What to Get Your Favorite Prepper for Mother’s Day

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For those who were caught unaware, Mother’s Day this year is May 10th.
 
If your mother is a prepper, then you may wish to reconsider what it is you’re getting her this year. Practical gifts are the best for those who are always trying to be prepared.
 
Below is a list of things you will want to get your prepper mom for Mother’s Day.
 

Mothers Planning on Bugging Out

 
For mothers who are bugging out and going to a different location, there are certain things they will want to have with them at all times.
 
Pantyhose: This is a versatile tool that mothers should have in their bug out bag. If pantyhose are worn under socks, it can help to minimize blistering and friction. Not only this, but they will help you stay warmer, keep ticks and chiggers away, and can even be used as a fishing net if need be.
 
Tactical Scarf: These scarves are very helpful for braving the elements. They can be wrapped around your head, neck and shoulders in various ways depending on the use. You can cover your mouth, protect your head from the son, or even use it as a shield against dust particles that are in the air.
 
Hand Cranked Phone Charger: It isn’t as likely that you will find outlets to plug a phone in, so you will need to resort to this helpful. These phone chargers are great for when you need to make an emergency phone call. One minute of hand cranking is roughly the same as four minutes of talk time. It’s pretty small too, so it fits in go bags easily.
 
72 Hour Infant Kit: Prepardness Mama went through the trouble of outlining what should be included in one of these kits. Many mothers are traveling with a baby so it’s important to think of the needs of both people.  Here are some sample items of what can be included in this kit:
 

  • Formula (powdered only) with at least 48 scoops worth.diaper bag
  • 2-5 bottles and nipples.
  • Burp rags or small blankets.
  • Hand warmers.
  • Teething tablets or gel.
  • 2 Pacifiers
  • Baby powder/diaper rash cream
  • Baby wrap/carrier

 
First Aid Kit: Health is always important to keep in the forefront of your mind when thinking about bugging out. This first aid kit from First Aid Product had a wide range of things you may need on the go and will make you feel prepared to take on whatever comes your way.
 

Mothers Planning on Homesteading

 
For many mothers it’s easier to homestead and keep their children in a safe place. You begin to think about how to make your location safest for your home without compromising your preparedness. It could be small things like coloring books and toys to keep them busy, or it could include survival training for your kids.
 
Below is a comprehensive list of gifts for prepper moms.
 
Get Her a Dog: Many dogs can be trained to be watchdogs. Whether it’s used simply to bark when someone comes near the home, or to ward off others from coming near, getting your mom a furry companion can not only give her extra attention, it could help save her.
 
Soap Making Supplies: When it comes to homesteading, making your own supplies is really going to come in handy. Soap is something that will be necessary for hygiene, but it will also be great to use for bartering or selling to a possible community.
 
Sewing Supplies: Just like soap and other hygienic products, knowing how to make your own clothes and linens is a must. This Mother’s Day, get her something she can really use in order to be self reliant.
 
fire and burglary safeGardening Tools: Your mom may need some soil or new tools in order to help her grow her own food. Not only will this make it so she has her own supply of food, but you wouldn’t have to worry about ingesting pesticides and other negative elements that can be found in foods from the grocery store.
 
Food Storing: As Mom with a Prep shows us, there are many things you can do in order to store your own food. You can get her jars, a vacuum sealer or a dehydrator. There are plenty of tools to stock mom’s kitchen with in order to keep the food supply consistent all year round.
 
Safes: If you’re homesteading then it is safe to say you will have valuables there. You should invest in a safe to hide guns, ammo, and anything else you wouldn’t want others to get into.
 
 
 
 

Still Not Sure?

 
If your mom already has these things or seems to have everything, then it might be time to turn them toward further knowledge. It’s always good to learn something new, particularly if they’re on their own. Blogs like A Girl’s Prep Guide cover topics that women specifically need to face whether they are homesteading or bugging out.
 
This Mother’s Day, get her something that she will be able to use every day.
 

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Creative & Clever Ways to Hide Your Safe

how to hide a safeEveryone knows what a safe is for.  You don’t put just anything in a safe, you store your most valuable items. These valuable items might not only be of monetary value, rather items of great importance. This can include, titles, deeds, birth certificates, passports, and Social Security cards. Stuff you don’t want to land in the wrong hands.
 
Even though you own a safe which greatly increases the safety of these items doesn’t mean that your safe can’t be stolen or broken into. For this reason is why it’s smart to place your safe in a smart and concealed area.  Here are some helpful hints and ideas that will hopefully help you decide where to place yours.

     

  1. Inside a closet is a great spot to put a safe.  Typically a closet in the master bedroom or office. It’s most important that it’s not in an area of high foot traffic or visibility. You want to make sure the safe stays out of sight, which is why if you can hide it in a walk in closest behind some hanging clothes this will ensure it’s not easily found or transported.
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  3. Under the stairs. Most homes have that awkward half room, half closet space under the stairs. This is another secluded spot which can easily be concealed and forgotten. Sometimes these rooms can be setup with flush doors that look like a wall panel and are discernable to the naked eye.
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  5. Have an old fridge? Fridges can pretty easily be converted into a handy hiding spot. This can be used if you don’t have a super-secret room under the stairs and all you have a corner in your garage. Again, you don’t want the garage door being open and someone to drive by and spot your safe. This makes your house an easy target. Hiding your safe in the Fridge can disguise it in plain sight.
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  7. Building the safe into a wall can be a great option if you have the means to make it happen. This is ideal because the safe can be concealed completely behind the wall. If someone does happen to find where it’s at removing it becomes far more difficult and will require more tools and time by the thieves.
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  9. The easiest and least expensive route to hiding your safe is to use a cardboard moving box. This will help conceal it but doesn’t require too much protection outside of disguise.

