Compare Types of High Security Safes from TL-15 rated to Home Safes.

We just received this sheet showing different types of safes from high security safes to home safes. I thought it was just too good not share and tell you about.  Because we get so many phone calls here at Valuesafesinc.com with people wanting to store cash, jewelry, paperwork, passports, or whatever.  However, you need make the right choice for what you want to protect.  After all a bank isn’t going to store all their money in a home safe. Like wise we all need to think about security in layers. A safe of course is as good a starting point as any. But don’t forget about getting your home rekeyed by your local locksmith and having window locks. Monitored alarms are also excellent addition to any home security setup.

On the left below you will see the PM-1014 UL listed TL-15 rated safe. This one is an insurable rated vault and are commonly owned by coin collectors, people with lots of cash kept on hand, and the jewelry collector. It is also 2 hour fire rated. Bolts to any foundation for maximum security.  I believe this is actually smallest TL-15 rated safe available in the world.  Which makes it great in both home and commercial settings.

FB-450E is next on the list and this is a Fire and Burglary category.  It would rank as lower security rating when compared to the PM-1014 but still has the 2 hour fire rating.  Designed to take a beating by any thief but it would not be considered an “Insurable container” by insurance companies.  The UL rating that is below TL-15 is called RSC or Residential Security Container.  This is really just a hammer and crowbar test.  You will find it Fire and Burglary safes as well as gun safes. But it is not really considered much security.  Though it is much higher then say a home safe or office safe.

B1414E is considered a cash safe. Designed to protect just against theft. There is no fireproof material in it so really it is just a really strong steel safe.  Also bolts to the ground and is mainly used in commercial environments.  Good theft protection like the FB-450E but no fire resistance. You do save a lot of money on something like this when compared to the FB series though.

On the opposite end of the spectrum is the HS-610 office safe and home safes. You really get only get a small amount theft protection but you get 2 hours of fireproof protection.  Also bolts to the ground.  I personally like 2 hour fire protection over just a single hour of fireproof. Because it really lasts through a big fire. Most fires are not found and once they are called in to the fire department it is on average 30 minutes after the fire had started before they begin to pour water on the fire. So a severe fire normally lasts longer then 1 hour. Which should then tell you that the small 30 minute fire safes are normally worthless in type of fire. I hope this helps. Follow the link to take a look at the PM-1014 series. TL-15 rated safes

Types of High Security safes

Types of High Security safes

Gun Safes: Keeping them Secure and Handy

gun safeKeeping your family safe is your number one priority.

 

You will want to keep them safe from harming themselves with your guns, but you also want to keep the guns around to protect yourself from possible intruders.

 

So what exactly is the happy medium for all involved?

 

Gun Safes are the answer to your questions. Investing money in a quality gun safe will ensure your families safety and it will also ensure the safety of your investment in guns.

 

Safes come in all different sizes and shapes, they all have different purposes but they all have the same use of keeping your guns safe. Large gun vaults are intended to be secured to a fixed location and only you will have access to get into the safe. These are typically a larger investment but they will hold your valuable guns and firearms safely within its door.

 

Another option is Small floor gun safes or drawer safes. This can be easily and discreetly placed under a bed, in a closet or even under the living room couch. If you are using a safe of this size you will want to conceal in a manner than others will not know it is there. If they can see the safe they may not immediately be able to gain access inside the safe but this does not mean they cannot take the whole unit and eventually break in.

 

Remember you guns are important to keep safe not only because they are dangerous if not used properly but they are also an investment that you do not want to lose. If you practice proper gun storage and safety you will make everyone around you feel more confident about your gun usage.

 

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Hollon Safe FB-1505E Review

Hollon Safe FB-1505E Review

This is the largest in the Hollon Fire and Burglary Safes line up at 59 inches tall and right at about 1000 lbs.

I have been selling these for quite some time and they have become a real favorite of mine. (Mainly because we have had zero problems with quality and reliability….I can’t say that about any other brand I have ever sold) This is a commercial rated safe and built for long lasting durability.

Normally on this type of safe you don’t get bolts that go up and down. Only bolts on the opening side and hinge side.  They have also added a 1 inch thick locking bar on the hinge side of all the Fire & Burglary safes.  Which is exceptional. Normally you only find this type of feature to be around 1/4 inch thick. So at 1 inch thick…we are talking over a 300% larger locking hinge bar than what is standard in the industry.

