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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This Could Save Your Life in 2015: Be Safe at Home, Work, and School

 
Safety is something that everyone should be thinking about, regardless of where they are. The fact of the matter is that no matter where you are, you have to think about protecting yourself, the ones you love, and your valuables.
 

Keeping You Safe at Home

 
According to Safewise, 60% of burglars will use forcible entry into your home, while a staggering 30% can get into your home without any force at all- they come in through unlocked doors and windows! First and foremost, always make sure windows and doors are locked. This could mean the difference of someone walking away with your stuff unnoticed. According to this PDF from the Bureau of Justice Statistics there are also many victims of violence when burglary is committed- so it’s not just your belongings to be worried about.
 
There are some fairly inexpensive ways to deter burglars from your home. One is to enlist the help of friends whenever you’re away on vacation- have them collect mail and newspapers for you, so that no one is tipped off that you’ve been gone. Also, keeping your lawn neatly trimmed will give burglars less places to hide and even make them easier to spot. A Secure Life even suggests having a dog around, so they can help protect the home. Lastly, pretend there are people inside, even if no one is home. You can leave the TV/lights on, or you can pretend to wave to an imaginary person, so anyone who is watching will think there is someone inside.
 

Keeping Your Valuables Safe at Home


 
high security safeIf you have valuables in your home that you want to keep safe, consider investing in a high security safe. These safes are wonderful for protecting valuables in your home and have some great features. Between the electronic locks, the fire resistant exteriors, and the burglary resistant handles this is a safe that would give you piece of mind about the items you wish to keep safe.
 
Even if there is a fire in your home, this safe will leave your documents, jewelry, and other valuables protected and away from the elements.
 

Keeping You Safe at Work

 
Everyone has to go to work with an assortment of characters, and with just one wrong move there are times where you can feel unsafe around them. But how do you protect yourself at work and remain professional?
 
The first thing you can do, as an employee or an employer, is to be aware that things can happen. Whether it’s a problem with a specific employee or even a complete stranger, emergencies and other negative events can occur in the work place. “I could never imagine it happening here,” a line that Mark Sanborn mentions in an Entrepreneur article, is one that is often said in regards to these sorts of tragedies at the workplace. Being realistic and aware is the first step.
 
Awareness on its own is not enough, so there are times when you will have to rely on others. Get advice from law enforcement officials about what to do in certain situations. For the employees, make sure you check with your employer to see what the emergency plans are. Drills should be performed to employees know what actions to take in certain emergencies. McGruff reminds us that there are some personal measures we can take to stay safe as well.
 
Some of these tips include not staying late at the office by yourself, and to find a way to store things like a wallet or purse in a place that is hidden, like a deep drawer at your desk. Also, if there are any visitors or strangers that make you uncomfortable at work then management should be told immediately.
 

Keeping Valuables Safe at Work


 
wall safe
 
This particular safe is a wall safe. These are wonderful for work because there are not as many opportunities to store safes somewhere convenient, so using your wall for space really helps. This particular model is very deep and can allow for extra storage.
 
This sturdy safe has an electronic key lock along with a one hour fire rating. Wall safes are great for accessibility, but these models won’t allow just anyone in.
 
 
 

Keeping You Safe at School

 
One place that teens and young adults really need to be safe is on their college campus. We found some really great tips from Dr. Phil’s website about how to keep you safe.
 
The first is to never walk alone. Whether its other students, faculty or strangers there are plenty of horror stories about what can happen on campuses. This is especially true if you have somewhere to go at night. Another is to limit your alcohol, or anything else that can impair judgment or reaction time, including listening to music while you walk.
 
When it comes to your dorm, there are some other tips as well. One is to make sure that your hall’s door, along with your own door, gets closed and locked. You want to protect your belongings. Along with this, make sure that you’re extra careful with your keys. You can’t always depend on your roommate to let you in, as they will probably have a different schedule than you. If you take some belongings to the library or any other public area, don’t leave your stuff alone. It’s best to do homework in a group or with a friend.
 
It’s also a good idea to know the numbers of any security, campus safety, and escort services for your campus.
 

Keeping Your Belongings Safe at School


 
drawer safe  A drawer safe is an excellent option for someone wanting to keep their belongings safe at school. It is smaller than most safes and works well for dorms rooms which can often times be small as it is. You can store important documents and other valuables; this way even your roommate won’t be able to get at everything.
 
This compact safe is perfect for your student away from home.
 
Have any questions or concerns about the safety of you, your family, or your belongings? Feel free to contact Value Safes today! We would love to hear from you!
 

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Why Choose a Wall Safe?

There are many advantages to choosing a wall safe over a floor safe. For one, the wall safe is usually at eye level, which means that you are spared from bending or crouching work the combination or access the contents. Another benefit of a wall safe is that they are easily concealed. If you have enough room to install a wall safe so that the door lays flat against the wall, then you can cover it with artwork or furniture. If a home invader cannot see the safe, then he or she cannot attempt to open it.

Benefits of a Wall Safe

There is a certain romance to a wall safe, since these seem to be prominently featured in movies and television shows. They are definitely a good idea, because they are easily hidden from view by furniture or artwork, and a thief won’t attempt to crack a safe that he or she never sees. These wall safes can offer many different security features, according to your specific needs. You can find fireproof models, safes that specifically protect digital media, or gun safes. Consider your needs in a safe before making your purchase. The best bet is to combine as many security features into one safe as you can, such as a fireproof safe that also protects against theft.

