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When ordering online it can be easy to get a bit carried away. Suddenly you’ve got a parcel(s) coming and you’re at the mercy of the 6am – 6pm delivery window.

 You know the dilemma, you want your online order to arrive but you’re worried that it will arrive whilst you’re at work or you’ll take a 10 minute trip to the local shop and miss the delivery. There’s always a neighbour if they’re in or your delivery can be left in the porch and hope it remains there until you get home.

If this is the case in your house then you should consider a Rottner Security Parcel Keeper so you never miss another delivery ever! Once secured, your eagerly awaited items can be left safe and sound waiting for you to open it at your leisure.

REASON ONE:  Rottner Security Parcel Keeper T05766

The only question you have to ask yourself is how much do you actually order online? If it’s the occasional item our single delivery parcel keeper may be better suited to your needs. Just leave the parcel keeper unlocked in your porch or attached to a wall, and when the parcel is delivered the courier simply places the item(s) in the parcel keeper and closes the door locking the items inside.

 Small Parcel Keeper


REASON TWO: Rottner Security Parcel Keeper 1000

However, if you’re fully integrated into the online world you may be expecting items from multiple suppliers and, more than likely, multiple couriers. In that case you will need our deposit type parcel keeper. The courier simply lifts the lid, inserts the parcel(s) and closes the lid dropping the parcel(s) into the belly of the safe. The design of the lid prevents fishing attacks. As no locking of the parcel keeper lid takes place, it does not prevent the next courier leaving parcels as they just use the same technique to deposit their delivery.

 Large Parcel Keeper





I think a lot of us have seen the parcel left by a popular delivery company, where the card says ‘we have left your parcel “on the roof” ………sorry!’ and pondered where your own delivery would likely end up being left if you were out. It may be an extreme example but where would your parcel end up? In a bin? Under a bucket? Over the back gate? All of which are often used but, more importantly, also well known to opportunist thieves.

 Nothing is worse than spending all day at work, wondering if your parcel is going to be where the courier left it. It can lead to un-necessary stress particularly if its something as valuable as a mobile phone for instance. If its been delivered but gone missing, the onus of having to prove you haven’t received it will be on you. Better to know its safely contained within a sturdy, secure parcel keeper.

 So, if you’re expecting one parcel or ten, you can rest assured we have your parcel security covered with the Rottner Security Parcel Keeper range.

15 Mar 2018 11:33:56 By Chris Millward Safes Security Help and Advice,

It's easy to be wise after the fact, but a simple reality is that people often only consider buying a home safe after a burglary. Even then its mainly on the insistence of the insurance company.

After being burgled, your insurance company will often insist on a safe being brought that is certified to an adequate amount to cover what you lost in the burglary and any future acquisitions. This takes the decision on the type of safe out of your hands as the insurance company will only be satisfied with a safe of equal or increased cash rating.

Habitual burglars are wise to all the “brilliant” hiding places you have thought of in your home. If you’ve thought of it, you can guarantee, so has the burglar. They are also very savvy when it comes to going out on the prowl. It will be very unlikely that your average domestic burglar will want to be caught “going equipped” since being career criminals, they are likely to have attracted the attention of the police before. Because of this, when they do break in, they are often after the easily pocketed items. The days of the tv and dvd being taken are now mostly history. Easily sold items, rings, watches, loose money, jewellery, phones and tablets are now the norm. A huge increase in the theft of gold jewellery is continuing to grow amongst the Asian community. When items are left lying around or in locked drawers they are easy pickings for the thief.

Depending where you’ve decided to conceal your safe in the house an intruder may not even be aware there’s a safe to find. However, if they do come across a safe they still have huge obstacles in their way. Burglars are predominantly “in and out” types. They don’t want to be spotted, disturbed or confronted. Time taken to attack a safe is more time to be discovered. In addition the noise created by trying to open a safe would certainly draw attention from neighbours or passers by. The sturdiness of the safe itself protects it from being opened with items lying around the average house. Your safe is going to do its job in your average run of the mill burglary.


So, you’ve been unlucky enough to have experienced a burglary, what’s next?

