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DIY Valentine’s Gifts

Wednesday, February 13th, 2019

Sometimes life gets crazy and you don’t realize it’s Valentine’s Day until you look at your phone and see it says February 14th. If that’s you and you still need a gift, we’ve got some easy DIY ideas that’ll have your Valentine’s heart overflowing.

#1 Handmade Coupons

What better gift to give than acts of love? The idea here is to create “coupons” your valentine can use over the next few months. These aren’t coupons to Nordstrom. These are redeemable for services you personally will provide, like a foot massage or a night of binging her/his favorite show that you can’t stand. Other suggestions include back massage, home cooked dinner, car wash, and breakfast in bed.

#2 Pamper Basket

Who doesn’t love at home pampering? It’s cost efficient, you don’t have to get dressed and it’s not contingent on someone else’s availability. The idea behind this one is to gather a number of little items synonymous with “self-care” and put them in a basket or gift bag. While this involves going to a store, you can buy all of it at one place, Target, and they are everywhere.

What to include:
• Face Masks – Target, Cost Plus World Market, Sephora, Ulta
• Bath Bomb – Target, Cost Plus World Market, Sephora, Ulta
• Fuzzy Socks – Target
• Gift Bag or Basket – Target, Cost Plus World Market
• Bow (for the Gift Bag/Basket) – Target, Cost Plus World Market
• Bonus: Eucalyptus branches – flower shop, farmers markets, most grocery stores

#3 Flowers + Surprise Love Letters

The key to this one is not buying a Valentine’s Day card from the store. Think back to high school when you’d write your crush a love note on a piece of notebook paper and slip it into their locker.

With this, you want to write one love letter as well as 5-10 mini love notes. You’ll give your valentine the love letter and flowers when you celebrate and hide the love notes around the house, in their car, the fridge, medicine cabinet, car sun visor, anywhere they will come across them over time. This is a gift that keeps on giving.

Have fun with this! Let yourself feel the love you felt when the two of you first got together. Channel that young love passion and you can’t go wrong!

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Mechanical Meets Electronic in the Redundant Lock

Wednesday, August 13th, 2014

Best of Both Worlds!

AMSEC Redundant Lock - Maximum Security SafesWhat if you didn’t have to choose between the reliability of a mechanical lock and the convenience of a digital lock? What if, you could have both, in one lock? Now you can! Introducing the Redundant Lock.

This new lock by American Security Products, aka AMSEC, is a single lock with two high security rated entry mechanisms. Either precisely dialing the mechanical tumbler or entering your combination on the electronic keypad, will trigger your lock to open. This lock is not double the security, but is double convenience. So, why would someone care about having two options in a single safe lock?

Scenario #1 – You’re in a hurry and need to get into your safe, but for some reason your keypad doesn’t respond. You try again and figure it must be time to replace the batteries. The only thing is, you don’t have any at home. What an inconvenience, right? With the redundant lock, the mechanical dial is your backup plan. With the redundant lock you can change the batteries at a later time and open your safe with the mechanical dial now.

Scenario #2 – This time, replacing your batteries doesn’t fix the problem. It appears you are one of the rare few who have come across a digital keypad failure. You dial open your safe and call the safe technician to come at a later more convenient time. When the tech comes the lock repair is significantly simplified because the safe is not locked up, there is easy access to the lock from inside the safe door. If the safe had not had a redundant lock it may have required an expensive and time consuming drill and repair job.

Senario #3 – A solar flare or EMP attack knocks out all electronics. You want access to your valuables and even though your electronic keypad won’t function, you conveniently dial open your safe with the mechanical dial and are set for any circumstance that follows.

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Best Gun Safes On a Budget

Monday, June 2nd, 2014

And these safes are made right here in the USA!

If you’re shopping for a quality gun safe, but don’t have thousands of dollars to spend, you’re not alone. However, if you’re thinking you’re going to have to downgrade to buying a cheaply made, big box store safe, think again! Winchester believes in quality, made in the USA gun safes, available to the average Joe at reasonable prices, and so do we! That’s why we love promoting Winchester’s three new, made in America, gun safes on a budget; Bandit, Deputy, and Pony. If you’re looking for the best gun safe on a budget, it’s hard to beat any of these safes!

