Why are Drop & Depository Safes Prevalent?

Depending on the use one may have for a safe, depository safes are important for fast deposits. With a front drop loader or rotary hopper, there’s no need for entering a combination or code for opening a door to make a deposit. For the uninitiated, some people speculate why their keypad only lasted for a couple years when they’re using it 5-10 times a day.  The front drop access prolongs the life of the dial or keypad and decreases the wear and tear of the locking mechanism.  Great for commercial use, retail companies, restaurants, convenience stores, and money handlers love depository safes specifically for this reason. Before buying a depository safe, one may also ask these questions:

What is the range of currency I want to keep in a B rated depository safe?

Any answer for someone professional in the safe business to provide you to this question would be an opinion due to the fact that there are multiple security measures you should contemplate other than simply owning a safe. Ideally, the more money you need to keep in the safe, the more aware you want to be of the security protecting the safe itself.  Such as, having a depository safe with a couple thousand dollars sitting under the register with a blanket over it compared to having it in a locked room with a security system installed.

On a daily basis, how often will I make deposits?

As mentioned before, not having to enter a combination or code to open a door just to put things inside a safe saves time and insures longer lasting locks from excess use. If you need to make a safe deposit daily, look no further. Quick and fast deposits save time and worry when it comes to preventing potential lurkers while handling money.

A recommendation:

Whereas most safe manufacturers design B rated safes to meet the minimum requirements, (at least ¼” thick steel body with a ½” steel door) they don’t have a variety of different models. Unless you want to find a company to fabricate a safe to your measurements (which can be quite expensive) Hollon Safe Company will most likely have the model that meets your size specifications due to their considerable selection with an additional option of a roller hopper depository or front loading door. For example, their most popular depository safe HDS-2014 stands above its competitor model Not too heavy, not too light, at 90 lbs. the HDS-2014 is fit for any ideal location and can easily be concealed if needed. With an option of a Sergeant & Greenleaf dial or S&G Spartan keypad this safe is designed to meet the most basic needs one may have for a safe in mind. With 4 bolt down holes, a well-grounded heavy duty safe is not to be taken lightly when it comes to security. Not that looks matter when you shouldn’t show off your safe nevertheless Hollon does have better looking depositories compared to their competitor models such as Gardall and Amsec.

Hollon’s Current HDS-2014 Model

Safe Hacks: Protecting Your Profits in 2015

Anyone who has ever considered buying a safe for your business, you know that there are ways to hack into safes; or, in most cases, attempt to destroy them so they can get at the goods. The great news is that there are quite a few steps and skills that the burglar in question would need to possess and go through in order to get at what they need.
 

Do People Really Crack Safes?

 
The short answer is yes. If they see the contents of the safe as being rewarding or valuable, then they will certainly try to crack the combination, beat up the safe, or go as far as cutting it in half. This is a popular enough thought that it was featured on Mythsbusters:
 

 
Here they try to duplicate a famous safe crack where there is water and explosives involved. And it was deemed a “plausible” way to get into a safe. There is no shortage of creativity when it comes to safe hacking.
 
And that old trick about the stethoscope being used to hear the lock combination- eHow tells us that that’s a thing.
 

 
It took him a while to do it, but it’s definitely doable.
 

 
We just won’t even talk about how easy it was for Alex Lewis to pop that safe.
 
First, let’s start with some things you can do in order to deter burglars from stealing your safe.
 

Safe Thief Deterrents

 
There are a number of things that you can do in order to protect your assets and your profits.
 
If it isn’t a wall or floor safe, that means it can be set down somewhere. You probably didn’t think to bolt it down because it weighs 304,973,985,794,875 pounds right? Think again- if a thief is determined to get a safe, they will find a way. Don’t make it easier on them! Bolt the safe down so that, if nothing else, they would have to spend more time dislodging it.
 
Secondly, when is the last time you have changed your combination? Some thieves will go as far as getting up close and personal in order to get at the safe. Change the combinations regularly in order to keep people in their toes- designate a single person to be in charge of the combinations.
 