Though this safe weighs in around 1000 lbs there is still a center bolt down hole and kit that comes with this model.  One can never be too secure.

This unit also comes with a keypad free! Gotta love that.  I asked the folks at Hollon Safe how can they do that? Their reply was that they got such a great deal on these locks that they are passing along the savings. I guess they didn’t get that good a deal on the Sargent & Greenleaf dials because they upcharge for that lock. Though at the prices these models sell for an extra charge for a dial is no big deal and still well worth it!

I give the Hollon Safe FB-1505E a double thumbs up. Great safe and you will be very happy with the quality and reliabilty.

 

Not All Safes are Equal

Something that you should keep in mind when you’re shopping for a home safe is that not all safes are created equally. For instance, a safe that is rated to keep your belongings protected from fires that reach over 1400 degrees Fahrenheit may also allow a thief to pick it right up and carry it out of the house. Conversely, a safe that is intended to deter thieves is not usually constructed to protect the contents from high temperatures. A good, inexpensive compromise is a safe such as one from Hollon. These fire safes can also be bolted to the ground, which will definitely deter thieves.

Protect Your Valuables from Fire

No matter how careful you think that you are, there is always the possibility of a fire in your home. Those important papers and all of the heirloom jewelry sitting out on desks and bureau tops will be gone in just moments, should your house ever succumb to a hire.

Average house fires peak at temperatures of up to 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, so you’ll need to seek out a safe that can withstand such temperatures. Some, such as the Hollon 1 Hour Fireproof Safe, are created to last up to an hour, while others can withstand the heat for two hours or more.

Similar Doesn’t Mean “Same”

If you are seeking a safe for your home or business, then you have probably done a lot of research to find the best safe for the least amount of money. Don’t be fooled by the cheap safes out there, for they are little more than a glorified strongbox. You should also keep in mind that just because two safes are of similar size and style, that doesn’t mean they are the same. Hollon safes typically include more bolts in their safes than manufacturers of similar sizes and ratings. The keypads on Hollon safes are also more theft resistant, even if they appear to be similar to other brands.

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.

TRTL 30×6

I have never seen a safe so impressive until I saw these safes.  The Mutual TRTLx30x6 is a torch and tool resistant safe on all six side for 30 minutes.  This is not something you will find in any other safe except for these.

Those that are looking to protect items of high value and items that need to be protected from normal every day use are stored in these.  I once had someone tell me they had to wear monitors for radioactive substances to open the safe because of what was stored in it.  That should give you an idea just how secure these safes are.

I was doing some searching over the weekend about these safes and came across a pretty good blog.  The “Is a TRTLx30x6 safe for you” article gives just some general knowledge most people want to know about the safe.

Going Cheap Will Cost You on Safes

When it comes to Safes: If you have precious documents and other valuables that you would like to keep safe, don’t be fooled into purchasing a cheap home safe. These safes will never be able to keep your valuables secure from fire or a very determined thief. In addition, if you are keeping digital media secured in an inexpensive safe, there are many outside elements that can still harm the contents. You can still find good value safes from brands like Hollon Safe, without sacrificing the quality and the protection. You may not need the top of the line, but certainly don’t settle for a glorified lockbox.

Hollon Fire and Burlary Safes – Now with Combination locks

Hollon safes primarily only sold safes that had electronic keypads, except for a few drop safes or home fire safes.  They just recently introduced the option to purchase the Hollon Fire and Burglary safes with combination locks.  Some people prefer the dial lock over the electronic version and feel safer having it so they decided to start offering it to their customers.  They will set the combination to the code of your choice so if you want it something special and don’t want to have to pay a lock smith to change it after wards make sure to note it on your order.

This is an excellent expansion of these safes and I’m excited to be able to announce the change.  It will be an option soon offered on the website for a small fee to upgrade to the combination lock.  So you can better understand why there is an extra charge I would like to provide an insight on the safe ordering world.  When the safes are made by the manufacturer overseas they will generally put an electronic lock on the safe at no extra charge but charge more for a combination lock.  It is as if they have accepted the fact that electronic locks are the new most popular lock option so they make it as a standard option.  To those that still want the combination locks they charge a bit more, so it passes on to the consumer.