Here’s the low down on these budget friendly gun safes. First off, they range in size and in level of burglary and fire protection. The smallest of these safes is the Bandit 9 and it is also the lowest cost option on the budget spectrum. Moving up in size and quality from the Bandit, we have the Deputy series (Deputy 10 and Deputy 14), followed by the Pony 19. All of these safes carry the California required DOJ burglary rating, but the Pony series has the added security of the UL RSC burglary rating. Fire ratings also range from minimal fire protection with the Bandit, up to 30 minutes independently fire rated with the Pony. For more information on burglary and fire ratings, visit our burglary and fire rating guide.

Now let’s take a look at the numbers. Just how affordable are these American made gun safes? Well, the Bandit, which is compact and the perfect size for any closet, holds up to 10 guns, and is just $399! If you have more guns and are interested in a higher fire rating, you may want to go with the Deputy 10 or Deputy 14 for just $499 or $599 respectively. If you have an even larger firearm collection and want more assurance that no burglar will be able to break into your safe, then the Pony 19 will be your safest bet, with the added RSC burglary rating and a gun storage capacity of up to 24 guns; the Pony 19 is just $699.

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How Many Guns Will My Gun Safe REALLY Hold?

Monday, May 5th, 2014

If you’re checking out mid-size gun safes, you’ve probably seen listed on the specifications, something like this: Gun Capacity: 12-19-31 +2 Guns. You’re probably asking yourself two questions. “What exactly do those numbers mean?” and “Wow, that seems like a lot of guns! How can that safe possibly hold that many guns?” Yes, these numbers can sometimes be misleading, but don’t worry, we’ll help break down what each of these numbers mean, and also give you the low down on how to decipher how many guns your safe will REALLY hold (and no, unfortunately there are no magical, hidden gun storage compartments inside gun safes…though we wish there were!)

First off, deciphering gun capacity lingo, let’s take a look at the example of the mid-size gun safe with a gun capacity of 12-19-31 +2 Guns. Notice that the first two numbers (12 and 19) add up to the total of the third number (31). In essence the third number is what you will want to pay attention to most, since it is the total number of guns your safe could possibly hold. The first two numbers simply break down the storage ability of the left side compartment of the safe vs. the right side (see the above graphic). The extra “+2” refers to how many guns can be stored on the door organizer of your safe. So, in summary, the numbers represent the left side capacity, right side capacity, total capacity, and extra door organizer storage. Pretty easy, right?

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Do I Need a Dehumidifier For My Safe?

Monday, April 28th, 2014

If ever there were a recommended accessory for a home safe, gun safe, or any kind of safe, a dehumidifier would be it! Why a dehumidifier? Well, for starters, think about what is being stored in your safe. Most safe owners will be storing some sort of metal in their safe, such as guns, jewelry, etc. and what happens when moisture and metal meet? Rust and corrosion. That’s why you might need a dehumidifier for your safe.

To ensure the longest lifespan for your safe and adequately protect your valuables inside from rust and mold, consider whether you are a candidate for a dehumidifier. While a dehumidifier may not be absolutely necessary for everyone, more likely than not, you will find yourself in one of the following categories in which one is recommended.

Location – Think about where you live; are you near a coast or an area where humidity is higher, or do you live in a desert? If you live in an area that is at all humid, you will want a dehumidifier to protect your safe and its contents, no question about it. If you live in a desert, continue on to the next category below.

Frequency of Use – If you own a jewelry safe and are accessing it on a regular basis, it may not be as necessary to use a dehumidifier. However, if you are storing your safe in your garage for example, and are not frequently accessing it, even if you live in a fairly dry environment, by not opening the door and allowing airflow in and out of your safe, humidity can build up. In this case of less frequently used safes, a dehumidifier is strongly recommended.

Fire Safes – Many fire safes contain a wall of moisture; in the case of a fire, this wall of moisture will activate and keep your contents safe from the heat of the fire. However, this moisture wall could also cause some unwanted humidity inside your safe when there is no fire, and end up damaging your metal valuables inside.

Types of Dehumidifiers

Three types of dehumidifiers can be used by themselves or in partnership with each other for added protection if you’re concerned about humidity affecting your safe.

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New California Gun Laws For 2014

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

With the New Year now in full swing, are you up to date on the new California gun laws for 2014? These days gun laws are constantly changing; in fact, several new gun laws were recently signed into effect that you should know about. We won’t bore you with all the nitty gritty details, just give you a breakdown on the laws that are likely to affect you the most as a California gun owner.

