Posts Tagged ‘security safes’

Time to Upgrade Your Home Safe to a Digital Lock?

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

MAXIMUM HIgh Security Digital LockDo you have a home safe or gun safe with a mechanical lock? You know it’s time to upgrade to a digital lock when:

  • You need to find your glasses before you can run the combo.
  • A flashlight must be found and used to dial the combo.
  • You lose count while dialing and have to run the combo 3 times before getting it right.
  • You have to pay a locksmith the big bucks to change the combination because you gave it to a friend or family member and now wish you hadn’t.
  • Your spouse closes the safe but doesn’t lock it because it’s too much of a hassle to open it.
  • $350,000 worth of valuables are stolen out of your safe because it wasn’t locked.

Yes, it’s true. We have a customer who was so frustrated with the mechanical lock on their home safe that they closed, but didn’t lock their safe and recently had $350,000 worth of jewelry and other valuables stolen. Ouch!

Terminology can be confusing; digital lock, electronic lock, high security electronic lock. These terms are often used interchangeably. The keypad is simply a communication device that allows the user to input the combination and transfer that information to the lock on the other side of the door, inside the safe. The reference to high security indicates that the lock has been tested and certified by Underwriters Laboratory for reliability and security. These locks are easy to use and allow you to set and change your own combination. They have been around for many years and are recognized by most, including Underwriters Laboratory, as highly reliable and secure.

High security digital or electronic locks are different from the electronic locks frequently found on wall safes and small inexpensive home safes. These types of safes often have lower quality electronic locks that have not been through the rigorous testing at Underwriters Laboratories. Lower quality locks may be attractive in price but they are a clear example of, you get what you pay for. They are not appropriate for use with a high quality home safe or gun safe.

Is it time to upgrade your safe to a high security electronic lock? If so, give us a call and we will discuss this with you further or get you scheduled for the work to be done.

What’s the “BEST” Jewelry Safe?

Tuesday, December 14th, 2010

Luxury Jewelry Safe

The one that has room for everything you want to protect, safely and conveniently. The one that looks the way you want it to look. The one that fits where you want to put it. The one that keeps out the bad guy who is stupid enough to break into your home. The one that protects your valuables from fire until the crew puts it out. The one that fits your budget.

Preparation will help you get the right jewelry safe for your needs. Before you go shopping take a mental if not paper inventory of the things you want to protect. Keep in mind you probably have additional valuables you will want to secure when you go out of town and you may acquire more valuables over the years. Think about where the jewelry safe will be placed so that it is convenient and you will actually use it. Take measurements of any tight spaces you so have an idea of how much space you have to work with.

There are many jewelry safes out there, but what you need is the best one for YOU. While it’s not rocket science it does help to talk with a safe expert. All jewelry safes are not created alike and you ought to know what you are getting. Don’t fall prey to the “great deal” that will provide a false sense of security rather than the protection that you need.

To make sure you get the best jewelry safe for your needs visit us on the web at Maximum Security Jewelry Safes
or call us at 800-538-0600 or locally at 714-550-4123. We ship all over the U.S..

The Best Location for Your Home Safe

Friday, November 5th, 2010

Safe Installation

Home safes are a great way to protect your valuables. Where you put your security safe is an important component of the security it will offer. But, there is not one best place. The placement decision should be based on the contents and how frequently you want access to them, the type of safe and how heavy the safe is.

Security safes that hold frequently accessed items should be placed as close to the point of use as possible. The safe won’t offer you much protection if you don’t use it because it isn’t convenient. A home safe used to secure jewelry or watches should be placed in the master dressing room, master bedroom, or possibly a close proximity office or spare room. You may want to secure the safe to a pedestal or reinforced shelf to bring it up closer to eye level for added convenience. If the safe will hold a gun for emergency situations you will likely want it in or near your bedroom. Small pistol safes are great for bolting under the bed, to the bedside table or the inside of the bedroom closet.

