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An Explanation of some terms
To understand what a burglar resistant or cash safe is, we need to explain how the quality of a safe is defined by insurance companies and testing establishments.
Burglar resistant safes are rated by insurance companies by 'overnight cash cover', which means the maximum amount of cash which a safe is insured to carry when the building is unoccupied. Therefore, if a safe has an overnight cash cover of £10,000 it is safe to assume that it is a much stronger and more secure safe than a safe with an overnight cash cover of only £1,500.
The overnight cash rating is defined by testing the safe to see how long it takes to actually open the safe using safe opening techniques used by burglars, e.g. with drills, grinding machines, lock picks, burning or cutting tools etc. Obviously, the longer it takes, then the more secure the safe and the higher the cash rating. There are many lower priced, lower grade safes on the market which are predominently intended as fire safes and although most fire safes will offer a degree of security, they are not up to the same standard of the burglar resistant safe. Conversely, most burglar resistant safes will offer a degree of fire protection but would be largely useless in protecting computer media or photographs in a fire. (see fire safes)
Valuables such as jewellery can also be kept in a safe. Most insurance companies will allow a home owner to carry 10 times the cash rating of the safe i.e. £60,000 worth of jewellery in a £6,000 cash cover safe or £30,000 worth or jewellery in a £3,000 cash cover safe. Be carefull though - don't try to keep £30,000 of jewellery AND £3,000 in cash in a £3,000 cash cover safe. The insurance companies will probably allow you to mix and match, but it must be 'pro rata' so you could keep £1,000 in cash and £20,000 of jewellery in a £3,000 cash rated safe or £2,000 in cash and £10,000 in jewellery or other valuables.