Top tips to Buying a Safe in 2021

If you’re looking to buy a safe in 2021 there are some things you need to consider and with so many options out there it can be hard to find what one is best for you. Check out our blog below to discover the different types of safes and what you need to consider when buying a safe!

What do you want to put in your safe?

First of all you need to consider what you want to keep stored securely away in your safe as this will affect the size of safe you will need to buy. Is it small like cash and documents, jewellery maybe or do you need to store larger technical equipment perhaps?

 

What do you need protection from?

As well as considering the size of the safe, you should also factor in why you need the extra security in the first place. Many safes offer protection from burglary, fires or both.

Burglary Protection Safe

If you are looking for a safe to prevent your valuable items from getting stolen should you be burgled there are a few different options on the market. Look for the insurance rating of the safe which is determined by a number of factors including the resistance the safe has for movement, the thickness and strength of the walls and door, the security and complexity of the lock and bolt mechanisms and the overall quality. The higher the insurance rating the more secure the safe.

The insurance rating is only applicable if the safe has been installed correctly and to ensure your valuables are covered should the worst happen it is worth choosing a safe that is 30% higher than your needs. Look for AiS (Association of Insurance Surveyors) when buying a safe as they are the UK’s top authority on safe insurance ratings.

Fire Protection Safe

There are also a few different options for you to consider when buying a fire protection safe. This is due to the different temperatures the safe can withstand to keep your valuables safe inside. Safe.co.uk report that magnetic media such as tapes and film will spoil at a 52°C so the safe’s temperature must stay below this level, digital media will corrupt at anything over 120°C and any safe holding paper must stay below 177°C to prevent it from combusting.

Fire protection safes are categorised into four different ratings of standard, medium, high and maximum and are determined in the duration of which they are tested by 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 90 minutes and 120 minutes plus. Fire protection safes endurance tests include measuring the internal temperature over a period of time when exposed to high temperatures, the explosion test is carried out to ensure the safe won’t explode when exposed to sudden extreme temperatures and the fire drop test to ensure it can withstand falling through a burning building.

 

How do you want your safe to operate?

Are you looking for a key operated safe, a pin code or even something that is more contemporary such a fingerprint opening?

Key Lock Safe

A key lock safe is a tried and tested method of securing your safe. However, there is a risk of losing the keys or a burglar gaining access to the safe with the key.

Keypad Safe

A keypad safe operates with a PIN code that is able to change as often as you require it to. This type of safe is popular in hotel rooms where many people will be using it throughout the year.

Fingerprint Safe

A fingerprint safe will only open when it detects a pre-scanned fingerprint. There are no keys to lose and no pin code to forget but these types of safes are more expensive.

Dial Combination Safe

These are the type of safes you usually picture in films where the burglar is listening for the ticks to unlock the code. However, these types of safes are a bit tricky to operate.

Dual Lock Safes

These are operated with either two locks or a keypad and key so that two people can operate the safe.

 

Where do you want your safe to be?

Do you want your safe to be mounted in the floor, the wall, or freestanding?

Floor Safes

Floor safes are perfect if you are looking to store your valuable items in a secret, secluded space. They can easily be covered by a rug or furniture.

Wall Mounted Safe

Like a floor safe, wall mounted safes offer extra protection security wise as they are easily hidden from sight and not easily removed.

Free Standing Safe

Free standing safes are the cheapest alternative in initial cost and there are no other installation fees. Of course these are less secure than their counterparts as they are harder to hide and can be picked up and taken away.

 

Keytek® Locksmiths

If you need help with your small, freestanding safe give us a call! Find your local Locksmith here! If you found this blog interesting why not check out Burglary Statistics 2021 and Restoring your Home Security after a Break in!

 

 

 

 

 

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Hive View Outdoor Product Review

Outdoor cameras are a great way in which to secure your home and add another level of security. Not only do they allow for monitoring but also can reduce the cost of home insurance and can act as evidence if the worst should happen. When looking for a security camera, there are many different makes and models which hold different features, so you want to make sure that you pick the best one for you, your needs and your home.

