Floor Safes Review

Floor Safes Review.

I get many phone calls from people wanting floor safes.  Most start by looking for the old fashion round ones.  Then realize you really can’t put paperwork or files in a round floor safe without crunching up the paperwork.  So I wanted to review the different types and features to look for in a floor safe.

First lets start with what a floor safe is….its a safe that gets concreted into the foundation of a home or business.  It doesn’t sit on top of the floor but flush with the floor and foundation.  Normally installed before the slab is poured but I have jackhammered many a slab to install after the home has been built.

1. Steel NON B-rated Floor Safe. They are good safes but use only the bolt on the lock to keep the door secured. Just like on your front door of your home. Now think about having several giant steel bolts that go into the door but are controlled similar to your deadbolt. Sounds much safer and stronger doesn’t’t it? That comes in a B-rated floor safe and we will touch on that next. The combo lock used on a floor safe are pretty much all top grade locks except the Sentry Floor Safe model.

2.The B-Rated Floor Safe. Has a Group II dial, either LaGard or Sargent & Greenleaf, this lock controls a steel bolt work system that keeps the door secured. These are very strong against attacks and I have never heard of anyone getting through the door on one of these other than a locksmith.

3. Polyethylene Body Floor Safe. These are under patent by the Hayman Safe company. So you will only find them with the Hayman Safe name on it. The body is made of polyethylene or plastic to prevent rust in what would normally be a steel body. As a side note, to prevent rust in the steel body floor safes it is best to wrap the safe in a plastic tarp before you pour concrete around it. That will help your floor safe last much longer than without. However, the Polyethylene Body Floor Safe has you covered. It also expands and contracts well with the soil. Safe door can be B Rated or just Non B Rated and you will know this if the model number has a letter “B” in it…this is ONLY with floor safes. Personally, once you go to all the trouble of putting one of these in your foundation go ahead and get the B rated. Its not that much more and you get the very best.

4.Floor Safes for wood floors or RV Safes. Have a large flange that gets screwed into the wood floor since there is no concrete to keep it in place.

Many people ask why we don’t sell electronic keypads with any of our floor safes. This is because of moisture issues and it is next to impossible to keep the keypads from getting wet in the installation process. This caused our keypad failure to be around 80 percent. It’s also just a poor idea to keep anything electronic on the ground. Flooding of hot water heaters also ruins keypads.

Floor Safes are not a fireproof safe in the typical sense. But, when buried in concrete, the concrete will give you protection against fire. They all come with cover plates for a smooth surface on the floor. The concrete floor is the last to have fire actually get close to it. And of course concrete will not burn. However, the firemen get water everywhere.

Floor Safes offer the best protection against theft when compared to most models of safe. This is because it goes in the ground and is covered with you carpet or rug. Out of sight, out of mind is great protection. Next you have the whole foundation hugging the safe and unless you take a jack-hammer to the foundation…its there to stay. As I am writing this I am reminded of a pair of new home owners that were re-carpeting their house after they had moved in and found a floor safe. They called me to come read the lock as the safe was unlocked. The point being they had lived there for several months and never new it was there! Too cool.

So if you want to go to the trouble of installing a floor safe, you will not regret it.

Fire Fyter Safes closes its doors

I just got off the phone with Fire Fyter Safes company.  They are trying to sell off their company as it is no longer of benifit to manufacture safes in the USA.  Sad day for the people in Ohio who are watching another old and established company close production.   There is faint glimmer of hope that someone will pick up the manufacturing but as of this writing it has not been done and we are removing  their line of safes from our site. 

If some “White Knight” takes over and restarts production again in the USA we will proudly pick the line up again.

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Fire proof safe

Honeywell-fire-proof-safeA fire is the worst thing that can happen to your home. It is best to have fire insurance so that you won’t be left at a loss when a fire destroys your home. When a blaze destroys all your property and your home you have to start anew—and that can be really difficult.

