Creative & Clever Ways to Hide Your Safe

how to hide a safeEveryone knows what a safe is for.  You don’t put just anything in a safe, you store your most valuable items. These valuable items might not only be of monetary value, rather items of great importance. This can include, titles, deeds, birth certificates, passports, and Social Security cards. Stuff you don’t want to land in the wrong hands.
 
Even though you own a safe which greatly increases the safety of these items doesn’t mean that your safe can’t be stolen or broken into. For this reason is why it’s smart to place your safe in a smart and concealed area.  Here are some helpful hints and ideas that will hopefully help you decide where to place yours.

     

  1. Inside a closet is a great spot to put a safe.  Typically a closet in the master bedroom or office. It’s most important that it’s not in an area of high foot traffic or visibility. You want to make sure the safe stays out of sight, which is why if you can hide it in a walk in closest behind some hanging clothes this will ensure it’s not easily found or transported.
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  3. Under the stairs. Most homes have that awkward half room, half closet space under the stairs. This is another secluded spot which can easily be concealed and forgotten. Sometimes these rooms can be setup with flush doors that look like a wall panel and are discernable to the naked eye.
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  5. Have an old fridge? Fridges can pretty easily be converted into a handy hiding spot. This can be used if you don’t have a super-secret room under the stairs and all you have a corner in your garage. Again, you don’t want the garage door being open and someone to drive by and spot your safe. This makes your house an easy target. Hiding your safe in the Fridge can disguise it in plain sight.
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  7. Building the safe into a wall can be a great option if you have the means to make it happen. This is ideal because the safe can be concealed completely behind the wall. If someone does happen to find where it’s at removing it becomes far more difficult and will require more tools and time by the thieves.
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  9. The easiest and least expensive route to hiding your safe is to use a cardboard moving box. This will help conceal it but doesn’t require too much protection outside of disguise.

 
Hopefully these tips will give you a better idea where to place your safe and what may or may not be a good idea.
 

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Data/Media Safes: The Endless Advantages

 
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Having a safe in your home or office not only protects treasured items and important documents; but it also can help to bring you and your family peace of mind. Decades ago, it was common for average households to have at least one small safe in which to store irreplaceable items; but today, many people think that safes are only for the wealthy. This just isn’t true. Everyone can benefit from having a safe in the home; keeping jewelry, heirlooms, and documents protected.

 

These days, what we store on our personal computers is just as valuable, or even more so, than tangible items. Imagine the mania you and your family would experience if there was a fire or flood that destroyed all of your computer files. Everyone should be thinking about where they are storing their backup discs, software, and flash drives.

 

Hopefully, your precious information is being stored in a data safe; and if not, here’s why it should be:

 

  • Data safes offer you more fire protection than any other type of storage. Electronic data items are ruined in temperatures above 125 degrees F. Keeping these items in a data safe will assure you that they will be there, and be functional, when you need them.

 

  • Data safes are perfect for keeping your CD’s and tapes protected.  Safes are not just for important legal items or valuable jewelry; your music and film collection will be much better off in a data safe, than a dusty shelf where they are exposed to various types of damage.

 

  • Storing your media in a safe helps you and your family stay organized. Often, our backup CD’s and flash drives are tossed about from one drawer to the next or from room to room. What good are they, if you can’t place your finger on the information when you need it? In a data safe, you will always know where your media files are, and that they are protected.

 

  • Our data safes come in various sizes and prices to suit everyone’s needs and budget. For home, you may only need a small safe for a few CD’s and a flash drive; but for business, you may require quite a bit more space.

 

Remember, water damage can be as severe as fire damage. Many people live and work in hurricane areas, prone to flooding. Two or three feet of water can ruin laptops, phones, and tablets. This is why it is crucial that you remember to backup all of your information in a way that allows you to store it in a protective environment, and not just on your devices, which can be easily destroyed. A media safe is a small expense, when you consider the potential loss.
 

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Need for a Media Safe

The technological age has changed just about everything, and that includes the safes we use. While a regular safe was always just fine for important documents, we now keep things on USB drives, CDs, and other delicate technological devices. A regular safe just can’t protect these items from dust that can gather over time, and it certainly can’t protect your technology from the heat of a fire or the threat of an electromagnet. Fortunately, there are new media safes that are perfect for this particular job. With a media safe, you can be sure your technology is always protected from the elements, disaster, and even theft.

