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17
Apr

With over 70 million trips taken from the UK last year*, and 86% of adults planning a holiday this year**,  there are potentially millions of homes (and possessions) being left unprotected.

If you’re heading off on holiday this summer, wouldn’t it be reassuring to know that all of your possessions are extra secure? If you’ve never considered buying a safe for your home before, we’ve created this handy guide to help you decide which safe might be best for you!

Here are our top choices for home safes to protect your belongings this summer.

If You’re On A Budget – Vela SS0800 Series

The Vela Series is the perfect entry level security safe for home and office, and perfect for people on a budget.

  • The range is suitable for security protection and is rated for up to £1,000 cash and £10,000 valuables protection
  • It comes in 5 different sizes depending on your needs, either with a key or electronic keypad lock
  • The SS0803 model is particularly suitable if you’re looking to store your laptop or tablet, with its large internal width

Additional features include an internal LED light and pre drilled bolt holes making this safe suitable to be fixed to the floor or wall for extra security!

Explore The Vela Series

The Best All Rounder – Titan FS1280 Series

The Titan Series is our most versatile safe, packed with lots of protection and additional features that make it perfect for the home.

  • The biggest difference between the Titan and the Vela is that the Titan offers up to 60 minutes fire protection for paper and digital media
  • The Titan also has double the security protection rating, with £2,000 cash and £20,000 valuables protection
  • The range comes in 3 sizes and is available with a key, electronic keypad or fingerprint lock
  • Handy features such an a pull out drawer, internal key hooks and an adjustable shelf make the Titan great for organising your items
  • The Titan is also drop tested, meaning it’s designed to withstand falls from 9.1 meters through a burning or collapsing floor

Explore The Titan Series

The High Security Option – Fortress SS1180

If you’re looking to store more than £2,000 or £20,000 worth of valuables – you might want to consider the higher security Fortress Series. The Fortress is an S2 graded safe – meaning it’s been tested to European Security standards by certification body ECB.S.

  • The Fortress range offers serious security for the home, with up to £4,000 cash and £40,000 valuables cover, this could potentially be the perfect option for a jewellery or watch collection
  • The range is available in 5 sizes, all the way up to the large 99 litre SS1185 – catering to a variety of storage needs
  • The high security double bitted key or electronic locking options on the Fortress offer advanced protection from burglars
  • The series is approved by Secured By Design, a UK police ran initiative, for their robust and secure construction.

Explore The Fortress Series

Summary

Whether you’re a single person looking to secure some cash or a few cherished items, a large family looking to secure your mountain of electronic devices or a collector looking to store your most prized possessions, we like to think we have safe solutions that cater to all homes. If you’re still not sure, get in touch with our friendly sales team and we’ll be more than happy to assist you in making the right safe selection for your home.

Extra Holiday Tips

  • Avoid posting publicly about your holiday on social media until after the event, this is an easy way to let the world know your home is vacant
  • Ask a neighbour or family member you trust to check on the house if they can, having a physical presence at the house could deter potential burglars watching your home
  • Add timer switches to some appliances such as lamps so that they automatically turn on at night, giving the illusion someone is home
  • Invest in some affordable smart cameras so you can be alerted of any unusual activity at your home

* https://www.finder.com/uk/outbound-tourism-statistics
** https://www.abta.com/sites/default/files/2018-10/Holiday%20Habits%20Report%202018%20011018.pdf

