What’s a TL-15 Safe You Ask?

Great question! We spend a lot of time around here talking about security and security ratings.  One of the basic questions after you are done with talking to people about safes is what are you actually getting for the money? So I thought I would give you a run down to UL listed ratings for burglary. From the lowest to best or most that you would be interested in actually purchasing.  It is very important to note that there are a load of safes, metal boxes, and even plastic containers that call themselves “safes”. Some will even have a UL listing but it may not be for security. It may be just for fire.  Then those companies market what we call a “fire box” to the consumer.  The side package will say something like “UL listed 30 minute fire rated and burglary safe” What that means is it is UL listed for 30 minutes of fire. Then they just throw on the “burglary safe” at the end of the sentence. I see these on Sentry safes a lot. Which are basically like an igloo ice chest with a lock on them. Good fire protection just no real burglary but they mislead the consumer into thinking that it is burglary.  When it takes a kid less then 60 seconds to pry it open with a spoon!

  1. RSC: In the number one or lowest position on the ratings scale is the Residential Security Container or RSC.  You will see this mainly on high end gun safes and fire and burglary safes.  Low end gun safes found at Big Box retailers rarely have it and in fact make the thinnest steel safes to look like the higher end ones. But once you know what to look for you won’t be fooled. You want to keep in mind you are buying steel, fireproofing, and of course a lock.  No RSC rated safe is recognized by insurance companies or is insurable for contents.
  2. TL-15: In the number 2 spot is the TL-15 rating and this is actually the first rating in security by UL that is recognized by insurance companies. You can insure the contents with a separate rider policy. Those contents can even be cash, gold coins, and of course jewelry.  Now you may say you don’t need an insurable safe today because you just want to keep things quite. Well, I don’t blame you there. However, should the value of gold or the contents get caught up in inflation you may change your mind. Many are expecting the price of such commodities to sky rocket once inflation hits our shores.  I hope it never does but in the minds of many the die has been cast so to speak. TL stands for TooL and 15 stands for 15 minutes of actual attack time. Though the test may last 3 or 4 hours. There is also a 5 minute side wall test that is performed.  This type of safe is normally purchased by jewelry owners, coin collectors, and folks that want to keep a lot of cash on hand. As well as commercial accounts.
  3. TL-15×6: Same as above but instead of the 15 minute test being done just on the door they do it on each of the sides as well.  Same type person also purchases this safe.
  4. TL-30: Again, TL stands for TooL and 30 is for 30 minutes. A 15 minute side wall test is done. Often purchased by customers that have a minimum of $100k to put inside the safe and then up from there.
  5. TL-30×6 Same as the above but of course all the sides are tested at the same 30 minutes.
  6. TRTL-30×6: Okay, this really isn’t even found in banks.  However, many jewelers and pawn shops that take in jewelry for pawn or repair will have one of these models. The TR stands for ToRch and the TL stands for tool. 30 minutes tested on all 6 sides. The torch that the test it with is not blow torch but a lance. A lance makes a blow torch look like a candle compared to a bonfire! TL-15 rated safes

Compare Types of High Security Safes from TL-15 rated to Home Safes.

We just received this sheet showing different types of safes from high security safes to home safes. I thought it was just too good not share and tell you about.  Because we get so many phone calls here at Valuesafesinc.com with people wanting to store cash, jewelry, paperwork, passports, or whatever.  However, you need make the right choice for what you want to protect.  After all a bank isn’t going to store all their money in a home safe. Like wise we all need to think about security in layers. A safe of course is as good a starting point as any. But don’t forget about getting your home rekeyed by your local locksmith and having window locks. Monitored alarms are also excellent addition to any home security setup.

On the left below you will see the PM-1014 UL listed TL-15 rated safe. This one is an insurable rated vault and are commonly owned by coin collectors, people with lots of cash kept on hand, and the jewelry collector. It is also 2 hour fire rated. Bolts to any foundation for maximum security.  I believe this is actually smallest TL-15 rated safe available in the world.  Which makes it great in both home and commercial settings.

