Sentry Safes general quality comments on Fireproof Safes

January 22nd, 2008

I have been getting a lot of questions in regards to safes and quality of different brands.   So I am taking some time to address a well known brand. Sentry Safe. 

Many of Sentry Safes products are good to fair quality at a really great price.   Please keep in mind what they are advertised for and how they should be used is sometimes two different things.  What absolutely blows my bannanas is when a customer carrys their Sentry “burglar/fireproof” safe by the handle into the shop and say they need it open right away because they lost the keys. 

First notice they CARRIED it into the shop!  The only thing “buglar safe” on this is that the burglar will not hurt himself when he walks out with all your stuff in a neat and handy carry all container!

Second their jaw hits the floor when I am able to pick the lock by putting almost anything into the keyhole and jiggling it.  When the dial or keypad break it takes only a couple of seconds with a medium crow bar to open the safe. Customers are shocked when they watch me do this.

On a positive note they are fireproof but just read the fine print on duration of fireproofing.  I will often suggest using a Sentry fireproof safe inside a larger safe to act as a  “cooler” to keep data and media protected from fire.  Putting a small Sentry inside a 350 degree fire rated safe will add the extra protection to your media related material.  Cd’s, harddrives, and other computer related material like to stay at 125 degrees and will be lost or coorupted at higher temperatures.  

One last item in regards to quality.  I talked with a man that owned a nursery and kept the business books, some cash, and papers in a Sentry Safe.  He said he has been through 3 Sentry Safes in the last 10 years.  He liked them because of the price.  After discussing how much he paid for the 3 safes and how he uses them, we came to the conclusion that it would have been more affordable if he had only bought 1 good quality commercial safe.

Written by zack

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