Well, your insurance company will have given you a cash rating for your safe. They are also going to give you conditions. These conditions must be met to get the full cover the safe offers. Lets assume your cash rating is £10,000. (£100,000 valuables) Well you just buy a 10k safe right? Unfortunately its not that easy. Did you make it easy for your home to be burgled? Was the door unlocked for example? You could buy a 10k safe but if the insurance company think your house is insecure or they are not happy with the positioning etc they could refuse to cover you for the full amount of the safes rating (unless the safe is an AIS approved safe where the cash rating is guaranteed covered by UK insurance companies)

If you decide on a 10k rated safe that does not carry the AIS mark you must discuss the make and model with your insurance company BEFORE committing yourself to a sale. An insurance company is quite within its rights to offer only 6k cover on a non AIS 10k safe despite that safe being certified at that rating.

A safe is not an everyday purchase so you want to be sure the safe you buy is going to be suitable for years of use. Make sure you consider future valuables when considering the size you need. You don’t want to be at full capacity now and have to buy a bigger safe in the future. Prices always go up so buy the biggest safe you can first time and it will serve you well.

Finally, once your safe is in your home, have it secured with the included approved fixings and stash your valuables inside.

9 Mar 2018 12:18:18 By Chris Millward Home Safe,

Why We Love The Three Best Home Safes (And You Should, Too!)

At Safes.co.uk we pride ourselves with being able to provide safes for every budget. When you need that little extra peace of mind we have the best three home safes to choose from. Our top three safes are all AIS approved.

So what does an AIS approval mean?

The Association of Insurance Surveyors is a collection of security experts from all areas of the insurance industry in the UK. AIS approved safes have been all rigorously tested and inspected in the lab by the association which is recognised and respected throughout the UK by ALL the major insurance companies. UK insurers have already accepted the cash rating certificate of the safe so there is no room for ambiguity in providing the full cover the safes certificate indicates

The Rottner Security / Comsafe Galaxy Fireproof Safe Electronic Lock Fire 60 £17,500 Cash Rated

When you have up to £175.000 of valuables to protect, you need to know that they are going to be well protected. The Galaxy Safe provides just that with a whopping AIS approved £17,500 cash rating. Sturdily constructed from high grade steel and protected by a high security lock the Galaxy provides excellent protection from burglary or fire.

 Galaxy Fire Safe Electronic Lock


This safe comes with an additional internal lockable compartment that, unlike others, can be removed to provide extra space. Because of the cash rating of this safe, Safes.Co.UK offer free professional fitting to a ground floor location, subject to a telephone survey. Having the safe professionally fitted puts you in no doubt that you have done everything you possibly can to protect your precious belongings.

Rottner Security / Comsafe, Atlas Safe DE1 Electronic Lock £10 000 Cash Rating.

An amazing safe from Rottner, The Atlas is one of our favourite home safes for holding a large amount of valuables. This safe is a class leader and it is also AIS approved so you know it’s not to be messed with!

With a huge 63 litre capacity, the Atlas has more than enough room for the householder who has a little more than the average person to safeguard. The perfect safe for the home or office. Protected by enormous locking bolts connected to a Class A, high security electronic lock (Key lock also available), the Atlas provides a hefty defence against a would be thief.



Add 30 minutes fire protection into the mix and you have one of the hardiest safes around. Inside, the inclusion of another lockable compartment helps keep the most expensive or sentimental items secure should you want to allow another person access to the main safe. All in all, the Atlas is the safe you need.

The Rottner Security / Comsafe Power Safe Range, £4,000 cash rated.

If you haven’t got as much to protect there is our Power Safe range. An AIS approved 4k cash rated safe available in 4 sizes to suit your needs or available space. All but the smallest size have an extra internal lockable compartment and the entire range offers protection from small fires.





All Power Safes are available with either electronic or key lock options. A double walled high grade steel construction offers excellent protection for your valuables.

 So no matter what your cash rating requirements are, you can rely on Safes.Co.UK to provide just the right safe for you with the peace of mind that comes with owning an AIS approved safe.

20 Feb 2018 10:15:31 By Chris Millward Safes Security Help and Advice,

The Elmz Module Post Box is the perfect system for multi-occupancy residences as it combines good looks with versatility.

