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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Safe Hacks: Protecting Your Profits in 2015

Anyone who has ever considered buying a safe for your business, you know that there are ways to hack into safes; or, in most cases, attempt to destroy them so they can get at the goods. The great news is that there are quite a few steps and skills that the burglar in question would need to possess and go through in order to get at what they need.
 

Do People Really Crack Safes?

 
The short answer is yes. If they see the contents of the safe as being rewarding or valuable, then they will certainly try to crack the combination, beat up the safe, or go as far as cutting it in half. This is a popular enough thought that it was featured on Mythsbusters:
 

 
Here they try to duplicate a famous safe crack where there is water and explosives involved. And it was deemed a “plausible” way to get into a safe. There is no shortage of creativity when it comes to safe hacking.
 
And that old trick about the stethoscope being used to hear the lock combination- eHow tells us that that’s a thing.
 

 
It took him a while to do it, but it’s definitely doable.
 

 
We just won’t even talk about how easy it was for Alex Lewis to pop that safe.
 
First, let’s start with some things you can do in order to deter burglars from stealing your safe.
 

Safe Thief Deterrents

 
There are a number of things that you can do in order to protect your assets and your profits.
 
If it isn’t a wall or floor safe, that means it can be set down somewhere. You probably didn’t think to bolt it down because it weighs 304,973,985,794,875 pounds right? Think again- if a thief is determined to get a safe, they will find a way. Don’t make it easier on them! Bolt the safe down so that, if nothing else, they would have to spend more time dislodging it.
 
Secondly, when is the last time you have changed your combination? Some thieves will go as far as getting up close and personal in order to get at the safe. Change the combinations regularly in order to keep people in their toes- designate a single person to be in charge of the combinations.
 
Thirdly, know what type of safe you have. Knowing everything about your safe inside and out will help to locate its weakest points. Being armed with this knowledge will tell you if your safe needs backup protection.
 
Put money into this investment. If you’re trying to deter someone from getting valuable, getting a cheap safe won’t do you any good. Cheap means flimsy, faulty, and weak at best.
 

What Can Business Owners Do?

 
The first thing to consider is whether or not people would know about a safe or not. Having one in plain sight is asking for someone to poke at it. Don’t advertise your safes; invest in a wall safe or a floor safe.
 
Also, consider buying a safe that is made of thicker materials. If a thief has to go through concrete and steel, there is a better chance the thief will either give up or not have tools powerful enough to handle physically working their way into a safe. Check out this video to see what we mean:
 

 
Boost your security. If you have the means to do so, having overnight staff to protect your valuables is a good idea. It’s easier to take the time to get into a safe if there is no one around, but the tools needed to crack a safe are rarely quiet enough where they wouldn’t get caught. Video cameras are also a great idea.
 
Along these same lines, train your staff. Show them how to properly handle emergency situations and who to call in those emergencies.
 
If you’re interested to know more about how to prevent these occurrences, feel free to contact Value Safes today!
 

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Bugging Out: What You Need and Where You Need Them

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For those who aren’t familiar, “bugging out” refers to grabbing your bug out bag and hastily leaving the disaster zone, according to Preparing for SHTF. Instead of panicking and not knowing what to do, you come up with a plan. The down side to this plan of action is that you don’t know for sure what you will need or what you will encounter once you leave your location, so it’s best to be as prepared as humanly possible.

 

 

 

What to Include in Your Bug-Out Bag 

 
Before you can start on your journey of preparedness, you have to know exactly what your budget is, so you can know exactly what to pack, realistically. The five areas to keep in mind are food, water, shelter, security, and sanitation. Here are some basic items (list courtesy of Survivalist Prepper) to keep in your bag:

     

