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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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.


Should Home Safes be UL Listed?

Hmmm, good question right?  You will often find that Home Safes are in two catagories. Factory Rated 1 hour fireproof home safes or UL listed 1 hour fireproof home safes.  Factory rated means that the factory has designed the safe for what they think it would take to pass a UL test or had a less reputable testing facility test the safe. 

The guys at Underwriters Labratory are the most abusive on a product.  I have seen some factory rated products pass at half the “factory rated time!”  Such as a 2 hour rated safe lasting for only 1 hour. 

I have also seen some companies that make a fireproof home safe sent to UL for testing then get passed at 1 hour. The design gets sent off to an ultra cheap overseas manufacture facility that cuts corners and doesn’t produce the safe properly so it would never pass the UL test again.  I often find these in the big box retailers.  I challange them to take one off the shelf and get it retested and see if it passes.

Always get the advise of an expert.  Start with your local locksmith and work your way out from there. Remember, even my opinion is just that…an opinion.

Don’t Get Burned when buying fireproof safe….

Below is a great article on cheap fireproof safes.  Long after the savings of cheap quality and cheap workmanship…..the disaster of your stuff will wear on….. 

Fires can destroy lives, home and all your most valuable possessions. So it’s important to protect them. But what you may think is “safe” could be anything but! 7’s Sorboni Banerjee puts portable safes to the fire test so you “Don’t Get Burned.”

It happened in a flash… from sunshine to thunderclouds.  Before the family knew it, lightening struck their house.  A fierce fire ignited.

Mike Saraceno, fire victim
“It burnt basically all of upstairs and through the roof.”

The Saraceno family lost a lot. But the things they’d put in that safe were safe.

Mike Saraceno, fire victim
“I would have lost all that stuff.”

But 7News found that not all safes are the same when it comes to protecting your valuables in a fire. We chose three different styles and put them to the test.

The first safe is fire retardant, which means it’s resistant to catching fire. It sells for about twenty dollars. The second safe is labeled fireproof. That means it should never catch fire. This safe cost 26 dollars. And our third safe advertises it’s both fireproof and waterproof.. It’s our most expensive, at over 40 dollars.

We’re putting the same exact things in each of the safes; money, pictures inside an airtight container, DVDs, important documents, and then locking them up.

With the help of the Springfield Fire Department, we place the safes in a specially designed room and light a fire.

The room is about 1500 degrees and we have our safes on the floor though so it should be a bit cooler.

Sorboni Banerjee, 7News
“In a real house it would be even worse?”

Captain Mike Richard, Springfield Fire Department
“Yes, it would be definitely worse.”

About ten minutes later, firefighters douse the flames.

The first safe, the fire retardant one, looks like it held up ok on the outside. But inside, the contents tell a different story.

Sorboni Banerjee, 7News
“Everything is really, really wet.”

The second safe, the fireproof one shows signs of melting.

Sorboni Banerjee, 7News 
“This one is a little less damp, important documents, pictures, money is good, DVDs and other papers are pretty soggy, but not burnt.”

The third safe, which is supposed to protect valuables from fire and water, melted shut. But it’s what’s inside that matters.

Sorboni Banerjee, 7News
“Everything in the big black safe is completely dry.”

Fire experts say for maximum protection, the best bet is a fireproof and waterproof safe.

Captain Mike Richard, Springfield Fire Department
“The water can do as much damage as fire can.”

And it’s important where you put your safe.

Captain Mike Richard, Springfield Fire Department 
“The best place to put any valuables is as close to the floor as possible as long as they’re waterproof.”

For the Saraceno’s, their safe proved to be a saving grace.

Captain Mike Richard, Springfield Fire Department
“It’s a very minimal expense to give you a little piece of mind.”

And now they encourage other families to get the proper protection so you “Don’t Get Burned.”

Cobalt Safes model EM-016 1 hour fireproof Safe

 Cobalt Safes model EM-016 1 hour fireproof Safe.  Is designed the exact same as the SM-016 1 hour fireproof safe.  Except it has a keypad on it.  You will notice on the left is the turn handle to pull back the bolts.  On the right side of the keypad is the battery compartment.  It holds 4 AA size batteries.  Also has a non volatile memory.  Which means if you remove the batteries and then put them back in, you had better remember the combo because the keypad will!  Great theft deterant.

Excellant value for protection against theft and fire.  Be sure to bolt it down to your floor so it will not be carried away or leave the through bolt hole exposed.  Below is some good information on it or you can follow here to for more. EM-016

Outside Dimensions
Height: 15 3/8″
Width: 11 5/8″
Depth: 12 5/8″
Inside Dimensions
Height: 12 1/4″
Width: 8 1/2″
Depth: 8 1/2″
54 lbs.
  • 1 hour fireproof
  • Pre-drilled anchor hole
  • (2) 6 number digital lock
  • (1) steel shelf
  • 1 1/2″ wall thickness
  • 2 1/2″door thickness
  • (2) 5/8″ solid steel chrome plated bolts
  • (1) stationary hinge side bolt
  • (4) AA external batteries
  • Non-volatile memory

Cobalt Safe SS-031D Fireproof Safe

Cobalt Safe model SS-031D. Is the most  popular in the line up of Fireproof Home Safes.  Its also the largest.  Why is it so popular? I’m not 100% sure.  But the comments I get on it range from “Most size for money”, “Pull out drawer and adjustable shelf”, “Its big but its not too cumbersome”.

I will say this, the picture is a fairly acurate picture of the safe except you can’t see the black pull out tray that is also included.  You can see the adjustable shelf with the door open.  You also get a good view of the bolts on the door opening side.  However, there are also fixed bolts on the hinge side to add support and strength against crow bar attacks.  Though its primary purpose is not strength against burglary but it is strength against fire!  A solid 1 hour fire rating. 

The Cobalt Safe SS-031D is steel lined hole in the bottom of the safe to bolt down to your foundation to keep the safe from being carried off.  It is important to note that when you buy a safe you are buying “Time” time against fire and time against theft.  If you live in a high crime area and you want to keep 50k of cash and jewelry in this safe, then this is not the safe for you.  This safe is made it hold important papers, some cash, some jewelry, a pistol or other medium size items.  It will hold up against a prybar attack in that it would be classified as “resistant” but not for an extended period.  You will notice I like to “under sell” most safes.  Which means I’m not going to push a safe like some kind of late night infomercial selling Ginsu Chopping Knives!  But hopefully give you as realistic picture of the safe and its intended purpose. 

That being said this is an excellant Fire safe to protect against fire and protect against “light” theft or sticky fingers as I like to say. Go here to see a model SS-031D or the rest of the fireproof home safes.