First off, gun owners no longer need a “good cause” to obtain a conceal carry permit. This is a major change, previously California required gun owners to show a “good cause” for why they needed special protection. Federal court overturned this standard because it was seen as a violation of the 2nd Amendment. If you’re excited to run right out and snag your permit, you’re not the only one; be prepared for it to take awhile. According to Fox News, more than 500 applications poured in to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department in just two weeks. This is roughly the total number of applications filed in all of 2013, a spokesman said.

If you’re curious about new regulations for registering your firearms, and you live in California, you’re in luck! California residents will not need to register their currently owned firearms. However, whenever a long gun is transferred through a dealer it will automatically be registered to the receiving individual (PC 11106 and 28160). It is important to note that this does not apply to individuals not currently residing in California. All individuals who move to California will need to register their long guns and handguns soon after moving into the state (PC 27560).

Another important law signed into effect this year is Penal Code section 25100 that states: With certain exceptions, if you keep a loaded firearm in your residence, and a person prohibited from possessing firearms gains access to the firearm and that person hurts him or herself, someone else or carries the firearm into a public place, you can be prosecuted.  In addition, you can commit “criminal storage in the third degree” if you keep a loaded firearm within any premises where you know or should know a child is likely to gain access to the firearm.

Whether you think it’s harsh or not, it’s laws like this one that impress upon gun owners the necessity of owning a good quality gun safe. The consequences of not properly storing your guns are severe, so take the steps necessary to ensure your guns do not fall into the wrong hands. Interested in buying a gun safe, but don’t know where to start? Download our free Gun Safe Buying Guide. Also, visit our gun safe page here, to find a safe that’s just right for you! For a full breakdown on new gun laws visit the NRA website.

Heavy Winds Increase Fire Risk – Fireproof Your Home

Friday, January 17th, 2014

With recent Santa Ana winds raging, fire risk is higher than normal, which bodes the question: Is your home fireproof? Consider doing a fire safety survey of your home and check out the tips from the NFPA on how to fireproof your home on our infographic below. If you don’t have a fire safe already, don’t delay! Some valuables are irreplaceable and can only truly be protected in a fire resistant safe. Check out our inventory of fire safes here and leave us your questions in the comment section below.

What is a Data Safe & Do I Need One?

Friday, January 10th, 2014

Why Your Fire Safe May Not Be Protecting All of Your Valuables…

Data Media SafeMost people when they hear the term “fire safe,” automatically assume that the items they keep inside it will be, like the name indicates, fire safe. But did you know that fire safes do not protect all types of valuables? In fact, there are many types of materials a fire safe will not protect when it comes to a fire. Rest assured, there is a safe out there that will protect it all. Enter the data safe. This safe is really a safe within a safe. The outer safe has all of the fire protection of a fire safe, while the inside safe has the appropriate protection for any data, media files, and more (see “valuables that require a data safe” below). 

How a Data Safe Works

A regular fire safe has a special wall that when it reaches a certain high temperature, produces steam, which keeps the temperature inside, much cooler than the temperature on the outside of the safe. This steam does not harm many materials, but there are certain sensitive materials that will be ruined by the moisture of this steam. Therefore, a second layer of protection (found in a data safe) is required. A data safe is comprised of a fire safe with a second moisture resistive safe inside. The fire safe acts like a normal fire safe and produces the steam to keep the temperature lower on the inside, while the second non-fire safe keeps out the steam that otherwise would destroy your sensitive data materials. Our favorite trusted data safes are the Phoenix 4620 Series.

Valuables That Require a Data Safe

The following materials, though it may not be obvious, are all magnetically charged. Steam destroys all magnetically charged objects. So, don’t lose those precious photos or that favorite home video! Invest in a data safe.

  • CDs and DVDs
  • Floppy Discs
  • 4mm and 8mm cartridges
  • Tapes – Digital Linear Tape (DLT) and Linear-Tape-Open (LTO)
  • Removable hard drives, thumb drives

As you consider your personal valuables, let us advise you to take an inventory list of what you currently have in your safe, or what you would like to protect if you had the proper safe to do so. Next, let us tell you about some high quality data safes that we have to offer. The Phoenix 4620 Series Data Safes are designed for unrivaled data defense with first-class protection against fire and water damage. We currently have two Phoenix 4622 data safes with 2-hour fire protection that were improperly handled during shipment, so now they need to go! Because these Phoenix 4622 safes have a couple cosmetic flaws (see photos) we are offering them for an aggressive price of $5250. Make sure your valuables are really protected when it comes to a fire, and contact us to see if a data safe is right for you. For more tips on data safes and more, check out our FAQ page.

