A security product we have been using more and more in our car recently is a little lockable safe box. We have been using a car key safe for years for when we go diving and surfing and recently looked at the options for an in-car travel safe box we can stow away underneath a car seat and leave other valuables in a secure place whilst we are out of the car.
We leave our car parked up in a lot of different places and when getting ready to surf or dive we end up leaving quite a few valuables in our car too. From wallets, to phones and sometimes even passports if we are on our way to the airport or on a holiday in to Europe using our car.
Now, after checking out what was available we're glad we've got one of these little car safe boxes around. We see friends and facebook groups we are in around the UK about surfing, diving and other outdoor activities with people posting about their car being broken in to and their valuables stolen, it is horrible this is happening and there are some precautions you can take, purchasing one of these safes is one of those precautions. They are small enough to be hidden in a few different spots in your car, even under the carpet in your boot where the wheel is. Or under a seat and fastened with their wire tether leashes that come with a couple of the safe lock boxes we have reviewed.
If you find you are in need of something like this, you leave your car in places without cameras and you have things to look after, it is much better than keeping valuables in your glove box or just out of sight.
There were quite different items when it came to reviewing the best car travel safes. The winner and best which came out on top for a number of reasons was the Homedox car security safe.
It was by far the most secure, using a combination lock on the box, which can be used by itself and a key lock within a metal sleeve, it meant not only was this travel safe secure, it looked it too, you literally have a metal box in your hand with no way of prying it open, unlike the others. With the metal tether that comes with it too, you have a great little security box that will definitely keep your items safe and secure.
You can tether it through a hole under your cars driver or passenger seat and it means it's both hidden and if found, hard for someone without the key to remove the sleeve, to remove it from the car. They would need some heavy duty bolt cutters on them just to get it out and even then they'd still be left figuring out how to get it open. Just looking at it, it looks secure which is a deterrent in itself, we love this simple yet effective car safe! It is the 2nd biggest out of the safes we reviewed and will hold anything you could probably want to keep secure in it, passports for a number of people, wallets, a phone or two and even keys or a small camera.
If you are after something just to keep your mind at ease and that costs less, we also recommend the Rottner portable travel security safe. It doesn't come with a tether but uses one key to keep it secured and locked. It's the simplest out of all four but also feels very safe and strong too, which is one of the most important factors you can look for in a safe. It has a nice inner to it, which means if it's just for a phone or other valuables you dont want to get scratched, they'll be fine inside. It's still small enough to hide beneath your cars seats but may move around a little as it wouldn't be attached to anything. Maybe use a rubber non slip mat on it which can be had for not much and you have yourself a strong little car safe for your travels.
The Master Lock and the Silverline are both decent safes but they have more downsides that up. With the Master Lock, you need to replace the batteries and it has the thinnest of cases. With the Silverline, it has some play in it when you lock it up, which means that it could potentially be pried open with a screwdriver or similar small tool. If you want something just to keep in your car in case you have the odd occurence to use it, they will keep your mind more settled than leaving valuables in your glove compartment.
|1||Review of Homedox Car Security Safe||4.6/5||£££|
|2||Review of Rottner Travel Security Safe||4.6/5||£££|
|3||Review of Master Lock Digital Security Box||3.6/5||£££|
|4||Review of Silverline Digital Car Security Safe||2.8/5||££|
Review of Homedox Car Security Safe
This is a review of the Homedox Car Security Safe
The Homebox security box comes as an all black box, 21cm by 15 by 7cm deep so there is quite a bit of space inside, it also looks smaller in size than it is. Weighing around 1.5kg it is fairly heavy too. Inside the box is a soft grey velour material which helps to protect all valuables hidden inside. With the large depth of this safe I managed to get a set of keys, passport, wallet, papers and a GPS system without any problems.
Attached to the box is a strong braided steel cable which allows you to attach to hideaway areas of your car such as under the seat without someone realising it is there, this will help for tieing up the box quickly. Even if the box is visible once you have looped the cord around a handle or loop in the car, it would be near impossible for the steel cord to be broken for it to be removed from the vehicle unless they had bolt croppers on them.
The locking system is by a combination number lock on the actual box, setting this up is fairly easy to do. The box also comes with a steel sleeve which the box will sit into and the box can be locked firmly inside this using one of the two keys also provided. This is a thoroughly well designed security locking system. I would say you should have no concerns about anyone getting into this safe with it having both a combination lock on the inside of the sleeve and a key lock for the sleeve itself.
It is small enough to fit into a side pouch, glove compartment or bag. The box can also be used with or without the stainless steel cable, personally I have used it a few times without with the happy knowledge that the security system of this box is already a sufficient deterrent.
- Strong and robust
- Extra secure locking system
- Uses a number combination lock and key lock
- Easy to use
- Easily stowed away
- Available for next day delivery
- More pricey
This is a fantastic car security box with three measures to keep your valuables safe, a combination lock, a key and and indestructable attachment cable to your vehicle. It is a little more pricey than others available but for what its protecting it is more than worth its money.
You definitely know with this car travel safe box that your belongings aren't going to go anywhere.
Review of Rottner Travel Security Safe
This is a review of the Rottner travel security safe
The Rottner car security safe is constructed with high quality metal steel which is a little heavy at 1.2kg. At 21.5cm height by 15.6cm and 5.7cm deep it is a decent size being able to store a number of items at a time inside. I managed to get in a credit card, car keys and even a small compact underwater camera.
The internal section to the safe is made of a soft material, it is not sponge or foam like but it provides a protective layer for your valuables inside.
