Ways to Prevent a Residential Burglary [Infographic]

 

Protecting your home can be one of the hardest jobs to perfect. Your house holds some, if not all of your most prized possessions such as the stash of money you have saved for years, your family’s heirlooms, jewelry, expensive technology and most importantly, your family. Although it may not seem to be an extremely common occurrence, residential burglaries actually happen about every 15 seconds and over 5,400 burglaries happen per day. Even if you believe that you are living in a safe community, a burglary can happen to anyone at any time. There are many safety precautions that you can take in order to keep your home and your belongings safe from being stolen or damaged.

 

Don’t be a show off – if you leave certain belongings that can be seen from pedestrians and drivers outside your house, they are now knowledgeable of some of the things you own, and possibly a perception that you may own other particular items. This can be dangerous because it may:

o   Draw attention and lure others to your property

o   Lead others to suspect you of owning valuable items

o   If the item is in an open space, a passerby may easily snatch it up and take it with them

 

Leave lights on – If burglars believe that someone is home, they are less likely to approach the property or the house. Leaving the lights on is one of the most common signs of making it known to others that somebody is home in the household.

 

  • Another way to “trick” burglars is to place a home security sign in plain sight in your yard so that they think it will be difficult to enter into your home.

 

Be careful where you leave your spare key – The best option would be to not leave a spare key around the outskirts of your home, but if it’s a must for your household, make sure it is hidden very well. Place it in a space that only you and your family members are aware of and can find. Make sure you don’t make it obvious when grabbing your spare key from the hidden place because people walking or driving by may pick up on your secret location.

 

Make arrangements when you leave town – If you are planning to leave for an extended period of time or even just a few days, make your trusted neighbors, friends, or family aware, so that they can periodically check on your home to make sure all is well.

 

  • Have somebody collect your mail or have your post office stop your mail while you are away. If a burglar notices that mail is piling up in your mailbox that is an instant notification that nobody is home.

 

Though sometimes burglaries are unable to be stopped, you can help lessen the effects of the occurrence by taking precautions. One of the safest and most helpful in protecting your treasured items is a value safe. Value Safes Inc. is a company that specializes in all different strengths and sizes of safes. Since this is a family run business, they know the importance of home safety and the significance of up keeping a home in a safe manner. Value Safes Inc. offers a large variety of quality safes for any of your personal belongings that need to be kept safe and stowed away.

 

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Top 5 Reasons to Invest in a Safe

If you keep abreast of what’s happening in the world today, the news is dire. From natural disasters to civil unrest, we are living in dangerous times. Add to that what you see on your daily newscasts: burglaries, fires and floods happen all too often, and though the chances that you won’t have to personally deal with those situations is slim, there’s always the potential for bad things to occur.

 

Here are 5 reasons why you should store your important papers, cash, cards/passports/passwords, jewelry and other items in a strong, durable safe:

 

5) A safe is the safest place to put all your most important paperwork together in one place. Rather than have to look through several folders, cabinets and storage spaces in your home to find your birth certificate, savings bonds, and/or life insurance policy, putting all your vital records in one safe makes them easy and quick to find. Organized people– and those who want to be more organized– truly benefit from having a safe to place all their important paperwork together in one place.

 

4) Some safes are conveniently portable. You can move them as needed, away from flood waters or fires in the home if there’s time to do so. Think about it this way: if you woke up to smoke in your bedroom and had to get out of the house in 5 minutes, wouldn’t you like to know your most vital papers and items are all in a safe you can pick up and rush out of the house with? Yes!Safes

 

3) Other safes are not easily moved, and this is a good thing if thieves break into your home looking to steal stuff– they can’t take what they can’t easily access. Did you know, by the way, that a burglary occurs approximately every 15 seconds in the United States and, on average, results in a dollar loss of about $1,600? Furthermore, only about 15 percent of stolen property gets recovered by police. Thus, it’s better to be “safe” than sorry, right?