It is also important to get a fire proof safe. This would keep your documents and other valuables safe and protected. A safe that is fire proof can usually withstand fire for one hour or more.

Gun safe

AMSEC-gun-safeGun owners must be responsible when caring for and storing their guns. A gun, when in the wrong hands, can result in disaster. There have even been reports of kids playing with a parent’s gun and accidentally pulling the trigger. This can be very dangerous and even fatal.

Every gun owner must have a gun safe. This way, the gun is kept away from the curious hands of children. Thus, a fatal accident is avoided.

The importance of fire safes.

Fire Safes are made for several levels of protection that include theft and/or damage for important documents and other valuable items for your business or  home. There are many safes available for different uses. When looking at fire safes there are several types of safe which have the ultimate property of fire resistance. Fire safes are specially designed to protect your precious items like documents, money, ornaments, etc. Fire safes are made of hollow sheet metal (of various thickness) that is filled with fire resistant insulation. This insulation can be “wet fill” or “dry fill”. A wet fill insulation is a cement based insulation. While a dry fill is a sheet rock type insulation. But if I were to use the term cement or sheet rock around the manufacturers they would get upset because there is much more involved. I use those terms so we can have a conversation here.

Fire safes are very beneficial for businesses because these organisations store valuable archives. The loss of such documents due to fire or theft will have an adverse effect on the business. As they say “prevention is better than cure” Hence it is always better to keep such important documents in safes.

Safes are considered a long term investment as there is no need to replace them for years. Hardly any maintenance is required for enjoying the benefits of fire safes.

To buy a fire safe consider both its internal and external dimensions. The size and space of the safes plays a significant role. The safe should have the interior space to store valuable and it should also fit into its designated space. Also consider if you are wanting to keep data or paper. They are destroyed at different temps. 

While fire safes are built to resist fire under almost all circumstances hence they can be stored anywhere in the office or at home. But be warned if you are in California wildfire zone. YOU MUST GET A 2 HOUR FIRE RATED SAFE.  Anything else and you run a risk of going home to nothing.

Cobalt Safes ES-031D & SS-031D

The ES-031D and the SS-031D  are the largest in 1 hour fireproof home safes that is made by Cobalt Safes.   Has good pry resistant locking bolts on the door opening side and a staionary locking bolt on the hinge side. Just in case the hinges   are cut off with a grinding tool or torch.

Es-031D comes with an electronic lock that is one of the better import keypads on the market today.   Non volitale memory so it will not loose the combination if batteries go dead or are removed.   There is also a “lock out” mode on the keypad if the wrong combintion is entered more than 5 times.   It will stay in lock out mode for 5 minutes and then reset itself. (You cannot reset the timer by removing the batteries)

The SS-031D comes with a combination dial and key.   Yes, it takes both to open the safe.   The dial must be unlocked and then the key is used in place of a handle to retract the bolt.   Many folks open the dial in the morning and use the key to get in and out of the safe during the daytime.   Then lock the dial when they are finished using the safe for the day

1 Hour fireproof protects against most fires (but its not good enough if you live in a wildfire zone in California…try two hour in those areas) Also has center bolt down hole and comes with bolt down package.   Which we recomend you bolt down your safe.

Pull out drawer located at the top of the safe and 1 removable shelf comes with the safe.   No option for more shelves on this model.   To view more safes like this model or to purchase this model. View Home Safes.

ES-031D
Outside Dimensions
Height: 20 1/2″
Width: 16 1/8″
Depth: 17 1/2″
Inside Dimensions
Height: 16 1/2″
Width: 11 3/4″
Depth: 12 1/2″
Weight
132 lbs.
  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) steel pull-out tray
  • (1) adjustable steel shelf
  • 1 1/2″ wall thickness
  • 2 1/2″door thickness
  • (2) 5/8″ solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Cobalt Safe EM-030