The lock works by a cyndrical locking system meaning that it requires a key to unlock it. The safe comes with two keys. However excellent the quality of this safe, there is always the predicament of loosing keys. I can imagine you could buy a new key however for the price of the safe you could just buy a new safe. With it being a portable security safe and if you are using it in different places a key can be easily lost.
There is an option to secure the safe in once particular place in the car or even your caravan or boat. The car safe comes with a metal sleeve and screws to be able to screw it down so you can hide it out of sight. Maybe you can put this in your boot if you wish to fit it in place.
- Small and compact
- Two keys provided
- Made with Steel
- Easy to use
- Well Made
- Potential to have lock picked
- Keys can get lost
This is a sturdy, robust and affordable security lock for your car just make sure to keep the keys provided safe!
Review of Master Lock Digital Security Box
This is a review of the Master Lock Digital Security Box
The Master Lock Digital Security Box looks and behaves like most house safes but is smaller measuring in at 20.1 x 25.4 x 7.4 cm. Master Lock design many household safes ranging from £30 to £400 in price, the also make a car security safe that is lockable to the outside of your car (for example if you are going surfing). Based on their knowledge and experience as a brand at first glance this really does look like a robust, thief deterrent box.
The box itself is made from a steel construction, it looks well made however in comparison to other travel safes we have tried the actual box material is rather thin and feels more like a tin can which has to be its major downfall. The heaviest bit is on the underneath of the box lid where the digital mechanism sits, inside this silver section you will find a lift out draw with a compartment that fits 4 AA batteries. Unfortunately there is no alarm that goes off when the batteries run out so you wont know.
To set your first PIN code, press the red button setting code on the inside of the lid. The light on the front will turn orange and two beeps will be heard, press the star key to confirm the code. You will need to create a PIN number between 3-8 digits long, this makes all the difference instead of it being a manual 3 code number wheel. Make it with the most digits possible that you can easily remember. The box also comes with an option to create 2 PIN numbers so that two different people can access the box with the own individual PIN number or incase you forget one. These PIN numbers can be reset and there is an override option by using a key (2 keys are supplied). To unlock and lock you just need the correct PIN and to move the dial position to the unlock or lock symbol. Once the PIN is inputted correctly a green light with flash.
There are unfortunately three things you need to REMEMBER to be able to use this car travel security box.
1. Your PIN Number
2. Not to loose the keys
3. To add batteries and replace the batteries when needed
Although these features provide better security, it doesn't work well if the only person it keeps your belongings from is you. This isn't the best option if you are forgetful, using a simpler device with a smaller number key combination will work better.
Once the box is unlocked and you open it, it is spring loaded to open quickly. The inside of the box is also well designed, the lid has a gentle closing hinge so not to quickly slam down on your fingers. At the base of the box is a layer of foam for your valuables to sit on top of. This has to be the biggest travel safe providing 2 litres of space, we have tried I managed to put my CAT S60 phone, wallet, cards, GPS system and important documents inside.
Extra features to the car safe are helpful accessories such as the carry handle to the top of the case for transporting to and from your vehicle. Once filled the box can feel a little heavy but before that it is still heavy at around 2.3kg but is carryable. There is also an 88 cm plastic coated braided steel cable to tether the box to a sturdy place in the car. We positioned it easily under the passenger seat and actually managed to fit in in the under compartment in the boot that contains our spare tyre. The tether really helps to attach it to a place very inconvenient for someone trying to steal it to remove it from.
- Made from steel
- Foam insides protect your valuables
- Easy to use
- Has a carry handle
- Available for next day delivery with Amazon Prime
- Gentle closing lid
- Flimsy box construction
- Requires 4 AA batteries
- Remebering to change the batteries
This is a well thought out portable travel security box, two ways to open the box by combination or key and fairly easy to use. What lets it down is the flimsy construction to the safe, it still makes it child proof, a good thief deterrent and if used with the tether can provide a potential thief with a really hard time in getting to your valuables if they are hidden away in this under your car seat and out of sight.
Review of Silverline Digital Car Security Safe
This is a review of the Silverline Digit Car Security Safe
The Silverline car security box is quite simple in design. To me it looks like a box that should contain a hearing aid or something that just needs a hard plastic case to protect it rather than a heavy duty box to protect your important items. With it being hidden though, that should help things if you were to put a passport or something similar inside.
The box measures 20 by 16 by 7 cm in size, similar to other car security safes we have tried out however this one is different in that it is half the weight at 725g. I feel this is evident in the thickness of the material of the steel and the locking system. It's obviously not as durable or strong because it weighs less.
Inside you could fit a lot, I managed to get my passport, camera, credit card and keys into it, there is a soft grey textured lining to the box to protect the valuables too. What however does not protect the valuables is the fact that with a good screwdriver I was able to pry the box a little, this says to me it wouldn't take much more force to literally pull it fully open which is disappointing.
It is well thought out, simple and looks good and even has the metal wire tether so that you can lock it to something in your car but is let down by this security feature. The only reason you can get a screwdriver in there is because the locking mechanism has a little bit of play and there is nothing hiding the gap around the safe box.
- Lightweight and durable
- 3 number combination locking system
- Soft interior to protect valuables
- Easy to use
- Available for next day delivery with Amazon Prime
- Some difficulty changing the combination number
- Not the most secure could be prised open
- Lacking strength and robustness
This is a cheap and cheerful car safe it will work well as a visual deterrent but what it lacks is strength so if someone wants to take your valuables with enough force they could do so as it doesn't have the best locking mechanism.