Safe Installation Tips & Tricks

Safe Installation Tips & Tricks

So you finally got that safe home.  You are like a proud parent of your 1000 pound baby.  Now here are some safe installation tips and tricks to protect that safe (and its contents) against thieves, fire, and water.

  • Anchor the safe down-Every safe, no matter how large should be secured to the floor or wall.  There are many examples of burglars simply rolling a 1000 pound gun safe out the door using nothing more than dowels or golf balls underneath.  They put it into their truck and take it back to their shop to work on at their leisure.  Ideally, the safe should be mounted to a concrete floor using multiple bolts on the bottom of the safe.  Make sure to use appropriate lag bolts or concrete anchors.  Consult with both the safe manufacturer and your local home supply store such as Home Depot or Lowes.  Some manufacturers, like Baraska will actually include mounting bolts with the safe.
  • Double check the thickness of the steel on the bottom of your safe as a large pry bar may pull the bolts right through the bottom of the safe.  Adding a thick steel backing plate inside the safe, may fix this deficiency.  Stack-on safes, have reinforced bottoms to prevent this problem.
  • Locate your safe in the corner of a room where you can protect at least one side of the safe.  Since the sides and top often have the thinnest steel, protecting those by blocking access can slow down a brute force attack with power tools against the safe.  If possible, put the safe in a tight area such as under a permanent shelf that makes it again difficult for thieves to maneuver tools to work on the safe.
  • If you chose to put your safe in your garage or basement, make sure you don ‘t store any tools near the safe.  Several homeowners have found that thieves used their own tools against the safe.  In one case, a thief used the homeowners saw to open the safe!
  • Before placing the safe, consider what items are nearby that could fuel flames in the case of a house fire.  This may be large wood beams, solvents or other chemicals such as paint, or propane tanks.  The contents in even a fire safe can be compromised if left long enough near a major combustible material.  Safes with plastic locking mechanisms, like biometric safes, may be damaged beyond repair and difficult to open after a significant fire.  A fire safe box many be a good addition to keep your most valuable items protected.
  • Consider getting an alarm system for not only your home, but also for the safe.  It is proven that an audible alarm will deter most criminals from continuing to enter or burglarize the home.
  • Hide your safe if possible.  Place large boxes in front of it, build a false wall.  If the they can’t find it, they can’t steal it or break into it.  This is especially important if you purchased a cheap safe that is not a secure as more expensive  model.
  • If possible, purchase a cheap gun cabinet and put several junk guns in it.  The thief may take those guns and never realize you have another gun safe that has more valuable items.

While these are not a comprehensive list of safe installation techniques, they can protect not only your safe, but the contents.

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