Gun Safe Buyer’s Guide

December 23rd, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | No Comments »

Owning a gun is a big responsibility. There are many precautions and safety issues related to gun ownership, including owning a gun safe. You can reduce the risk of harm in your home by storing your firearms in a well-constructed, secured gun safe.

You may be an expert in handling firearms and consider yourself to be gun-safe, but visitors to your home may not be, especially if there are children in the home. If they have access to your firearms, you could be putting your guests, as well as family members at risk. And did you know that in some states, if a gun is stolen from your home and used in a crime, you could be held legally responsible for any damage related to the incident?

One way to prevent potentially dangerous situations and be “gun safe,” is to keep your guns locked in a secure gun safe. Not all gun safes are the same and not all safes are designed for holding just any type of gun. With so many gun safes to choose from, you will want to make sure you choose the best, and the right safe for your gun, or collection of guns.

There are practically an unlimited number of gun safes for sale, and multiple types to choose from. With multiple gun safe manufacturers, as well as multiple makes and models, you are sure to find the one that fits your needs.

When shopping for a gun safe, here are some guidelines to follow, and specifics to look for to help you choose the right safe:

  • Shell Strength
  • Wall Thickness and interior design
  • Type of locking mechanism
  • Fire protection on inner portion of safe, especially for paper and media
  • Slide out drawers for handguns
  • External finish is rust resistant
  • Purchase a safe larger than you think you’ll need. It should be large enough to hold all of your guns - at least 58” tall by 30” wide

When installing your gun safe into your home, it’s a wise decision to choose a safe location that is easy access, and has ample lighting. You will also want to install it in area that’s free of water drainage issues; such as a basement. When installing your safe, install it away from walls to have full access of the safe door.

Use bolts to anchor the safe to the floor and consider adding a burglar alarm system to your home for added security and peace of mind. This is especially true if your gun collection is a valuable collection.

Keeping your gun collection locked in a gun safe is always the best decision. Making sure you have the proper safe for your collection is top priority. Locking your guns into a safe that is adequate in size and construction, as well as following all recommended guidelines for installation and gun storage is always the best and safest decision.


Best Reviewed Gun Safes

December 22nd, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Consumer Protection, Home Safes, Home Storage, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | No Comments »

No matter what gun safe you purchase, you want to make sure you are getting the best one for your money. Before you buy, you will want to do your research on the types of gun safes available, to find the right gun safe for you and your needs, as well as the best one for your money.

There are not only multiple brands of gun safes to choose from, but multiple types. You can choose from a freestanding floor safe, a wall safe, even an in-ground floor safe. Doing your research before you buy will help you to be sure you are getting what you need and want in a gun safe.

Reviewing gun safe reviews can help you make the most educated decision on your gun safe purchase. Some of the most popular and positively rated gun safes are:

  • Gunvault SpeedVault SV500 gun safe- For a single handgun, the Gunvault Speedvault SV500 gun safe got great reviews. It mounts in small spaces, easy to use and offers electronic entry access. The Gunvault Speedvault SV500 gun safe got great reviews.
  • SentrySafe G1459E 14-Gun Electronic Lock Safe, Black Powder Coat- The SentrySafe G1459E 14-Gun Electronic Lock Safe, Black Powder Coat received 4 1/2 stars for its features. Standing at 59.0 - Inches in height and 21 inches in width, it can store multiple weapons. It contains 3 steel live locking bolts and 3 dead bolts as well as it contains a hardened steel plate that protects from drill attack.
  • Stack-On PDS-500 Drawer Safe with Electronic Lock - The Stack-On PDS-500 Drawer Safe with Electronic Lock received great reviews for being convenient, durable and for offering a key or electronic access. It can store one gun or hold multiple smaller guns such as, 2 compact revolvers and a Compact Semiautomatic Pistol. It is durable, made of thick steel, and can be kept in smaller spaces.
  • Homak HS30103660 8-Gun Security Cabinet, Gloss Black - This gun cabinet received excellent reviews for being a very safe cabinet. It is a hard cabinet to break into. Although this is not considered a safe, but security cabinet, it can hold about 8 rifles and ammo.. It is very well secured and comes highly recommended.

