Most of us tend to think about safes and vaults as, well, safe. After all, why would we call them safes if they weren’t a way to safeguard valuables? But simply having a safe isn’t enough anymore to ensure your valuables will remain protected. Everything from the type of safe you have to where it gets stored can impact how secure your safe actually is. Whether it’s for business use or protecting valuables at home, here are some important things to understand about your safe:
Your Safe Could Be Safer
Where you store your safe can have a big impact on how much protection it provides for your valuables. Think about it this way: if a safe or vault was really impenetrable, you might see more safes on sales floors or sitting out in plain sight. Safes and vaults provide valuable protection, but they aren’t typically safe enough on their own. That’s why better bank security means positioning the vaults behind added layers of protection, like access-controlled doors and monitored security systems. Commercial safes should be stored out of sight and properly installed so an opportunistic burglar can’t just make off with the whole thing. Likewise, a residential safe should be placed somewhere it can be easily disguised, and attached to studs or otherwise attached to the home so it’s not easily movable.
Criminals Don’t Go High-Tech
In spy movies, you’ll often see a criminal (or the hero) with a fancy, high-tech gadget designed to carefully crack the safe code and open the door. That’s not generally how it works in the real world. Sure, some skilled burglars may try to crack the code, but more often than not, that sort of technology is too expensive or doesn’t exist at all. If a burglar can’t simply take the whole safe with them, they will open it by force rather than figuring out the code. Common methods include using a pry bar/crowbar, an angle grinder, or even a blowtorch to force a safe open.
Cost Gives Quality
In some situations, choosing the less-expensive option for something is just as good as the brand-name product. When it comes to safes, however, you get what you pay for. With enough time and tools, any safe can eventually be broken open. But in more expensive models, there are added layers of protection that dull drill bits and cutting tools, as well as heat-dispersal help to minimize damage from torch attacks. While a more expensive safe might not look drastically different, odds are good that it will come with additional protective measures you can’t see — making it harder to crack and worth the cost.
Loose Lips Sink Safes
For most businesses, having a safe or vault is simply a part of safeguarding your daily operations. But, for homeowners, having a safe can make it feel like you live in a spy movie, or like you’ve magically inherited millions. Don’t let the exhilaration of having a safe go to your head! It’s understandable that you want to share your excitement, but talking about having a safe at all — let alone the location — is a major security weakness. The more people who know it exists, the more likely that information is to circulate and be heard by an opportunist burglar.
The More Inaccessible, The Better
If you have a hard time getting to your safe, great! That means that burglars will have an even harder time getting to your valuables. While this may be difficult for businesses that are renting their space, one of the best things you can do to secure your safe (and its contents) is to have it placed into the floor or installed inside a wall, rather than just bolting it down. Not only does this give you options in terms of disguising its location, but it also makes it that much harder for a burglar to make off with the entire safe.
Whether you’re looking to buy a new safe or vault — for business or residential use — or you want to better secure the one you have, turn to your local locksmith. Here at Firstline Locksmith, we can help with a wide range of residential and commercial safe servicing and sales needs, including bank vault servicing. Connect with us for safe services and a range of other locksmith needs in Princeton and across New Jersey.