The best safes in Australia for the home or office
CMI Safe Co
CMI safes was established in Sydney in 1946 and is an Australian family operated and owned company. CMI has a full range of safes to choose from and can generally be bought either online such as Ebay or from many locksmith shops. My personal choice for safes is the CMI Homeguard range as they provide good security and I've very rarely had a problem with faults.
You can find a good deal on CMI safes here on eBay
Chubb has over the years been broken up into several different companies and as far as I can establish Gunnabo Australia is the importer of Chubb Safes. They have a good range of quality safes to choose from and can be purchased online from Ebay or from some websites specialising in safes. Some locksmiths have a display of Chubb safes as well. I personally like their commercial safe range which includes the Omni - Burglary and Fire Resistant Safe and the Oxly - Burglary and Fire Resistant Safe range. www.gunnebo.com.au
Guardall safes have a good range of safes to choose from and are well built providing great security. Many years ago I had the pleasure of opening one of their small business security safes and it took about 2 hrs which involved drilling and dealing with a well designed re-locker to access the lock. From that day onward Guardall had won me over as a good quality security safe. You can't go wrong with their Small Business Security Safes which includes the BGF100, BGF400, BGF500 and BGF800. www.guardall.com.au
Ardel Safe Co
Ardel Safe Co is a small Australian owned company located in Sydney's northwest and has a nice range of small and medium security safes. A lot of Sydney mobile locksmiths use Ardel Safe Co as Ardel supports mobile locksmiths by offering an equal trade price list. Some other suppliers don't offer the same trade price or won't sell to mobile locksmiths because they don't have a showroom. Having dealt with Ardel in the past, I can recommend the Interceptor 1750, Interceptor 2070, Interceptor 3690, Interceptor C250 and Interceptor C350. www.ardelsafes.com.au
A guide to buying the right safe
Fire Resistant Safes
Sorry it's not the clearest, but in the photo above you can just make out the relocker cable running up the side, along the top and back down the middle of the safe door. If the cable is cut, it will release the bolt pin (located middle bottle) and block the locking bolt from opening, located at the bottom of the photo.
Fire and Security Safes
Computer and Micro Film Safes
Computer and Micro Film Safes are dedicated safes for sensitive material and usually offer protection against fire, smoke and humidity. These safe focus on fire protection, therefore don't usually provide high security.