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If you store valuables in your home, it is definitely worth considering getting a safe box in order to keep them secure. This does not have to be a huge and intricate safe protecting a prized necklace: many people with valuable possessions such as jewellery or cash choose to hide them in small hidden safes to keep them away from thieves.

A safe box can be a valuable storage solution. In fact, many insurance companies insist on safe boxes in order to insure valuable items in the home. Safe boxes are typically heavy units that are bolted down, which means that as long as they are securely installed, thieves cannot pick them up and take them away.

When it comes to safe box installation, the ideal Pro to call will be a carpenter or home security specialist. As well as being able to help you choose the most secure place to put your safe box, they can also perform the installation work. Although an experienced handyman may sometimes be able to handle a job like this, it is good for the sake of security in your home to hire a qualified and experienced professional.

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Where to put a safe box

Part of what makes a safe box effective is where it is placed. After all, if it is well hidden then it won’t matter if thieves will be able to get inside or not! However, it will also need to be accessible; you do not want to install your safe box in the perfect place, only to find that it is stopping you from opening or closing your door! The ideal place to put your safe box will be out of sight in an area away from your general floor space, such as in a cupboard or under a desk.

When choosing where to put your safe box, you will also need to pay attention to the flooring. As a general rule, it is much better to fit a safe box to a concrete floor than to a wooden floor. In fact, most safe boxes come with installation kits specifically designed to work with concrete floors. Part of this is down to ease of installation: fastening a safe box to a wooden floor will require coach bolts or glue, unlike with concrete floors. Concrete floors are also more secure and will make it more difficult for thieves to remove your safe box and take it with them.

Before you start drilling into your floor, be sure to check for any pipework underneath. Damage caused to your utilities can be very expensive to repair, and so you should be absolutely sure of what is under your floor before you get started! If you are in a room with underfloor heating, you should look for a new place to hide your safe box altogether.

If you decide that you want to relocate utilities in your flooring in order to make room for your safe box, start by speaking to a local plumber.

The first step to installing your safe box will be to position it. Place it down where you intend to fit it, then step back and look around the room: Can you access the safe box easily? Does it prevent doors from opening or closing? Is it out of site? You should make sure to answer all of these questions before you get ready to secure the safe box.

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Fixing a safe box to a concrete floor

Inside your safe box there should be several pre-drilled holes for installation. Using these holes, mark points on the floor to line them up with. These points are where you will need to drill into the floor.

Usually, a safe box installation kit will specify which size of drill should be used during installation. Pay close attention to this: if you drill holes that are too large or small, the bolts may not fasten properly. However, it is good to start with a smaller drill first so that you can make ‘pilot holes’. These will make it easier to guide your main drill later on.

When drilling, hold the drill upright and go straight down. Next, fix the bolts in place and put the safe box down over them through the pre-drilled holes. Once this is done, screw the safe box down tightly.

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Fixing a safe box to a wooden floor

To fix your safe box to a wooden floor, it will need to be secured to a joist with coach bolts. This is because standard floor boards are not strong enough to secure a safe box: if a thief wants to, they can just tear the floorboards up so that they can flee with the safe box.

Coach bolts are long, and will slot through joists before being secured with a nut underneath. If you do not have a joist below your floorboards, you will need to secure your safe box using a powerful adhesive. If this is the case, start by cleaning the surface thoroughly. You can then apply the glue to the area, place the safe box down and secure it with the bolts.