We have uploaded a new set of videos on our YouTube channel that will assist and help you get a better understanding of our full-line of safe products. Our training videos will show you the specifications and features of the different types of safes we have available. Our videos will also assist you in the basic functions and how to operate our safes. You will learn how to operate the standard electronic locks, installation, emergency key, changing user codes, unlocking the safe and other additional features. Look to our new training videos for the technical support you need. We also have a technical support section that features all the different types of electronic locks we use on our safes. There you can download a copy of your own PDF manual on how to operate the lock, or you can click the image of a specific lock that will direct you to an operating instructions page. If you still have any questions or concerns left, then feel free to call our live technical support department available from Monday – Friday 8:00am – 4:30pm (Pacific Standard Time) Phone: 1-800-490-5624.
Learn the features and specification of MESA’s MFS Series U.L. Classified Fire Safes. The video will show a tutorial and demonstration of how to unlock the safe, open the safe, dimensions and core features that include models MFS45E, MFS55E, MFS63E and MFS80E. These fire safes have been rated and approved for quality inspection. These fire safes are ideal to protect your belongings from the effects of fire and extreme heat. Keep your sensitive documents such as passports, insurance, social security, taxes, birth certificates and other confidential items protected and secure in case any wildfires, accidents, gas leaks or any other fire disasters.
The Hitch Vault is one of the most versatile safes in the MESA line. It’s portability and lightweight design offers a security blanket for your traveling experiences. Forget having to carry all your personal items with you when you don’t need it. Keep your items safe from becoming lost or misplacing them by securing them inside the Hitch Vault. If you need to store your keys, wallet or cellphones while you’re surfing, snowboarding, hiking or other outdoor activities the Hitch Vault is the perfect solution. Simply attach the safe onto the hitch of your car and you’re ready to go! The video will have a full demonstration of the Hitch Vault’s strength, security and durability to withstand extreme abuse and physical damage. You won’t believe how much abuse this rugged and tough safe can endure until you see the video yourself!
Learn more about the Hitch Vault and it’s features here: Hitch Vault
MESA’s Hotel Safes have been the favorite among commercial applications, but are also suitable for personal use. These safes provide the right amount of security, weight and protection to store personal items such as wallets, watches, jewelry, passports, laptops and other valuable items. The safe’s basic features and compact design allows for storage in small areas where space is limited, which is why it is popular in universities, hospitals, dorms, hotels and other residential facilities. The hotel safe uses an electronic keypad feature to set up your own passcode for multiple users and even has a magnetic card swipe feature for added convenience. This video will teach you the basic and extra functions of MESA’s hotel safe.
MESA’s Hitch Vault – “On-The-Go Protection”
This video features a quick demonstration of the Hitch Vault in action. You can see how simple, quick and convenient it is to store your items without having to bring them along. On-The-Go Protection you can trust.
There have been several break-ins in multiple stores around the country. With Halloween coming up and everyone preparing for the weekend fun, it’s no wonder why thieves are deciding to raid stores, specifically Halloween stores. It’s the obvious target for a thief since many people are spending money on costumes, decorations, masks, props and other Halloween accessories. If you run a store yourself, even if it’s not Halloween-related, then you should prepare for the worse. There have been multiple break-ins and thefts nationwide in October alone coming into the Halloween weekend. Make sure you have the necessary security and safety equipment to prevent such disasters.
About a week ago in Northern Michigan, there were two break-ins at two different Halloween costume stores. One was located in Traverse City and another in Petoskey where both stores were raided and thousands of dollars in cash and valuables were stolen. On a Monday evening in Traverse City, the County Sheriff’s reported that the burglar gained access inside by breaking in through the back entrance. From there the thief was able to carry out two large safes. Then the following Tuesday night in Petoskey, another safe was stolen at that location. One of the employees of the Halloween Stores, Joe Richie, commented saying, “Just the fact that somebody out there didn’t work for it, took the easy way out and took from someone else.” The investigators of this crime scene noticed that the suspects who raided the stores were familiar with the operations of the store and knew the exact location of the safes. A few days later, the two suspects were arrested and charged for stealing the safes and other merchandise from both Halloween stores. Officers from Petoskey were working with Charlevoix County Sheriff’s Office where the two men were from. From the information that was gathered they were able to issue a search warrant at one of the homes located in Charlevoix County. From there the items were recovered from both the 22-year-old and 32-year-old suspects, both residing in Charlevoix. Fortunately, the officers were able to obtain most of the missing items and the safes that were stolen.
