Advantages of a Floor Safe

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Commercial properties are subject to the same threats of burglary and vandalism as private properties. In certain areas, commercial properties are even more at risk because they are known to have money somewhere on the premises.


Owning a local brick and mortar business is high risk because it acts as an everyday cash machine, with money going in and out constantly. Because of this risk, commercial properties require high level amounts of security. A quality safe is one of these security precautions.


There are different types of safes, but the best choice for most businesses, is the floor safe. Floor safes are discrete because they are built into the construction of the office space. They are made specifically to the size and measurements which the floor can accommodate. Since the purpose of a floor safe is to be hidden, it must never extend past the level of the floor, which would defeat its overall purpose.


Most floor safes are built to have a lot of depth so they can securely hold many of the company’s valuables; money, documents, and other company assets. Normally a mat or remnant of carpet is placed on the floor over the safe’s opening to maintain security and discretion.


Floor safes, like most other safes, come with a secure locking system, a touchpad code or biometric reader. Another great advantage to installing a floor safe to protect your assets, is that when choosing a floor safe, you have the option of selecting a safe that can withstand the extreme temperatures of fire for at least thirty minutes, and one that can withstand flood water for the same amount of time.


Though floor safes can be fire-proofed and water-proofed to a certain extent, it is best that a commercial property have their own fire and flood alarms so that important items can be retrieved from the safe as soon as possible should a fire or flood occur.

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Finding a Perfect Safe

When you are trying to decide on a new safe, it really just depends on what your needs are. If you are planning to protect documents, then a fire proof safe is the way to go. For valuable jewelry, you will want a safe that employs several security tactics. There are even safes that are meant especially for the protection of digital media, which means that they will guard against dust, humidity, heat, and even electromagnets. If you are planning to store your firearms, the Winchester line of gun safes is an excellent choice to protect against both theft and fire.

The Benefits of Owning a Home Safe

It is a proven fact that crime rates rise during tough economic times. If you have never before considered owning a home safe, then now is the time to start thinking about it. Safes are much more effective that a simple lockbox, because the doors and locking mechanisms are created to keep thieves from cracking them for up to thirty minutes. No home invader wants to hang around that long, no matter what he or she thinks might be inside. Other benefits of owning a safe include keeping important documents safe from fire, and keeping children away from dangerous weapons. There’s no question, really. Buy a safe.

Not All Safes Are Created Equally

If you decide to purchase a safe to protect the valuables in your home, then you should be prepared to research the different types very carefully. Not all safes are created equally. Keep in mind that a house fire will burn at temperatures of up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit! If you purchase a safe that is not meant to keep valuables protected from high temperatures for an extended period of time, then you could be spending your money on a plain lockbox. Be sure that you purchase a fireproof safe, such as the Hollon HS-320-E, and you will know that you documents are safe from almost any possibility.

Safe Classifications Made Easy

You should be aware of the classification on any safe that you plan to purchase. The classification will tell you just how secure your new safe can be. The letters in the classification tell you what types of tools the safe is protected against. TL refers to hand tools, TRTL refers to hand tools and torches, and TXTL means that the safe is protected again hand tools, torches, and explosives. TL-15 indicates that it will take up to fifteen minutes to break in using hand tools, while a TRTL-30 will resist tools and torches for thirty minutes. The TXTL-60 is one of the highest classifications available.

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.

The Safes of the Future

While it is certainly comforting to know that your valuables and documents are protected by steel and concrete, there is sometimes a bit of doubt when it comes to the protection that a key or a number pad can offer. Thieves that have experience with cracking safes can usually get through these with little to no effort, so if you own one of these safes, then you’re usually banking on the possibility that they won’t want to take the time. You can, however, purchase a biometric safe, such as the HZ-30, which will open with just the use of your fingerprint.

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.

Finding a Safe for Your Needs

If you have decided to purchase a home safe to keep your documents and valuables safe, then chances are that you’re facing a new decision. What kind of safe is necessary? You should definitely be sure to purchase a home safe that offers fire protection for up to 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. This will keep any documents safe in the event of even the largest house fire. If you plan to keep any digital files, you should purchase a safe that is created especially to prevent dust and electromagnetic fields from getting inside. Beyond that, you just need to decide where you want to put the safe, and your choice is almost made for you.