Choosing to Buy a Media Safe

Most IT guys will tell you that backing up your data is the only way to truly keep it safe, but you can consider purchasing a FireKing DS 1513 as another possible solution. This safe is specifically designed to keep media safe during the event of fire, but it can also keep it locked away from thieves. A media safe also has special features in place to protect from everyday elements, too. Humidity, heat, and dust are no problem for the USBs and CDs that you might keep in your safe, and everything will also be protected from any electromagnetic currents that might be present.

Choosing a Media Safe

If you are storing your important technology in a traditional safe, you may be putting your important data at risk. Safes are a great way to keep your valuables protected, but if your safe isn’t specifically designed for media, you could harm the contents. There are now safes available that can keep your belongings from prying eyes while also keeping the technology pristine. This includes CDs, USBs, and other important computer and storage equipment. They will all be kept safe from heat, humidity, dust, and other damaging elements that occur every day. It’s certainly worth considering a media safe if you deal with technology on a regular basis.

Not All Safes Are the Same

If you have ever lost any important data due to theft or fire, then you know how very devastating that can be. Your first instinct is probably to buy a safe, and that is an excellent idea. You must keep in mind, though, that an everyday safe is not going to protect the delicate technology of CD’s and USB drives from the heat of a fire or from humidity. You will need to purchase a media safe like the FireKing DS1513, which is fortified against extreme temperatures and other environmental threats. Backup copies can only save you if they are safe, too.

Safes Keep Up with Technology

Many businesses and individuals need secure places to keep hard drives and USB drives, as well as CDs or DVDs. The problem is that these new forms of data storage are extremely sensitive to heat and humidity, so the everyday floor safe that you’re using might not be enough to protect your data. There are, however, several media safes available that are designed with your technology in mind. The FireKing DS1817 is perfect for keeping your high-tech equipment safe from the ravages of fire, or even everyday moisture in the air. It is definitely an investment you should make.

Think Ahead and Purchase a Media Safe

If you deal with digital data and media on a daily basis, you may believe that having a backup is the only way to insure the survival of your information. You can also, however, purchase a FireKing DS1513 for your home or business office. These safes are created especially with digital media in mind, so there are larger storage areas inside, and the safes are especially fortified against any and all temperature extremes. With digital media, even a cup of coffee can be dangerous, so choose a safe that protects against even minor temperature changes, and excess humidity.

Sentry Safes general quality comments on Fireproof Safes

I have been getting a lot of questions in regards to safes and quality of different brands.   So I am taking some time to address a well known brand. Sentry Safe. 

Many of Sentry Safes products are good to fair quality at a really great price.   Please keep in mind what they are advertised for and how they should be used is sometimes two different things.  What absolutely blows my bannanas is when a customer carrys their Sentry “burglar/fireproof” safe by the handle into the shop and say they need it open right away because they lost the keys. 

First notice they CARRIED it into the shop!  The only thing “buglar safe” on this is that the burglar will not hurt himself when he walks out with all your stuff in a neat and handy carry all container!

Second their jaw hits the floor when I am able to pick the lock by putting almost anything into the keyhole and jiggling it.  When the dial or keypad break it takes only a couple of seconds with a medium crow bar to open the safe. Customers are shocked when they watch me do this.

On a positive note they are fireproof but just read the fine print on duration of fireproofing.  I will often suggest using a Sentry fireproof safe inside a larger safe to act as a  “cooler” to keep data and media protected from fire.  Putting a small Sentry inside a 350 degree fire rated safe will add the extra protection to your media related material.  Cd’s, harddrives, and other computer related material like to stay at 125 degrees and will be lost or coorupted at higher temperatures.  

One last item in regards to quality.  I talked with a man that owned a nursery and kept the business books, some cash, and papers in a Sentry Safe.  He said he has been through 3 Sentry Safes in the last 10 years.  He liked them because of the price.  After discussing how much he paid for the 3 safes and how he uses them, we came to the conclusion that it would have been more affordable if he had only bought 1 good quality commercial safe.