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Thinking if buying a Shotgun or firearm in the UK?

Belfrey Secure are experts in the supply and Installation of gun cabinets and safes. Here we explain what you need to know. Are you thinking about buying a firearm or Shotgun in the UK? Not certain about
how you are going to store it?  
Laws on UK Gun Ownership
A firearms certificate is required to purchase firearms, and a separate shotgun certificate is required for shotguns. The guiding laws for firearms in Scotland are the Firearms (Scotland) Rules 1989 and the Firearms Act (1968). All handguns, semi- automatic and pump-action non-rim-fire rifles are prohibited.

What does the law require?
Under the Firearms Rules 1998, a prescribed safekeeping condition is attached to all firearm and shotgun certificates. It is an offence not to comply with these conditions. The maximum penalty for this offence can be up to 6 months in prison, or a fine, or both.
The safekeeping condition attached to firearms or shotgun certificates requires that the guns and section 1 ammunition must be stored securely to prevent, so far as is reasonably practicable, unauthorised people taking or using them. Any other person who does not hold a firearm or shotgun certificate is included in the term ‘unauthorised’. When a gun or section 1, ammunition is being used or the holder has the gun with him for some purpose connected with its use, transfer or sale, reasonable precautions must be taken for the safe custody of the gun(s) and section 1, ammunition.
The condition does not apply to the ammunition for a shotgun. However, as a matter of common sense, you should take reasonable precautions for its safe custody.
Your local police firearms licensing department can give you advice on security arrangements.
What is ‘Secure Storage’?

The Firearms Rules do not prescribe how firearms must be kept securely, but the Home Office has issued guidance. Briefly this recommends that you store them in a locked gun cabinet or other similarly secure container. In some cases if you don’t have a gun cabinet, it may be acceptable to remove the firing mechanism from a firearm and store it in a secure container, for example, a safe. In these cases you should then lock away the rest of the firearm. A securely built gunroom or cellar with a steel door that locks can also be an acceptable form of storage. Section 1, ammunition can be stored in a separate secure compartment within a gun cabinet or in its own secure container. When considering whether storage arrangements are secure enough, the police will look at the circumstances of each case and at the overall security arrangements, including the security of the premises where the firearms and ammunition are kept.
It may be helpful to think of security in terms of levels that may be applied in any given case. To this end 3 levels of security are generally accepted.
Level 1
This will be applicable in most cases and can be met by using a suitable gun cabinet. Where one firearm only is held, a gun clamp may suffice. Other considerations would be a low crime rate area and whether the property has outer doors and windows fitted with suitable locking devices.
Level 2
This will be applicable where extra security is desirable. This may be because of a high crime rate location, repeat victimisation or that a substantial number of firearms are being held. Additional security would be exit doors fitted with locks to BS3621, an audible intruder alarm covering the area where the guns are stored and possibly splitting the risk by the provision of more than one cabinet.
Level 3
Where the risk is deemed the greatest, then splitting the risk is desirable especially where large numbers of guns are involved. Additional target hardening of the storage cabinet(s) and an audible intruder alarm protecting the whole of the premises may also be considered.
Please note that more detailed information is available from your local police firearms licensing department.
What types of Security are available?

Perhaps the most important time when both you and the police will need to consider your security is when you apply for the grant or renewal of your certificate(s). A Firearms Enquiry Officer (FEO) may visit you to discuss and advise on such arrangements. More information about the various types of security is given below. In practice there should be no need for significant change if the recommendations made at the time of grant or last renewal were accepted and implemented, and there has been no subsequent change in circumstances. The security of your firearms will depend not only on how the firearms are stored, but also on the overall security of the property where the firearms are kept. Gun cabinets
As commercially manufactured firearm cabinets are widely available, this will probably be the preferred method of security for most people. There is a British standard for gun cabinets (BS 7558). Before you buy a cabinet you should ask the seller to show you a test certificate to confirm the cabinet meets the above standard. It is not compulsory to have a cabinet that meets the British Standard however, and having such a cabinet does not necessarily guarantee that you are meeting the safekeeping condition.
It is recommended that a cabinet should have the following features:
It should be made from sheet steel at least 14 swg (standard wire gauge) (2 mm) thick. All seams should be continuously welded, or the cabinet body formed by bend construction.
All hinges should be on the inside of the cabinet, but if they are external or exposed, then hinge bolts, blocks or anti-lever bars should be provided.
Lock mechanisms should be on the inside of the cabinet. The lock should contain at least 5 levers to BS 3621 standard or equivalent. Alternatively, good quality hardened padlocks and staples should be fitted to the cabinet.
Full-length side hinged cabinets should have two locks at points one third and two-thirds the height of the cabinet.
The cabinet may contain, or have attached, a separate lockable container to store ammunition.
Gun clamps
For one firearm, an alternative option to a cabinet may be a gun clamp. It should:
be made out of steel that is at least 14 swg (2mm) thick;

have seam-welded joints, or be formed by bend construction; and
have a lock that meets BS 3621 standard or equivalent. Alternatively a good quality hardened padlock should be fitted.
Steel cables
In certain circumstances a high tensile steel cable secured with a hardened padlock may be an appropriate security method. Installation advice
Any security device should be securely fixed to the fabric of the building.
For preference it should be in a room or area that does not have direct access to the outside of a building.
It should not be in a garage, shed or other outside building, except in certain circumstances.
When considering large or heavy gun cabinets, you should consider the load bearing strength of your floors.
Wherever possible, it should be fixed to a wall that is built from bricks or concrete blocks or to the floor.

