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.


How to Install a Gun Safe

December 20th, 2012 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Consumer Protection, Emergency Preparedness, Family Safety, Home Safes, Home Storage, Security | No Comments »

Once you’ve made the decision to purchase a gun safe, you’ll want to make sure you install it correctly to be sure you get the intended benefits of owning the safe. Correctly installed and used, it can be an excellent way of keeping your firearms safe and protected.

Before beginning installation, be sure to read the instructions thoroughly. Different safes may have different installation requirements, space needed for your safe; the types of tools needed for installation, and directions on how-to install it. Installing your safe correctly helps to insure you get the maximum benefits of your safe.

Most people prefer to set up their gun safe in a closet, a garage, a den or trophy room, a bedroom, or in a room designated as a safe room. Make sure you get the correct-type safe for the location where you plan to set it up.

Some guidelines for your floor safe installation are:

  • Choose a location - When choosing the location of your safe, choose a spot away from water and water related issues, such as plumbing leaks. Basements are notorious for water related issues. If you do install it in the basement, do not set the safe on a wooden pallet, off the ground. This can make it easy for a burglar to walk away with the safe. Do choose a place where two or more sides of the safe can be blocked off, like the corner of a room.
  • Get measurements - Measure the location of where your safe will be installed. Be sure there is adequate room for the safe, as well as enough room to open the door adequately enough to have easier access to your guns.
  • Keep away from combustibles - If you store combustible products, such as paint cans or aerosols, be sure to plan to install your safe away from them. Many people store products like this in a basement or the garage. Install your safe in a location that is free and clear of any combustible products.
  • Adequate lighting - Make sure there is adequate lighting where your safe will be. Although you can purchase lights for inside the safe, you will need good lighting for the outside so you can easily see the safe lock.
  • Anchor your safe - If there is an anchoring system with the safe, it’s always best to use it. Most gun safes already come with pre-drilled holes at the bottom of the safe to use as an anchoring system.

Some people prefer a wall safe. To install a wall safe, you may need a little handyman know-how. You will first need to locate the wall studs at the level you want your safe. Measure the back of the safe and draw a finished square. Use a small saw to carefully cut a hole within the penciled square. You will want to use cut pieces of a 2 by 4 for braces on top and bottom of the safe. Screw the braces into the studs and place the safe into the opening.

If you want a floor safe, you will probably want a professional to install it, due to its complexity. Wherever you install your safe, be sure there is plenty of room to open the door wide enough to easily get in and out of it.

The more prepared you are ahead of time; the more likely you will be happy with the finished product, and your gun safe.


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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Parents, children get Internet safety tips

April 25th, 2010 | Filed under: Family Safety, Internet Safety, Security | No Comments »

Teaching your children how to use the internet safely:

The message hammered home by Tucker was for parents to keep open the lines of communications with their children. He hit on every social networking site, including Facebook and MySpace, and demonstrated how too much information makes children prime targets for sexual predators. He used a young girl’s MySpace page to show how anyone could track her whereabouts because of her disclosure of her photograph, hometown, where she likes to shop and where she goes to school. Posted photographs added other clues.

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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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Home Burglary Prevention Tips

May 6th, 2009 | Filed under: Consumer Protection, Family Safety, Home Projects, Security, Security Systems | 3 Comments »

With the economic downturn we are seeing the rise in home burglary.  According to U.S. Department of Justice statistics, an American home is broken into about every 15 seconds and a homeowner loses an average of nearly $2,000 in possessions and damages

It is said that every home is a potential target.  With that in mind ADT has listed several tips to prevent your home from becoming burglarized:

  • Make sure all hedges and shrubs are trimmed and not covering windows. Overgrown bushes and trees close to your house can be good hiding places and also are an indication that you may be away from home. However, thorny bushes beneath windows can be a deterrent.
  • Keep areas in and around the home well lit. A dark property is more attractive to burglars - most will choose not to enter a house that is well lit. Consider installing motion sensor lights outdoors and putting indoor lights on a timer. Also, install lights on other outdoor buildings, such as sheds or garages.
  • Always lock all windows and doors when you leave home. According to the Burglary Prevention Council, most home burglaries occur during the day, when people are away at work or school. Practice and remind your family to always close and lock all doors and windows when leaving the house unattended.
  • Never hide keys around the exterior of your home. Thieves look in mailboxes, under doormats and above doorways for keys. Do not make it easy for them to get into your home. If you will be out of town on vacation, leave emergency house keys with a trusted neighbor or consider a lock box if you must leave keys outside.
  • Never put your name on your mailbox or record your name on your answering machine. Thieves look for any information they can find to gain easier access. Only put the house number on your mailbox and door and say you are “unavailable to answer the phone” on the answering machine without stating your name. By turning down your phone ringer, thieves will not hear calls go unanswered - a sign no one is home.
  • Consider a monitored burglar alarm system. A recent Rutgers University study found that alarm systems are an effective deterrent, making a home less attractive to intruders. Make sure your burglar alarm system includes a loud inside alarm, detectors at all exterior doors and motion sensors in bedrooms and main living areas. Most insurance companies also offer a discount of up to 20 percent on homeowner’s policies when you install a monitored alarm.

“Right now we have the summer burglary season colliding with more desperate economic times. That makes it even more important than ever for homeowners to take steps to protect their most precious possessions - family and home.”


6 Tips for Keeping Kids Safe at Home

April 16th, 2009 | Filed under: Child Proofing, Family Safety, Security | 1 Comment »

“As children spend more time at home during summer break, parents should ask themselves if they are doing everything they can to keep kids safe at home,” said Anne-Marie Rouse, with ADT Security Services. “It’s easy to get into vacation mode and forget about home dangers that put kids at risk.”

  • Lock up all matches and lighters and blow out candles when you leave the room or go to sleep. Never leave young children unattended near an open flame.
  • Always supervise young children around water. Never allow older siblings to supervise children in or around water.
  • To help prevent children from falling out of upper level windows install specially designed locks. Teach older children how to lock and unlock windows in an emergency.
  • Help prevent poisoning by removing all medicines from purses, pockets and drawers. Lock all medications and household products in a cabinet with a child safety lock and keep cosmetics out of reach of small children.
  • According to the Canada Safety Council, the best defense against fires, gas leaks and other emergencies is a well-rehearsed escape plan. While children are home for summer break take advantage of this time to create and practice your evacuation plan.
  • Consider a monitored home security system, including monitored smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. These can detect dangerous levels of harmful CO and smoke and then alert a monitoring center which notifies first responders, giving them vital, specific information about babies, young children, seniors and disabled people in the home. Many systems can also be programmed to “chirp” when a protected door or window is opened, which can also alert parents to a child’s whereabouts or activities.

  • 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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    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.”


    Taking Home Security Seriously - Alarm Systems

    March 12th, 2009 | Filed under: Security, Security Systems | 1 Comment »

    House alarm systems are available for a reason. If you have one, you are far less likely to be broken into and have all your valuables stolen.

    The best house alarm systems work in a number of ways to protect your home. Some will be monitored by a company that can call the emergency services for you if necessary. Others will use heat detectors and other ways of identifying unwanted intruders when the alarm is set.

    In short, house alarm systems can greatly reduce your chances of falling victim to a robbery of any kind. So make sure you are doing all you can to keep your home safe.

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