  • Fixed blade knife: These are durable and steady. They will last longer than foldable blades.
  • Folding knife: These are handy for smaller jobs where fixed blades are just too big.
  • Multi tools: From opening cans to cutting down small branches, these tools are handy.
  • Folding shovel: you can’t shovel with a multi tool, so this is good to keep around.
  • Lighters: Even though you will want a fire starting kit, it’s undoubtedly easier to use lighters.
  • Fire starting kit: You always want multiple ways to start a fire.
  • Water filter and purification tablets: You never know if your water sources are clean.
  • Water bottle: Aluminum is best in case it needs to be heated.
  • Flashlight/glow sticks/headlamp: Having multiple light sources is best.
  • First aid kit: This can reflect your skill level as to how simple or complex it is, but it should include bandages, tape, dressings, and any medications needed.
  • Compass: It can be pretty easy to lose your sense of direction and get lost.
  • Analog watch: These don’t require batteries and can also be used to find direction as well.
  • Tarp: A multipurpose item to keep handy.
  • Duct tape: Not only can this help with patching holes or fixing things, it can be used in a pinch to close a wound.
  • Heavy duty trash bag: Another great multipurpose item. Make sure to get heavy duty so that they can stand up to the weather.
  • Maps of the area: You should have a map of both the area you’re in, plus possible bug out areas.
  • Food items: Pack enough for 3 days worth of calories. You will need a minimum of 1,000 a day.
  • Hand sanitizer: This should be in your first aid kit, but these are good to have for your sanitation. Also great if you don’t have access to showers.
  • Work/heavy duty gloves: These are worth it- you don’t want to cut your hands up.
  • Change of clothes: In case clothes become wet or damaged.
  • Important documents: This can be forms of ID or possibly even hidden money.
  • Survival manuals: This comes in handy if you’re in an unfamiliar situation and stressing out.

 

Finding a Good Bug-Out Location

 
When it comes to a bug out location, there are a lot of things to consider.
 
The first thing to keep in mind is that you want to keep away from the cities. More often than not you’re better off chancing the wilderness than an urban shelter. You want to be somewhere that isn’t as crowded. There are risks of transportation and other accommodations being shut down if you’re in the middle of a big city. Not only this, but provisions will become extremely hard to find.
 
Have a backup plan- don’t count on living in the wild. It’s a great idea for the reasons we just mentioned, but you won’t be the only person who would have thought of it. Only those who are experienced with the wilderness (campers, hunters etc) should focus on those areas. Depending on where you live and which part of the country, it might be just as dangerous as the city. You will undoubtedly come across others looking for the same necessities. Weather is also a big factor.
 
We cannot stress location enough. Living too close to the coast means an increase in population, which means fewer supplies, more disease, and easily more violence. You also need to keep in mind any weather issues that might apply to the area, such as blizzards, tornadoes, or earthquakes. These are all generalized guidelines, of course. Check out land or abandoned areas as soon as you can to make the best decision possible. Lastly, if you have the ability, look for higher ground or a place that is easily hidden.
 
Consider your support group. Do you have a family? Think about the size. Also, if you have extended family, is the distance achievable with one tank of gas? If you’re only working with one other person, it would be easy to be overrun and others can steal your supplies. Having more people can help with this situation, but you want to find a balance when it comes to supplies.
 
It’s good to be prepared for anything, but it’s smart to know your limitations, too.
 

Storing Items at Your Bug-Out Location

 
Now that you know where you’re going, it’s good to know how to stock your location as well. The supplies needed are going to be pretty similar to what your bug out bag should include; only you have the ability to store more of it.
 
You want to ensure that you have plenty of food and water along with tools, ammo, cooking utensils/equipment, and medical equipment. It should be easier to set up camp at your bug out location.
 
Let’s face it- once you get to your bug out location you want to ensure your supplies are safe, and stored somewhere that makes sense. Here are a couple of easy options:
 

fireproof safeFireproof Safes

 
In cases of a natural disaster, fireproof safes are one type of safe you will want handy. Things like important documents, medicine, and water purification tools can easily be stored in this safe. These are items you want to make sure are around when you need them, but aren’t hard to reach. Not only will they be handy, they are more likely to stand up to the elements. With everything else on your mind, you won’t have to worry about the durability of your safe carrying your valuables.

 

 

gun safeGun Safes

 
Bug-out locations are not going to be very effective if you don’t have ammo; or if it winds up in the wrong hands, for that matter. Gun safes are a smart and safe way to store your guns and other weapons that will allow only you to access them and keep potential children safe from them. One of your most valuable assets will be guarded in a gun safe, especially made to hold that kind of cargo.

 

 

 

floor safeFloor Safes

 
If you are looking to store supplies such as food or medicine, then it’s a smart idea to make sure it’s well hidden. You don’t want to let your items fall into the wrong hands, so you should seriously consider a floor safe. These safes are easy to conceal and allow you to rest easy knowing that no one unwanted will be snooping in your belongings.

 

If you have questions about which safes are best to use in your particular emergency, give us a call today.
 