 

2) Many safes are fireproof and can withstand extremely hot temperatures, saving your paperwork, computer discs, microfilm or any other form of media from burning up or melting into oblivion. Do you have important family photographs you don’t want to lose? Store them in a fireproof safe “just in case” there’s ever a fire at your home. Same goes for paperwork like estate-planning documents, stock certificates and other papers you want to protect from fires. Did you know that The National Fire Protection Association says that during an average lifetime, there’s a one in four chance of experiencing a household fire large enough to warrant calling the fire department? Keep important stuff in a fireproof safe.

 

1) Safes are generally water resistant or waterproof. Therefore, if a fire (or flood) occurred, and any paperwork not stored in a safe got ruined by water, having items in a safe that weren’t ruined by water could be a godsend during the aftermath when you need to show those papers to others to get your life back in order.

 

When you’re ready to buy a safe, don’t hesitate to call Value Safes at 1-877-629-6214 for help in choosing the one that best meets your needs.

 

How To Keep Your Business Safe

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One thing to keep in mind when running or owning a business of your own is how you’re going to keep things safe. There are many valuable possessions you will acquire over time, such as revenue from your business and you’ll want a way to keep things like these safe in case of emergency. Purchasing a safe for your business is a great way to ensure the security of your belongings and these are the reasons why.

 

The first reason for this is that your valuables are protected from an event of theft taking place. Purchasing a good safe is going to keep any intruder from walking into your place of business and taking anything from you. Not only will it protect it from other people outside your business, but it will also secure your belongings in the event that a natural disaster occurs. Many times freak accidents take place like fires or floods and places of business are destroyed, along with everything inside of them. Most safes will prevent this from happening due to their superior durability.

 

Safes are also one of the most cost effective ways to protect your personal or business items as well. You might have to pay a decent chunk of money to purchase a top of the line model, however this purchase will last years to come, and the fact that your important info and items are safe will mean a great deal. Finally, you will always remember where you put the most important aspects when it comes to your business when using a safe. Not only will you know where to always find your things, but in case something happens to you, your loved ones will know exactly where to find it as well.

 

 

What to Get Your Favorite Prepper for Mother’s Day

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For those who were caught unaware, Mother’s Day this year is May 10th.
 
If your mother is a prepper, then you may wish to reconsider what it is you’re getting her this year. Practical gifts are the best for those who are always trying to be prepared.
 
Below is a list of things you will want to get your prepper mom for Mother’s Day.
 

Mothers Planning on Bugging Out

 
For mothers who are bugging out and going to a different location, there are certain things they will want to have with them at all times.
 
Pantyhose: This is a versatile tool that mothers should have in their bug out bag. If pantyhose are worn under socks, it can help to minimize blistering and friction. Not only this, but they will help you stay warmer, keep ticks and chiggers away, and can even be used as a fishing net if need be.
 
Tactical Scarf: These scarves are very helpful for braving the elements. They can be wrapped around your head, neck and shoulders in various ways depending on the use. You can cover your mouth, protect your head from the son, or even use it as a shield against dust particles that are in the air.
 
Hand Cranked Phone Charger: It isn’t as likely that you will find outlets to plug a phone in, so you will need to resort to this helpful. These phone chargers are great for when you need to make an emergency phone call. One minute of hand cranking is roughly the same as four minutes of talk time. It’s pretty small too, so it fits in go bags easily.
 
72 Hour Infant Kit: Prepardness Mama went through the trouble of outlining what should be included in one of these kits. Many mothers are traveling with a baby so it’s important to think of the needs of both people.  Here are some sample items of what can be included in this kit:
 

  • Formula (powdered only) with at least 48 scoops worth.diaper bag
  • 2-5 bottles and nipples.
  • Burp rags or small blankets.
  • Hand warmers.
  • Teething tablets or gel.
  • 2 Pacifiers
  • Baby powder/diaper rash cream
  • Baby wrap/carrier

 
First Aid Kit: Health is always important to keep in the forefront of your mind when thinking about bugging out. This first aid kit from First Aid Product had a wide range of things you may need on the go and will make you feel prepared to take on whatever comes your way.
 