15
Apr

  1. The promoter is: Phoenix Safe Company Ltd, Apex House, 1 Orrell Mount, Bootle, L20 6NS
  2. This competition is open to UK residents only, aged 18 and older.
  3. There is no entry fee or purchase necessary to enter this competition.
  4. By entering this competition, an entrant is indicating his/her agreement to be bound by these terms and conditions.
  5. Only one entry will be accepted per person per social network (Facebook and Twitter).
  6. Closing date for entry will be 18th April 2019 at midnight. After this time, no further entries will be permitted.
  7. The rules of this competition and how to enter are as follows:
    On Twitter – An entrant must follow the page @Phoenix_Safe_Co, retweet the competition tweet.
    On Facebook – An entrant must like the Phoenix Safe Facebook Page and Share the competition post. 
  8. The prize is as follows: ONE SS0721E safe, in the users choice of pink, blue or yellow including delivery to a mainland UK shipping address. 
  9. The winner agrees to the use of his/her name and city, plus any images provided to be used in any PR materials. 
  10. This promotion is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Twitter.
  11. ONE winner will be selected at random from all correct entries across Facebook and Twitter. Winner will be announced within 3 working days of the closing date.
  12. Phoenix Safe Co Ltd. reserves the right to cancel or amend the competition at any time.
  13. The decision of the competition promoter is final, and no discussion will be entered into with regards to the winner.
8
Apr

Everyone has a different idea of what they’d like to store in a safe

For some it means sentimental items such as old photos and important documents, like passports and birth certificates; but if you’re Veronica, the privileged daughter of successful interior designer Debra Meehan in the Netflix show Dirty John, maybe you’re more concerned with storing your expensive handbag collection. In this blog we’ll break down all of the features of Veronica’s blue safe, and recommend our very own safe perfect for the budding handbag collector!

Colour

Considering Veronica’s access to considerable amounts of cash and Debra’s nonchalance towards spending it, it would make sense that Veronica would have a safe that makes a statement. The hue of blue used on Veronica’s safe is clearly a custom paint job inspired by luxury jewellery company Tiffany’s iconic Tiffany Blue colour.

Image copyright Netflix

Internal Light

What’s the point in having a collection of beautiful handbags if you can’t appreciate them in all their glory? Veronica’s safe has a bright internal light that shows off her prized collection at its best. This also makes it easier for her to see the contents of the bags when she’s swapping items around before heading out with her bag of choice. We would assume the light switches on automatically when the door is opened – which would definitely come in handy.

Drawers

If Veronica’s bags are the real deal (which we’re sure they would be) they would usually come with a certificate of authenticity. The handy drawers in Veronica’s safe would be the perfect place to keep them organised, as well as any pieces of jewellery and other valuable items she may want to store, such as her (assumingly well travelled) passport.

Locking

Veronica’s safe has an electronic lock – meaning no one can access the safe unless they have the pin code. This avoids the risk of any keys going missing or being copied, and some electronic locks have an audit trail so you can tell if someone has accessed the safe whilst you’ve been away. This is perfect for keeping her collection away from any Dirty Johns, or annoying sisters!

Valuables Rating

Whilst it would be difficult to guess how much the contents of Veronica’s safe are worth, with a rough estimate of 6 bags, ranging in price from £700 to £10,000 – we would estimate a potential recommended valuables rating of £25,000+

Our Recommendation

If any budding handbag collectors are interested in a safe like Veronica’s, we would recommend the Phoenix Fire Fighter FS0443E. We estimate this size could, like Veronica’s, hold up to 6 bags. It also has a handy internal drawer for storing important documents. It’s rated for up to £2,5000 cash and £25,000 valuables and is fire resistant, meaning your handbags will be protected in the event of a fire! Finally, the Fire Fighter has a Lifetime After The Fire Warranty, meaning if you did ever suffer the misfortune of having a fire at home, we would replace the safe completely free of charge.

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If you were looking for a larger safe

If you have more handbags than Veronica, you might be interested in the Fire Commander FS1912E. With the same fire protection, electronic lock and £25,000 valuables rating, the Fire Commander also benefits from an additional shelf as well as a tamper alarm – for extra protection from those Dirty Johns!

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If you were looking for a more protection

If your handbag collection is worth more than £25,000 and you need more valuables protection we do offer high security safes that can protect anywhere from £100,000 all the way up to £1 millions worth of contents protection – such as the Phoenix Cosmos series.