Keep your gun where it belongs, in a safe. When looking for gun safes for sale, review what others are saying about the safe you are interested in to get their feedback. No matter what it is you are looking for, you can find a safe to hold your single gun, or collection of guns. With multiple types of gun safes to choose from, you can have the added security you need and want for your gun.


I’m Begging You to Lock Up Your Guns

December 17th, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | No Comments »

Last Friday’s massacre at Sandy Point is heart wrenching. The news is so terrible that I can’t watch as the 24/7 saturation media digs every bit of flesh and detail they can from the gruesome corners of this story. I just can’t stand to watch it, or comprehend how something like that can happen.

Tragedies like this create firestorm discussions about gun ownership, access to firearms, and the Second Amendment. Unfortunately all of this conversation is too late for those poor souls killed at Sandy Point Elementary.

I understand the reasons to own and keep guns at home, sometime one “at the ready”. Home invasion crimes are often brutal, unforgiving, and happen so quickly that law enforcement can’t respond before terrible harm sometimes comes to the occupants of the home. If you feel like a home invasion is something you can talk your way out of, best of luck to you. If you feel you need a firearm, a shotgun is generally considered your best defense. (I can go into more detail “why”, if anyone is interested.)

But you only need a weapon at arms reach when you can be in control of it. At all other times, if the weapon is outside of your immediate reach and control, secure the damn thing in a safe where only the registered owner knows the combination or carries the keys on them. If you have a “collection” of firearms, you MUST disarm the ones not “at the ready” and store them unloaded, and SHOULD store ammunition separately in it’s OWN fireproof safe.

Keeping guns out of the hands of children, the mentally ill, and thieves is every law-abiding gun-owning citizen’s TOP priority. It’s wise to install a gun safe BEFORE you begin collecting weapons.

Here’s another expert tip: If you can’t afford the safe, you can’t afford the guns.

Yes, we sell gun safes at HomeSafe, and so do a lot of other vendors. I don’t care if you buy a gun safe from us or from someone else. But, if you own guns, I’M BEGGING YOU to PLEASE secure them in a gun safe with controlled access to combinations and keys. It’s your responsibility as a gun owner.


Home Invasion and Burglary is on the Rise in Fairfax, VA

October 5th, 2010 | Filed under: Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | 1 Comment »

Home invasion and burglary is on the rise. With unemployment still hovering around 10% and an economy struggling to rebound, some are turning to drastic measures. One community in Fairfax, VA has been hit over 90 times in only a couple of months.

Citizens must remain viligent and aware. The police and home owner associations will remind you to lock your doors and report and “suspicious” activity. However, there is more that you can do to protect your home and family.

At Homesafe.com you can find many articles on how to protect your valuables as well as find top-rated products for securing your home and protecting your most valuable belongings. Burglars “think like the common homeowner.” The first place they will look for money and valuables is your sock drawer. If you are serious about keeping important documents and heirlooms safe…is a safe. Home safes come in many different shapes, sizes and price ranges.

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Tips for Your Home Safe

January 28th, 2010 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Workplace Safety | No Comments »

Recently your friends have been talking about their home safes. The discussions are general, non-specific. You then notice that crime seems to be increasing; after all the economy is suffering and when the economy suffers crime does increase, but why should you buy one? Really what is the point of having a safe inside of your own house? Safes are something that banks have so what is the point of having one inside your home?

Safes give you the ability to protect items within your home that possess value, be it to you or to someone else.

Do you have a will? Where are you going to store those wedding photo proofs that are irreplaceable and everyone tells you need to be put in a safe place? Do you own any expensive jewelry, precious metals or gem stones? Are there small children with access to your possessions? If you answered yes to the last question then answer this one, do you own a gun? Are you sure they a) can’t find it and b) if they do that it’s not loaded?

