Product Type: Yale Home Security
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You'll feel safe putting your stuff in this Yale safe...
Yale Electronic Home Safe
Member Name: blissman70
Yale Electronic Home Safe
Advantages: good size for small items in the home, strong and can be bolted down
Disadvantages: none at all really, unless you leave the override keys in the safe and forget the code
I like to keep my 'personal and important documents as safe as I can, mainly, due to previous experience, it really is a pain in the 'you know where' when something like you driving licence or passport go missing.
So where is the best place to keep that personal and important documents from prying eyes and thieving little toe rags? Well, you could put them in a metal air tight container and bury them in a deep hole at the bottom of your garden. Although when it comes to needed your passport for a holiday this means you do have to dig the metal container up, take out you passport, (or what ever you need), then bury the box again. Remembering to dig the container up to put your passport back into it, then bury it all over again...
If you do bury it on you garden then this process of digging it up and re burying it every time you need something out of it could lead to a lot of back breaking work that may not be worth the troubles that it causes.
However, there are other ways to keep your important documents safe and away from prying eyes, such as hiding them under your mattress, or maybe slotting them under a loose floorboard or even keeping them in you coat pocket.
One way I have found is to invest in a safe so that I can simply slip all my stuff into it without any real hassles and absolutely no digging up in my garden.
But before you think that a safe would take up too much room let me stop you there, I'm not talking about a safe that you see when your in your local Natwest,(other banks have safe's too), which are bigger than a standard toilet suite. I'm talking about a safe that I happened upon a while back that takes up very little room indeed and yet manages to keep my things nice and, well, safe.
The safe that I am talking about, the one which I have my things in, is on fact made by a well known lock manufacturer called Yale, with this safe having the full name of Yale digital security safe.
Firstly, let me get the few specs about this safe...
It has a capacity of 20.5 litres with the actual size of the safe being about 300mm wide by 200mm high and 200 deep, although it is smaller on the inside as it is about 300mm long by 150mm high and 185mm wide. The whole safe weighs just over 13 kg which means that it won't be carried away by a gush of wind although it is still light enough to carry away.
So what is the point in having a safe that can be carried away by a midget ant..? I hear you ask.
Well, this one can be bolted into either the ground or a wall then carrying this away could be a bit tricky indeed.
The bolts that you use to 'bolt' this to the wall or floor do come with this safe and there are pre-drilled holes in the safe outer walls to accommodate the bolts so that the safe can be put into position straight from the box.
If you don't want to strap this to a wall then you can have it free standing without damaging any tops that it is sat on as it has lovely little felt feet.
What does it look like then..?
It's not massive so it really is for small things such as documents, passports, small amounts of cash and such sized items.
The outside of the safe looks like a safe, being made of steel and looking as strong as the proverbial ox. The door itself, as you look at it when closed, has ten numbers on it, with an enter button and a key symbol on either side of the '0' button.
Above the numbers there is a little basic LCD screen which displays the information that you need to know,
On the right side of the numbers there is a little Yale logo which is actually a cover that hides the override keyhole.
On the inside of the door there is a little hatch which, when released, shows the battery compartment that hold the four AA batteries required to use the safe.
The inside of the safe itself has a rather nice feel to it with cloth scattered around the floor and walls. This makes your valuables sit in the safe all nice and snug.
There is a removal shelf that slots into the safe in case you want to have more room, sort of, being able to then put things above other things in a more 'neater' manner.
Is it safe to use..?
Yes. Simple as that really.
Here is where I could go into how to set the safe code, or maybe how to open it up with the key and without it too. But I won't, all I will say is that if you follow the instructions that come with the safe then you'll know exactly what you're doing in no time. And, with the easy to read and very simple display, which shows basic messages, and I mean basic.
The door itself locks in position using two strong 22mm bolts which slide from the door into the safe wall, locking the door firmly shut.
So what about opening and closing..?
To open the safe you need to use the numbers that you set up in the first place. These can be a selection of 3 to 8 numbers of your own choice, so choose wisely so that you don't forget.
Although if you do forget you can use the 'override' key to enter the safe.
But if you do enter the wrong code three times then an alarm will blast out, although blast out may not be the right word here as it may be a bit of an irritating alarm but it won't alert the people next door.
I clearly states that you should not leave the keys inside the safe, which is so obvious as, if you forget the code, or things go pear shaped, then the only way to open the safe is to unlock it with the key, which, if you've left them inside the safe, then you'll never get into the safe ever ever again...ever. So you'll be left with one rather strange looking door-stop.
Is there anything else that may be useful..?
One thing that I thought would be a pain in the 'what-sits' is that when changing the batteries I'd have to reset the code. Luckily though, the safe seems to have some form of primitive memory chip installed inside the metal body somewhere as it remembers the code so that I can stick with my lucky numbers... 1-2-3-4-5-6-7.... easy to remember really but don't tell anyone will you... thanks.
What's the final result..?
This is well worth investing in as it will save your personals as long as they fit into the safe of course.
It is strong enough to stop most attempted forced entries, although I've not actually tried forcibly breaking into this safe with a drill or a bit of TNT, but the solid structure should be able to take a good battering in order to keep what ever is inside nice and safe.
The hinges, or hinge as it runs from top to bottom, is nice and strong, making the door itself feel solid as it swings open and closed, giving me confidence when I put my stuff in it and the door slams shut.
As I said you need 4 AA batteries to use the electronic safe, I use the well known brand Duracell as I find that they last a lot longer.
So, how much does it cost to keep your stuff away from prying eyes and as safe as, well, as safe as houses I think the saying goes, although houses aren't really that safe these days are they?
Anyway, the price of this safe is around £100, which is not that bad at all really considering the fact that a passport, driving licence and other items cost a lot more if they go missing and end up in someone else hands... there's a lot of damage that can be done if someone gets hold of certain documents.
Summary: Yale to the box of steel that hides your private bits
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