Safes Provide Homeowners with Peace of Mind

Residential SafesDue to the success of shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and Storage Wars, our most prized items has been thrusted into the spotlight like never before. Is it because we have a greater appreciation for family, heritage, and history? Or is it because we have lost faith in the economy, in banks, in fellow man, that we have no choice but to put a price tag on these special items? It’s probably a combination of the two, but at Value Safes, we vote for the latter. For almost ten years, we have been seemingly in recovery mode, living on a seesaw of unpredictability. The only thing left for us to put our faith in is our prized possessions. Do we sell or do we store? The answer is not a simple one, but we think you should protect and store them.

 

There are many disasters that can occur, whether that be a fire, flood, break-in, or another calamity. This spring and summer has seen all of those things and more; there are wildfires raging out west, there were floods in Texas and Oklahoma, and crime rates in metro areas have seen a spike. The world is telling you to insure and protect your valuables, the ones that are impossible to replace. You may not have faith in banks or Wall Street, but you can have faith in our safes. Whether you need to store items like jewels, rarities like antique books, or important documentation like birth certificates, marriage certificates, and more, our safes will provide you with peace of mind, and that is something that is truly hard to come by nowadays.

 

Isn’t that what summer is all about though? Enjoying your days and nights while you can rest easy knowing that your most prized items are safe and sound. There are many blog posts that deal with being happy and healthy in the summertime, like working out or eating better, or simply spending more time outdoors; what these blog posts don’t inform you is that the true secret to being happy and healthy is knowing that the things you care about the most are safe (pun intended!) and sound.

A Real Life Example that Shows the Importance of Safes

Theives In the hit movie Fight Club, the film’s antagonist Tyler Durden says, “The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” That is a certainly a nihilistic statement, but it makes sense; we place  a lot of value into the things that we own that they end up owning us. Is that really a bad thing though? Do we want to be truly free? We’re probably getting a little too philosophical here, but our main point is that we care about the things that we own; they are, to put it mildly, how we make our mark on this world. They are our fossil record, what we pass along to future generations, our heirlooms, what we worked so hard in this life to acquire, own, and hold onto?

 

If possessions are indeed frivolous, as Tyler Durden seems to be suggesting, why are people so shattered and heartbroken when they lose those items, either by burglary or debt? The answer is simple: possessions aren’t frivolous. Try telling that to this couple in Waikato, New Zealand, who recently had centuries of heirlooms stolen over the course of a night.

 

Maybe not centuries of heirlooms, but definitely a century of heirlooms were stolen from the home of Carol and Alan Way during daylight hours. In the Waikato Times, Phillipa Yalden writes, “Thieves went through very room, drunk juice from the fridge, and smashed down the locked Rimu door of the couple’s bedroom to swipe family jewelry and heirlooms dating back four generations. She [Carol] believes the thieves must have been in the house long enough to rummage through each room, loading items into bags and even hunting down a vintage bottle of homebrew brandy. A half-drunk carton of apple juice from the fridge was found strewn by the creek.”

 

SafesThe thieves picked the house clean, like a carrion bird picking apart the body of some dead animal. There was nothing left. Their entire history of emotions and family were swiped by burglars and the couple is in a state of shock, as if they lost a large chunk of themselves. Now they’re suffering from their loss, knowing something is beating inside their heart, a memory, an item, but when they try to grab it, there’s nothing there. In Carol’s words, “I am absolutely, even the cameo brooch I wore at my mother’s funeral is gone, everything has a memory to them.” That’s what we always say  Value Safes – everything has a memory to them. That’s why it’s ultra-important to make sure they are in a secure and safe location. Unfortunately, Carol and Alan did not have one of our safes. If they did, they would still have their treasured items.

 

Other items that were stolen include memorabilia from ‘Moody’s Milkbar’, a store that Carol’s father opened up in 1947, an old-fashioned tin with racing horses on the front, the etched Fob watch engraved with Carol’s great grandmother’s initials, a pendant from her great grandfather’s collection, a stack of Kathmandu jackets, and more. Literally, a treasure trove of important family items, things that can’t ever be replaced. The couple is working with local police and reaching out on social media to try to get to the bottom of this mess and hopefully get their family history back.

 

At Value Safes, we make sure that this kind of tragedy will never happen to you. Contact us today to learn more.

