January 15, 2012
Snatch and Grab
The proliferation of home robberies are classified as "snatch and grab." The intruder invests approximately 3-5 minutes within the home. An internal clock begins to sequentially tick off each second that the intruder invests in a break-in. To exceed a five-minute timeframe puts the life of the intruder in jeopardy from being shot or apprehended. Any secure enclosure that protects personal possessions, that is not overtly visible, renders a robbery less likely to succeed in the theft of valuables. The very presence of a home security safe is a deterrent to such robberies. Theft prevention and climate control management have rendered security safes a requirement for any home, office or business. The needed security afforded by home and business safes completes any existing security control system, such as a local ADT security system. Home security safes offer protection of personal documents, jewelry and irreplaceable items. Home safes are a major deterrent from robbery and provide needed security from fire and climate changes. Advance Safes offer a large inventory of wall, floor, fire, gun and electronic digital safes.
September 12, 2011
The Ploy of "Free Shipping"
Just a cursory search on Google will reveal many safe retailers that taunt the canard of "free shipping." Aside from the fact that they have "rolled" the transit cost into their already inflated price, the term is misleading and in some cases fraudulent. Consider a homeowner that buys a 250 lb. plus safe and assumes it will be brought into their home only to be surprised on delivery that the safe remains on the truck if they cannot remove it. Within the shipping industry this is referred to as a loading dock or nonliftgate delivery. Since a homeowner has no loading dock, the truck sent out is not equipped with a hydraulic gate to lower the safe to the ground. If the individual is not an ex-linebacker for the Steelers or has several drinking buddies who don't care about personal liability, they are screwed. Unless the driver is amenable to a substantial incentive, the safe goes back to the warehouse and the customer is charged for the delivery. A restocking fee can also be levied.
There are four basic delivery options offered by most shipping companies: 1. Liftgate or off the truck (unaided by driver); 2. Liftgate only also known as curbside delivery; 3. Liftgate with inside door placement. The safe will be brought over the threshold but will not be taken off the transit pallet; 4. Full service delivery, with the proviso that some companies will not remove the safe from the transit pallet. This is often an extra charge by employing the services of an installer. Be aware, a home safe that can be 500+ lbs., is not an easy task to move. Any Injury incurred by the customer is their full responsibility. Many shipping companies do not offer the extra liability insurance or requisite equipment for a driver to bring into a home and install a safe weighing several hundred pounds.
Before purchasing that "Buy of a Lifetime" from a mooncalf salesman, consider the cost involved in the different strata of delivery. If an internet clown will not give you specific delivery charges in writing before any purchase, hang up. Contemplate your needs and discuss the various delivery options with an informed consultant who works with both the safe industry and all the major shipping companies in the U.S. Don't be rushed into a "free delivery" debacle.
August 10, 2011
Hotel Safes for the Home
With increasing amenities offered by four and five star hotels, the luxury of an inroom safe is becoming a standard security and convenience feature. Hotel safes generally have an electronic lock that allows a new combination to be utilized each time the door is opened. Many models feature a credit card option that will lock and unlock the safe by sliding a personal credit card through. Each safe has been predrilled on the bottom and back for easy installation. Advance Safes has offered the Challenger inventory of hotel safes for over ten years. Challenger is the Number One hotel safe in the United States. Our association with Hospitality Safe Corporation has allowed us to provide the finest hotel safes; wall safes, floor and pedestal safes, on the market today. View our "M" Series models and Model 145E and select a hotel safe for your home or office that you have probably have seen and utilized in a recent hotel stay.
August 1, 2011
Why Aren't My CDs Playing Anymore?
We have often spoken to clients who voice their concern that their prized collection of 60's music is not as clear and pristine when originally purchased. They have simply kept their collection in a lock box or fire safe throughout the years. Without cognizance that all data must be kept below 122 degrees, their valued collection is now disintegrating. The advent of data media safes afford the protection for all office, business, home, personal and musical data that must be preserved from fire, humidity and climate changes. Keeping the interior temperature below 122 degrees maintains the temperature to preserve all DLTs, CDs, audiocassettes, microcassettes, DVDs, etc. This type of media can be erased by heat and climate changes. Keep that collection of Cream as clear as when Clapton filled the Fillmore West! An investment in a data safe lets you relive "Crossroads" the first time you revelled in "Slowhand's" prowess.
July 5, 2011
What Warrants a Fire Rated Safe?