Mothers Planning on Homesteading

 
For many mothers it’s easier to homestead and keep their children in a safe place. You begin to think about how to make your location safest for your home without compromising your preparedness. It could be small things like coloring books and toys to keep them busy, or it could include survival training for your kids.
 
Below is a comprehensive list of gifts for prepper moms.
 
Get Her a Dog: Many dogs can be trained to be watchdogs. Whether it’s used simply to bark when someone comes near the home, or to ward off others from coming near, getting your mom a furry companion can not only give her extra attention, it could help save her.
 
Soap Making Supplies: When it comes to homesteading, making your own supplies is really going to come in handy. Soap is something that will be necessary for hygiene, but it will also be great to use for bartering or selling to a possible community.
 
Sewing Supplies: Just like soap and other hygienic products, knowing how to make your own clothes and linens is a must. This Mother’s Day, get her something she can really use in order to be self reliant.
 
fire and burglary safeGardening Tools: Your mom may need some soil or new tools in order to help her grow her own food. Not only will this make it so she has her own supply of food, but you wouldn’t have to worry about ingesting pesticides and other negative elements that can be found in foods from the grocery store.
 
Food Storing: As Mom with a Prep shows us, there are many things you can do in order to store your own food. You can get her jars, a vacuum sealer or a dehydrator. There are plenty of tools to stock mom’s kitchen with in order to keep the food supply consistent all year round.
 
Safes: If you’re homesteading then it is safe to say you will have valuables there. You should invest in a safe to hide guns, ammo, and anything else you wouldn’t want others to get into.
 
 
 
 

Still Not Sure?

 
If your mom already has these things or seems to have everything, then it might be time to turn them toward further knowledge. It’s always good to learn something new, particularly if they’re on their own. Blogs like A Girl’s Prep Guide cover topics that women specifically need to face whether they are homesteading or bugging out.
 
This Mother’s Day, get her something that she will be able to use every day.
 

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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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Some Things to Know When Buying a Safe

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Not all home safes are the same, and the safe that you purchase must suit your particular needs. When buying a safe you need to take into consideration exactly what you are using it to hold. You definitely something that is waterproof, fireproof, and will survive inclement weather.
 

Finding a Good Professional

 
The first thing you must do is find a safe company you can trust, with people you feel will advise you well. This will require some legwork on your part, but it will be worth it in the end. So take the time to do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask for second and third opinions.
 

Gun Safes

 
Guns are dangerous weapons and not all safes offer you protection. Gun safes are all shapes and sizes. Many people opt for a cabinet, but that will never protect you from burglary or unauthorized use of the gun.
 
The thickness of the safe is paramount. The better gun safes come with doors that are at least ½” thick. And it is advisable to spend the extra money to protect your valuables.
 
Fire ratings are very important. A rating of at least one hour is the minimum you should get. To have a safe independently tested it should be a test of at least 90 minutes. Not all gun safes are good for important documents or cash.
 

Fireproof Safes

 
A fireproof safe may not be burglar proof. Fireproof safes are really fire resistant and use a thinner gauge metal that can be easily sawed through. So don’t put highly valued things in a fireproof safe.
 

Burglar Fire Safes

 
A highly rated burglar fire safe will be both resistant to fire and thief. The rating is dependent upon how much the items you place inside are valued. Also, try to anticipate what items you may want to store in a safe so that you are not caught with one too small for your needs a few years down the line.
 

Floor Safes

 
They may be surrounded by concrete, but floor safes do not protect against fire as they have no fire-retardant material in them. Floor safes are a good protection against thievery, however, and coins, precious metals, and jewelry can be kept in a floor safe.
 

Wall Safes

 
Wall safes, though popular in films, are not burglar proof. Their walls are constructed of thin gauges steel, and they can easily be saws out of the wall. So highly valued items should only be kept there for a short time. Wall safes can be good for medications that you don’t want your kids to get into.
 

Data/Media Safes

 
For things like film, photos, CD’s and DVD’s, a data/media safe is essential. These items are very sensitive to humidity and temperature and the safes do their work by keeping the temperature lower than 135 degrees, and the humidity below 85%. These safes are not burglar proof, but there are data/media safes that do offer some burglar protection.
 