Cobalt Safes model EM-030 fireproof home safe is favorite size of mine though not the most popular of this series.  It has a relatively convient weight in that it is easy to move for a home safe and yet large enough to hold the typical household paperwork.  Such as passport, wills, deeds, trusts, etc.  If you are a pack rat though you may wish to consider a larger model.  1 hour fireproof safe protection.  Good protection from a “sticky finger” thief and pry bar resistant…… you know I just looked at the picture again and it looks like the Em-015 but know that this picture doesn’t seem to do it justice in regards to the size.  Its good one and you will not be sad you purcased the EM-o30 from Cobalt safes.  To see one or purchase one see the EM-030

  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) black plastic pull-out tray
  • 1 1/2? wall thickness
  • 2 1/2?door thickness
  • (2) 5/8” solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Fire Fyter Fireproof Home Safe

Friday, August 15th, 2008

Still waiting to hear more about Fire Fyter’s fireproof home safe manufacturing move to China.  Supplies are still coming from here in Ohio.   But they are starting to sell out of models and most are marking them sold out in thier stores.

We wait with anticipation for to see the upcoming quality.

Cobalt Safes model EM-016 1 hour fireproof Safe

Tuesday, August 12th, 2008

 Cobalt Safes model EM-016 1 hour fireproof Safe.  Is designed the exact same as the SM-016 1 hour fireproof safe.  Except it has a keypad on it.  You will notice on the left is the turn handle to pull back the bolts.  On the right side of the keypad is the battery compartment.  It holds 4 AA size batteries.  Also has a non volatile memory.  Which means if you remove the batteries and then put them back in, you had better remember the combo because the keypad will!  Great theft deterant.

Excellant value for protection against theft and fire.  Be sure to bolt it down to your floor so it will not be carried away or leave the through bolt hole exposed.  Below is some good information on it or you can follow here to for more. EM-016

EM-016
Outside Dimensions
Height: 15 3/8?
Width: 11 5/8?
Depth: 12 5/8?
Inside Dimensions
Height: 12 1/4?
Width: 8 1/2?
Depth: 8 1/2?
Weight
54 lbs.
  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) steel shelf
  • 1 1/2? wall thickness
  • 2 1/2?door thickness
  • (2) 5/8? solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Cobalt Safes EM-015 Electronic Fireproof Safe

Saturday, August 9th, 2008

Cobalt Safes model EM-015 is the same safe as the SM-015 but with an electronic keypad instead of a dial.  It does have a hole in the bottom of the safe and is designed to be bolted to the floor.  Yes, it comes with the bolt down package.  Remember, if its not bolted down.  Its not very fireproof! See the specs below.  Very good quality especially for the money.

Outside Dimensions
Height: 11 3/4?
Width: 15 5/8?
Depth: 12 5/8?
Inside Dimensions
Height: 8 1/2?
Width: 12 1/4?
Depth: 8 1/2?
Weight
54 lbs.
  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) steel shelf
  • 1 1/2? wall thickness
  • 2 1/2?door thickness
  • (2) 5/8? solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Fire Fyter Safes

Monday, August 4th, 2008

Sad news hit me last week regarding Fire Fyter Safes.  They are shutting down their manufacturing facility here in the USA.  Ohio will be a little worse off as unemployment will rise.  Fire Fyter is shutting down its products and starting to import the safes from China!

So they are going from making a high quality product made by American hands to importing a Chinese knock off.  We will have to wait and see if they can maintain quality standards.  I’m a bit depressed about this because Fire Fyter safes were in high demand.  Quality was there.  Why move it over seas?  They were the last low end, affordable, made in the USA safe.

Time will tell and I will let you know the quality results as they come in.

Cobalt Safe SS-031D Fireproof Safe

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Cobalt Safe model SS-031D. Is the most  popular in the line up of Fireproof Home Safes.  Its also the largest.  Why is it so popular? I’m not 100% sure.  But the comments I get on it range from “Most size for money”, “Pull out drawer and adjustable shelf”, “Its big but its not too cumbersome”.