Historically, safes were designed as secure enclosures for valuable possessions. The threat of fire was secondary to theft and water damage. With the advent of fire-retardant materials, safes were constructed to withstand the disastrous effects of a fire. To maintain the interior temperatures, under 350 degrees, was the optimum goal. Currently, safes can have a fire-rating from 30 minutes to 3 hours, with an ISO (European) or UL (U.S.) testing standard requirement. Safes can have a rating of 1250 degrees to 1850 degrees of exterior heat while maintaining a 350 degree interior ceiling. A fire-rating is not a claim of "fire proof" which is a misleading advertising ploy. Steel begins to disintegrate at 2300 degrees and the laws of physics cannot be abridged. Consider the contents you want to protect and choose a safe with a fire-rating that corresponds accordingly.
June 12, 2011
Radio Days and Floor Safes
The Woody Allen film "Radio Days" begins with an improbable scene of two bumbling burglars in a darkened house in Rockaway Beach, New York. They hear the phone ring and implausibly answer it. They proceed to engage in a musical contest broadcast on national radio. They win the jackpot! In the morning, when the damage and loss (jewelry, etc. stolen) was detected by the residents of the house, they also are surprised by a truckload of prizes delivered on their front lawn. The intruders had enough time in the home to answer musical questions and search for any valuable merchandise. The Rabinowitz's loss in the film would have been improbable if a floor safe had been utilized. Often termed a "diversion" or "concealment" safe, a floor safe that is installed in concrete or wood provides an ideal concealment. Unless a homeowner broadcasts the installation of such a safe, the undetected nature of a floor safe is a security feature that protects the owner's possessions. Large enough for documents, handguns, coins, jewelry, etc. a floor safe challenges any intruder to become a clairvoyant. Woody Allen's wonderful opening scene would not have eventuated in any stolen property if a floor safe was utilized. Concealment is an ally of protection.
May 5, 2011
Economic Uncertainty, the Matrix of Security Awareness
Economic uncertainty and instability is the matrix from which personal insecurity emanates. As trust in the banking industry has waned, coupled with an overall lack of confidence in the economy, many investors are acquiring home and business safes to protect valuable documents, jewelry and currency. The current economic anxiety has engendered a desire to maintain contact with one's personal possessions. As the economic recession deepens, the need for personal and business security increases. The vacillating stock market and eroding real estate values have diminished confidence in these avenues and increased the desire for home, office and business security. Security and safety is now redefined as the most basic of all needs, the home and family. Detached from a theistic belief, safes are an emblem of security and personal safety.
April 11, 2011
The Necessity of Gun Security
The right to own firearms is a valued liberty of our American heritage, considered by many to be an important part of our nation's history. Responsible gun owners take this freedom very seriously. As gun owners, they take pride in the lawful use of firearms. They take enormous satisfaction in the firearms themselves—firearms that often represent a highly prized investment. Whether you're a hunter, sportsman or collector, possessing a firearm and using it safely is of utmost importance. Securing and storing a gun collection against damage, unauthorized use, theft, and accidents is a vital part of this responsibility. Weapons that are unsecured in the home are a disaster waiting to happen. Protect children from the irreversible ramifications of unsecured rifles and handguns. Advance Safes understands the important issues of safety and security that intelligent gun owners face daily. Our extensive inventory of gun safes, available in various models and sizes, meet individual storage needs with a myriad of standard features that include fire rated models, electronic and combination locking, and adjustable interior shelving options.
March 5, 2011
A History of a Safe Giant
In 1930, at the nadir of the Great Depression, John Brush, Sr. and his brother-in-law, Willard Punnett, opened a small industrial plant for the manufacture of safes. By adhering to a basic formula—quality products at affordable prices through constant innovation—the Brush-Punnett Company began to expand. Over the years, John Brush's three sons—Jack, Dick, and Bob—joined the firm. The company name was changed to the Sentry Group in 1987 but it remained family owned and operated. Today, members of the third generation—Doug and Jim Brush—provide current leadership. As a global provider, Sentry Safe manufactures more fire-resistant chests, files, safes, storage containers, and gun safes than any other company in the world. The company strives to maintain the goal of quality products and innovation. Sentry Safe has won numerous awards for product design. Sentry Safe has currently announced the purchase of Schwab Corporation, a global manufacturer of high-quality security and fire files, safes, cabinets, and vault doors for the storage and protection of vital records.