The first thing that strikes you about the Elmz Module Mailbox is its contemporary design and clean lines, making it the ideal choice for existing and new build apartment blocks alike. Adding that touch of class and refinement to the entrance of your building, the Elmz is a compact unit but still manages to hold plenty of mail.

Measuring 125mm x 305mm x 390mm, each individual module easily swallows up A4 size mail and the retrieval is via a full width front opening door so its by no means pokey or impractical to use.

 Multi Occupancy 4 Apartment MailboxMulti Occupancy 8 Apartment Mailbox


Available in black or white the Elmz Mailbox makes a classy addition to any foyer. Each module comes with a cylinder lock and two keys allowing the building owner to retain access should a tenant lose a key. If a tenant leaves without returning the key, the cylinder lock can be easily changed to preserve security for the next user.

In this climate of identity theft the Elmz Mailbox will give tenants peace of mind that their post is well protected whilst it is in the communal area, whilst also preventing fraud from dubious people who frequently use communal buildings to commit offences by having merchandise and/or mail sent to an address in an apartment block and intercepting it from the doormat in areas without a mailbox system in place or from old vulnerable mailboxes before the tenant even realises their address is being used in this manner and being left at risk of being linked to criminal activity and having their address blacklisted. The only way to eradicate this is to improve the security of tenants mail.

As for the Elmz Mailbox systems flexibility, It doesn’t matter how many apartments share the communal area the Elmz system can adapt and grow as required. It enables you to work around limited or awkward wall space problems because of its endless permutations as, whether you buy individual units or in multiples of 4 or 8, the units fit perfectly together due to their flush finish and can be easily slotted together in any configuration before being fixed to the wall. All modules are separate units however you buy them, so if you need 8 but can only have them 2 high, your 8 pack can be arranged to suit.

Multi Occupancy Black Apartment Mailbox

But it uses don’t end there, the Elmz Mailbox is perfect for use as an internal mail system in the workplace. Replace your pigeon hole system with the Elmz Mailbox for more security in the office and avoid confidential paperwork falling into the wrong hands. Each module has a transparent window for flat number or name / department again granting the user flexibility to change use or tenant name with ease.

So however you wish to use the Elmz Mailbox Module System you can be sure that it will enhance the look of your building entrance and make it appealing to tenants, would be tenants and visitors alike.

8 Feb 2018 09:21:13 By Chris Millward Collect from our Safe Warehouse B70 0AZ,

With a lack of trust in the financial sector, ever increasing bank charges and the threat of cybersecurity issues, more and more people are looking to protect their cash and valuables at home, rather than in banks and building societies.

Of course, both a bank and home are liable to theft, security breaches and accidents such as fire and floods. Although a bank is likely to have measures in place to protect your investments, is it still safer to keep your cash at home?

What to do if you want to keep cash at home

  1. Choose an appropriate insurance policy

Most home insurance policies will only cover a small amount of money stored at home. In order to protect your money, then you need to find the appropriate coverage for the amount you want to insure. If it is a substantial amount, then an insurance company is likely to ask you to keep money in a safe to reduce the risk of a claim.

  1. Find the right safe for you

If you have found the right insurance company that covers the money you want to store at home, then it is wise to invest in a safe that is insurance approved. An insurance approved safe is one that is vetted by insurers as an excellent place to store your possessions.

If you do not have an insurance approved safe and make a claim to your insurer, they may say your claim is invalidated because you do not have the right type of safe. It is likely to be in the small print of your policy so check carefully for their safe stipulations and if in doubt, focus your safe search on ones that are insurance approved. Insurance approved safes are ones that have been considered high security and meet the strict guidelines set out by the Association of Insurance Surveyors (AIS).


Power Safe 600 IT Key Lock Safe



  1. Focus on cash rating

Once you have found an AIS insurance approved safe, you then need to consider the cash rating of the safe for the money that you want to store in the safe. For example, a safe with a cash rating of £10,000 will be considered more robust and durable than a safe which has a cash rating of £1000.  Again, some insurers may have a stipulation of the cash rating safe you should use to comply with their policy, so make sure to check the small print to find the right safe for you. 

10 Nov 2017 15:07:47 By Chris Millward Safes ,

In the West Midlands and West Bromwich in particular, there is a rich history in the production of safes and locking mechanisms. In fact, the West Midlands is considered the lock making home of the UK and West Bromwich is undoubtedly at the heart of it.

