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Securing a Safe – what you need to know to keep your valuables safe and secure

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Safes are usually big and or heavy and their constructions makes them tricky to move. Well at least thats how it used to be. Many modern “light grade” safes (usually sold by hardware chains and office supply companies) are easy to steal. This is because they are relatively light. By light I mean under 300 kg, and criminals will make light work (no pun intended)  of prizing them off a floor. Once mobile they often take the whole safe where they can open them (crack the safe ) at their leisure. Securing a safe is just as important as buying the right safe. It should also be secured to the floor by the best possible means available.

When it comes to safecrackers Brisbane is not the sleepy country town it used to be and I have seen some rather professional hits and the crims prefer to take the safe away so now more than ever you should secure safe to the floor. There are a variety of “anchors” available for securing safes. The most common is the humble Dynabolt. They are cheap and relatively secure. However there are 2 newer anchors that are gaining dominance in the safe bolt-down stakes. These being the Ramset Chemset ( there are other brands available) and the Bursons type concrete screw, sometimes called “concrete bolts”,  We have uses concrete bolts for many years & when installed correctly are excellent.

Wooden floors can also present a challenge when securing a safe to a wooden floor, the obvious problem is finding a bearer to bolt into or through. We recommend using a heavy plate on the under side of the floor and the nut must be welded or fitted on the inside of the safe to prevent a criminal from undoing it and making off with the safe.  I must stress it is of paramount importance to secure all safes, the tales of woe are many when people think the safe is heavy so therefore there is no need to anchor the safe down.

Wall safes used to be vogue but with many modern houses using Pine studs it has made the illegal removal of wall-safes much easier.  We would recommend the installation of a “Steel frame” that would help hold the wallsafe in place in the event of an attack. We also have installed many floor-safes or underfloor safes over the years and would be happy to discuss this with you,  it is worth noting that many modern concrete house slabs have “termite certification” which could be voided with the incorrect installation.

Gluing is also gaining popularity where bolting a safe down is difficult or in contravention of the building owners rules, there are some very good products now on the market. Finally for all your safe-moving, safe-relocations or safe anchoring give us a call to discuss it, we can advise you on how you can keep your possessions safe and secure.

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