cleaning up from the devastating floods that hit many towns and villages earlier this month.

Although insurance will cover the cost of reinstatement, for the majority this will do little to help the business return to normal trading or replace business critical documents and customer records lost in the deluge. It is also an ever present worry that once at risk further flood events are likely to reoccur in the future.

Businesses in risk areas should consider additional measures to protect their operations so that normal service can be resumed as soon as possible. Fortunately there are a range of waterproof safety storage options to protect documents, cash and valuables from as little as £50 or so. All have the considerable added benefit of providing fire protection.

A Sentry or Phoenix portable waterproof document box and cash box come in a range of sizes ideal for the small business providing both water damage protection and security against unauthorised access. If you have larger quantities of paper based records and files that would be difficult to remove from the premises in a flood alert a waterproof filing cabinet such as the Sentry vertical file cabinet or the innovative Phoenix World Class lateral drawer model, is an effective safeguard against both flood and fire.

Businesses holding significant cash or water sensitive valuables such as electronic devices and digital media on the premises should consider a waterproof safe with bolt down facility. Advances in design and technology means they are now an affordable option for even the smallest business. The Burton Aquasec will withstand total submersion in water, is certified for 60minutes fire protection and at less than £250 is surprisingly cost effective.

If the climatologists are to be believed extreme and freakish weather is likely to become the norm in the years ahead so business attitudes to risk and preventive actions must adapt to safeguard business viability.

Key boxes ensure secure access to your home.

I was driving into the village where I live on yet another miserable rainy summer’s day when I passed a schoolboy walking the mile and a half road from the last bus stop into the village. Ordinarily I would not stop unless I was very well acquainted with the individual as sad to say these days such acts of altruism can and often are misinterpreted.

However as I looked back in the mirror I could see the lad was battling the elements so I pulled up and reversed back to offer a lift. It turned out his family had arrived in the village only recently and as he could not remember the house name he gave directions that led me to it. There were no cars on the drive or any signs of activity so I asked if his parents were around. They were both at work but he said he had a key. He thanked me for the lift and headed off but having had kids of my own I held back from driving off whilst I saw him safely inside.

Key Cabinet

The heavens chose that moment to unleash a torrential downpour while the poor lad was searching first his pockets then his schoolbag looking frantically for his key. Nothing I could do but watch and wonder what I would do next if he has lost the key. After what seemed an age he triumphantly held the key aloft and waved by which time he and the contents of his bag were clearly soaked.

For working parents it must be a logistical nightmare to arrange daytime care and supervision of the children and so called latchkey kids are all too common. To provide security and eliminate the risk of children or even parents losing the house key the security industry has developed some excellent weather proof home key boxes that you can mount outside the door to ensure a key is always to hand. They have combination or digital locks to control access and are also useful if you need to admit carers or workmen whilst you are away from home.

 

Gadget Show A Safe Bet

Fans who consider both this website and The Gadget Show on Channel 5 as “must sees” will have been given a treat when the erstwhile team of presenters were each given the challenge of breaking into a high security safe. If they failed to crack their respective safes the contents – apparently embarrassing clips of their previous incarnations on the Box – would be posted on YouTube or the like.

I was heartened that three of the 5 high security safes provided for the challenge are available from this website, the Phoenix CitadelSentry QE Datasafe, SecureLine Professional S2 and the mighty Burton Magnum.

Any professional Locksmiths and Safe Crackers viewing proceedings would no doubt have been entirely unimpressed by the efforts of the motley crew. At the outset they dismissed the prospect of manipulating the lock wheel pack as too fiddly and proceeded to try and simply destroy the safes.  In sequence they first used a digger and bucket to drop from a “great height” which looked like about 15 foot, they then attacked the casing with an angle grinder which was no match for the cobalt steel plate reinforcing and finally tried to blow the safe door off using PETN an industrial explosive.

Needless to say not one of the safes was opened in the process not even the traditional key lock Secureline Professional cash Safe. The Gadget Show team may have been better advised to do some research on the design of combination locks and the intricacies of contact points, drive pins and fences.

To be fair the most popular method of safecracking is to simply steal the safe and move it to where the safecracker has the time and equipment to take the safe apart. This is not always that easy if the safe owner takes advantage of the secure boltdown facility on most safes – they would have to remove part of the floor or wall along with the safe. In these circumstances the safecracker must attack the locking mechanism the majority of which like the Burton Magnum have already survived rigorous attack testing to BS1143-1.

Despite the high security of the safes chosen every safe must be accessible in some way to a locksmith in the event of a malfunction or lock-out. This requirement introduces a fundamental weakness that forms the basis of the locksmiths art and the would-be safecracker. However it is an art and there is apparently a world champion safe breaker to prove it in the guise of American Jeff Sitar who is by the way gainfully and legitimately employed as a locksmith.

To view the Gadget Show video follow this link http://fwd.channel5.com/gadget-show/videos/challenge/surprise-special-part-3

To insure your cash is Safe

Many businesses, particularly in the retail and leisure sectors, insure against theft out of necessity as having cash on the premises is a magnet for thieves. With savings interest rates and confidence in Banks at all time lows, apparently many householders are also reverting to the old days and stashing any spare cash in the mattress. If they are relying on a general household insurance policy to protect their nest egg they could be disappointed

Insurance is all about risk assessment and the higher the risk generally the more premium you will pay. In addition the insurance companies will be quick to find a get out clause if reasonable precautions are not taken to minimise the risk.  If you have failed to inform them that the risk even exists don’t expect your policy to pay out.

A lockable cash box is OK for small amounts of cash to allow day to day trading or to deposit the odd days shopping float, but larger amounts held overnight should be locked in a safe. It may not be common knowledge but any type of safe won’t do. If you want no quibble insurance cover the safe should be approved by the insurance company as suitable for the amount of cash you wish to secure. I am reminded of one chap who purchased what I would generously describe as a “budget” safe from a very well known retailer to house his daily takings of under £1000. The insurance assessor took one look at the safe and shook his head. The lock mechanism was gravity operated so he just turned the safe onto its top and the door opened with minimal effort.

This is an extreme case as there is a good choice of quality value for money cash safes available like our Sentry cash safes and Burtons excellent Torino and Magnum ranges. Once the cash held exceeds £5000 you may well consider a Eurograde Safe. Eurograde classified safes range from Grade 0 to Grade 6 and are accepted by virtually all major insurance companies as of a build quality and attack resistance to secure cash amounts ranging from £6000 to £150000 depending on the Grade. As a general rule you can multiply the cash amount by 10 to arrive at the amount of non cash valuables the safe can hold.

All of these safes also come with internal bolt down facility as to meet insurance company requirements it is recommended that any safe weighing under 1000kg should be securely bolted to the floor or wall or both. Be you a business or thrifty homeowner looking to upgrade from the mattress, make sure that your safe is fit for purpose and your insurance is adequate to cover your losses if the worst happens.