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Gun Cabinet or Gun Safe - Which Do You Need?

January 24th, 2010 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | 3 Comments »

If you have guns in your home for hunting, protection or recreational shooting, you need to have somewhere to keep them. Many people love to display their guns in a beautiful gun cabinet, with a wood finish and glass doors so everyone can see them. Others choose to keep their guns in a gun safe- a locked, metal cabinet that securely stores the guns, but doesn’t display them for view. Which one is the best choice for you?

More and more people are choosing gun safes over display cabinets. A gun safe will prevent your guns from being taken out without your knowledge- which could thwart a burglar or more importantly, save a life. If you have children in your home, it’s a no-brainer- you need a gun safe to keep these weapons from being discharged accidentally or by the wrong people.

Some high quality gun safes have the security of a locked metal cabinet, with the look of wood and glass for display. These safes use a thick, tempered glass and a wood veneer, so they serve as furniture while keeping your firearms secure. You can find gun safes that resemble cedar chests or others that look just like a armoire, so you can keep your guns hidden while having a lovely piece of furniture to display.

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Types of Security Safes for Your Home

January 14th, 2010 | Filed under: Family Safety, Home Safes, Safes and Lockboxes, Security | 1 Comment »

If you are looking into purchasing a security safe for your home you might be surprised at the options available. There are a variety of security safes ranging from ones that can be built into your home to freestanding. Before beginning your safe shopping excursion you should first consider what you plan to put in your safe. Are you looking to store documents, jewelry, cash, electronics or other items? Knowing what you will be storing in your safe will make your purchasing decision an easier one.

Safes are used for primarily two reasons. The first, to protect your items from theft and the second to protect your items from fire. You can get safes that offer protection from one or the other or both. You will need to decide, before shopping which type will suit your needs.

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Things to Consider When Purchasing a Home Safe

January 6th, 2010 | Filed under: Fire Safety, Home Storage, Safes and Lockboxes, Workplace Safety | No Comments »

Most everyone has some type of valuable that should be kept some place safe. From jewelry to coin collections to important paperwork and more a home safe can be very handy for storing valuable possessions. On the search for the perfect safe for your home you will find an abundant of choices available. Here is a look at some features that you should consider high priority when choosing a safe for your home.

Home safes offer different types of protection. The main choice consumers have is whether to choose a fire proof safe, a burglar proof safe or one that protects from both. Of course within each option there are different degrees of security levels to decide on.

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Home security businesses doing well during troubled times

April 4th, 2009 | Filed under: Family Safety, Safes and Lockboxes, Security, Security Systems | No Comments »

Source: The Expositor

Despite climbing unemployment and a struggling economy, there is one industry doing quite well during these troubled times.

“It’s a proven fact that burglaries go on the rise when the economy starts to go down,” said Darren McCallum, a security consultant with Security One Alarm.

While that may be true, it’s not a trend that London police are seeing locally.

“We have not seen a dramatic spike in break and enter statistics recently,” said Const. Amy Phillipo. “We have seen a slight increase so far this year, compared to last year.”

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Bed Bunker: Under-the-Mattress Storage

March 31st, 2009 | Filed under: Home Storage, Safes and Lockboxes | 3 Comments »

The Bed Bunker is a 1300lb modular secure lockbox that fits under your mattress by replacing the boxspring. Available in a variety of bed sizes, the fireproof safe is secured via a tamper proof mul-t-lock locking system. $2700-$5200.


Safe Sales Rise as Homeowners Grow Wary of Banks and Worry About Crime

March 31st, 2009 | Filed under: Safes and Lockboxes, Security | No Comments »

(source: Denver Post)

Sales of home security safes have multiplied as homeowners worry about an increase in crime tied to the economic downturn and as confidence in banks and financial institutions wavers.

Several Denver security companies are reporting that sales of home security safes have doubled since the recession deepened last fall.