I will say this, the picture is a fairly acurate picture of the safe except you can’t see the black pull out tray that is also included.  You can see the adjustable shelf with the door open.  You also get a good view of the bolts on the door opening side.  However, there are also fixed bolts on the hinge side to add support and strength against crow bar attacks.  Though its primary purpose is not strength against burglary but it is strength against fire!  A solid 1 hour fire rating. 

The Cobalt Safe SS-031D is steel lined hole in the bottom of the safe to bolt down to your foundation to keep the safe from being carried off.  It is important to note that when you buy a safe you are buying “Time” time against fire and time against theft.  If you live in a high crime area and you want to keep 50k of cash and jewelry in this safe, then this is not the safe for you.  This safe is made it hold important papers, some cash, some jewelry, a pistol or other medium size items.  It will hold up against a prybar attack in that it would be classified as “resistant” but not for an extended period.  You will notice I like to “under sell” most safes.  Which means I’m not going to push a safe like some kind of late night infomercial selling Ginsu Chopping Knives!  But hopefully give you as realistic picture of the safe and its intended purpose. 

That being said this is an excellant Fire safe to protect against fire and protect against “light” theft or sticky fingers as I like to say. Go here to see a model SS-031D or the rest of the fireproof home safes.

Fireproof Home Safe SM-030 by Cobalt

Saturday, July 26th, 2008

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-030 by Cobalt is the same safe as the model SM-020 only its put on its side and the hinges are are now on a different side.  Still uses the key to pull back the bolts after the combination has been dialed open. Don’t loose the keys.  I have also noticed some people leaving the safe dial in the dialed open position and only using the key to get in and out.  Though this can be done its not good to not relock the safe with the dial. 

There is also a handy pull out platic tray on this model and comes with a bolt down kit.?

Cobalt Sm-020 Fireproof Home Safe

Friday, July 25th, 2008

 This is a picture of the Cobalt SM-020.  One hour fireproof safe.  Comes with a steel lined predrilled hole in the center and mounting hardware.  Dial lock is secure but it is not a Group II lock.  You will not be able to change the combination on this lock easily like a Group II.  Though it can be changed by a locksmith but not set to any specific group of numbers.  It just comes up random because the way the safe is designed.

You will also notice it comes with a key and no handle.  This is because the key acts as a handle and adds an extra security measure to the safe.  Security aim is to keep sticky fingers off your schtuff!  It will hold up to a small tool attack but that is not its main purpose. Fireproof and stopping sticky fingers is.

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-016 from Cobalt

Friday, July 11th, 2008

 

Fireproof Home Safe SM-016

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-016 is from Cobalt Safes.  You will also find this safe under a variety of manufactures. Such as Gardall Safes and Adesco.  However, you will notice that we have them at a much more affordable price.  You will also notice a different selection of paints on each brand because they all have a contract with the manufacturer to paint it in their colors. 

Its important to point out that this is the same safe as the SM-016.  Only its turned on its side and made to open up a different way.  But other than that it has the same dimensions.

Which ever manufacturer you purchase this safe from you will be getting a great quality Fireproof Home Safe.  Factory tested for 1 hour with bolt down hole in the center.  It even comes with the bolt to bolt it down.  VERY easy to do.  I have included a paper on our website that teaches how I do it.  

I get a lot of questions about burglary resistant.   Well, its designed to keep out “sticky fingers” (sticky fingers are people that would break in a safe but would help themselves if tempted)and it can hold up against small tools.  I would not qualify it as a high security safe.  Though it is well made.

You will notice that it comes with a dial or electronic keypad.  The dial is not a group II lock but it is a good one.  I have noticed that the dial works more like a locker lock that you may have had in high school.  I would suggest to elderly and impatient people to choose the keypad.  Its just easier to get in and out of….and if its easy, you will use it more.?

Fireproof Home Safe SM-015

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Fireproof Home Safe model SM-015 is from Cobalt.  You will also find this safe under several other manufactures. Such as Gardall Safes and Adesco.  However, you will notice that we have them at a much more affordable price.  You will also notice a different selection of paints on each brand. 

