The most popular type of safe for the home is a floor safe, because they can be bolted to the ground and they are quite heavy. Not many home invaders will take the time to break into a safe, and they are entirely too heavy to try to remove from the home. There is another type of floor safe, too, that can be installed beneath the floor. This adds and extra layer of protections, for the safe can be completely concealed by furniture or rugs, much the way a wall safe can be concealed by artwork.
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When you take the time to install a wall safe or a floor safe in your home, like the LaGard FF-33, then you should be sure to use it. It may seem like you can put off dropping your important documents or valuable jewelry inside for a few days, but it just takes a moment for things to disappear. You might think that these things can never happen to you, but they can, and they won’t wait for you to drop your things into the safe first. Keep those valuables protected, and make use of your new safe!
Studies show that most home invaders spend less than five minutes inside their target home. This means that anything you put inside a floor safe will likely remain safe, because it is not likely that any thief would take the time to crack the safe. In fact, floor safes are also easy to hide, as you can have them installed underneath the floor and cover them with rugs. It’s possible that it could go completely unnoticed. Investing in a LaGard FF-33 or a LaGard B2500 could be the wisest decision that you ever make.
Many people purchase a floor safe under the misguided notion that it will also protect the contents from a fire. The truth is that most safes that are built for security use materials that will cause the inside of a safe to reach soaring temperatures in the event of a house fire that reaches 1400 degrees Fahrenheit. You should be sure to specify when purchasing your safe, especially if you are seeking a safe that will protect valuable from both theft and fire. The safes are not created equally, and confusing one for the other could result in a devastating loss.
Not many home or business invaders are planning to spend more than a few minutes inside the target before getting out of Dodge. It is very likely that your wall or floor safe will go unnoticed by a thief. If he or she does notice the safe, the time it would take to enter the safe will discourage them from any attempt to remove the contents. Just by purchasing a LaGard FF-33 or a LaGard B2500, and making certain that you place any and all valuables inside, you could prevent the theft of your precious documents and jewelry. It’s definitely worth the investment.
There are two types of floor safes: one that is bolted to the floor, and one that is installed beneath the floor. There are many advantages to both, though the in-floor safes sometimes do not meet fire-safe guidelines. Safes that are bolted to the floor are extremely heavy, which can me a huge deterrent to a thief. Of course, the ones that sit underneath the floor can often escape detection. A floor safe is an excellent choice if your walls are not thick enough to consider a wall safe. If installed correctly, even the in-floor safes can protect from fire and burglary.
Floor Safe model FS-2300B is made the medium size polyethylene safe in this series.Â Hayman Safe is the one that holds the patent and makes this floor safe.Â I get a lot of comments in regards to “Plastic SAFES?!?!”Â Â Yes its plastic but no its not plastic like you think.Â The only portion that is plastic is the safes body.Â Which will be surrounded by concrete.Â There are also metal straps securing the floor safe door to the safe body.Â So for practical purposes all you will see is a steel safe door and concrete.Â “But why plastic?”Â So it won’t rust.Â
You will read in many of my other posts about how to protect your steel floor safe from rusting.Â Here is the answer.Â After Hurricane Charley in Florida a customer called me out to her house.Â Her Hayman Floor safe had been submerged by salt water.Â The water had drain away and she needed it fixed.Â Only the dial needed replacement as it was starting to stick. So I replaced the dial. Used some lubricant in the bolts just to be on the safe side and a coat of rustolium on the door..more as preventative measure.Â The body was fine.Â She is still using it today without any problems.
In my opinion, if you are installing a floor safe, always buy a B-rated floor safe.Â And if budget allows get one with the plastic body.Â Its not a lot more and it adds years to the life of the safe.
This model also has the newly redesigned door that uses steel wall instead of a steel bolts to lock the door in place.Â Spring loaded hinges make for easy opening and closing of the door.Â Get it with the dial.Â NEVER add a keypad to floor safes. You will be only courting disaster as the electronics can get wet…and they do.Â
One lastÂ item.Â Please note the outside of the safe looks strange.Â Its not smooth and straight like a steel floor safe.Â This has two purposes.Â It allows concrete to grip the safe better than a smooth surface and forms shelves on the inside of the floor safe to put things on and help you stay organized.
Overall its one of the top of the line floor safes on the market today.Â Once the is inground and covered with its steel plate. Its hard to find and even harder to remove from the foundation.Â Its also a very good size.?
Â Hayman floor safe model FS-1200-B is the smallest of the polyethelene floor safes.Â Has the NEW Single wall bolt system.Â Which is a great design and much more secure than the typical B-rated floor safe.Â Â Instead of using seperate bolts to lock the door it has a HUGE wall size bolt that closes behind theÂ side wall of the floor safe.Â I canÂ invision all safes going to this type of bolt work in the future.Â It great design idea that really strengthens the door.