“With the economy not doing as well, people are scared of theft and are concerned about their house getting broken into,” said Jennifer Wickhorst, an administrator with Englewood Lock and Safe. “Women want to lock up their jewelry, and people are using security safes for passports, checks and anything with personal information on it.”

Paul Rossman with the Arapahoe County Security Center said security businesses

“Anytime there’s an economy problem, crime rates go up and our business goes up. When things are bad, things are good with us,” Rossman said. “We’re really selling a lot of safes, and we have a hard time getting them in here. There’s a lot of demand and very little supply.”

The increase is mostly due to safes being purchased for homes, said Lenny Guida, who owns Master Security Center in Denver, which has doubled its safe sales in recent months.

“Usually, residential households mainly purchase gun safes, but now it’s home security safes,” Guida said. “The security safes they’re buying are typically lower end. People aren’t spending a ton, maybe $200 to $250 and up to about $400.”

Although customers are typically tight-lipped about why they need a safe, Rossman said, sales are frequently driven by low confidence in banks and safe deposit boxes.

That was the case for a Castle Rock woman, who declined to be named, who with her husband bought a $350 safe in November from Amazon.com.

Though the couple realize a major bank failure is unlikely, they’ve decided to secure a week’s worth of cash in the event of a disaster, she said.

“We initially thought about purchasing a safe to keep our birth certificates and passports somewhere safe and fireproof, but then we started to get more serious about it as we watched the economy,” she said. “Some of these big banks started to fail, and it became a reality for the first time in my life that I might not be able to get cash out of the ATM.

“It keeps you prepared for the unforeseeable, which has become a lot more foreseeable.”


Lockbox Program Aimed at Making Seniors Safer

March 27th, 2009 | Filed under: Home Projects, Home Storage, Safes and Lockboxes, Security, Senior Safety | 2 Comments »

(Source: Yuma Sun)

On occasion when emergency responders receive a 911 call and arrive at the residence, the person who made that call may be physically unable to answer the door, which may be locked. 

  In that case, responders must break a door or window to gain access, causing property damage that will only amount to an added expense for the person who made the call. But thanks to a new federal grant, a pilot program installing Knox boxes on certain homes may be changing all that in the near future in the Yuma area.

  “This program will allow us quick access to homes that have ‘at risk’ clients in them,” said Jill Harrison, director of the Western Arizona Council of Governments. “Because we provide various in-home services such as in-home meals to the elderly that are living alone, we have already identified those people who may be most in need of this service.”

  The Knox Box is make by the Knox Co. in Phoenix.

  Harrison stressed that none of the Knox boxes has been installed, but they soon will be ordered and then installed by local fire departments, free of charge to the client.

   “A Knox Box is a small simple lockbox that either attaches to the home or to the door,” she said, “much the same as real estate companies use. A key to the home can be left inside and only the local fire department has a key that will fit the lockboxes in their area. It is very safe and secure.”

  Currently, the Area Agency on Aging, a division of WACOG, is cooperating with six local fire districts in coordinating the ordering and installation process. Those six fire districts are the Kingman Fire Department, Bullhead City Fire Department, Northern Arizona Consolidated Fire Department, Quartzsite Fire Department, Yuma Fire Department and Yuma Rural/Metro Fire Department.

  Each department will receive 50 of the Knox Boxes to be loaned to senior citizens to increase their security.

  “One of the things we like best about this program is that we can use the same lockboxes over and over in different locations,” said Harrison. “So if someone moves, we can use that lockbox at another location.”

  According to Harrison, funding came from the Older Americans Act and the National Caregiver Support Program.

  “We’re referring to this as a pilot program, but we also recognize that we might only get funded for this program one time, so we’re trying to use the money as efficiently as possible. The Knox lockboxes cost between $150 to $160 each, depending upon whether it is the type that must be mounted on the house or simply attached to the door.”

  Harrison said there are other benefits to the program as well as the increased security for senior citizens living alone.

  “We’re building a really effective series of partnerships through this program and that can carry over into other areas in the future that we can’t even see today.”