Which ever manufacturer you purchase this safe from you will be getting a great quality Fireproof Home Safe.  Factory tested for 1 hour with bolt down hole in the center.  It even comes with the bolt to bolt it down.  VERY easy to do.  I have included a paper on our website that teaches how I do it.  

I get a lot of questions about burglary resistant.   Well, its designed to keep out “sticky fingers” (sticky fingers are people that would break in a safe but would help themselves if tempted)and it can hold up against small tools.  I would not qualify it as a high security safe.  Though it is well made.

You will notice that it comes with a dial or electronic keypad.  The dial is not a group II lock but it is a good one.  I have noticed that the dial works more like a locker lock that you may have had in high school.  I would suggest to elderly and impatient people to choose the keypad.  Its just easier to get in and out of….and if its easy, you will use it more.?

Jacksonville FL. experience surge in the sale of Safes

I have been collecting a series of articles on home safes. See below for another. The below article is about the “run on the banks” in Jacksonville.  Notice that not many news sources are touting this!  This is very real and the FDIC is reporting having run out of money. 

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Buyouts, bailouts, and banks going bust. Everyone, it seems, is worried about whether their money is safe.

Federal data shows domestic bank deposits have dropped by 40 billion dollars over the last few months; and that has a lot more folks buying home safes. One manufacturer says it’s sold 50% more in the last month alone.

Knowell’s Safe and Lock on the Westside is having its biggest year ever. Business started picking up in May and it hasn’t stopped yet. “With the scare in the financial industry and the banking industry, banks closing down, being bought out, it’s a good fear having somebody play with your money, or you being able to watch it,” said Brett Webb at Knowell’s.

Webb’s grandfather started the business 30 years ago. Business has always been good, but now it’s really good. “It started back in May. It might have had something to do with the stimulus checks. It probably did help,” said Webb.

The best sellers are the large walk-in gun safes, even if the buyer doesn’t own a gun. “You get fire protection with a gun safe and a lot of space. Even people who don’t collect guns, you have plenty of shelf space.”

The safes are delivered and installed in homes so no one can come into your home and walk out the door with it, but the key is not to let anyone know you have a safe with valuables including cash in your home.

Home safes can cost between $200 and $3000.

Run on Banks gets cash safe at home.

Wow, the number of articles is still increasing in regards to the loss of faith in our banking system.  I was recently quoted in the article below.  Had a great talk with Judy in New Jersey at the Star-Ledger.  Though most are not withdrawing ALL their money from the bank. Many are removing at least some cash to give themselves a hedge against the total shut down of our banking system.  These folks are tired of the whiplash in the stock market.  And tell me. Where is the safe heaven to put your money in?  (Excuse me while I go scream at the wall) Ok, I’m better now.  Thats why safes are seen as the real shelter today.

With economy in the tank, people are banking on safes

by Judy DeHaven/The Star-Ledger

Thursday October 16, 2008, 9:00 PM

At Cy Drake Locksmiths in Morristown, one of the most popular models of safes these days is the AMSEC combination fire-burglar-gun safe.

It’s not that Morristown residents are buying more guns, said the store’s owner, Henry Printz. They’re finding the larger model necessary, he said, for all the cash, jewelry and other valuables they want to keep, well, safe.

It’s all part of the new economic age, when every day brings another stream of turbulence from Wall Street and everyone is nervous that their bank is going to be the next to fail.

Jeff Baldwin of Cy Drake Locksmiths in Morristown shows off one of the shop’s burglary- and fire-resistant models

“This time of year is usually a little slow,” Printz said. “But everybody’s scared. I’d say sales are up maybe 50 to 75 percent.”

While there are no formal statistics, safe manufacturers, online retailers and licensed locksmiths in New Jersey say sales of home safes have soared in recent weeks as people have grasped for some sense of security in these uncertain times.

