Securing your safe – 5 Things to consider
The reason why anyone buys a safe is because they have something valuable that they would like to store, and keep out of the hands of unwanted criminals. But just having a safe may not be enough. If a burglar had to see your safe, the first thing that they would try to do is move it. If they could move your safe off of the property, they would then have all the time they needed to break into it. Securing your safe could mean that burglars would just move on, and result in your valuables not being stolen. Here are five things to consider when securing your safe.
1. Your safe needs to be secured to something
Most insurance companies require that you fix your safe to either the wall or the floor. Most safes come with anchor points so that you can bolt the safe down. You can bolt the safe down by yourself, but if you are unsure, call a professional for help.
2. A concrete floor is ideal
Securing your safe to a concrete floor will provide the best security. A wooden floor would also suffice if you are unable to secure your safe to concrete. If you bolt down your safe to wooden floor, make sure that it is bolted down onto support beams.
3. Even heavy safes need to be bolted down
It has happened before that thieves have attempted to move a safe that weighed over 2000 lbs. Sometimes they might not want to take the safe with them, but they will just push it over, making it easier to pry the door open. All safes, from the small light ones, to the big, heavy duty safes should be bolted down. Bolting down a safe, no matter the size, provides an extra layer of security.
4. Use as many anchor points as possible
The ideal scenario would be to anchor your safe to the floor, and at least on two of the safe’s walls. This would prevent any sort of movement and drastically decrease the likelihood of your safe being stolen, or pushed over.
However, this is not always possible. If you are a tenant, for example, you might need to ask for permission to drill into the floor and the walls. You might also be planning on moving soon, and the new location might not have place for a wall anchor, and as a result you will have holes on the sides of you safe.
The more anchor points on your safe, the more permanent its location will be. Keep this in mind when deciding to anchor your safe.
5. Multi-layer security
You safe should not be the first line of defense when it comes to protecting your valuables. A good burglar alarm serves as a deterrent for thieves, and also gives them limited time, if they do manage to break in. If your safe is secured to the wall or floor (or both), and an alarm is going off, the thieves could decide to move on, rather than spend time trying to gain access to your safes contents.
No Safe is an impenetrable fortress. It needs to be as difficult as possible for thieves to get access to your safe’s contents. Ensuring that your safe is bolted down, and having a burglar alarm in place, adds extra layers of security. All of this, and a high quality safe, greatly increases your chances of keeping you valuables safe
If you have any questions about securing your safe, please do not hesitate to contact one of our professionals.