Celebrating the history of safe production in the West Midlands

There are many locks and safe making companies in this region that have continued to thrive from as early as the 1800s until this very day. In fact, the West Midlands has a proud connection with the industry, which is why there is an entire collection in the Black Country Living Museum. The collection, titled Locks and Safes, is dedicated to the safe production and manufacturing heralded from the area.

The collection features many of the prestigious safe manufacturing names of the era such as Dart Safe Co. from West Bromwich which create a safe with a five-lever locking system. Another piece in the collection is a Bramah Patent padlock which was considered burglar proof. As well as these items, there are many documents that have been collated to celebrate the history of safe production in West Bromwich including an Order from 1870 for galvanised locks and letters to Thomas Morgan for lock samples to be sent as far-reaching as India.

When did it begin?

In terms of history, it was considered that Chubb, a West Midlands based company, was the first to manufacture safes. They received a patent in 1835 for burglar-resisting safes. However, in 1886, these safes were advanced by Henry Brown who created fire retardant and accident resistant containers.

Thanks to the tools and production methods in the area, it wasn’t long before more companies in the West Midlands produced their own safes, with distinctive styles and features. Many businesses were family-run and continue to be in production today.

For example, The Withers is a famous family who set up a safe making firm in West Bromwich in 1843. The founder, George Withers, began his craft as an iron turner but soon the craft took him to make metal bedsteads and then safe manufacturing. Another company that is known in the area is Walsall Locks, a company that has been creating locks for safes since their beginning in the 1800s as a worker’s cooperative.

There are many famous lock making and safe production companies that all have utilised or been founding in this vibrant area for metal work production, the industrial West Midlands.


10 Nov 2017 14:46:05 By Chris Millward The History of Security Safes,

Arson attacks are a very nasty business and can cause immense harm to anyone. This is the reason that we should not be ignoring the fact that they can happen at any time and thus, proper measures should be taken to prevent them.

These days, we give so much importance to the security of the email and all such digital communication that we actually forget about the humble letterbox. They serve to be a very vulnerable entryway into our homes and other buildings so they should never be left unattended or unprotected. This not only endangers property but precious lives too.

When petrol is poured through the letterbox and set alight even through a little rag, it can cause some severe damage even before the alarm can actually be raised. Blocking the main route of escape through fire, they can lead to some really dire consequences.

Because of this, it becomes imperative to have protected letterboxes so that your family, your house, or any sort of building stays protected at all times.

Why is a Letterbox Bag so Important?

Letterboxes which have been protected by letterbox bags work exceptionally well against the arson attacks and are a great investment for all the property owners.

 Homeguard Letterbox Bag


They provide the following benefits:

Peace of Mind

These letterbox bags are compact, practical and can easily hold the daily post and the newspapers. They can be fixed to most of the domestic letter boxes as well as to those which can be found in businesses, schools, and warehouses.

Complete Safety

There is no way that your letterbox can be set to fire now because these letterbox bags have been designed to provide utmost safety and security. There is no worrying about the security of your property or loved ones now.

Keep the Mail Well-Hidden

Your important post remains safe and well-hidden, and there are very bleak chances that one can actually get their hands on it mail. Just like emails and other digital means, you can get important documents through the mail too so it is essential that your letterbox should be well-protected.

Ease of access

For those with mobility issues, letterbox bags allow you to retrieve your mail with ease as it stays at the same level as your letterbox. No need to bend down to the floor to pick up your post. It also means your post is accessible to you, and your pet dog won’t be the first on the scene to destroy your important correspondence.

Anyone can use these letterboxes whether children or elderly because there is nothing complicated about them. They serve to provide protection and are easy to use at the same time. They offer variety and highest quality to find the perfect letterbox bag for your needs. 

Please check out our full range of Letterbox bags.

9 Aug 2017 15:24:50 By Chris Millward New For 2017,

The Black Country is well-known across the land for being an industrial powerhouse. The name itself is believed to have come from the black soot that dominated the area from the many factories and heavy industrial work. From coal mining, iron and steel, one of the biggest aspects of the industry in the area of West Bromwich, Dudley and Wolverhampton and the surrounding area in the West Midlands that comprises the Black Country was the manufacturing of security products.

