“ Brand: Argos / Product Type: Safe „
I have had this safe for 6 years, and it's been extremely helpful for all of that time.
It was a joke Christmas present, as I always complained about my brother taking any sweets I had, but it's proved to be very useful to me.
The door is very strong and it's simple to operate, with a button inside to change the password and a key to override the electronics if you forget the password. The key panel is hidden and you can't even tell it's there unless you're looking for it. There is no chance whatsoever of anyone breaking into it without power tools.
The batteries that came with the safe were excellent, as they took 6 years to run out. It takes 4xAA batteries. It's very heavy so keep it away from surfaces where kids can pull it off, as it will severely damage them. There are some bolts that come with in and some holes in the back of the safe, so it can easily be attached to a wall.
I'd definitely recommend it to people who want to protect their valuable belongings.
I'd definitely suggest keeping an eye on the batteries and keeping the override key safe, as my dad had the same safe and got his passport locked in there the day he was supposed to go on holiday, and had to take the back off with power tools.
In our house we have a locked cupboard in which there is a safe and this is bolted down in the cupboard ensuring we achieve maximum savings on our insurance but ensuring passports, jewellery and wallets are stored in there at all times hopefully avoiding us losing our most prized possessions, or some of them, if we are unfortunate enough to be burgled.
Our safe was purchased from Argos for £34.99 a few years ago and this price has steadily reason to almost £41.00 which I still think is a very reasonable price for the peace of mind that comes from having a safe in your house, particularly if it is bolted down somewhere. This safe can come in a variety of colours and it really is lucky dip which one you end up with. Fortunately ours was black and so when originally stored under a computer desk it was not immediately obvious if turned around and just looked like any old storage container or general bit of tat.
The safe itself comes provided with two keys and detailed instructions telling you how to change the batteries or how to change the 3-8 digital combination to something you are more likely to remember, there are also bolts to secure this in to the floor or a desk or wall depending on your purpose of use and storage space. Keys are provided for such a situation as forgetting your code or it's possible to give the key to someone else to ensure that they can access your safe should there be an emergency. The key will override the number and pop open the lock. To access the safe is very simple you either use your key or enter your 3-8 digital code and this will ensure the double locking steel rods are released and you can turn the dial to open the door and reach your valuables. The size of the safe is 25 (Height) x 35 (Width) x 25cm (Depth) and this is ample for storing cash, watches, wallets, purses, passports and other valuable documents such as driving licences or passports. We have also been known to store items we need to find in here such as concert tickets or vouchers for restaurants and supermarkets just to ensure they don't disappear in the paperwork vortex that sometimes appears in our house.
The weight of this safe is 9.5kg which is ample to ensure that I can move it around the house if I need to and in the days when we didn't have it secured down we used to move it, while full, from time to time with no trouble at all.
While it's fair to say that we don't have a large amount of cash or valuables in the house at any one time it's nice to know that I know where all the valuable or important items are at any one time and I feel reassured that this is bolted inside a locked cupboard hopefully ensuring that no-one could access it or take it should they gain access to our property while we weren't home. I find the price of £41.00 to be very reasonable and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one of these should something bad happen to our safe. The only small downside I have is that it is not immediately obvious when the safe is beginning to run low on batteries (4 x AA required) as while they have lasted us a few years it suddenly stopped working on us and then began working again the following day and continued to do so for quite a few weeks. Fortunately we still have one of the keys for the safe but if you were a little silly and either left them inside the safe or just lost them all together then you would be stuffed to access the items inside as there is no other way to force the safe to open (for security of course). I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone who wants to buy a little bit of peace of mind and it may even be perfect just for storing all your valuable documents in. Also, when we moved house recently it was reassuring to know that we could carry the safe and know where everything urgent was at the drop of a hat. We will continue to use this safe in the future and it's worth mentioning to your insurance company as you may be able to receive a small discount just for having a safe that is bolted down inside your house.