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If you’d like help picking a safe to suit your individual needs, get in touch with our customer service team and we’ll be more than happy to help!

24
Oct

In our previous National Home Security Month blogs, we’ve touched on how smart tech can help you keep your home safer than ever.

In this blog, we’re going to take that a little bit further and discuss all the smart tech you could install in your home, to create the perfect illusion that somebody’s home, even when they’re not!

Home Cameras

Indoor Cam by Nest

The practise of installing costly, old fashioned CCTV systems is on a downward trend, with the introduction of new affordable smart cameras that you can view from anywhere in the world.

With motion detection, night vision, live recording, easy video exporting and editing, and alerts to your phone; these nifty cameras create an invisible force field around your home, making it difficult for intruders to even get near without being spotted.

If by some act of magic thieves manage to slip past the cameras and get into your home, indoor cameras can be strategically placed too, but this time with the added benefit of a speaker and microphone – meaning you can scare intruders away no matter where you are.

 

Door Bells

The humble doorbell has been around for a very long time, but if nobodies home then they’re a bit useless. Queue the range of smart doorbells hitting the market, allowing you not only to see who’s at your front door, but to speak to them as well!

Now if a friend pops around you can easily let them know if it’s worth waiting for you, or if you miss a delivery person you can tell them exactly what to do with your parcel.

Hey, you could even install a Phoenix Key Safe so that when someone does press the doorbell, if you like you can give them the code to access a key and get inside – now isn’t that a neat idea?

 

Smart Locks

Smart Lock by August

Keys will always be around in some manner, but smart locks will eventually become the default way to enter, well, just about anything!

Hotels all over the world are now allowing you to access your hotel room using nothing but your watch or smartphone!

Plus, with features like auto unlock when you stand near your car and apps on your smartphone to control the functions inside, it’s inevitable that eventually your smartphone will be the key to starting your car as well.

Another fantastic benefit of smart locks is that you can manage access to your property in real time. For example, you could grant your dog walker or repairman access to your property using their own device – you can state specific dates and times they can enter, either a one off entry or a recurring visit, but if they tried any other time – the lock wouldn’t open. Clever stuff!

In the future

We wouldn’t be surprised if in the future, with the rising trend of face scanners on phones – you’ll be able to open the door with your face alone, no device or key required!

 

Home Lighting

With smart home lighting, you can control practically every light in your home. Turn it on or off, adjust the brightness, change the colour, set up a schedule, all from your phone!

This is fantastic for when you’re away from home because you can program the lights to behave as if you’re actually there, turning on and off at specific times. This is a great deterrent to make burglars think you’re actually home when you’re not.

 

Smart Plugs

Smart Plug by Eve

As well as programming your home lighting, you can control pretty much every plug in your home, too. All you need is a little plug adapter that you place in each existing socket, and voila – smart plugs!

This way if you wanted you could turn the TV or the radio on or off at night, to give the illusion somebody’s home, watching the latest episode of Emmerdale.

You can use smart plugs and similar tech to do a lot of things now. Run you bath or turn on the shower, turn on the fire or automatically brew a cup of coffee in the morning, perfect!

 

Smart Curtains and Blinds

This one might sound a little out there, but hear us out!

When you’re away from home, unless you have somebody coming every day and opening and closing your curtains or blinds, it could be pretty easy for a burglar to work out that you’re not home based on the fact that your curtains or blinds are either always open or always closed.

Having smart blinds and curtains allows them to automatically open in the morning and close at night, giving the impression that somebody is always home, even if you’re on holiday!

 

All At Once

All this smart technology is great, but it’d be a bit of a chore to manually control all this stuff, right? That’s why apps like Workflow exist, to allow you to do multiple things at once!

With the push of a single button on your smartphone you could have the TV turns on, curtains closed, living room lights off and the kettle on. Perfect.

This would also be a bizarre Mary Poppins-esque nightmare for any potential unsuspecting thieves, wouldn’t it? Lights flashing on and off, the TV volume up to 1000%, the curtains opening and closing, and you shouting at them through your indoor camera, all at the same time. Brilliant!