“Nobody wants to admit it, but people are afraid the banks are going to crash,” said Dave C. Ribel, owner of Top Security Locksmiths in Point Pleasant, who has sold 15 safes in the last three weeks when his shop would typically sell three. “And they think people are going to turn to crime and break into their house and look for their stuff.”

The spike in retail sales has led to more orders for manufacturers. Sentry Safe, a manufacturer in Rochester, N.Y., said its sales have increased 20 percent to 50 percent over the last three to four weeks. And the Hayman Safe Co., another manufacturer from Ovido, Fla., said its sales are up 35 percent to 50 percent.

The owner of Value Safes, an online retailer based in Corpus Christi, Texas, with two websites — valuesafesinc.com and vaultandsafe.com — said his internet sales are up 100 percent this year, and he is on track to see a 300 percent increase in the last month alone.

In addition, he said, some 200,000 people have Googled the word “safe,” in the last 30 days. That’s up from 136,000 for the same period last year.

“We’re getting a lot of folks here recently who are saying, ‘I’m pulling between $10,000 and $20,000 out of the bank,'” he said. “They’re not taking their life savings. But they’re taking an emergency fund.”

Earlier this week, Sovereign Bank, one of the nation’s largest thrifts, said customers pulled $4.2 billion, or almost 9 percent of deposits, in recent weeks, a trend seen by a number of other large banks since the start of the year.

His current best seller is a fireproof and burglary safe on sale for $539. He said that is a typical starter safe, which is 18 inches high and about 20 inches deep. But as people stop to think about what they can store in a safe, they often move up to the bigger models. Many are willing to spend several thousand dollars for a high-quality safe.

What about bank safety deposit boxes?

“People want the extra protection,” said Dick DiVittorio, vice president of the Hayman Safe Co. “They don’t know if a sticker is going to be on the door the next time they go to the bank.”

It is not unusual for safe sellers to see an increase in demand after catastrophic events or downturns in the economy. When forest fires ravage the west, sales of safes increase. Ditto for hurricanes in the south.

Likewise, safe sellers saw increases at the turn of the millennium with the Y2K scare and also after 9/11, said Sondra McFarlane, director of marketing and communications with Sentry Safe.

“Our products are the types of products people become aware of in times of peril and uncertainty,” McFarlane said.

While locksmiths and manufacturers said they have seen a surge in sales during the last three weeks, Gilmore, the safe retailer, has also seen more subtle trends.

He said his sales first increased back in January, when the price of gold hit historic highs.

“We started getting what I’d call the fringe of society,” the owner of Value Safes said. “I talked to this one guy who said, ‘I live on this island. And I want to keep all my gold bouillon on my island with me.’ We started getting those kinds of odd ones.”

Then, when Bear Stearns collapsed in the spring, his businesses experienced another increase from the “folks that remembered the Depression,” he said.

“Now,” he said, “it’s everybody.”

The last three weeks in particular have been a boon for safes, as huge swings in the stock market have become the norm and the government has struggled to implement a bailout plan and restore a sense of calm in the markets.

“Many people are frightened because of the economic situation at hand,” said McFarlane of Sentry Safe. “Unfortunately, it’s causing decisions to pull money out of financial institutions and put it in our safes.

“We are not condoning the practice of taking money out of financial institutions and putting them in our product,” she added. “But if people are going to take out their money, and they’re going to end up putting it in a mattress or the icebox or a drawer or someplace that’s not secure, then certainly our product is better.”

The bank runs continue while smart folks run to Safes.

More News on Current banking. See article below. Â

With economy in the tank, people are banking on safes

by Judy DeHaven/The Star-Ledger

Thursday October 16, 2008, 9:00 PM

At Cy Drake Locksmiths in Morristown, one of the most popular models of safes these days is the AMSEC combination fire-burglar-gun safe.

It’s not that Morristown residents are buying more guns, said the store’s owner, Henry Printz. They’re finding the larger model necessary, he said, for all the cash, jewelry and other valuables they want to keep, well, safe.