Where to Place a Safe

 
First of all, consider how much you will be using your safe and put it in a place that you know you will visit. Also, don’t put it in a dark corner or you won’t be able to see the lock or what’s inside. If you choose a dark spot for your safe, use an electronic lock. That should solves vision problems. Also, very heavy safes need to be bolted to a concrete floor. Not a wood floor.
 
Choosing the correct safe for your needs is a process, and there are professionals out there who can help you through it.
 

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This Could Save Your Life in 2015: Be Safe at Home, Work, and School

 
Safety is something that everyone should be thinking about, regardless of where they are. The fact of the matter is that no matter where you are, you have to think about protecting yourself, the ones you love, and your valuables.
 

Keeping You Safe at Home

 
According to Safewise, 60% of burglars will use forcible entry into your home, while a staggering 30% can get into your home without any force at all- they come in through unlocked doors and windows! First and foremost, always make sure windows and doors are locked. This could mean the difference of someone walking away with your stuff unnoticed. According to this PDF from the Bureau of Justice Statistics there are also many victims of violence when burglary is committed- so it’s not just your belongings to be worried about.
 
There are some fairly inexpensive ways to deter burglars from your home. One is to enlist the help of friends whenever you’re away on vacation- have them collect mail and newspapers for you, so that no one is tipped off that you’ve been gone. Also, keeping your lawn neatly trimmed will give burglars less places to hide and even make them easier to spot. A Secure Life even suggests having a dog around, so they can help protect the home. Lastly, pretend there are people inside, even if no one is home. You can leave the TV/lights on, or you can pretend to wave to an imaginary person, so anyone who is watching will think there is someone inside.
 

Keeping Your Valuables Safe at Home


 
high security safeIf you have valuables in your home that you want to keep safe, consider investing in a high security safe. These safes are wonderful for protecting valuables in your home and have some great features. Between the electronic locks, the fire resistant exteriors, and the burglary resistant handles this is a safe that would give you piece of mind about the items you wish to keep safe.
 
Even if there is a fire in your home, this safe will leave your documents, jewelry, and other valuables protected and away from the elements.
 

Keeping You Safe at Work

 
Everyone has to go to work with an assortment of characters, and with just one wrong move there are times where you can feel unsafe around them. But how do you protect yourself at work and remain professional?
 
The first thing you can do, as an employee or an employer, is to be aware that things can happen. Whether it’s a problem with a specific employee or even a complete stranger, emergencies and other negative events can occur in the work place. “I could never imagine it happening here,” a line that Mark Sanborn mentions in an Entrepreneur article, is one that is often said in regards to these sorts of tragedies at the workplace. Being realistic and aware is the first step.
 
Awareness on its own is not enough, so there are times when you will have to rely on others. Get advice from law enforcement officials about what to do in certain situations. For the employees, make sure you check with your employer to see what the emergency plans are. Drills should be performed to employees know what actions to take in certain emergencies. McGruff reminds us that there are some personal measures we can take to stay safe as well.
 
Some of these tips include not staying late at the office by yourself, and to find a way to store things like a wallet or purse in a place that is hidden, like a deep drawer at your desk. Also, if there are any visitors or strangers that make you uncomfortable at work then management should be told immediately.
 

Keeping Valuables Safe at Work


 
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This particular safe is a wall safe. These are wonderful for work because there are not as many opportunities to store safes somewhere convenient, so using your wall for space really helps. This particular model is very deep and can allow for extra storage.
 
This sturdy safe has an electronic key lock along with a one hour fire rating. Wall safes are great for accessibility, but these models won’t allow just anyone in.
 
 
 

Keeping You Safe at School

 
One place that teens and young adults really need to be safe is on their college campus. We found some really great tips from Dr. Phil’s website about how to keep you safe.
 
The first is to never walk alone. Whether its other students, faculty or strangers there are plenty of horror stories about what can happen on campuses. This is especially true if you have somewhere to go at night. Another is to limit your alcohol, or anything else that can impair judgment or reaction time, including listening to music while you walk.
 
