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Bunnings Safe Review by an Expert

by | May 3, 2020 | Advice & Tips

Over the last 38 years I have worked on safes of every conceivable size & shape. So I feel this qualifies me to write my my Bunnings safe review. Everyone welcomes cheaper prices there is a flip side to cheap imports. The influx of what I term “cheapie safes” has its consequences. These cheap imports have contributed to the death of at least 2 safe manufacturing plants in Australia. The Chubb safe factory closed in the latter part of the 1980’s. And in 2008 Lord safe company closed its doors in Taree. The only surviving safe making factory now is the CMI plant in Sydney. Alas economic rationalization has claimed another Aussie industry but I digress. The real problem with all these cheap imports has been the race to produce and sell them at  the lowest cost as the main consideration.

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Lower costs translates to less steel, components that are “lighter” and electronics that have not been thoroughly tested. Many of these light grade safes can not stand up to the rigor of everyday use. The word “safe” when applied to a security container or Strongbox as they were known is a misnomer. How anyone that buys a “safe” for $40 can think it will protect anything from anyone is lost on me.

Quite simply if you want to protect any item from being stolen you need to place barriers between the items (booty in crim talk) and those wanting to steal it. This is a proportional equation, the bigger the “risk or “booty” the better or stronger the (barrier) safe needs to be. We (in the safe & vault industry) call this the safes “cash rating” and it is a measure of how hard a safe is to crack open.
 

The higher the safes CASH RATING the harder it is to crack open !

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I have looked at nearly all Bunnings safes (inside and out) and they are all (in my opinion) low grade. They are only suitable for domestic use and should NOT be used to protect valuables from thieves. They should only be used to stop non criminal types from stealing its contents. This would be, people known to you such as relatives or house guests. Anyone who would NOT use tools or such to attack the safe.

Domestic or home safes as they are known have a cash rating of between $500 to $3000. Their fire rated safes are fine and they (fire rated safes) will protect the contents from fire but keeping criminals out is another story. I would like to see an Australian standard introduced which outlaws the generic use of the word “safe” and replace it with a grading system for security containers.

For $400-$600 you get a home safe that will provide a much greater obstacle to would be crims. For between $800 and $1000 you get a really good safe and so on. Also remember it more logical to buy a good safe once. Rather than find out the hard way that a cheap safe offers ONLY token resistance to most amateur criminals.

Always check out a safe sellers Google reviews BEFORE buying a new safe

Bunnings safes are great as a petty cash safe or the kids money box. They MIGHT suit as wall safes (where they are built into the wall) as they are light and small enough. Finally these safes are not very reliable and if they break down in 3 or 5 years you will have the expense of getting it open. Then there is the cost of replacing it. So I feel it’s better to invest in a good safe once, bolt it down and then relax knowing your stuff is safe.

Check out our online store to look at the range of safes we sell.

Bankers grade safes weigh anywhere 2400 – 3000kg this one weighs ….6 kg

These safes can be opened easily by “bumping” which leaves no evidence

How could ANYONE possibly think a $40 safe will stand up against criminals

This Sentry safe is NO match for even the most basic crim !

Bunnings Safe Review

This safe has a 4 mm thick door — barely enough

Another cheapie destroyed in a few minutes

Bunnings Safe Review

How could ANYONE possibly think a $40 safe will stand up against criminals

Useful Video Tips

How to how easy it is to open a safe without damaging it by BUMPING it open (1 min 40 secs)

The man in this video offers a tutorial on how to open cheap safes with a chisel & a hammer. I am shocked at the brutality and he completly destroys the safe ! You make up your own mind !

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Tim Krekt
Tim Krekt
19:46 14 Sep 21
Great range of high security products. Professional and prompt installation.Highly recommendread more
Harrison Pozzebon
Harrison Pozzebon
01:44 03 Sep 21
I snapped my car key to my old defender and need a replacement, withing the hour I had a new set. Excellent work, the keys worked perfectly unlike competitors such as Bunnings. If you want quality work go see KGB Locksmith & Security!read more
Sandra W
Sandra W
04:07 23 Aug 21
Great response from the team at KGB Locksmith & Security !Following a break-in at our unit block they were able to respond and turnaround the changing of 14 locks within a short- time frame. This goes a long way to ensuring the residents feel safe again after the harrowing experience of a break and enter - Thankyou - highly recommended.read more
Cyrus Parsa
Cyrus Parsa
22:26 17 Aug 21
Amazing customer service with knowledgeable staff who are willing to help you to find what you need. Many thanks to office staff, warehouse manager and delivery and installation team.Well done, keep up the good work.👍👍👍read more
Roger Thompson
Roger Thompson
01:14 14 Aug 21
KGB were able to resolve my big bunch of keys from 10 to 2 with what a layman might call locksmithing magic ! Top marks for friendly and efficient service. I would recommend this company in a heartbeatread more
Angela Barlow
Angela Barlow
03:47 13 Aug 21
Called in with a padlock issue which was fixed on the spot. Wayne provided great advice on how to avoid the issue occurring in the future. Thanks 🙂read more
Todd Furlong
Todd Furlong
20:53 05 Aug 21
The service from KGB security was above and beyond. They gave me advice on restoring an antique safe for display and even helped me find parts. Highly recommend there service.read more
Steve Groves
Steve Groves
06:46 07 Jul 21
Even several years after I purchased a safe from KGB they provided prompt and personal service to help me out they have a great customer focus. I highly recommend themread more
Hiba Bee
Hiba Bee
05:05 02 Jul 21
I needed my car key repaired, I had no idea if that was possible or if i was even at the right place. I rocked up at KGB Coopers Plains with no mask on and we are in LOCK DOWN :OI was KINDLY reminded that I needed to have a mask. No attitude, No frowning, just absolute POLITENESS. I eventually managed to find a mask in my car.Although they were not able to help me, they took the time to have a look at my problem (key) and even gave me a temporary solution. Thanking you Jamie. I was also directed to the right place/person and offered to call that person for me. Thanking you Wayne.Though this is just the normal way to interact with one another. It seems these days that a lot of people have forgotten that we all need one another and a simple smile or a kind word go a long way.Best customer service 🙂 Once more, Thank you to both Jamie and Wayneread more
Winston Axel Jones
Winston Axel Jones
00:16 19 May 21
Wayne was able to get Paul their master locksmith to open my cash drawer within a matter of seconds, due to the cheap design and locking mechanism it was deemed an unviable repair for which they didn't charge me anything. Very professional operation and I have no hesitation in recommending them for your lock and security needs, now or in the future.read more
Anh Lim
Anh Lim
04:41 17 Apr 21
Cal and his team are exceptional. One of our business safes wouldn’t open over the weekend... I contacted Cal on the Saturday and he organised a specialist locksmith to arrive at the store and sort out the problem. They provided prompt, professional and reliable service. I highly recommend KGB Coopers Plain!read more
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