Choosing a Wall Safe

No doubt, there is something kind of sexy about a wall safe. They bring to mind Thomas Crown and James Bond. Aside from the cool factor, though, these safes have some other benefits. For one thing, they’re easily concealed, so anyone that doesn’t know to look for one will surely never find it. Secondly, these wall safes are at a pretty convenient height. There is no bending over or crouching down to retrieve articles or work the combination. Lastly, they come with many different security features, so you can purchase a wall safe that is specifically for fireproofing, digital media, or firearms.

Advantages to Having a Wall Safe

There is something very mysterious about a wall safe, and it probably has to do with the way that they are featured so romantically in movies and television shows. Aside from the cool factor, though, there are several reasons to consider a wall safe. First of all, they are easily concealed. If a thief doesn’t know it’s there, he doesn’t even know to look for it. These wall safes can save a lot of space, too, by staying out of your floor. They’re usually at eye level, too, which means that there is no bending to access the contents.

Legacy Gun Safes

Legacy gun safes are the top of the line gun safes for the Winchester brand. All Legacy gun safes feature 4-way active bolt works — the bolts are active even on the hinge side of the door.  In addition,  they feature massive 1-1/2″ bolts and a 5-spoke handle.  Legacy gun safes also feature a 1-hour 1200°F fire rating.  To achieve this rating, they use 3-layer construction for the body and door.

Legacy gun safes are available in a black or granite powder finish with screen printed graphics — they’re handsome safes.  In addition, they feature up to 18 active locking bolts, use 12 gauge steel for construction and use a Palusol door seal to keep out water in the event of a fire.  A UL electronic keypad style locking mechanism is standard, as is a convertible interior.  Each Legacy gun safe also has two bolt holes in the bottom for bolting the safe in place.  They feature a limited lifetime warranty as well.

There are two models available — the Legacy L 22 and Legacy L 45.  The L 22 measures 59″ high x 32″ wide x 22″ deep and has up to 24 cubic feet of interior storage, depending on the arrangement of the shelving.  The L 45 weighs in at 595 pounds.

The Legacy L 45 measures 72″ high x 40″ wide x 27″ deep and has a gun capacity of up to 51 guns.  This massive safe weighs in at 980 pounds.

If you’re looking for an above average gun safe, give the Legacy series from Winchester a good look.

Use a bolted down safe for added security

Buying a safe and placing it in a closet may seem like a good idea, but if it’s not bolted down it can be carried off by a determined burglar.  Most burglars don’t have the skills necessary to quickly access a good safe, but if they carry it off where they have time to work on it, that’s a different matter.  So look for a safe that includes boltholes in the bottom.  These boltholes go clear through the bottom of the safe, so you have to unlock the safe to gain acess to the nuts that have the safe bolted down.

If you’re having a new house built, make sure that they include the bolts in the concrete foundation or wood floor.  If you have an existing house, go ahead and take the trouble to have the bolts installed or install them yourself – your safe may not be really protecting anything if you don’t.  Also, be sure to check the burglary and fireproof rating of the safe you purchase for an even more secure setup.

The importance of fire safes.

Fire Safes are made for several levels of protection that include theft and/or damage for important documents and other valuable items for your business or  home. There are many safes available for different uses. When looking at fire safes there are several types of safe which have the ultimate property of fire resistance. Fire safes are specially designed to protect your precious items like documents, money, ornaments, etc. Fire safes are made of hollow sheet metal (of various thickness) that is filled with fire resistant insulation. This insulation can be “wet fill” or “dry fill”. A wet fill insulation is a cement based insulation. While a dry fill is a sheet rock type insulation. But if I were to use the term cement or sheet rock around the manufacturers they would get upset because there is much more involved. I use those terms so we can have a conversation here.

Fire safes are very beneficial for businesses because these organisations store valuable archives. The loss of such documents due to fire or theft will have an adverse effect on the business. As they say “prevention is better than cure” Hence it is always better to keep such important documents in safes.

Safes are considered a long term investment as there is no need to replace them for years. Hardly any maintenance is required for enjoying the benefits of fire safes.

To buy a fire safe consider both its internal and external dimensions. The size and space of the safes plays a significant role. The safe should have the interior space to store valuable and it should also fit into its designated space. Also consider if you are wanting to keep data or paper. They are destroyed at different temps. 

While fire safes are built to resist fire under almost all circumstances hence they can be stored anywhere in the office or at home. But be warned if you are in California wildfire zone. YOU MUST GET A 2 HOUR FIRE RATED SAFE.  Anything else and you run a risk of going home to nothing.

Own a Wall Safe Today and Protect Yourself

A home or business burglary can be devastating. Not only may you loose some of your most important belongs, but you can feel vulnerable. An easy way to find peace of mind and prevent theft is to keep a wall safe in your home or office.The safest way to store your valuables and important documents is to keep them in your bank’s safe deposit box. But this isn’t always convenient, especially if you want daily access to your important belongings. A wall safe would then be a good investment.

Wall safes are drilled into your wall, between studs. You can install a wall safe when you are building your home or office, or you can put it in later. Most wall safes come with a flange so that you don’t need to re-plaster the walls.

Wall safes can be opened by combination, electronic lock, or key, depending on the model you choose. Wall safe prices vary by quality and dealer.