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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Sentry Safe EQ5433

Sentry Safe EQ5433 is what is called an Executive Safe.  Yes, it looks like a gun safe but notice the shelves in it from top to bottom.  This type of safe is NOT a Fireproof Safe. However, it is a step up in burglary protection.  In the fact it has a UL rating of a “RSC” or Residential Security Container.  What does RSC mean in English? Ahhhh grasshopper, let me tell you what Sentry Safe has been up to!UL Listed Residential Security Rating (TQDE):A safe which has a Group 2 lock must resist an attack test conducted by a professional locksmith with knowledge of the workings of the safe using such tools as chisels, pry bars, and variable speed drills for 5 minutes.  Please note that it will take a lot longer for the average thief to break into this safe.  Also, 5 minutes is a long time huffing, puffing, and prying to get into this safe.  Especially when you realize the average home break in last between 3-8 minutes.  You also need to keep in mind that when a thief is entering your home.  He is coming in empty handed and wants to leave with his hands full.  He is not toting crowbars, sledge hammers, and drills with him! So a safe with an RSC label is a very good safe.  It is important to bolt this safe to the floor in order to take advantage of all its security features.

This Sentry safe also has a group II lock on it.  Which is a very good lock.  Also rated by UL as a quality comination dial lock.  That is often something people forget about, the quality of the lock.  They just look at the safe and not how its made or what materials were used. 

Shelving is adjustable or can be removed all together.  Not a huge selection in colors just green or black. Be sure to call us to specify which color you want or we will call you after you place your order.  This safe also has organizational features in it such as the bungee cords and door back organizer which is handy once you start getting it full of stuff. Overall I like this safe.  Good burglary protection and a large compartment for storage of stuff at an affordable price.  Sentry Safe has done a good job with the model EQ5433. You will find it on our Discount Gun Safes page.

Gun Safes, Sentry G6211

Sentry Gun Safe G6211.  Is a larger size Gun Safe. NON Fireproof Gun Safe.  Many folks are looking at the price of this gun safe and jumping on it.  But be aware it is not fire rated.  However, it is CDOJ certified.  Stonger steel and better locking bolt system than is its smaller version the Go135.  They have gotten away from the key and gone with a dial.  Which makes it feel more like a safe.  Good storage space and has good interior.  Sentry Safes are one of the few manufactures that are still making a non fireproof gun safe.  So there is not much else in the industry to use as a  comparison to this model. 

I would like to point out a few of the features.  The Sentry Gun Safe model G6211 is the first of its line up to use a real bolt work system on the safe.  It also has drill resistant hardplate in the lock. What is drill resistant hardplate you ask?  Ahh grasshopper let me explain.  Hardplate is placed over the interior portion of the lock to protect it from being drilled.  It is not uncommon for a thief to attack a safe by first taking a hammer to the dial and knocking it off.  But by doing this he is only making it much harder to break into it.  Because the hardplate is protecting the most important part of the lock.  At this point, the thief had better brought a blow torch.  You see the hardplate cannot be drilled but must be melted.  This super strong steel plate is what helps this safe be CDOJ (California Dept. of Justice) certified gun safe. 

Now I can anticipate your next question.  “How do I get in the safe if the thief breaks off the dial?”  Well, thats what our good friend the locksmith makes his living doing. 

To sum up this brief look at the Sentry Gun Safe model G6211. I would call one of the largest Non Fireproof Gun Safes on the market.  Quality is typical Sentry Safe…which is “affordable Chinese Import” (affordable…I think that was very tactful of me).  The pry resistant door is much better door than the small GO135.  But it can still be crowbared after about 5-10 minutes of wrestling with it. (I know this because I have done it just to test it.)  Which is a long time when you consider the average home break in lasts about 3-8 minutes.  Also, at this price range you may want to look at some of the smaller models with fireproof protection. Its not that much more in price but it offers more value.  And thats what we are about at www.ValueSafes.com so check out this model on our site under the heading marketed Safes Discount Gun Safes.

  • 10 long-gun maximum storage capacity
  • Combination lock with lever handle
  • Solid steel, pry-resistant door
  • 3 steel live-locking bolts/3 dead bolts
  • Concealed hinges
  • Hardened steel plate protects lock from drill attack
  • Carpeted interior
  • Adjustable shelf
  • Flush floor for easy access
  • Floor compartment
  • Door back organizational hooks
  • Bungee organizational system
  • Bolt-down hardware included
  • Color: Green/brass hardware
  • Color: Black/brass hardware
  • 1 year Limited Warranty

Sentry Safes Gun Safe model GO135

Sentry Gun Safe model GO135.  Meets CDOJ (California Department of  Justice) standards for a Gun Safe.  Hmmmmm, this an inexpensive unit with NO fireprotection.  Ideal for locking away up to 5 guns to keep the kids out.  Nice high security key for the lock.  It is a pry resistant door but in my personal opinion it will only keep the honest people out.  Give a thief a crowbar and a few minutes…I belive he can get inside without too much effort.  Sentry Safe is really trying to reach the standard of “A Gun Safe for Every Gun in America“.  This is a good thing to have this safe available. It would be rough on everyone if all Gun Safes had a starting price of $1000!

If you are operating on tight budget and need to lock away your guns.  This will do what you need it to do.  I would compare the steel to more like you would find on a gym locker.  This is really a beginner Gun Safe by Sentry Safes. 

You find these located on our Discount Gun Safes page.  I have this page as an accumulation of entry level import Gun Safes.  Many of the Safes on this page are excellant and a very good value for your dollar.  But if you start to get confused and your eyes start rolling back into your head, call us.  I can make it quick and painless on you.  So feel free to visit us at www.Valuesafes.com

  • Eight lever security key lock with double-bit key
  • Five long-gun maximum storage capacity
  • Solid steel, pry-resistant door
  • Two steel live-locking bolts
  • Concealed hinges
  • Non Fire Rated