 

Who is Hive?

Hive is a smart product ecosystem that provide many smart home solutions and have an extensive product range varying from thermostats and lightbulbs to sensors and cameras. As one of the UK’s leading smart home provider their mission is to create a network of interacting products that not only make life easier but offer a personalised and connected experience.

 

What is the Hive View Outdoor?

Retailing at £179 and designed by the Swiss industrial designer Yves Béhar, the Hive View Outdoor is the latest in the range of smart home products within the Hive ecosystem and is specifically designed to provide outdoor security and monitoring. Measuring at 2.6 x 2.6 x 2.6 inches, this camera is designed to sleekly fit onto the exterior of your home and not only provide security and comfort to the homeowner but also act as a deterrent to would be burglars.

 

Features of Hive View Outdoors

Designed for outdoors, this camera has an Ingress rating of IP66, meaning that it is protected from dust, can remain water-resistant from a high water pressure jet with up to a 12.5mm nozzle and can operate in temperatures ranging from -20 oC to 45 oC.

 

With two way audio, 130o wide angle lens, 1080p HD resolution, 8x digital zoom and night vision up to 15ft you are sure to capture all activity outside the home, the Hive Home app will notify you with push messages direct to your phone of any activity. This camera comes standard with a rolling 24 hour video history, in which you can replay any video segments in the last 24 hours, however after that period the storage will reset. Hive does offer an extended storage for a small monthly fee which is dependent on the amount of cameras you have within your Hive Ecosystem. This is a fairly common aspect around security camera video footage and storage but what does make a difference with Hive is the added benefits that come with this monthly fee, such as 10% discount on other Hive products. For the 30 day extended storage it will cost you £3.99 for 1 camera, £5.99 for 2 and £9.99 for up to 5 cameras; the number of cameras will also include any internal Hive View cameras that are within your homes Hive ecosystem.

 

Ingress Rating: The rating given to products that rates the protection of the products enclosure. The first number refers to dust protection and the second number refers to water protection.

 

Set-up and Installation

Installing the camera can be difficult especially if one is not technically inclined, but detailed instructions of how to install the Hive View Outdoor are included and you can find multiple videos online of how to properly install the camera with its magnetic stand. The one issue that many may face is that this camera is wired so it does need to be connected to a power source, which many will only have inside. For security reasons this wire will need to be placed through a wall so that no windows are left open leaving your home vulnerable but also so that it has a lower risk of being tampered with by ill-wishers. This can cause an issue for many in the installation phase, however when buying the product in the UK Hive offer the option of professional installation; the engineer will set up your camera and ensure that all the proper precautions are met. This will cost a fee but the peace of mind that your camera itself is installed correctly and secure is worth more long term than the cost to get it professionally installed.

 

Both camera set up and using the camera are very straight forward, all that is needed is to download the Hive app where you are then guided through some very easy to follow instructions that allow you to connect the app to the camera via Bluetooth and then through WiFi. If you have purchased the professional installation they will also take you through this process.

 

App Functionality

What perhaps sets this camera apart from other similar models on the market is the amazing functionality and connectivity of the entire Hive ecosystem and the companion app. Within the app there are 3 different tabs that allow you to control, schedule and monitor the functions of the camera and access any live feeds or stored video footage. The schedule tab, allows for 4 pre-set time blocks of which you can program the monitoring of the camera and for when it operates on a daily basis, this means you can set your camera to record at certain times in order to maximise the footage stored or to save electricity. The actions tab allows you to connect all Hive products together to sync up reactions from one product to another; this can create a whole security system when multiple products are used. As a default with the set-up of a Hive camera, all sound and motion alerts will be sent to you. You can however adjust the sensitivity settings on the app to reduce the risk of false alarms for things such as cars or animals.