If the contents of the home safe are items you don’t need access to frequently then the location is less critical. An out of the way spot is likely your best bet, maybe a remote closet or the garage. Safes that secure guns for hobby can be placed in the garage, office, spare bedroom or even the family room or living room. A beautiful high gloss gun safe can be an attractive addition to your home décor. Security safes used for collections do well in a convenient closet or family room. Fire safes used to secure documents are well placed in an office or the garage.

The type of home safe may dictate where it will be placed as well. Some types are obvious; floor safes are installed into the slab and therefore belong in the garage or ground floor of a slab foundation home. Be sure your home doesn’t have post tension cables before you invest in a floor safe! Wall safes are designed to be discrete. Rather than give away any specific tips here for all to hear we can talk with you privately about ideas for discrete locations over the phone or in person.

The weight of your safe is a factor in placement. Generally safes under 1,000 lbs. can go to the second floor, if your stairs are maneuverable for the size of safe you have selected. Safes over 1,000 lbs. should be placed on the ground floor or in the garage. Carefully select placement of one of these heavy safes if your home has a raised foundation. Be sure to consult an expert to make sure you have chosen an appropriate location.

Call the experts at Maximum Security Safes today to discuss the best location for your safe. There are some additional tips we can share with you personally that are better not shared in a public setting.

Gun Safe Buyer – How Big Should You Go?

Monday, July 12th, 2010

Gun Safe - BF7240

A common complaint of folks who have purchased a gun safe is they wish they bought a bigger one. Home safes are like closets, we fill them up quickly. Most folks will keep their security safe for a very long time, in fact your safe may very well out-live you. Security safes don’t wear out, they just get too small. To make the most of your investment, buy your home safe at least one size bigger than you think you need.

Most of us are concerned about cost. What you will likely find is that as you move up in size within a line of gun safes, the price differential is relatively small. Most times the better values come with the larger sizes. Consider carefully what size home safe you will invest in.

Besides cost, the size decision will be based on two primary considerations; what you expect to put into the gun safe and how much room you have for the safe. It is worth your time to make a list of what you plan to put into the home safe. List out all the items that will stay in the security safe long term, then add the items that will go in and out with regular use, next add the items you will store in the gun safe when you travel and finally keep in mind extra room needed for valuables you will acquire or inherit in the future. Most gun safes are used for a variety of items, not just guns. Once you have a security safe in your house you will find it is a valuable storage place for birth certificates, insurance records, photos, jewelry, a stash of cash, and the list goes on. When your list is complete it is time to consider whether or not the size gun safe needed will fit in the location you had in mind? Some folks find they actually need two home safes.

Two security safes provides the opportunity to put the long term storage items in an out of the way location and a smaller safe, with the items you need more regularly, in a easy to access location. A conveniently located gun safe will be more likely to get used. If it’s not easy to put your items securely away in your home safe you may have a tendency to leave them out and vulnerable. This two security safe approach also makes it easier to have more secure storage space with room to grow.

Selecting the most appropriate size gun safe is as important to your decision as what type of safe. To ensure you get the most out of your “safe” investment consult an expert. At Maximum Security Safes we have expert consultants who are ready to discuss these questions with you. But don’t delay, you don’t want to be the next statistic we read about in the news.

Sad Story of a Home Security Safe Buyer

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

Sean was in our store today looking at safes for home. After two bad experiences with home security safes from big box stores he has learned the hard way. The first security safe was too light weight and not bolted down; it was carried off by burglars with the wife’s jewelry and all their important papers inside while he and his family slept undisturbed upstairs. The second home security safe was larger and heavier, but not very good quality. Two months after the one-year warranty expired the handle malfunctioned. After several phone conversations with the manufacturer and hours of frustration he was still unable to open the safe. At that point Sean realized it was well past time to invest in a quality home safe and he came to visit us at Maximum Security Safes.

So, how do you buy a home safe? A security safe that will truly protect your valuables, not just give you a false sense of security? The first key is asking questions about the product you are considering so you know what you are buying. You are looking to protect some of your most precious valuables; this decision warrants careful consideration not a knee jerk response.

