In recent years, cases of burglary have dropped from 10,516 for every 100,000 people in 2002 to a prevalence of 6,031 in 2014. Despite these numbers, burglary continues to be a prevalent problem among residents due to rampant break-ins in both cars and homes that result in stolen cash and valuables. The police have recommended the use of safes apart from fortified doors and windows to deter theft.
However, if you’re new to safes and unsure of how to use them, here’s what you need to know about their proper installation on buildings and in vehicles.
Proper Installation Tips
After buying your safe, the next step is installing it properly, preferably by fixing it on the floorboard for improved security. Other measures can be taken to secure safes in vehicles as well. Bear in mind it is better to have the safe hidden from view such as under a seat or if you have an SUV or van, you can put it behind a seat and conceal it.
Fix Your Safe to a Concrete Floor
Many home safes have an installation kit for concrete floors. Before you install the safe, put it into the position you want and check if you can easily open the door. This is an important initial step because there have been instances of owners who quickly affixed their safes only to learn afterwards that they couldn’t even open it. After choosing a good location, place the safe and mark the holes to be drilled on the floor which are matched to the pre-drilled holes in the floor of the safe.
Next, drill the marked spots using the right size drill bit. Make sure to drill a small pilot hole with a smaller drill bit as a starter and then use the right size drill bit to produce the desired hole. Starting small is particularly advised for first timers or it can be seen as a simple measure to prevent drilling it too big s0 there’s no more room for adjustments.
While drilling, keep the drill upright and straight for an easy fit during the process of screwing the safe down to the floor. After drilling the holes, put in the bolts and then put the safe over them. Then, screw the safe tightly and check that you cannot lift the safe afterwards which means that you’ve secured the safe properly.
Attach Your Safe to a Wooden Floor
If you don’t have a concrete floor or prefer to attach it to a wooden floor, follow the same steps as fixing a safe into a concrete floor but secure it further through a joist with bolts. It is better to bolt your safe to a joist as floorboards lack sufficient security. Coach bolts are longer and will connect to the joist; after this, you have to secure the bolt with a nut.
Securing Safes in Your Car
Other than installing a safe in your home, you can also put a safe in your car to hide cash, credit cards, and documents among others, but you have to secure them as well. One way to affix the safe is by using a metal cable and then strapping it to the passenger’s seat or other preferred locations. Another method is to bolt the car safe in a specific place such as under the seat or in the trunk. If you’re unsure how to do this, you can hire a mechanic or safes expert to do this for you.
Safes cannot keep your valuables secure without proper installation. In other words, you also have to secure your safe in order for it to protect your precious belongings. Following these installation tips can make it less likely for burglary to happen in your car or property since thieves typically want an easy way to steal cash and other property. Once you buy your safe, don’t forget that a strongly secured vault is a better deterrent against burglary than an unsecured one.
Contact us to discuss how easy it is to install a safe in your home or business, and start protecting your valuable items. Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte, NC will be happy to assist. Give us a call at 704-347-1088, or complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you ASAP. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!