FB-450E is next on the list and this is a Fire and Burglary category.  It would rank as lower security rating when compared to the PM-1014 but still has the 2 hour fire rating.  Designed to take a beating by any thief but it would not be considered an “Insurable container” by insurance companies.  The UL rating that is below TL-15 is called RSC or Residential Security Container.  This is really just a hammer and crowbar test.  You will find it Fire and Burglary safes as well as gun safes. But it is not really considered much security.  Though it is much higher then say a home safe or office safe.

B1414E is considered a cash safe. Designed to protect just against theft. There is no fireproof material in it so really it is just a really strong steel safe.  Also bolts to the ground and is mainly used in commercial environments.  Good theft protection like the FB-450E but no fire resistance. You do save a lot of money on something like this when compared to the FB series though.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the HS-610 office safe and home safes. You really get only get a small amount theft protection but you get 2 hours of fireproof protection.  Also bolts to the ground.  I personally like 2 hour fire protection over just a single hour of fireproof. Because it really lasts through a big fire. Most fires are not found and once they are called in to the fire department it is on average 30 minutes after the fire had started before they begin to pour water on the fire. So a severe fire normally lasts longer then 1 hour. Which should then tell you that the small 30 minute fire safes are normally worthless in type of fire. I hope this helps. Follow the link to take a look at the PM-1014 series. TL-15 rated safes

Types of High Security safes

Types of High Security safes

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.

  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.

  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.

  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.

  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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TL-15 Jewelry Safe: GV-1912

Are you in the market for a new jewelry safe for your home or office? Consider the TL-15 Jewelry Safe model GV-1912 from Value Safes. Here are some of the great figures on this safe:

jewelry safe



·         Massive 2″ thick door, 5 1/4″ overall

·         Active 1 1/4″ chromed locking bolts

·         Tempered glass re-locker

·         Chrome-plated die cast handle

·         Adjustable shelves

·         Stainless fascia plates



Feel safe with your jewels and gems protected in this safe.  There is also 2 hour fire protection as well.  As far as the interior of the safe, there is 1.6 cubic feet to utilize for storage.


A safe can do more than just protect what is inside.  It gives you the opportunity to organize your jewelry as well.  This way you know where each and every piece is at all times.  This is a much safer method than storing your jewelry on top of dressers, in sock drawers or in unlocked jewelry boxes by your mirror.  You don’t have to worry about losing your precious jewels.


One of the most important factors in choosing a safe is looking at its weight.  At 640lbs TL-15 Jewelry Safe model GV-1912, it will be easily protected from burglars as well.


When considering the right safe for your home or office, keep in mind the TL-15 Jewelry Safe model GV-1912 from Value Safes.  It has great protection from fires, burglars and it is top notch when it stands against many other similar models of jewelry safes.

Shopping for Home Jewelry Safes

When shopping for home jewelry safes, there are several factors to consider. First, you want to look for a safe that is both fireproof and offers burglary protection. A fireproof safe with have ratings from 30 minutes to two hours. Look for safes that have been tested by well known companies like United Laboratories.

For burglary protection look for jewelry safes that have a U.L. Residential Security Container or a higher TL rating. You’ll also want to pay attention to the type of lock used. Some people prefer a tumbler while others are partial to newer electronic locks. Finally, when it comes to jewelry, you’ll want to find a safe that has velvet lined interiors so your jewelry won’t get scratched.

Homes and Businesses Benefit from Jewelry Safes


How many times have you heard on the news that a home in your area has been burglarized? If you are a shop owner, you are probably well aware of the problem of break ins at pawnshops and jewelry shops where thieves are looking for easy access to jewels and money. One of the best things you can do to keep your jewelry secure is to start looking into jewelry safes. You can find jewelry safes that are perfect for the home as well as for your business. Rather than waiting until it is too late, you should check out various safes and choose the one that’s right for you. If you are wanting maximum protection check out our used TRTL-30×6 Safes

Protection for Your Jewelry

If you have a large collection of jewelry or precious metals, then you have certainly already considered buying a home safe to keep them protected. There are many different types of safes that you can consider, but for large collections that have high monetary value, you should definitely not scrimp on the price or safety features of the safe. In fact, it is suggested that you accept no rating lower than a TL-15, which means that the safe will protect your valuables from safecracking tools for fifteen minutes. There are, of course, even stronger models, so choose according to the security that you need.