Under lock and key

Since the 17th Century, lock and key production flourished in the area, as the popularity grew, so did the number of companies turning their hand to this trend of locking devices. This was only the start. By 1855, 452 businesses in the Black Country were manufacturing security devices, from gates, padlocks and even ship locks.

Protecting wealth

As wealth and safety increased, manufacturers turned their attention to the intricate task of manufacturing safes and safe fittings as demand raised to protect personal and business wealth. Many well-established firms known for their quality of safes are actually based in the Black Country, from Cyrus Price and Co, Richard Noakes and Son and Richard M. Lord. However, the company that is perhaps the most well-known today is the prestigious Chubb and Sons.

Chubb and Sons opened their flagship factory in Wolverhampton, despite having premises in London and Portsmouth. In 1889, their facilities accommodated up to 350 safe makers, but when they closed their London works, their production facility increased, as did the variation in products on offer. In fact, many of the staff from the London works were expected to pack their bags and move to Wolverhampton over a weekend, to keep their jobs and continue work as normal on a Monday morning!


We all know that thieves will continue to exist and they will always find a new way to get to the goods they want. It was up to the companies across the Black Country such as Perry’s in West Bromwich and George Price to develop new and innovative technologies to help to protect valuable and deter and outfox thieves. Because of this, safe companies have always had a great extent of showmanship, desperate to have the most innovative product that outclasses the rest.

Impressively, although not well-known, it is the Black Country that was the catalyst for the creation of some of the great safes that we can see and buy today

9 Aug 2017 15:18:08 By Chris Millward Safes Security Help and Advice,

There are a number of business owners out there who do not realise the importance of an insurance approved safe until it is too late and they have to experience the devastating effects of a theft in their company. Having CCTV cameras is definitely a plus point, but surveillance doesn’t safeguard you from the loss thus, the importance of having an AiS safe is magnified.

The Association of Insurance Surveyors is a well-known and respectable body and serves to be a very useful resource. They approve those safes which are in compliance with the high standards of the insurance industry and a lot of insurers in the UK trust the judgment of AiS. They highly recommend safes which have been approved by this body which is considered to be very reliable.

Rottner Power Safe Key Lock

Benefits of Insurance Approved Safes

According to the Insurance Companies’ Guidelines

As a part of their policy coverage, the insurance companies require you to store all your high-value items within a safe which has been graded safe and high-security. The high grading of a safe means that it went through vigorous testing and has been deemed secure after clearing all those tests.

If someone did manage to get past through such safes, the insurance company would be providing you with the payout for your loss. If you did not have an AiS approved safe, it is quite possible that your insurer will reject your claim or not give you the appropriate level of compensation.

Durable and Strong Safes

If you go with a safe which has been endorsed by the insurers themselves, then you have something which is highly reliable and strong. There is no denying the durability of these safes because they have proved themselves to be secure after passing through all the tests. When it comes to your important valuables, you would definitely not want to risk it thus, going with insurance approved safes is the best possible option.

Added Peace of Mind

Why do you want yourself to be over-stressed about the security of your assets which mean everything to you? There is nothing like the peace of mind one can get by knowing that their valuables be it cash or be it some kind of documents are secure inside an insurance approved safe.

Find your AiS Safe Today

You can easily find an insurance approved safe (AiS) on www.safes.co.uk, please check out their full AIS range as they have the finest and widest variety of safes. You will easily be able the security you need which satisfies all your requirements and can keep all your valuable items well-protected and secure.


9 Aug 2017 15:12:06 By Chris Millward Safes Security Help and Advice,

Cars are relied on by most people for various reasons (work, family, friends, commitments). Having your car stolen is the stuff of nightmares. Most people take preventative measures to stop it from happening, through locking the car and fitting a car alarm. However, one thing that car owners repeatedly fail to protect is their car keys.

 If a thief gets hold of your keys, they can simply drive your car away.

No damage, no alarms, no fuss.

So to protect your car, you really need to protect your keys.

Keeping your keys safe is imperative if you want to keep your car out of the hands of thieves. How can you do this effectively though?

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26 Jul 2017 16:44:03 By Chris Millward Safes Security Help and Advice,
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