Everybody wants a good safe but some people are not willing to put $300 for one. There are cheap safes in the market, but do you get value for your money? Do these cheap safes guarantee protection to your valuables against elements and burglary?
The AmazonBasics Security Safe 0.5 Cubic Feet, is Amazon’s entry into the low-budget safe market. At only about $50 you’re not going to take a loan out for this safe, and they said it was secure.
But is it? Now bear in mind you’re not going to get thick unbreakable steel here, and that’s for sure. So this article looks at how good the lock is, and how long it might take for some burglars to get inside.
- Bolts to the floor
- Electronic lock
- Double bolted
- 2 override keys
- Pry resistant
- Very low price
- Slightly on the small side
- Low grade steel
Amazon’s safe has a typical safe design. It has two shelves separated by a thin wooden partition and the measurements are 13.5 inches by 8.75 inches by 9.5 inches inside. Outside you get measurements of 13.8 inches by 9.8 inches by 9.8 inches.
You can see right there already that this safe isn’t going to be big enough if you intend to put a lot of your valuables there. If you don’t have a lot of stuff or just enough number of stuff, you’d find AmazonBasics safe a good option. You still can store important documents, watches, jewelry, cash and passports inside here with no problems.
This is an electronic lock so the first thing you need to do is put in the four AA batteries. Then you’ll want to create your password and keep it safe because the system has no memory.
However, it does have two override keys for use in event of you forgetting the password. Once you’ve entered it in, turn the knob on the door in a clockwise motion and the safe will open.
How secure is it?
The AmazonBasiscs Security Safe can be bolted to the floor to prevent thieves from carrying it out. Which is a good inclusion, because for $50 you’re not getting a heavy duty safe here.
Unlike high-priced safes, the grade of steel here is low so it’s quite light weight. However, it is by no means flimsy or lacking in strength. Thieves will usually go for valuables they can see because they don’t have all the time in the world and want to get out quickly with some goods they can sell. So anything bolted to the floor will usually be left alone if the door can’t be opened.
The door is double-bolted shut and again a low-grade steel has been used, but the bolts are quite strong so unless they burglars have some sophisticated cutting tools, they won’t be able to get in.
There is a weakness though — and you can expect that from a safe as cheap as this. Drop this from a considerable height, and surely, it will come apart. So if the burglars had managed to take the floor bolts off, they could drop it down the stairs and the safe will wreck itself apart.
A lot of safes have this term “pry resistant” on their descriptions. It means that the hinges of the door are hidden from view so you can’t get a crowbar into them. This safe is labeled as “pry resistant” but again an energetic burglar could pry it open.
Fire and water protection
This safe is neither water- or fire-resistant. That means that in the event of flooding, your belongings will be damaged. If you leave it out in the rain then the steel will rust. If you leave it in a fire fire your stuff will most likely come out toasted.
But if you’ve never had flooding or a fire and you don’t think you’re likely too, then lack of resistance in both these areas shouldn’t affect you.
It can be opened by being dropped from a height and it can also be opened by an energetic burglar who might have cutting tools to go through the bolts.
If you are on a budget and you have a few prized possessions like passports, documents and jewelry then this would be a good option. The AmazonBasics Security Safe isn’t that strong at all and it doesn’t offer complete resistance against water, fire, impact and burglary, but then its price tag isn’t high either. In other words, you get what you pay for.