 

National Home Security Month

This blog is part of our National Home Security Month series. Every week in October we’ll be posting useful content to help keep your home safe!

“National Home Security Month (NHSM) is here to raise awareness around the importance of home security, so you can be safe in the knowledge that your home, family and belongings are protected.”

In week 4 we’re focusing on the future and how smart technology can make your life easier and your home more secure! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep updated with the rest of our posts related National Home Security Month.

18
Oct

Home with Security System Graphic Overlay

Installing cost effective visual and audio deterrents at different points in your home can reduce the chance of burglaries and help you act in the event something does happen.

Home security has become a very competitive market over the last few years, with companies popping up all over the place fighting for the chance to help you protect your property. The great thing about all this competition is that it means these products are being priced more competitively, making it easier and cheaper for you to protect your home. So even if you can’t afford an expensive security system, with a few gadgets you can be running your own little security set up in no time!

Cameras

Outdoor Cameras

CCTV cameras have been a vital tool for business premises and and affluent homes for a long time, but with the increase in companies getting involved in home security and the cost to entry being lowered, it’s become more affordable and easier than ever to install a camera system in your home.

Most new smart camera systems have useful features such as recording, motion detection and alerts, and some even have an IR sensor so that the camera can see in the dark! All of this can usually be accessed from a smartphone app, so you can view your home from anywhere. They’re also very easy to install with minimal tools required, simple instructions and no complicated software.

The visual of having a camera installed is a great deterrent, but if that doesn’t work alone at least you can be rest assured knowing if somebody does enter your property you’ll be immediately alerted to their presence, and it’ll all be caught on camera.


Indoor Cameras

Indoor cameras haven’t been very common in households until now, mainly due to the fact that camera systems have previously been an expensive proposition and had a technical installation process, and if people wanted to install a costly camera system – it would usually be outside!

It’s much simpler and cheaper these days to have your own indoor camera, and they’re usually incredibly simple to set up, and some don’t even require any tools. Indoor Cameras are suitable for shared spaces, pointing at entry points to the home, and are particularly ideal for people who live in apartments or any kind of shared accommodation where you probably shouldn’t be drilling your own CCTV onto the wall outside.

Once you have an indoor camera installed, you can usually monitor it from anywhere using the included smartphone app, and benefit from notifications whenever a presence is detected.

Indoor cams have a few other benefits, including using it for things like making sure your children got home from school, or checking on your throughout the day!


Microphones

Another recent development of indoor cameras is to incorporate a speaker and microphone – so not only can you see your burglar, you can speak to them too with an intercom style system on the included smartphone app.

Here’s an example from Nest of somebody with an indoor cam using the included microphone to successfully scare their burglars away!

Previously you would have to call the police and hope they arrived on time to thwart the burglars attempt, but using your indoor cams microphone to alert them of your presence could be a lot faster and more effective solution of getting rid of them before the police even arrive, also reducing the amount of possessions they could potentially get away with before they leave. 


Lights

Security Floodlight outside home property

You can use handy automatic lighting both indoors and outdoors to guide you in the dark, but also to illuminate potential thieves.


Outdoor Lights

Having flood lights installed outside your home is a cost effective measure that can be a startling deterrent for thieves.

Equipped with automatic sensors that trigger the light every time a person is present – it’s the implication that someone or something is aware of their presence that may make them think twice.

Outdoor lighting can also assist you at night, helping you get a better look at any intruders on your CCTV, if you have any cameras installed outside. 


Indoor Lights

Whilst you may need to install some additional hardware outdoors, fortunately you don’t have to add additional lighting indoors, you can use the bulb holders you already have!

Smart bulbs equipped with a smart hub are becoming very common in the modern household, and they allow you to control your lights from anywhere in the world. This can include turning them on and off, changing the brightness, colours or setting a schedule.