 

Camera Performance

With a 40ft range in daylight (15ft in night vision but this can be more with less specified sensitivity) and an array of impressive features this camera has all the same features as most other high end cameras on the market. What is great about this camera is that when activity is detected, not only is a push notification sent to your smart phone, but alongside is a thumbnail displaying an up close shot of what has caused the alert so that you can identify the issue before opening the app thus saving you time if it’s only the postman. Once in the app you can access both live and stored footage, and can use finger gestures to zoom and pan the footage to get full control of the camera.

 

Do be aware that for the most efficient use and performance of this camera you will need to have a minimum of 2.4GHz bandwidth or a WiFi with a speed of 1.5Mbps (Megabites Per Second).

 

Overall, this camera doesn’t necessarily offer more features than the other high end cameras on the market however what does set this camera apart from its competitors is the functionality of the app and the interconnectivity of all the Hive products. This allows you to create a completely personal and customisable security system around your home, even with just the camera there are so many controls over the functionality of the camera that allow tailoring to your needs. One of the potential downsides to this camera is that it is not compatible to other smart devices such as Google Assistant or Alexa without the use of a Hive Hub, so if you are already within another smart home system without the use of a Hive Hub you cannot connect all of your gadgets without the extra product.

 

What should I look for when buying an outdoor security camera?

You should always consider what you are buying the camera for and what features are priorities for you when researching different makes and models. The general rule is that the more features that a camera offers the higher the price point, however usually spending more on a camera upfront is worth it in the longer term in relevance to security.

How many security cameras do I need?

It will depend on how many weak points or vulnerable parts of your home you perceive to have and what you want to be covered. The optimal amount of cameras will be dependent on individual needs but it is suggested that your front door and back door are covered.

The Most Famous Burglaries of All Time

Here at Keytek® we’re all about security and keeping you and your belongings as secure as possible but burglaries do happen and sometimes they happen on an extremely large scale… check out our blog on the top 5 most famous burglaries of all time!

 

The Antwerp Diamond Heist

This burglary cost a whopping £100 million!! In 2003 Leonardo Notabartolo successfully defeated 10 layers of security in the heist of all time stealing millions worth of diamonds and jewels. Notabartolo and his crew almost got away with it too as they planned this burglary for years which consisted of copying keys, fake CCTV footage and clever ways to get past the high-tech security system.

Unfortunately for Notabartolo they left behind traces of DNA and were subsequently caught back in Italy. The diamonds? They were never recovered and are still out there somewhere on the black market!

 
 

Boston Museum Heist

The most valuable theft of a private property ever, costing half a billion dollars! In this heist two men dressed as police offers attended the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum apparently responding to a disturbance call. Within an hour the two men overcame the guards and took off with 13 works of high valuable art including pieces from Rembrandt, Degas and Vermeer.

This time the fake police officers got away with it as no one was arrested for the crime and none of the pieces of artwork were recovered. What hangs in their frames now? Nothing, the empty frames still hang in the museum!

 

Russian Hackers

These days’ burglars no longer require a stripy t-shirt and a swag bag as a group of Russian computer hackers managed to steal an approximate of £650 million from 2014-2016 from banks all over the world!

The hackers cunningly watched the to and fro of the bank’s operations through CCTV and managed to hack them using malware and phishing scams. What’s more is that they even managed to operate ATM’s to dispense money at certain times!

The hackers managed to rob around 100 banks from over 30 different countries stealing a total of around £650 million… and they have yet to be caught!

 

The Central Bank of Iraq

In 2003 the largest bank heist of all time took place. Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein sent his son with a handwritten note asking to withdraw almost a billion US dollars along with three trucks to load it onto, to the Central Bank in Baghdad.

$920 million dollars were stolen but most of it was fortunately recovered after numerous raids. However, not all the American soldiers retrieving the cash were innocent as 35 of them were caught stealing some of the money!

 

One of the UK’s Biggest Domestic Burglaries

James Stunt, successful businessman living in London found himself £515,000 shorter after a 16.18 carat yellow diamond was stolen from his safe in his home in 2017. Fortunately, for Mr. Stunt the perpetrator was caught and refused bail.