 

A Behind the Scenes Look at Safe Cracking

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Can safes really be cracked, or is it all a Hollywood illusion? In the recently released blockbuster film, Now You See Me, a team of magicians known as the Four Horsemen, are masters of every trick in the book, including safe cracking. One of the Four Horsemen, Jack Wilder, claims that, “Nothing is ever really locked.”

So is it true? And is it as easy as these grand thief actors make it seem? Well, the most popular method of safe cracking is simply stealing the entire safe and hauling it to another location where the safe cracking time can be unlimited. In fact, by putting all of one’s valuables in a safe that’s fairly light and not bolted down, one is basically packing a suitcase full of treasures for the burglar to haul away, making it an easy steal. Since this is such a common burglar method, we highly recommend bolting your safe down. For more info on how to do this, see our article: To Bolt Down or Not to Bolt Down…That is the Question.

With that being said, safe cracking IS possible and can be attempted inside a person’s home, when the burglar is not able to haul the safe away to a more secure location. The complexity and the likelihood of success for the burglar depends highly on a safe’s burglar rating.  The Underwriter’s Laboratory (U.L.) has developed a burglar rating for home security safes called: Residential Security Container (RSC), which equates to a safe being able to withstand 5 “attack” minutes of rigorous prying, drilling, grinding, punching, chiseling and tampering attacks using common tools found in a home, specifically a: 3lb. hammer, 18” pry bar, screw driver, grinder, and drill. You may think: 5 minutes, that’s all? The point is that 5 minutes of “attack” time can take 15 to 20 minutes of actual time on the clock. Statically, burglars are only inside a house for 8-10 minutes in a typical home burglary and in that time they have to find the safe, figure out what tools they’re going to use, etc. By that time, getting to the actual safe cracking time is not very likely. Want even more security? Higher security safes are available and come with a commercial (for banks and jewelry stores) burglar rating like TL-15, TL-30, or TL-30×6 (the number represents the number of minutes that the safe can withstand an attack).

You’re still probably thinking: but what about those guys in the movies who are actually able to “crack the code” and open the safe without all the brutal attack tools. Well, we can’t say that it’s not possible, but the masterminds who have learned that skill are very far and few between. The time required can be hours, and they are definitely NOT your typical home burglars. Want to know more about safe cracking or think you can figure it out? Check out our behind the scenes video looks at how mechanical locks and digital locks work HERE. Most of all, keep your safe secure by following these tips: bolt your safe to the floor and make sure it has an RSC and/or a TL burglar rating!

To Bolt Down or Not to Bolt Down…That is the Question

Monday, September 30th, 2013

We are regularly asked if a safe should be bolted to the floor. The answer is easy – YES, it should be!

Whether it’s a home safe, gun safe, jewelry safe, or any other kind of safe, bolting it down gives you more security. However, there are sometimes issues that must be considered when determining whether or not to bolt your safe to your floor, so evaluate which of the following categories you fall into, and plan accordingly.

Concrete Slab –Whether in the garage or inside the house, if you have a concrete slab floor, the only question is: why not? If the safe is bolted to the floor, a thief will have to work VERY hard to tip the safe over or remove it from your premises. 

Ground Floor, Raised Foundation – Generally, the floor in this situation is plywood, laid over 2×8 floor joists. There are two methods for bolting in this situation:

1.     The easy approach is to drill four lag bolts into the plywood floor. This will stabilize the safe some, but if someone is able to rock the safe or get under it with a pry-bar, they are likely going to be able to break it loose, so this is not the optimum choice, but it’s better than nothing.

2.     The better solution is to drill through the plywood flooring from inside the safe and come up from underneath the house with a carriage bolt (a bolt that you cannot release from the “head” end) and tighten the nut and washer from inside the safe. *The issue with this is that we don’t ask our Maximum Security crew to crawl under houses – most are not very pleasant to crawl underneath. We will however, drill the hole(s) for free, and then you just need to finish the job from that point.

Upstairs Location – Like a raised foundation, the flooring is generally plywood over floor joists. Bolting the safe to the floor will slow down a thief, but will not keep a determined thief from being able to break the safe loose. For this reason, we recommend that a safe going upstairs should weigh at least 450 pounds. Having moved thousands of safes we know that this is too much weight for a couple of burglars to pick up and put in the back of a pickup truck!

Have a question about one of these categories or want more information on bolting your safe to your floor? Leave us a comment below!