It is important to understand is that there is such a thing as too good a deal. We have a $285, 185 lb, 2 cu ft security safe in our store from a leading supplier of safes in the country. The inexpensive digital lock failed and the owner couldn’t find the back-up key. The security safe was then opened by an eager teenager with a home screw driver in 2 minutes. The owner brought the safe to us in disgust, looking for a security safe he could trust.

What questions will you ask to prevent this scenario from happening to you?

  • 1) Is the home security safe made of steel or plastic? (How much value will you entrust to a plastic security box?)
  • 2) Has this home safe been tested against burglary and/or fire by a responsible testing entity like United Laboratories (U.L.)? Be very careful if the sales person says “It’s just as good as…”.
  • 3) Can you get support from the place you are buying the security box, should you need it?

Obviously there are many more questions that you can ask, and you should, before you make this important decision. These considerations hold true regardless of the type of safe you are looking for, general purpose home safes, jewelry safes, gun safes as well as safes for business. If you have the opportunity, go to a store that has a good variety, 20+ security safes, on their showroom floor of various sizes and price ranges. Test the locks, open and close the doors and begin to get a feel for what you get at different price points. If the security safe does not have any labels on it from independent testing labs, buyer beware.

Don’t fall into the trap of learning the hard way like Sean and our other customer mentioned above. Learn from their mistakes and make an educated purchase.

Morals to the story.

  • 1) If you must get a small light home safe, bolt it down.
  • 2) Believe the truth of the old adage, you get what you pay for.
  • 3) Ask questions of a knowledgeable source before you buy.

Financial Market Got You Worried?

Monday, October 6th, 2008

The news is buzzing about failing banks and financial institutions and many of us are worried about how all of this will affect us.At Maximum Security Safes we have had a sharp rise in the number of people calling and coming in to our “safe” showroom to purchase burglar and fire resistant safes.If you are like these people then you may be considering reducing your exposure at the bank by taking your security into your own hands.

Good quality home safes are very affordable.If you are looking for a high security safe to secure cash and other valuables you will likely need a safe that is both burglar and fire resistant.Some safes are good for fire resistance, some are good for burglar resistance, but when you want to secure cash and other valuables make sure the home safe you choose is good at both.We have a variety of styles of high security safes that meet both these criteria – gun safes, jewelry safes, wall safes, high security safes and more.To confirm you are getting what you want look for labels in the safe from independent laboratories that document the fire and/or burglar test the safe has passed.If you are buying a safe from a reputable dealer the old saying, “you get what you pay for” does hold true.These safes come in a variety of different shapes, sizes and price ranges according to your needs.

The best way to have confidence that you are purchasing a safe that will truly address your security needs is to come and see the safes (if you can) and talk to an expert. At Maximum Security we have a showroom with over 100 different safes on display and experts who can help you chose the right one for your needs.Inventory is moving fast, call or visit us today.

Men Arrested with Safe in Trunk

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

What were they thinking?  Two men steal a security safe and are stopped by police as they drive away in the wee hours of the night with the safe hanging out  the trunk of their compact sedan.  It begins with a familiar story, recently fired employee decides to get back at his employer.  With his inside knowledge he is able to get into the building and knows where to find the safe.  The business owner has purchased a quality security safe and the ex-employee and his partner are unable to break into the safe on-site.  So, they load it into their vehicle and are on their way to a private spot where they will have more time to break into the safe.  The problem is that they can’t close the trunk with the safe in it, in fact it is in clear view and the weight of the safe draws even more attention by making the light-weight car a low rider.

After speaking with the manager of the restaurant we were able to help him make sure that nothing like this ever happens to his store again.  This is just one more example of how valuable expert consulting is in selecting the right security safe and the right installation for your safe.  If you chose correctly you should only have to buy a safe once – call us at Maximum Security Safes so that our experienced consultants can help you select the best solution to your security needs.

Moral of the story – some thieves are too stupid for their own good.