The bigest down fall to steel floor safes in the past has been rust!Â If you have read my other posts concerning floor safes I have given several ideas on how to slow down the rusting process.Â But Hayman Safes has made this easy on us.Â With the patented new style of in floor safe. Polyethelene body will not rust in the ground once it is cemented in place.Â This will add decades of life to your floor safe.
The minor negative on this floor safe isÂ that itÂ does not have “Spring loaded hinges” ,Â Instead it is a lift out door.Â The weight of which is around 20 lbs.Â If you are elederly or have little arm strength, you will not want to get this model for that reason.Â Why they didn’t put spring loaded hinges in this model? Because its small.Â
Don’t worry about the size of this floor safe.Â It still has huge strength and a B rating.
Floor Safes model B2500 is both a B-Rated floor safe and bigger unit.Â Though not as big as the FS-B4 it is just as strong with a triple bolt to seal the door and a drill resistant hardplate over the door.Â This floor safe is worth the money and time it will take to install it.Â The body is made of 1/4 inch steel and once concreted in place you will have a super good floor safe.
I have pointed out on my other posts but figure I should pointÂ it on this one as well.Â To add a longer life to the steel body of the safe.Â Be sure to wrap it in a plastic bag or a thick painters drop cloth from the hardware store.Â A locksmith friend of mine wraps his in a Hefty Lawn and Leaf bag before he sets it in the ground and adds concrete.Â This will protect the steel in safe from moisture and rusting.Â Literally adding years of life to your floor safes usability.
I almost forgot to mention the spring loaded hinge in the door for easy opening and closing.Â Why the spring loaded hinge? Because of all the steel and hardplate in the door makes the the door veryÂ heavy.Â Smaller models don’t have spring loaded hinges and the safe head must be lifted out of the way.Â It may not sound like a big deal but wait until you are on your knees in the back of a dark closet.Â If its convient you will use the safe. If its a pain in the arse….you won’t use it as much.Â These are some real observations on my part.
Isn’t that a cool headline? I thought it was a real attention grabber and I will explain here in a moment. But before I do that I want to talk about what to lookÂ forÂ when searching safes and trying to decide about which safe will get you the best protection for the best price.Â I have found from Wall Safes, Fireproof Home Safes, Fire Safes & Burglary Safes, Biometric Safes, Fingerprint Safes, Security Safes, and Depository Safes like Drop safes.Â I personally think that Floor Safes are one of the best Safes for home or business and I’ll tell you why.
First you can purchase B-Rated floor safes for very affordable prices.Â As a matter of fact B-rated floor safes are the most affordable type of B-rated safe in the industry.Â If you are new to looking at safes you are probably asking yourself “Why a B-Rated safe? What makes a safe B-Rated anyway?”
Underwriters Labratory (UL) assigns a B-rating to burglary safes.Â They need to meet a certain set of standards such as a minimum of 1/4 inch steel on the body.Â Half inch steel in the door with drill resistant hardplate.Â Group II lock or Group I electronic keypad.Â Must also be able to hold up to a minimum amount of crowbar and sledge hammer attacks.Â But becarefull, just because it has a UL listed on the label doesn’t mean it passed their B-Rating test. It could stand for something else about the safe such as the lock.
Once installed in concrete you get several benfits. Like fireproofing from the concrete wrapped around the safe.Â It is hidden and covered metal plate so you can roll carpet or a rug over it.Â Staying hidden is a key security component because “out of sight is truely out of mind”.Â Â This way a thief can’t even start to break into it.Â
Second is,Â if they do find it. Breaking into one is next to impossible.Â I have several manufactures that tout their floor safe doors have NEVER been breached in a theft attempt.Â Thats impressive to me and it should be reassuring to you.
The reason floor safes are the choice safe for drug dealers is so they can hide cash and their drug of choice inÂ a floor safe.Â Drug sniffing dogs have a very difficult time sniffing through all the steel, concrete, and carpeting.Â The police just can’t locate the safe.Â Now if a drug dog and police can’t find the safe, and they are looking for it. Just think what a thief will find and he is only going to search by himself in a 3-8 minute period!
Before you get too excited, yes, there is a negative side to floor safes. That is if you want to install one in a slab that has already been poured, its a lot of work and very messy.Â I actually installed one in drug dealers house before he went to prison.Â He took my receipt and his reciept and burned it on the driveway.Â Vowing me to silence.Â I have deleted that job from my computers and mindÂ and toÂ this day I don’t even remember the location or the guy.Â (Don’t want too either)