However, the perpetrator was a little too close to home as the thief was none other than Mr. Stunt’s bodyguard! Unfortunately for Mr. Stunt this was the first in a string of financial bad luck as in 2019 he was declared bankrupt and had numerous properties repossessed.

 

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Burglary Statistics 2020/2021

Being broken in to is a cause for concern by most homeowners as the a burglar in your home not only puts your wellbeing at risk but your possessions and the risk of damage being caused to your home. Take a look at the burglary statistics issued by the Office for National Statistics in our blog below!

 

What time of day do burglaries occur?

The Office for National Statistics reports that from April 2019 to March 2020 residents were most likely to be burgled in the evening with 32% of all burglaries occurring during this time. What’s surprising is that following evening burglaries the most active time of day burglaries occur in the afternoon at 20%.

Overall 62% of burglaries took place in the evening/night time with 38% taking place during the morning/afternoon.

 

What day do most burglaries happen?

It comes as no surprise that burglars are more likely to target homes when it is dark outside in attempt to not be spotted. But did you know that a whopping 71% of burglaries occur during the week rather than on the weekend? Make sure you lock up after yourself when leaving for work!

 

76% of burglars gain entry through the door! 33% forced the lock open! 15% of doors were not locked. 6% had a key.

 

Where do burglars enter the home?

The Office for National Statistics reports that the majority of burglars will enter your home through the front of your property. 59% of burglars entered someone’s home at the front of the property, 33% accessed the property through the back entry way and 7% of burglars accessed a property from the side.

Of those a shocking 76% of burglars entered a property through a door. It’s shocking to hear that over ¾ of burglars enter someone’s home by using the door. 33% of burglars forced the lock open to gain access, this is why British Standard locks and Anti-Snap locks are so important.

15% of these the burglar found the door was not locked at all. Always remember to lock your front door when you leave and ensure your locks are British Standard. If you need to upgrade your locks just give your local Locksmith a call!

20% of burglars accessed the home through the window. Check out our Window Security Guide here!

 

Lost your keys?

Replace your locks immediately as 6% of all burglars for the year between April 2019 and March 2020 had a key to gain access to the home. If you have lost your keys or recently moved home you should call a Locksmith to replace your lock with new keys as soon as possible.

 

What damage does a burglar cause?

Between April 2019 and March 2020 57% of people claimed that the burglar left damage to their outside door, 26% of home burglaries ended up with a broken window and 22% were left with a damaged lock. As over 20% of burglars attack the lock to gain entry it is important you know your locks are up to scratch and have some defense mechanism such as anti-snap and anti-drill features.
 

22% of burglars damage the lock.

 

Average costs of damages caused to a property in a burglary

It is important you ensure your home insurance covers your property for things such as burglary and the damages of being burgled will cost. The Office for National Statistics reports that on average a burglar will cause £1,413 worth of damage to your property. If the burglar manages to gain entry the total cost on average amounts to £2,856 on average.

 

What do burglars go for?

40% of victims report that the burglar(s) stole their purse/money/cards, 32% stole jewellery and watches and 23% stole computers/computer equipment. Furthermore, 11% of burglars stole car keys and 7% stole house keys.

When you go to bed at night remember to hide your keys away in a safe place and out of reach of the doors and windows. If a burglar has stolen your keys it is vital that you get your locks changed as you never know when they may attempt to come back again. If a burglar enters your home with a key your insurance claim will be invalid.

Don’t forget to properly lock up your shed, any outbuildings and properly secure your garden furniture as 39% of people had tools stolen from an outbuilding, 34% had their garden furniture stolen and 22% had their bike/bike parts stolen! Discover our top security tips in our Home Security Guide here!

 

Keytek® Locksmiths

If you have been burgled or looking to upgrade your home security after discovering the shocking facts just give us a call and we will be happy to help! Find your local Locksmith here! For more security advice check out our Home Security Guide for everything you need to know!

 

https://www.ons.gov.uk/peoplepopulationandcommunity/crimeandjustice/datasets/natureofcrimeburglary