A former bank on Toller lane has been converted into a safe haven for valuables as residents look at ways to protect their prized possessions from criminals. Zurich Safe, who originally opened their first branch on Leeds Road in September last year, have now opened their second branch after the overwhelming response they received by Bradford residents.
Their newest branch has created 3 more full time jobs and the former Yorkshire Bank has been given a £150,000 makeover housing 1,000 security boxes along with state of the art alarms and 24-hour monitoring systems.
West Yorkshire Police are also strongly advising members of the Asian community to consider where they keep their jewellery. In recent years, many Asian families have become victims of robberies where expensive gold jewellery has been stolen from their homes.
Inspector Tom Horner, who heads Bradford West NPT, says: “While burglary is a crime that can affect everyone, we are aware that criminals can target homes where they think large amounts of valuable Asian gold jewellery is being kept.
Zurich Safe Deposits operate the first independent private safe deposit vault located in Bradford. Having taken over existing banks, they provide the highest level of security and one can virtually store anything that will fit into the safety deposit box.
Small, medium and large security boxes can be hired for as little as £160 and £250 a year where customers can also receive £10,000 of free insurance cover as part of their subscription.
As Zurich Safe’s first branch became over-subscribed in the space of a year, the owners decided to open their second branch as they feel there is a need and demand for their safety deposit boxes now that the banks have stopped the service.
A company representative states, “Several high street banks stopped providing safety deposit boxes last year and many customers who relied on those boxes are now left with very few options to make sure their treasured items are protected. They have been phased out by banks due to cost cutting.
“We provide the highest level of security, with state of the art alarms and 24 hour monitoring systems. We have bio-metric technology and high definition digital CCTV systems to provide our clients with complete peace of mind.
“Opening our second branch in a former bank is ideal as it already had a vault but we have invested further to provide a tailor-made highly secure facility.”
So, if you are looking at taking your jewellery or any other expensive items out of your homes and into a safety deposit box, you can speak to an adviser at Zurich Safe Deposits or visit their branches at 1236 – 1238 Leeds Road, Bradford BD3 8LG, Tel: 01274 665999, or 161 Toller Lane, Bradford, BD8 9HL, Tel: 01274 492330.