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

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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Impenetrable TL 30 Safe

aabb.jpgPawn shops, jewelers, and credit unions all use TL 30 safes because they are top of the line and nearly impenetrable. These are the safes you store your diamonds and gold. The safe has several re-lockers and hard plate on top of hard plate, with ball bearings sandwiched between layers.

These handmade safes by the Hayman Safe Company can also be used in homes. Use a TL 30 safe to store your valuable collections and jewels. In fact, if your collection exceeds what your home insurance policy covers, you will get a discount for using a TL 30 under a supplemental rider policy. The reason insurance companies offer a discount for TL 30 safe users is that the safe is virtually impossible to break into. Secure your valuables today with a TL 30 safe!

Stronger Safes for More Valuable Belongings

The TRTL-30×6 safe is built with compressed concrete that encased within magnesium steel hard plates. The TRTL tells you that the safe will resist torches and hand tools, while the 30 tells you that the safe is resistant to these tools for at least thirty minutes. The 6 in the rating means that all six sides of the safe contain the same amount of security. These safes are excellent choices for households that have large and extremely valuable belonging, such as fur coats or family heirlooms. These safes are also fireproof up to 1750 degrees for two hours. There is not a better safe for home use.

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.