Thirdly, know what type of safe you have. Knowing everything about your safe inside and out will help to locate its weakest points. Being armed with this knowledge will tell you if your safe needs backup protection.
 
Put money into this investment. If you’re trying to deter someone from getting valuable, getting a cheap safe won’t do you any good. Cheap means flimsy, faulty, and weak at best.
 

What Can Business Owners Do?

 
The first thing to consider is whether or not people would know about a safe or not. Having one in plain sight is asking for someone to poke at it. Don’t advertise your safes; invest in a wall safe or a floor safe.
 
Also, consider buying a safe that is made of thicker materials. If a thief has to go through concrete and steel, there is a better chance the thief will either give up or not have tools powerful enough to handle physically working their way into a safe. Check out this video to see what we mean:
 

 
Boost your security. If you have the means to do so, having overnight staff to protect your valuables is a good idea. It’s easier to take the time to get into a safe if there is no one around, but the tools needed to crack a safe are rarely quiet enough where they wouldn’t get caught. Video cameras are also a great idea.
 
Along these same lines, train your staff. Show them how to properly handle emergency situations and who to call in those emergencies.
 
If you’re interested to know more about how to prevent these occurrences, feel free to contact Value Safes today!
 

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10 Things to Keep in Mind Before Purchasing a Safe

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When purchasing a safe, you have a few things to consider. In order to find the ideal safe for your needs, consider a few things about safes before making the purchase.
 
There is so much more to safes than meets the eye. You cannot simply look at safes and guess which one is best. Moreover, you should not purchase your safe solely based on price, size, or color. Think about what you want to protect, and read about the different safe types below. When you know what your best assets are, and what the risks near you home are, you’ll be able to choose the perfect safe for your needs.
 
Fireproof Safes
 
Fireproof safes are actually more fire “resistant”. This means that they will withstand heat and smoke, and water in some cases. Fireproof safes protect sentimental or important items in the event of a house fire. These safes are not meant for valuables like cash and jewelry, as they’re not designed to keep intruders out the way that security safes are. You can find fireproof, burglar safes, which are not only fireproof, but also designed to keep others out of them.
 
Burglar Fire Safes
 
Consider the BF rating. Think about the maximum value the safe can protect, and determine if it will exceed the value of your belongings over the next 10 years. If anything increases in value dramatically, you may want a new safe to reflect the content inside of it.
 
Floor Safes
 
Floor safes are great for your extremely valuable pieces, as burglars will have a much more difficult time getting into them. However, they’re not great for withstanding fires, so it’s not exactly the best place for important documents or sentimental photos.
 

Why Your Business Should Have a Safe

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If you are considering purchasing a safe for your business you may be surprised by all of the reasons that it is a smart investment for your company.  We provide a list of some of the top reasons to own a safe below.

 

Theft – this is usually the top reason for any business to buy a safe is to keep valuables protected from thieves.  A business can be vulnerable during all times of day for thieves, whether it is at night after hours, or during normal business hours as well.  This can be especially important if you are located in an area where break-ins normally occur.

 

Fires/Natural Disasters – As much as we hate to admit it, these things do happen.  If wildfires, floods, or tornadoes are something that occurs naturally in your area, it is important to know that your valuables and important documents are protected.

 

Easy Access – Everything that is important in your company or in life in general should always have its place.  Having a safe in your business ensures that everything that has value is stored correctly.  This way whenever you need to find your important documentation it is easily accessible to you when you need it.  Having this method of access will allow any important documents to be placed in a secure area, rather than in this pile, or that drawer where they can easily be misplaced, lost or thrown out.

 

As you can see there are many legitimate reasons to make the investment in having a safe for your business.  If the unfortunate event of robbery or natural disaster does happen in your office, the safe will be an invaluable asset that you will be thankful that you purchased.

Why You Need a Dehumidifier

dehumidifierThe items that you are storing in your safe are definitely going to hold some value to you, whether it is monetary or sentimental. There is a reason that you are storing them in a safe place.  Many people fail to realize is that once your valuables are stored in a safe, they are not safe from humidity.

 

Humidity and moisture can cause serious damage to your jewelry, guns and anything else that you may be storing.  Take notice the next time that you open up your safe.  Are your firearms and jewelry warm? Does it smell musty inside?