You can even use apps such as Workflow, so that when your indoor cameras detect motion at night it will automatically turn the lights on. This can be valuable for startling a potential thief, and if that doesn’t do it – the sound of your voice from your indoor camera will.

Lights flashing on and off, voices coming from the walls, it’d all feel a bit like something from Stranger Things and would probably have even the most confident burglar running for the hills!


Doorbell

The simple doorbell has seen massive evolution over the last few years. With companies like Ring and Nest producing smart doorbells equipped with cameras, microphones and motion sensors, you can instantly be alerted to someone’s presence on your phone.

The great part is they don’t even have to ring the doorbell. If the camera senses a presence it will alert you that someone is there and provide a live video feed, making it harder for thieves to sneak up on your home!

Another fantastic feature that comes with many smart doorbells is a microphone and speaker, so that you can communicate with the person no matter where you are in the world.

If someone rings your doorbell you can communicate with them and let them know if you’re not home, or if you’re in the back garden for example, you can let them know to walk around the house without having to go and open the door for them.

Using these features, if you are alerted to suspicious behaviour, you can startle thieves by making them aware that you’re onto them and about to call the police – which is a fantastic deterrent that would hopefully be enough to make a burglar abandon a robbery attempt.


Other Visual Deterrents


Alarm Box

Burgular Alarm On Wall Outside Home

Having a visible alarm box installed on the side of your home is a handy deterrent for thieves. The box should be in good physical condition, or the burglar may take the chance that it’s old or no longer functioning.

It also helps to have a box that periodically flashes to let thieves know that it’s definitely active and they should steer clear!


Dog Warnings

Over the years humorous dog warnings have become a bit of a novelty amongst pet owners, but having a proper warning sticker in your window or on the wall outside your property lets potential thieves know you have a pet in the house.

It’s easy to assume that burglars may be scared of big breeds of dog defending their territory, but don’t underestimate the smaller breeds! What they lack in strength they usually make up for in sound. A dog behaving unusually can be enough to alert the neighbours of a thieves presence, and that could make them reconsider targeting your property.


Other Audio Deterrents


Door Chime

If somebody forgets to lock your door one night, or a thief discretely and quietly manages to compromise your door, that feeling of success would quickly be diminished if you have a door chime installed.

You know the kind, when you walk into the corner shop and hear that buzzing sound as you open the door. Not all door chimes are quite so obnoxious, and you should be able to pick some up relatively cheaply. One for the front and back door is best!

If you are home and they break in, you’d be alerted by the chime, and if you’re not home there’s potential they could be startled by the sound and potentially abandon their robbery attempt.


Gravel Path

Having a gravel path leading up to your home is a fantastic deterrent for thieves. If you or your neighbours are home, the inevitable loud crunching of the gravel under their feet will alert you (and everyone else within a 100 mile radius) of their presence. A simple yet effective deterrent.


Safe Alarm

Titan Fire & Security Safe with Fingerprint Lock and Tamper Alarm

If you’re considering purchasing a safe for your valuables, our Titan Fire and Security range with Fingerprint Locks include an alarm that triggers when the wrong code is entered multiple times.

Besides the fingerprint lock, Titan safes also have plenty of additional features to keep your contents secure, including fire and drop protection, and an insurance rating of up to £2,000 in cash or £20,000 in valuables.

In the event that a thief try to access your safe – entering the code incorrectly and setting off the alarm could alert you or your neighbours of their presence, or even better startle them away from their burglarly attempt.


National Home Security Month

This blog is part of our National Home Security Month series. Every week in October we’ll be posting useful content to help keep your home safe!

“National Home Security Month (NHSM) is here to raise awareness around the importance of home security, so you can be safe in the knowledge that your home, family and belongings are protected.”

In week 4 we’re focusing on the future and how smart technology can make your life easier and your home more secure! Follow us on Facebook or Twitter to keep updated with the rest of our posts related National Home Security Month.

 

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