 
Hopefully these tips will give you a better idea where to place your safe and what may or may not be a good idea.
 

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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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Some Things to Know When Buying a Safe

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Not all home safes are the same, and the safe that you purchase must suit your particular needs. When buying a safe you need to take into consideration exactly what you are using it to hold. You definitely something that is waterproof, fireproof, and will survive inclement weather.
 

Finding a Good Professional

 
The first thing you must do is find a safe company you can trust, with people you feel will advise you well. This will require some legwork on your part, but it will be worth it in the end. So take the time to do your research. Don’t be afraid to ask for second and third opinions.
 

Gun Safes

 
Guns are dangerous weapons and not all safes offer you protection. Gun safes are all shapes and sizes. Many people opt for a cabinet, but that will never protect you from burglary or unauthorized use of the gun.
 
The thickness of the safe is paramount. The better gun safes come with doors that are at least ½” thick. And it is advisable to spend the extra money to protect your valuables.
 
Fire ratings are very important. A rating of at least one hour is the minimum you should get. To have a safe independently tested it should be a test of at least 90 minutes. Not all gun safes are good for important documents or cash.
 

Fireproof Safes

 
A fireproof safe may not be burglar proof. Fireproof safes are really fire resistant and use a thinner gauge metal that can be easily sawed through. So don’t put highly valued things in a fireproof safe.
 

Burglar Fire Safes

 
A highly rated burglar fire safe will be both resistant to fire and thief. The rating is dependent upon how much the items you place inside are valued. Also, try to anticipate what items you may want to store in a safe so that you are not caught with one too small for your needs a few years down the line.
 

Floor Safes

 
They may be surrounded by concrete, but floor safes do not protect against fire as they have no fire-retardant material in them. Floor safes are a good protection against thievery, however, and coins, precious metals, and jewelry can be kept in a floor safe.
 

Wall Safes

 
Wall safes, though popular in films, are not burglar proof. Their walls are constructed of thin gauges steel, and they can easily be saws out of the wall. So highly valued items should only be kept there for a short time. Wall safes can be good for medications that you don’t want your kids to get into.
 

Data/Media Safes

 
For things like film, photos, CD’s and DVD’s, a data/media safe is essential. These items are very sensitive to humidity and temperature and the safes do their work by keeping the temperature lower than 135 degrees, and the humidity below 85%. These safes are not burglar proof, but there are data/media safes that do offer some burglar protection.
 

Where to Place a Safe

 
First of all, consider how much you will be using your safe and put it in a place that you know you will visit. Also, don’t put it in a dark corner or you won’t be able to see the lock or what’s inside. If you choose a dark spot for your safe, use an electronic lock. That should solves vision problems. Also, very heavy safes need to be bolted to a concrete floor. Not a wood floor.
 
Choosing the correct safe for your needs is a process, and there are professionals out there who can help you through it.
 

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Should I Get a Drop Safe?

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Companies have been using drop safes for years to ensure their monies and investments are protected. The unique feature of a drop safe is that anyone can place things into it but only the person with the key can take them out. Many large corporations use this style of safe to make sure cash registers are not overloaded with cash throughout the day.
 
In large scale companies, the employees or the managers go to each drawer at regular intervals and collects the cash in the register. Then the collector places the cash in drop bags to place in the drop safe.  This is extremely effective in grocery stores, department stores and even fast food locations. This is why you see signs saying the register only has $50- $100 in it at anytime.  Drop safes make your employees feel more comfortable that they will not be robbed.
 
If you have a retail business, you should have a drop safe. It protects your business as much as your employees. Have you ever watched the news and watched a story about a person who went to jail for robbing the corner store for $120 or $75 or just a small amount of money? Those corner stores did more business than that that day, but because of a drop safe there was only a small amount of cash in the drawer. Even if the guy did get away with the money, it’s not a huge loss on your end.
 
Drop safes come in many designs and sizes. We have many drop safes for everyday use. Make sure you are choosing a safe large enough for your business to operate daily but small enough to fit into the space you plan on placing it. Drop safes are a smart decision for any company, big or small. Check out our inventory 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.

Using Safes to Prevent against Theft

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There are many people that believe that since their front doors are locked that they think their belongings are safe. This is simply not true!
 
The most common times for a theft to happen in your home are from 10am to 3pm, whether you are home or not. While there are thieves of all genders, race, size, etc. the most common thief will be a younger male in their mid to late teens. It is important that you keep your valuables safe.
 
Safes are a great way to do this. While there are many different kinds of safes, they all have the same purpose in mind- to keep your belongings with you! Many models can be bolted down to a surface or piece of furniture to make sure that people can’t just walk away with the safe that contains your goods.
 
Not only do homeowners need safes, but so do businesses! It is very common for a business to have larger amounts of cash sitting in a safe because of how much they need to use in a single day. Either way, safes are the way to go to make sure your valuables stay where they belong.
 
Here are some facts and statistics about theft:

  • Every 18 seconds a burglary takes place in the US.
  • On average, a burglar spends about 12 minutes inside a home.
  • Only 13% of burglars are caught by the police.
  • 60% of burglaries happen during the day time. Cash, jewelry, and electronics are among the top things that are stolen, along with weapons.
  • It is estimated that one in every thirty six homes will be burglarized this year.
  • The top three cities with the most burglaries are Houston, Chicago, and New York City.

 
Don’t know much about safes? Call one of our safe specialists today and they can help you decide which safe best fits your needs.

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.