 

If you answered yes to either of these questions you are the perfect candidate for a dehumidifier for your safe.  The dehumidifiers at Value Safes are child and pet friendly; there is no mess to clean up like your standard dehumidifier.  They are also small and silent which is the best part, you will never hear them kick on and off at night in your closet, spare room or basement while you sleep.

 

Rust is also another worry when thinking about all of the moisture in the air inside of a safe.  You can rest easy that when you use a dehumidifier for your safe that rust will not have the opportunity to form when used correctly.

 

Most dehumidifiers will have a life of roughly 10 years or so with proper maintenance.  You will certainly get a return on your investment with this helpful gadget as well as piece of mind that your items are stored with protection both on the inside and outside.

Buying a Gun Safe: What to Consider

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There’s a certain element of paranoia for anyone who owns a firearm. You can take all of the precaution in the world and still get that uneasy feeling when you have an armed (or unarmed) weapon in your possession.
 
Through television and Internet outlets, there has been a lot of media cover about how to keep guns, knives and weapons out of the wrong hands. The best protection is by use of a safe. A good safe is one that has all of the bells and whistles in order to keep guns locked safely away.
 
But what exactly are those bells and whistles? With many safes on the market now, it can be difficult to choose the right one. There are two key components to consider before buying a safe. We’ve outlined them below.
 
The steel thickness is the first to consider. Some companies are choosing composite doors over steel ones. The composite doors are actually thin and folded pieces of sheet metal with sheetrock inside. This material serves no actual real protection against a safe break-in. What you really want is a safe made of 100% thick steel.
 
Next is to look at the locking bolts. You will want to make sure these parts that keep the safe together are thick and non-flimsy. Strong durable metal should be used or else it will be very easy for a thief to get in. If all it takes is little effort to bend the internal parts of the safe, then the safe is not worth a purchase.
 
Personal safety is paramount, so it only makes sense that you invest in a safe that will do its job.

Drop Safes Help Prevent Theft

Drop Safes Help Prevent Theft

Your employees can be your biggest liability when it comes to a worrisome economy, low pay, or even personal desperation. No employer can control the factors that influence an employee to steal, and there’s no surefire way to determine which employees are higher risk.

 

But you can prevent the way they see and handle your money, with drop safes. Drop safes not only make it more difficult for employees to steal, but they send an unspoken message to your team that you don’t take business lightly, and that safety is important to you. An employee who sees security measures in place is less likely to plan a theft than one who watches operations flow by with no protection, and, seemingly, no emotional investment in whether or not a few dollars disappear.

 

Drop safes allow regular deposits to be put in the safe via a entry-only door. Deposits can be made by virtually anyone, but only someone with the combination can open the safe and remove the contents. For busy cash registers, this means your employees can regularly drop excess cash into the safe before it builds up to too-tempting proportions. Likewise, a register that is regularly emptied is less tempting to an outside thief.

 

The vast majority of thefts are done as inside jobs, or at the least, by thieves who make themselves familiar with the business before making their move. Drop safes provide an extra level of protection, and in all but the most extreme cases, the only level of protection you’ll need.

 

A small, one-time investment in a drop safe is infinitely more valuable to your business than an insurance policy that can only attempt to recreate what was lost. Why take the chance on theft in the first place? In some cases, having onsite safes can lower your insurance policy, saving you even more money in the long run. Check out the Drop Safe Sale

Media Safes

Looking for a safe where you can store your media safely and not have to worry about it being destroyed in a fire?  A normal fire safe will not work to keep your data and media safe.  Unless you put a safe within a safe it is important and necessary to get a safe that is designed to offer the protection needed.  Although the item might not be physically harmed by the fire, the temperature that the safe can reach in a fire is high enough to erase the data stored on the devices, leaving you a useless object, thus reaching the importance of a media safe.

I was doing some searching the other day on some data and media safes and came across an excellent blog.  “Think ahead and purchase a media safe,” discusses the pros to having a media safe.  It also gives the information most people do not think about when creating just a single back up of all their important document.

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.