Jacksonville FL. experience surge in the sale of Safes

I have been collecting a series of articles on home safes. See below for another. The below article is about the “run on the banks” in Jacksonville.  Notice that not many news sources are touting this!  This is very real and the FDIC is reporting having run out of money. 

JACKSONVILLE, FL — Buyouts, bailouts, and banks going bust. Everyone, it seems, is worried about whether their money is safe.

Federal data shows domestic bank deposits have dropped by 40 billion dollars over the last few months; and that has a lot more folks buying home safes. One manufacturer says it’s sold 50% more in the last month alone.

Knowell’s Safe and Lock on the Westside is having its biggest year ever. Business started picking up in May and it hasn’t stopped yet. “With the scare in the financial industry and the banking industry, banks closing down, being bought out, it’s a good fear having somebody play with your money, or you being able to watch it,” said Brett Webb at Knowell’s.

Webb’s grandfather started the business 30 years ago. Business has always been good, but now it’s really good. “It started back in May. It might have had something to do with the stimulus checks. It probably did help,” said Webb.

The best sellers are the large walk-in gun safes, even if the buyer doesn’t own a gun. “You get fire protection with a gun safe and a lot of space. Even people who don’t collect guns, you have plenty of shelf space.”

The safes are delivered and installed in homes so no one can come into your home and walk out the door with it, but the key is not to let anyone know you have a safe with valuables including cash in your home.

Home safes can cost between $200 and $3000.

Sentry Safes general quality comments on Fireproof Safes

I have been getting a lot of questions in regards to safes and quality of different brands.   So I am taking some time to address a well known brand. Sentry Safe. 

Many of Sentry Safes products are good to fair quality at a really great price.   Please keep in mind what they are advertised for and how they should be used is sometimes two different things.  What absolutely blows my bannanas is when a customer carrys their Sentry “burglar/fireproof” safe by the handle into the shop and say they need it open right away because they lost the keys. 

First notice they CARRIED it into the shop!  The only thing “buglar safe” on this is that the burglar will not hurt himself when he walks out with all your stuff in a neat and handy carry all container!

Second their jaw hits the floor when I am able to pick the lock by putting almost anything into the keyhole and jiggling it.  When the dial or keypad break it takes only a couple of seconds with a medium crow bar to open the safe. Customers are shocked when they watch me do this.

On a positive note they are fireproof but just read the fine print on duration of fireproofing.  I will often suggest using a Sentry fireproof safe inside a larger safe to act as a  “cooler” to keep data and media protected from fire.  Putting a small Sentry inside a 350 degree fire rated safe will add the extra protection to your media related material.  Cd’s, harddrives, and other computer related material like to stay at 125 degrees and will be lost or coorupted at higher temperatures.  

One last item in regards to quality.  I talked with a man that owned a nursery and kept the business books, some cash, and papers in a Sentry Safe.  He said he has been through 3 Sentry Safes in the last 10 years.  He liked them because of the price.  After discussing how much he paid for the 3 safes and how he uses them, we came to the conclusion that it would have been more affordable if he had only bought 1 good quality commercial safe.