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Advantages of a Floor Safe

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Commercial properties are subject to the same threats of burglary and vandalism as private properties. In certain areas, commercial properties are even more at risk because they are known to have money somewhere on the premises.

 

Owning a local brick and mortar business is high risk because it acts as an everyday cash machine, with money going in and out constantly. Because of this risk, commercial properties require high level amounts of security. A quality safe is one of these security precautions.

 

There are different types of safes, but the best choice for most businesses, is the floor safe. Floor safes are discrete because they are built into the construction of the office space. They are made specifically to the size and measurements which the floor can accommodate. Since the purpose of a floor safe is to be hidden, it must never extend past the level of the floor, which would defeat its overall purpose.

 

Most floor safes are built to have a lot of depth so they can securely hold many of the company’s valuables; money, documents, and other company assets. Normally a mat or remnant of carpet is placed on the floor over the safe’s opening to maintain security and discretion.

 

Floor safes, like most other safes, come with a secure locking system, a touchpad code or biometric reader. Another great advantage to installing a floor safe to protect your assets, is that when choosing a floor safe, you have the option of selecting a safe that can withstand the extreme temperatures of fire for at least thirty minutes, and one that can withstand flood water for the same amount of time.

 

Though floor safes can be fire-proofed and water-proofed to a certain extent, it is best that a commercial property have their own fire and flood alarms so that important items can be retrieved from the safe as soon as possible should a fire or flood occur.
 

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Wisdom of Floor Safes

While there are exceptions, most home invaders don’t want to spend more than five minutes inside your house. If you can keep a safe hidden from view, there is a good chance it won’t be found during a robbery. Floor safes are the best way to keep safes hidden, especially since removal is so difficult should they be found. If covered with a rug or furniture, it’s likely no one would even know it was there. The LaGard FF-33 and the LaGard B2500 are both popular floor safe choices, and could be exactly what you need to protect your belongings.

Why You Want a Floor Safe

A floor safe is an excellent choice for several reasons. As with a wall safe, the floor safe can ensure that your belongings are always out of sight. The LaGard FF-33 and the LaGard B2500 are both popular floor safe models that can be installed quickly and easily. They have access to the safe from a door in the top, which can be covered easily by furniture or a rug. When your safe is not visible, it is less likely to be discovered during a home invasion, and that means you are more likely to hang onto your valuable belongings.

Difference between Floor and Wall Safes

When you purchase a safe to protect your valuables from theft, you should be aware that it may not be fireproof. While there are several models of safes available that can protect from both theft and fire, you are not guaranteed to get protection from both if you don’t specifically purchase a safe that is meant to be both theft-proof and fireproof. Before you make a floor or wall safe purchase, you should double check the specifications to ensure that you are getting the protection you think you’re getting. Finding out after a theft or fire could be truly devastating.

Bolt Safe to the Floor

Most people don’t realize that a security safe won’t protect documents from fire. The materials used to make the safe actually increase heat inside the safe, which could damage important documents or media. If you hope to find something that will protect from theft and fire, you should look for a safe that is rated for both. There are other options, however. Hollon makes a line of fire safes that can be bolted to the floor. This will protect your belongings from fire, and it might just discourage thieves from taking the save with them. It’s a good compromise, but you should remember that nothing will be as effective as the real thing.

Benefits of a Floor Safe

Believe it or not, more than two million home invasions occur every year. Alarm systems are quite helpful, but nothing can protect your valuables the way a floor safe can. The floor safe can be hidden beneath the floorboards or carpet in your home to be kept entirely out of sight at all times. Home invaders typically spend less than five minutes during each robbery, and that means your belongings are more likely to go unnoticed during a break in. Don’t be a statistic, lamenting the loss of your valuables. Invest in a floor safe and keep your belongings out of sight.

Impenetrable Floor Safe

floorsafe.jpgEvery safe has vulnerabilities, but floor safes are considered among the hardest to crack. Whereas a wall safe can be removed and taken to another location by a determined criminal, a floor safe is considerably harder to move. If surrounded by concrete, a floor safe would have to be jack hammered around in order to be removed by a thief. With such a loud ruckus, someone is sure to notice.

The exposed door of a quality floor safe will come with a drill resistant hard plate. No two bit criminal with hardware store drills will be able to put a scratch in the plate. A floor safe also provides excellent protection against fire damage. Sometimes water damage can occur when a fire is put out, so look for floor safes that are sealed tight and made of a hard polymer body resistant to rust.