I'm a total scatterbrain, that's what my boyfriend calls me! I simply can't be trusted to look after anything at all, I'm just bound to lose it! When I was at school I somehow managed to lose two mobile phones, I lost my purse at college, I've lost my house & car keys countless times & I've even lost a pair of shoes before (don't ask me how!). Since all that happened I've become more careful & aware of what I have on me but I still tend to lose simple things like keys & debit cards when I'm at home as when I get home after a long day at work I tend to jus throw everything on my bed without putting it away!
Out of the blue one day my boyfriend came round to mine with a big box in his arms, I saw it was a safe & I thought he was kidding at first but no, he had actually bought me a safe... sweet eh?! I'm a bit of a girl when it comes to setting things up so I let my boyfriend deal with all that, he got the instructions out & set it up with the two codes within a matter of minutes so it was extremely easy to install.
The model that I have is a cream colour which I like but after seeing mine my Dad purchased the exact same safe & his is black so if you want a particular colour it's probably best to check to make sure what you're getting.
The safe comes with 4 holes in the back for wall mounting & a couple in the bottom for floor mounting however I didn't really think this was necessary in my case so it just sits in the bottom of my wardrobe. I must say that this safe is really heavy so I'd recommend that you make certain that you've got a strong, sturdy surface to place it on before hand otherwise you're likely to hear an almighty thud!
I had never actually thought about getting a safe before, I probably should have done it sooner as my younger brother was always stealing small change from me when I was younger & it would have stopped my Dad finding out that I smoked if I had somewhere I hide my cigarettes, fortunately I don't smoke anymore though! In the safe at the moment I've got a cash box that I've had for years, I keep my purse, iPod, passport, jewellery, phone, keys & all important documents in there... when they're not in use of course!
I was actually very surprised at how big it was & how much you can put in there, it has a shelf in the middle which obviously makes it seem a lot bigger, the shelf can be removed if necessary though but I need the shelf in there to make it possible to house all my things. At first it was kind of a novelty & I would put any old thing in there even if it wasn't important but after the novelty wears off you come away with a really useful item that I probably couldn't live without now!
It's extremely secure, it's made with high security toughened steal so no amount of drilling or hammering will get you inside! You can programme in two codes, which is recommended as the second code is generally 1111 or 0000 which anyone could guess. The codes can be from 3-8 digits long for that extra peace of mind. I think I read that there's about 1,000,000 different combinations so unless you have the code you aint getting in! The safe comes with batteries which are easily installed, installing the codes couldn't be easier. You have a red button near the battery compartment & you simply press that, enter the current code then enter your new code twice & voila you're away! The safe comes with two override keys which I think is brilliant as if the batteries go then you're pretty much screwed! There's a compartment cover on the front of the safe where the keys go, unless this is your safe then you're unlikely to know about the key function which gives you that extra peace of mind. The alarm is a brilliant feature, if you enter an incorrect code three times in a row then the alarm sounds for one minute. It's not loud enough to alert the police or anything like that but it will wake you & you'll be able to hear it if you're in the house!
The safe comes with an LCD screen which displays the battery life, you will be alerted when the batteries are running low so you have time to change them before using the keys become necessary. A great feature with this safe is that you can adjust the LCD screen so you can choose whether when entering the code you would like the numbers to show up on the screen or not. This is easily adjusted using the yellow button on the front of the safe, of course the safe must be unlocked for you to do this.
My boyfriend told me that he got this from Argos for £34.99, I've recently checked & it's now gone up to £38.99 but this is a brilliant, worthwhile buy. It's incredibly secure & you can leave with peace of mind that your valuables are safe & secure. The fact that the codes can be up to 8 digits I think is brilliant & gives you extra security. My boyfriend uses this occasionally so we each made up our own code so we can both have access. No one else know the codes, I know that my younger Brother has tried to get into it but has failed miserably! I'm sure that a master criminal would be able to get into this with ease but for a home safe it's brilliant for everyday use & really makes you feel better if you have large amounts of money or valuables in your house that you don't just want to leave lying around. I would highly recommend this to anyone. I would also recommend that if you are going to buy this from Argos to get it delivered to your house as this safe is very heavy!