 

 

 

Ways to Prevent Home Burglaries

One of the easiest crimes to prevent is a burglary. Though it may be difficult to know of or to prevent the trespassing of an individual, you are the one who can control the safety of your valuables. Depending on your neighborhood, having a safe to secure your valuable belongings can quite possibly be a necessity. But, surprises are thrown at us all the time; even the safest houses and neighborhoods can suffer from burglaries from time to time.

 

 

Another way that your goods and valuables may be stolen or destroyed is by natural disasters, house fires, or floods. By keeping your most valuable goods in a safe place, you can prevent them from being burned in a fire, soaked in a flood, or being lost with debris during storms, tornadoes, or hurricanes. Why chance it?

 

Some of the Most Common Stolen Items from Homes:

  •   Money
  •   Precious jewelry and expensive metals, plaques, or trophies
  •   Expensive office equipment
  •   Firearms
  •   Medications
  •   Cell phones, laptops, tablets

 

Can you imagine having any of these items stolen from your possession in the blink of an eye? Why take the risk, invest in a safe today.

 

Value Safes, Inc. is a company that specializes in keeping their customer’s items safe. Offering safety and security containers and storage of all different sizes, shapes, and protection intensity, this company has something for keeping your valuables safe. Not all safes are what you probably think – large, difficult for even the owner to unlock, and spacious. With Value Safes, you can choose from a selection of safes and storages of all different sizes that will fit into any nook or cranny in your house. Also offered are safes that are fireproof, waterproof, and humidity proof to secure any perishable belongings.

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.

 

Load and Lock: The Importance of Gun Safes

Gun SafesMost firearm owners know the importance of safely handling and storing their guns, not to mention ensuring that they are out of the reach of children or others in the home who should not have access to firearms. Gun safes are great for maintaining a secure and protected location to keep your rifles, pistols and any ammunition or accessories.

 

Firearm safes have been around for many years as one of the most common methods of securing guns within a home or business. In addition to other locking devices, like trigger locks and loading indicators, safes prevent unintentional tampering or access by children by keeping your guns not only out of their sight, but also out of their reach.

 

In fact, gun safes are one of the best ways to remain in compliance with the law in some states. In Massachusetts, firearms must always be kept in either a sealed and locked container or outfitted with a tamper-resistant locking mechanism, according to the Law Center to Prevent Gun Violence. In addition, California, Connecticut and New York also mandate locks in certain circumstances, such as during sales or if cohabitating with individuals with a criminal record or history of mental health. Seven other states also require locks in sales situations.

 

Gun safes also generally are large enough to accommodate any extra ammunition that you may have. While most people think that locking up a gun is sufficient, if a child gets access to live rounds, they may inadvertently set it off, which could result in a tragic accident. Securing your ammunition with your gun keeps them both secure, and offers the added bonus of allowing you to keep everything you need for enjoyment of your firearm in one convenient place.

 

Many safes are also capable of holding additional paperwork or valuables, making them a great option for keeping treasured items and any important documents for your firearm, your business or even your personal information. Value Safes carries a great selection of Winchester gun safes to keep your firearms. Available in a range of colors, styles and sizes, you’re sure to find the perfect option for your home. Take a look at our inventory, or give us a call today for more information.

 

 

Depository safes are ideal for keeping large amounts of cash

Depository Safes

Depository safes are safes that don’t require opening in order for items to be stored in them.  They allow you to give an employee the ability to add something to the safe without them knowing the combination or pin number to the safe.  They are ideal for keeping large amounts of cash during the day.  You should move the cash to a more secure safe or to the bank at night, though.  Depository safes are designed to keep someone from “fishing” the contents back out through the opening, but they’re not burglar-proof.

If you make it a policy for your employees to make a deposit of large bills or whenever the cash register contains a certain amount, a depository safe could save you a lot of money during a robbery.  Even if you happen to be there when a robbery takes place, you can claim ignorance to the combination.  But be careful, the robber may have cased the store and know that you’re the owner or manager – no amount of money is worth risking your life over.  For more information about depository safes.

What is a Fireproof Safe?

FireKing fireproof safe

A fireproof safe is a type of safe that is designed to protect its contents from high temperatures or actual fire. Fire resistant safes are usually rated by the amount of time they can withstand the extreme temperatures a fire produces, while not exceeding a set internal temperature (e.g. less than 350ºF over 30 minutes). Models are typically available between half-hour and four-hour durations.

An in-floor safe installed in a concrete floor is very resistant to fire.

Both the standards witting for fire-resistance and actual testing of safes is performed by Underwriters Laboratories in the USA.