When it comes to your dorm, there are some other tips as well. One is to make sure that your hall’s door, along with your own door, gets closed and locked. You want to protect your belongings. Along with this, make sure that you’re extra careful with your keys. You can’t always depend on your roommate to let you in, as they will probably have a different schedule than you. If you take some belongings to the library or any other public area, don’t leave your stuff alone. It’s best to do homework in a group or with a friend.
 
It’s also a good idea to know the numbers of any security, campus safety, and escort services for your campus.
 

Keeping Your Belongings Safe at School


 
drawer safe  A drawer safe is an excellent option for someone wanting to keep their belongings safe at school. It is smaller than most safes and works well for dorms rooms which can often times be small as it is. You can store important documents and other valuables; this way even your roommate won’t be able to get at everything.
 
This compact safe is perfect for your student away from home.
 
Have any questions or concerns about the safety of you, your family, or your belongings? Feel free to contact Value Safes today! We would love to hear from you!
 

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10 Things to Keep in Mind Before Purchasing a Safe

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When purchasing a safe, you have a few things to consider. In order to find the ideal safe for your needs, consider a few things about safes before making the purchase.
 
There is so much more to safes than meets the eye. You cannot simply look at safes and guess which one is best. Moreover, you should not purchase your safe solely based on price, size, or color. Think about what you want to protect, and read about the different safe types below. When you know what your best assets are, and what the risks near you home are, you’ll be able to choose the perfect safe for your needs.
 
Fireproof Safes
 
Fireproof safes are actually more fire “resistant”. This means that they will withstand heat and smoke, and water in some cases. Fireproof safes protect sentimental or important items in the event of a house fire. These safes are not meant for valuables like cash and jewelry, as they’re not designed to keep intruders out the way that security safes are. You can find fireproof, burglar safes, which are not only fireproof, but also designed to keep others out of them.
 
Burglar Fire Safes
 
Consider the BF rating. Think about the maximum value the safe can protect, and determine if it will exceed the value of your belongings over the next 10 years. If anything increases in value dramatically, you may want a new safe to reflect the content inside of it.
 
Floor Safes
 
Floor safes are great for your extremely valuable pieces, as burglars will have a much more difficult time getting into them. However, they’re not great for withstanding fires, so it’s not exactly the best place for important documents or sentimental photos.
 

Why Your Business Should Have a Safe

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If you are considering purchasing a safe for your business you may be surprised by all of the reasons that it is a smart investment for your company.  We provide a list of some of the top reasons to own a safe below.

 

Theft – this is usually the top reason for any business to buy a safe is to keep valuables protected from thieves.  A business can be vulnerable during all times of day for thieves, whether it is at night after hours, or during normal business hours as well.  This can be especially important if you are located in an area where break-ins normally occur.

 

Fires/Natural Disasters – As much as we hate to admit it, these things do happen.  If wildfires, floods, or tornadoes are something that occurs naturally in your area, it is important to know that your valuables and important documents are protected.

 

Easy Access – Everything that is important in your company or in life in general should always have its place.  Having a safe in your business ensures that everything that has value is stored correctly.  This way whenever you need to find your important documentation it is easily accessible to you when you need it.  Having this method of access will allow any important documents to be placed in a secure area, rather than in this pile, or that drawer where they can easily be misplaced, lost or thrown out.

 

As you can see there are many legitimate reasons to make the investment in having a safe for your business.  If the unfortunate event of robbery or natural disaster does happen in your office, the safe will be an invaluable asset that you will be thankful that you purchased.

Upgrade Your Strongbox to a Safe

Most people feel they can get by with a strongbox for their valuables, but the truth is that a thief can pick up a strongbox and carry it with him. A safe provides much more security for your valuables, especially if you purchase a wall safe or a floor safe that can remain hidden. Home invaders typically spend less than five minutes inside a house, and that gives them plenty of time to pick up your strongbox and leave. It will not, however, give them the time to locate or open your safe. It’s a wise upgrade to make, and you’ll enjoy the peace of mind.

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