The container should be out of sight (unless the firearm is held for display purposes). If it is in a corner, it is more difficult for a thief to attack it.
You should avoid fixing the container near any heat source. Barrel blocks and trigger guards Devices such as barrel blocks and trigger guards may provide extra security but not as an alternative to the above. Transporting Firearms
When firearms are being transported, the certificate holder must take reasonable precautions to make sure that the firearm, ammunition or shotgun is kept safe.
If you do not transport firearms and ammunition very often, you should not normally need to have a security device fitted in the vehicle.
If your vehicle is left unattended at any time, it is normally safe enough to remove some essential component (where possible) and keep it in your personal possession; for example the bolt from a rifle or the fore-end from a shotgun.

Where practicable, firearms and ammunition should be placed where they cannot be seen, e.g. inside the load carrying area of a locked vehicle. If you frequently transport large quantities of firearms by car and they are often left in circumstances where they may be vulnerable to thieves, you need a higher level of security. You could, for example, keep them in a secured metal container in the boot. A car alarm and immobiliser will provide extra security.
If firearms are transported on public transport they should be covered in a suitable slip/case and remain with the holder at all times, except when carried on an aircraft, for example. Other Important Points
The security measures you take should be reasonable, realistic and appropriate considering the risk involved. You should not take these measures on their own. The security of the house and vehicle in which the firearms will be kept or transported is just as important.
This leaflet only offers general advice. Your local police will consider each case individually, and must look at the overall security in the light of the circumstances in each case. You can contact your police firearms licensing department via the headquarters of your local police force. Further advice can be found in ‘Firearms Law - Guidance to the Police’ and the ‘Firearms Security Handbook’. These documents are available on the Home Office website at

Which Gun Safe is right for you?
The gun safe you’ll need is dependant on a number of factors. These include, but are not limited to:
Intended use of guns owned
The quantity of guns owned
Type(s) of gun(s) owned
Location and local crime rates
Number of people that have access to your property
Considering your unique requirements will allow you to identify the correct storage requirements for you.

How to ensure you purchase the Best Gun Cabinet for you?
Belfrey Secure are experts in the supply and Installation of gun cabinets & safes and are approved suppliers of many of the top brands. Our gun and ammunition safes are carefully chosen to meet all of your legal requirements and expectations. Whether you are looking to purchase your first gun, updating the security for your current firearms or expanding your collection Belfrey Secure can help. We have cabinets and safes for all requirements, from large units built to house a range of firearms to single and compact cabinets designed for a single guns and ammunition. You’ll also find fire resistant safes and a number of locking options such as, key, combination and Biometric.
Do you still have questions about which gun safe is right for you? Belfrey Secure are experts in the supply and Installation of gun safes & cabinets and would be delighted to help you. All our Safes are fitted by trusted and vetted engineers and Belfrey Secure’s bespoke installation ensures that your gun safe is fitted to standards required by local gun authorities and exceeding your expectations. All of our gun safes are 100% police approved and conform to UK and European Certification.

How to choose the right Safe for you

Belfrey Secure are experts in the supply and Installation of
Residential, Commercial and Luxury safes. Here we explain what you need to know.
Are you thinking about buying a residential, commercial or luxury safe? Not certain about what you need? Safes are used to store and protect a range of valuables and sensitive documents such as jewellery, sentimental objects, confidential documents, money, Passports and more.
Seeking professional advice is highly recommended when choosing the right safe for your needs .We can’t stress enough how important it is to get reliable advise from experienced and knowledgeable advisors. At Belfrey Secure your needs and specific requirements are paramount and something our specialists will assess in great detail to ensure you proceed with the possible best protection. Our years of experience and independent assessment means that you will get the very best advise available. At Belfrey Secure we can install all Safes in many locations, both residential and commercial properties including:
Residential homes
and more...
There are also many types of Safe on the market, some of which are detailed below:
Home and Office Safes
This type of safe is perfect for locating in cupboards, wardrobes or under the stairs and are securely fixed to the floor or wall. Easily accessible and discreet, they can give you peace of mind but without taking up too much space. 
It is often the requirement of an insurance company that a home or office safe is fitted to store valuables. Although most people consider just cash and jewellery as valuables, we believe that once you start thinking about it there are many more items worth protecting, including:
Birth certificates

Medical records
External hard drives
Stamp/coin collections
Tax/business records 
Wedding albums
Deeds/contacts & wills and the list goes on

