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.

 

 

 

Will a Personal Safe Lower Homeowner’s Insurance?

 

A person’s home is their castle. It’s the place they should feel safe and comfortable. When a person buys a standard home insurance coverage policy they are protecting themselves for those “just in case” moments when bad things could occur. Homeowner’s insurance typically pays for damage or destruction to a person’s house and their personal property.

 

Does owning and using a safe to store your valuables get you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance? Sometimes it does. It’s a smart idea to mention that you keep your expensive items locked up in a safe and see what your particular insurance company thinks about that– they may offer you a discount on your premium because the likelihood of anything bad happening to items in a safe is low.

 

sure. Because they’re locked away in a safe, these items are essentially safe from damage or destruction. Safes offer both security and fire protection– two things insurance companies appreciate.

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Some insurance companies keep a list of certain safe brands that will specifically help you get discounts. Things like “fire ratings” or the size and strength of the bolts/locks can come into play with the idea that the stronger the safe, the better chance that whatever’s in it will not be easily stolen or destroyed…hence, the insurance company can “rest easy” knowing they won’t have to pay for replacing certain valuable, expensive items since the safe is so…safe.

 

In the past, people used to think of storing their important items in a bank’s “safe deposit box.” Today, with personal safes being affordable, it makes more sense to own your own safe for use in your own home so you have unrestricted access to it at any time. Furthermore, there’s a peace-of-mind that comes from knowing where your specific valuables are being kept and that you can use your combination to open your safe to check on the items at any time.

 

When looking to buy your own safe, always buy one that’s physically bigger than you think you need at the time. Bigger is better when buying a safe as you’ll tend to fill the space up over time. Factors to consider include the thickness of the safe’s metal (or other materials), its type of locking mechanism, and its fire rating.

 

If you notice the term “TL-15,” which include some of the safes for sale on Value Safe’s website, that means the safe door can successfully resist entry for a net assault time of 15 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinders, drills or pressure devices. A TL-30’s safe door can pass the same test for 30 minutes. Do note, however, that this does not include attacks on the sides or top. If you want a safe that is extremely strong on all 6 sides, choose a TRTL-30X6, which can withstand a 30 minute torch/tool attack on all 6 sides of the safe.

 

As for fire ratings, consider purchasing a safe that offers at least a minimum of 1 hour fire protection. Keep in mind that no safe is totally fireproof…most safes, however, are quite fire resistant and able to withstand 30 to 150 minutes of fire.

 

Safes keep your valuables safe. Remember to ask your insurance company if they offer any discounts for owning and using safes to store your most valuable assets.
 

 

Why Should All Hotels Have Safes Available to Their Customers?

Staying in a hotel is like staying in a home away from home. It’s where you sleep, wash up, relax, get ready for the day, and sometimes eat. So, when you stay at a hotel, you want all of the amenities that your home offers: coziness, cleanliness, and safety. Out of the three, the main component of your stay that is difficult to change yourself is the safety of you, your family, and your belongings. Is the hotel in a safe location? Do your doors have a reliable lock? Is there a safe for all of your valuable belongings?

 

Most hotels provide their customers with the things they need to stay safe: peep holes in the doors, at least one lock for the door, and sometimes even a safe for the customer’s belongings. Depending on the occasion, customers may bring expensive items along with them on their travels. For example, if a family is traveling to watch another family member or friends get married, they may be carrying expensive gifts, jewelry, or clothing with them. Or, if a couple is on vacation, they may have a lot of money traveling with them. Hotel rooms that are equipped with safes help customers to feel safer and at ease knowing that their treasured belongings are safe as well.

 

Value Safes, Inc. is a company that offers a diverse array of safes, locks, and services for both. Having experience is a plethora of locks and safes, Value Safes, Inc. knows a protective safe versus a weak safe, how to unlock small locks for people’s homes or even small items, to industrial sized locks for commercial businesses. With such expertise in these areas, Value Safes, Inc. could easily equip you or your business with trusty locks or safes to fit your needs.

 

 

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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Biometic Locks – Good or Bad

We all know that technology of the future is being developed every day and some of it is pretty far out there.  I’m sure many people find themselves thinking “wow, I never thought that idea would take off.”  It just so happens I am personally not a fan of Biometric safes.

Although this is supposed to be one of the most secure lock styles available, there are certainly flaws with the idea.  Safes with biometric locks generally come with the capability of programming so many prints into the lock – making it accessible by a certain group of people.  However, most people don’t think of that, and only program their own personal print.  In this case, if that person is away on vacation and has documents in the safe that are needed right away, they can’t just give their code to a friend and have them open it.  This is frustrating for the owner of the safe.

I came across a blog the other day writing about Biometric Safes.  The author points out good points, that it is the safe of the future and many thieves don’t mess with them, however it doesn’t point out the headache it can cause the customer. Until these locks are more user friendly and bugs are worked out of them, I suggest sticking with an electronic lock, in my personal opinion.

Safes are key to a good business security plan

When you think about the security of the valuables, cash and important documents used by your business, one of the first things that should come to mind is safes.  A good bolted down safe can keep burglars from getting to these valuable items – they’ll have to settle for what’s easiest to take if they break in.  Think about the documents or computer backup data that would be nearly impossible to replace if lost in a burglary or a fire.

So a good burglary rated, fireproof safe is a must for any business.  Check to make sure the safe is rated in both of these areas.  Some common burglary ratings are UL TL 15 and TL 30.  Some commone fireproof ratings are a 1 hour or 2 hour fireproof rating.  These ratings mean that these safes have been tested to withstand burglars attempts to open them and tested under actual fire conditions.  If you need to safeguard valuable computer backup media, make sure you get a special media fireproof safe, as these have a much stricter rating to ensure that your media would not be damaged during a fire.