It’s all part of the new economic age, when every day brings another stream of turbulence from Wall Street and everyone is nervous that their bank is going to be the next to fail.

Jeff Baldwin of Cy Drake Locksmiths in Morristown shows off one of the shop’s burglary- and fire-resistant models

“This time of year is usually a little slow,” Printz said. “But everybody’s scared. I’d say sales are up maybe 50 to 75 percent.”

While there are no formal statistics, safe manufacturers, online retailers and licensed locksmiths in New Jersey say sales of home safes have soared in recent weeks as people have grasped for some sense of security in these uncertain times.

“Nobody wants to admit it, but people are afraid the banks are going to crash,” said Dave C. Ribel, owner of Top Security Locksmiths in Point Pleasant, who has sold 15 safes in the last three weeks when his shop would typically sell three. “And they think people are going to turn to crime and break into their house and look for their stuff.”

The spike in retail sales has led to more orders for manufacturers. Sentry Safe, a manufacturer in Rochester, N.Y., said its sales have increased 20 percent to 50 percent over the last three to four weeks. And the Hayman Safe Co., another manufacturer from Ovido, Fla., said its sales are up 35 percent to 50 percent.

The owner of Value Safes, an online retailer based in Corpus Christi, Texas, said his internet sales are up 100 percent this year, and he is on track to see a 300 percent increase in the last month alone.

In addition, he said, some 200,000 people have Googled the word “safe,” in the last 30 days. That’s up from 136,000 for the same period last year.

“We’re getting a lot of folks here recently who are saying, ‘I’m pulling between $10,000 and $20,000 out of the bank,'” he said. “They’re not taking their life savings. But they’re taking an emergency fund.”

Earlier this week, Sovereign Bank, one of the nation’s largest thrifts, said customers pulled $4.2 billion, or almost 9 percent of deposits, in recent weeks, a trend seen by a number of other large banks since the start of the year.

His current best seller is a fireproof and burglary safe on sale for $539. He said that is a typical starter safe, which is 18 inches high and about 20 inches deep. But as people stop to think about what they can store in a safe, they often move up to the bigger models. Many are willing to spend several thousand dollars for a high-quality safe.

What about bank safety deposit boxes?

“People want the extra protection,” said Dick DiVittorio, vice president of the Hayman Safe Co. “They don’t know if a sticker is going to be on the door the next time they go to the bank.”

It is not unusual for safe sellers to see an increase in demand after catastrophic events or downturns in the economy. When forest fires ravage the west, sales of safes increase. Ditto for hurricanes in the south.

Likewise, safe sellers saw increases at the turn of the millennium with the Y2K scare and also after 9/11, said Sondra McFarlane, director of marketing and communications with Sentry Safe.

“Our products are the types of products people become aware of in times of peril and uncertainty,” McFarlane said.

While locksmiths and manufacturers said they have seen a surge in sales during the last three weeks, the safe retailer, has also seen more subtle trends.

He said his sales first increased back in January, when the price of gold hit historic highs.

“We started getting what I’d call the fringe of society,” he said. “I talked to this one guy who said, ‘I live on this island. And I want to keep all my gold bouillon on my island with me.’ We started getting those kinds of odd ones.”

Then, when Bear Stearns collapsed in the spring, hid businesses experienced another increase from the “folks that remembered the Depression,” he said.

“Now,” he said, “it’s everybody.”

The last three weeks in particular have been a boon for safes, as huge swings in the stock market have become the norm and the government has struggled to implement a bailout plan and restore a sense of calm in the markets.

“Many people are frightened because of the economic situation at hand,” said McFarlane of Sentry Safe. “Unfortunately, it’s causing decisions to pull money out of financial institutions and put it in our safes.

“We are not condoning the practice of taking money out of financial institutions and putting them in our product,” she added. “But if people are going to take out their money, and they’re going to end up putting it in a mattress or the icebox or a drawer or someplace that’s not secure, then certainly our product is better.”