Luxury and Design Safes
For the discerning client looking for a more premium safe, we offer stylish designs with added security, all bespoke for your requirements. We supply and Install higher-end safes to customers with a real desire to customise their own safes in order to suit their own taste whilst not compromising on any of the security features that our range of safes offer. Our design safes can be designed and customised to match the interior styles of your home, business, yacht or other luxury location. We offer options such as High Gloss finish with over 150 RAL colours to choose from. Gold plated or Chrome handles, bolt work and electronic locks. Interiors can be luxuriously furnished with hand crafted solid wood drawers made from Walnut, Maple, Oak or High Gloss lacquered finish. Jewellery drawers and storage drawers can be lined in Leather or Suede.
The bespoke elements are not only limited to the interior of the safe, the exterior can also be fully customised to match styles and colour schemes in your premises. Various finishes are available such as granite, high gloss, hardwood, leather and glass. We can also allow for personal images or even corporate branding to feature on the exterior of your safe.
For our higher-end premium safe services, we offer a tailored customer experience from start to finish, beginning with a site visit to assess your needs and then a full design consultation with our expert team to design and produce your bespoke safe. All of our bespoke safes are crafted to the highest quality with beautiful craftsmanship.
Almost any of your designs can be created for you, so please get in touch with our security experts who will be more than happy to assist you with your bespoke luxury safe design and installation.
Fire and Security Safes

Fire and Security safes in London provide protection for your valuables, not only from theft, but also from fire, heat and smoke damage. Suitable for both the home and business, Fire and Security safes in London are designed to keep internal temperatures low, allowing your important documents to survive a fire and giving you increased piece of mind.
Typically these safes protect your valuables for between 30 minutes and 120 minutes at temperatures of up to 900°C. That said, items degrade at different temperatures, so this must be taken into consideration when choosing your safe.

At Belfrey Secure we can easily install your chosen safe in your property quickly and discretely for a cost effective price. We have a wide range of safes for sale available to suit any budget and individual requirements. Our Safe installers are highly experienced, trained and qualified to correctly install your chosen Safe. As experienced & friendly Safe suppliers, we are just a phone call away to discuss your needs. We Are Recognised and Approved Suppliers for Insafe, Burtons, Pheonix
and Dudley Safes.

Call Belfrey Secure, the Safe supply and Installation specialists on 020
8528 2090.

How Safe is your Home?

Date: 15 th January 2019
With January and February statistically the most likely time for your Home to be broken into how can you improve on the security measures that you already have in place?
There are a range of security measures on the market, both traditional hardware, as well as new ‘smart technology’ that can be used in addition to physical security to improve your home security.
What else can you do to keep your property safe?

1. Who has the keys to your property?
Did you change the locks when you moved in? Could previous owners, tenants or builders still gain access or could anyone have made a copy of your keys without your knowledge? Consider asking a professional to change your locks to a restricted key system where proof of ownership is needed in order to cut new copies.
2. Take a look at the exterior of your property.
How would you get in if you were locked out? Have you got any broken windows? Do you leave windows open? Could you gain access through a garage or conservatory?
Make sure ladders and tools are securely locked away. Ensure your garden is tidy and trees/hedges cut back so there is nowhere for thieves to hide. Consider fitting a burglar alarm. Fit lights to the front and rear; this not only helps you when returning home but, more importantly, puts thieves off. DON’T LEAVE KEYS UNDER DOORMATS OR FLOWER POTS. THIEVES ALWAYS LOOK THERE FIRST!
3. Are your Doors and Windows PROPERLY secured?
If you’re not sure ask a qualified security expert to check your windows and doors for you. Are they fitted correctly and in good working order? This includes garages, outbuildings and conservatories.

Ensure windows have key operated locks and that external doors have appropriate British Standard (BS3621) locks that conform to your Insurance requirements.
Consider adding additional locks to the top and bottom of French doors, ‘Sash jammers’ to UPVC doors, hinge bolts or door restrictors to wooden doors.
4. Bad habits and the Opportunist thief.In excess of 80% of all burglaries are committed by thieves taking advantage of unlocked doors, vulnerable windows or just bad habits. Lock your gates, garages and outbuildings. Ensure doors and windows are locked before going to bed or leaving the property. Keep keys out of site, out of locks and away from letterboxes – this includes car keys.
5. Home/Office safes.
Hide expensive equipment such as phones, tablets and laptops from view. Consider asking a trained and qualified company to specify and install you a safe based on your requirements. They are also an ideal place to keep valuables, passports and other sentimental items – they also come fire rated for extra protection.
6. Going away?
If you’re going away cancel any regular deliveries, such as food, papers or milk. Don’t advertise the fact that you’re away on Social media. Ask a trusted friend or family member to visit regularly to check for and move post out of sight, turn lights on/off, close/open curtains and to keep the home looking occupied. The use of a timer for lights and Television would also aid this. Secure your Exterior Buildings 
If you have a shed or a garage it is vital that you secure them properly. Burglars will look to outbuildings as a potential treasure trove with equipment and machinery in a quieter spot than the home. Use strong locks on doors and windows. Security grilles may also be appropriate to strengthen security.
If in doubt seek the advice of an expert. A reputable company will be only too glad to help guide you in the right direction and answer any concerns you may have. If you would like to find out more contact the team on 020 8528 2090.

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