Construction of the TRTL-30×6 Series Jewelry Safes

TRTL-30x6 Jewelry Safes

TRTL-30x6 Jewelry Safes

We gave an overview of the TRTL-30×6 series of jewelry safes from Mutual Safes in a previous post.  This posts goes into the details of how these top of the line safes are constructed, and what sizes are available.

The TRTL-30×6 series uses a concrete material with inner and outer magnesium steel hardplates.  The concrete material contains nuggets and carbon fibers that increases its tensile strength and gives the material a density of 26,000 Psi.  The door frame and each individual bolt chamber is protected by reinforced armor plating to resist even the most determined attack.  Available locking mechanisms are UL listed Group 1 combination dial or electronic keypad.  Multiple relockers are synchronized to keep the safe locked in the event of an attack.

The TRTL-30×6 series is fireproof tested at 1750 degrees F for a period of 2 hours, without the temperature inside the safe rising above 350 degrees F.  The TRTL stands for “Torch and Tool Resistant”, and is a UL standard, one of the highest available.  These safes are available in 4 sizes — 30″ x 30″ x 32″, 43″ x 30″ x 32″, 67″ x 30″ x 32″, and 69″ x 44″ x 36″.  The safes weigh 2000, 2600, 3800 and 5500 lbs. respectively!  Value Safes carries these safes in like-new factory reconditioned versions which are priced at less than half the price of new units.  They can be seen at the following link:  TRTL-30×6 Series Jewelry Safes.

Hide Your Laptop In Your Laundry

apartment security

Living in an apartment complex can have downfalls. Even those who live in apartments with secured entrances aren’t always safe from burglars.In larger complexes, it’s impossible to know all your neighbors and their visitors. Apartments allow thieves ample opportunity to gain entrance into a building. Maybe you haven’t let anyone in after you, but your neighbors probably have. Some apartment front entrances don’t even have a lock.

Making sure your own apartment and its contents are secure should be a priority. It may not seem practical to install added security features, like wall safes or alarms, into a rented apartment, but you’ll think differently after your dwelling has been ransacked, and your possessions stolen.

If limited funds won’t permit you to buy security features, the next best bet is to choose good hiding places for your valuables. Home security experts recommend hiding things in places like: the dirty clothes hamper, in a garbage can (between the bag and the can), and in food containers (like cereal boxes).

Leaving expensive items strewn about is the worst thing to do, and don’t hide anything in your underwear drawer—robbers figured that one out a long time ago.

Sentry Safe

sentry_os3421.jpgSentry safe for business, home, and gun safes provides the maximum possible security for your needs. Sentry safe will give you peace of mind that these items are protected by a Sentry safe. Sentry safes also give you many features found in higher priced home or office safes. It gives you the choice of locking mechanism, size, interior options and custom. Sentry safe was founded in 1930 by John Brush, Sr. and Willard Punnett. Sentry safe is headquartered in Rochester, New York. The company was one of the first companies that started stamping of steel safes. Sentry safe is the main brand of the John D. Brush & Co. doing business as Sentry Group. Sentry safe is a privately held company. Sentry safe specializes in safe manufacturing. The company designs, manufactures and distributes home, business and gun safes. Sentry safes also give you many features found in higher priced home or office safes. It gives you the choice of locking mechanism, size, interior options and custom. Sentry safes can be easily affordable choice for any home. A sentry safe brings the offer of ever-expanding inventory of security products for the home and business. It’s also advanced technologically age, Sentry safe is used for theft, data media, and electronic data protection.