Product Type: Yale Home Security
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Yale Electronic Home Safe
Member Name: carlz2001uk
Yale Electronic Home Safe
Advantages: Nice size, solid, alarm if wrong combination entered, screws to wall / floor
Disadvantages: Better ones out there but this is sufficient for my needs
Every time we travel abroad and store our passports and currency in the safe in the room, we always ask ourselves why we take such precaution on holiday but not at home. We used to hide our passports and any left over currency, valuables, etc somewhere in the house, but after one close shave when I couldn't remember where that safe place was, we decided it was time to invest in somewhere that we could store our valuables in at home.
After a little shopping around I was pleased to find a solid sounding Yale safe which sounded like it would be perfect for our needs. What was more pleasing was that I had some spare Amazon vouchers and it was half the RRP on Amazon. Retailing at nearly £80, I managed to pick it up for £37 on Amazon which included free delivery.
The safe is solid and made of steel construction. Inside it has quite a pleasant soft material and is a nice sized area to store any valuables and documents inside.
Supplied with two manual override keys, this is handy in case the electronic lock fails. It requires 4 batteries to power the electronic display.
At first I was being a bit thick when we decided to get a safe, thinking surely if anyone found the safe should we be unfortunate enough to be burgled, then they would surely just nick the whole thing?! No No No! What do I know?! The safe actually comes with pre drilled holes in the back and the base so they can either be wall mounted in a hidden place or secured to the floor. We have managed to secure ours inside a built in wardrobe and that safe is going nowhere! It is absolutely solid!
The only thing I would say is that if found during a burglary it does give the impression that something is actually worth nicking inside! Well if a V5 document and a load of passports is their thing then I guess they're luck is in! I however, don't have anything that I would really consider all that valuable, my jewellery is worn all the time and I don't have £20,000 in notes hidden inside (unfortunately!). It is a handy place to keep things where you will remember where they are! I 'lost' our spare car keys and when we sold the car we had to sell it with only one key which obviously reduced the value. Predictably a week or so after selling the car I found the 'safe' place and the spare key! Now, things like this automatically go in the safe to avoid things like that happening again.
Requiring a code to access the safe, you can use any combination you like between 3 and 8 digits in length. You must remember it though! A handy one is maybe your PIN for your bank cards. If the wrong combination is entered 3 times, an alarm sounds. This would obviously act as a deterrent but wouldn't really be heard from outside the property so would rely on either deterring a burglar or someone being inside the house at the same time as a robbery (and not know about it!).
The battery indicator on the front of the safe is handy to know how long you have to go until the batteries need replacing. You obviously don't want to be getting in the situation where the batteries run out, although if they do, this is when the override key would come into use (as long as you haven't locked it in your new safe place: the safe!).
While this safe couldn't be compared to a top of the range safe, you would expect if you had something super super valuable, then you would invest in something a little more top end in the 'safe world'!
Summary: 4 stars
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