Recently, the police are looking for the suspect who raided several fast-food restaurants and was able to break into at least 30 different safes in North Texas. Surveillance cameras have caught the suspect breaking into a Bedford Subway sandwich shop. Officers have said that the man has attempted to break into the shops at least five times. The investigators have tagged the suspect as the “Subway Bandit,” as he broke into many different sandwich shops. But they also figured out he was also involved in many other restaurant break-ins. One of the Bedford police Lt. Kirk Roberts said, “He knows what he’s doing, he knows how to not leave evidence behind. And once he gains entry, he knows what to do to make things difficult for us.” The investigators are hoping that the surveillance tapes will provide enough evidence and information to arrest the thief. Lt. Kirk Roberts added about the footage, “These are pretty good, somebody is going to know him if they see him.” The “Subway Bandit” has robbed fast-food restaurants in Allen, McKinney, Plano, Denton, Garland, Irving, Arlington Bedford, Colleyville and Grapevine.
With the downturn of the economy and more banks closing down, people are taking those matters into their own hands, storing their own valuables such as gold, jewelry, cash and other assets. Many are beginning not to trust the banking system and would be more comfortable if they had full control. Where and how can they store their valuables? Well, it’s pretty simple and easy. There are plenty of different solutions and it all depends on how much you’re willing to invest to protect them. Some will take extreme measures to ensure their valuables are safe and sound, while some will be satisfied with the protection they have. Either the case, you’ll need a plan and some type of security to make sure that your items are fully protected from theft, fire and other natural disasters.
If you own a significantly large amount of gold, jewelry or other types of currency, then you may want to consider storing it in a 3rd party storage facility. How it works is that you’ll be paying the company in gold and silver to have them store your gold for you. The main advantage of keeping it in a 3rd party storage is that it will be secure and fairly inexpensive. What these storage facilities have is the type of security and surveillance that you basically wouldn’t have or can’t afford at your home. They even have insurance just in case anything happens, which grants you the peace of mind without the risk of losing it at home. The downside to a 3rd party storage is that there is a fee. It’s probably not worth storing a small amount, but that depends on you.
A different approach is investing in a high security safe. You need a safe that is made out of steel and high quality to reduce the risk of break-ins and tampering. If you plan on storing a considerable amount of cash, gold, jewelry and other rare items, then it’s extremely important that you invest in a high-end safe. There’s no point in storing all that money in some plastic safe that can be broken into by amateur robbers. Some home safes just provide the bare features from keeping your children away from your belongings and protecting against fires for a few minutes. If you plan on purchasing these types of safes, you might as well keep it in a drawer or lay out visibly on your bedroom because that won’t deter or stop any burglar from stealing your items. Those plastic safes are just no match for any professional and determined thief who has access to a multiple of tools. Even as simple as a hammer or screwdriver would suffice against a plastic safe. The very low price of a plastic safe is sure to reel you in, but it’s not enough to protect and secure against the most dangerous of threats. In the end, you’ll be losing a lot more, and as the saying goes, “you get what you paid for.”
Here at Mesa Safe, we’re always providing you with new and interesting news around the world. It’s always fun and entertaining to read articles on antique and vintage safes that are cracked open for the first time in decades. Despite not owning the safe, you still get curious and eager to know what’s inside. You get the same enthusiastic feeling as if you’re going back in time looking through old photo albums or going through your old pile of stuff from grade school.
We have posted a couple of stories that talk about old safes finally being cracked open and seeing what they have inside. We found another one that might be of interest to our readers.
In Duluth, Minnesota another vintage safe was found on the second floor of the old historic Duluth Armory. No one can remember the first time it’s been opened, but this past Saturday afternoon, the contents were finally revealed.
The main character of the story is 59-year-old Mark Lundblad a resident of Roseville, Minnesota who is a professional safecracker for over 30 years. Lundblad has been cracking open safes for over three decades, which was much influenced by the legendary magician, Houdini. His fascination with the iconic magician magically breaking free from chains and shackles, has involved Lundblad in locks and keys. His handcuff collection of over hundred shows how much he loves his job.
His assistants John Bushey, 49 and Terry Roses, 62, are as much interested in the safes, lock and key business as Lundblad is. “I only have, like, 200 handcuffs,” said Bushey, a magician himself, teacher and a safecracker.
Susan Phillips of the Armory Arts and Music Center has expressed great interest to what was inside that safe. The organization has been trying to restore the building into pristine condition when the influential and musically talented Buddy Holly, Louis Armstrong and Bob Hope were there. “It’s always been the joke that when we finally got to the point – you know we have $1 million fundraising left that, OK, we don’t have to worry because we’ve got that safe,” Phillips said. “And it just kept us going so that we raised the rest of the money.”
They have very high hopes, and even though there might not be $1 million lurking inside the safe, anything else is possible considering the historic value and how old the safe is. Maybe even a vintage poster that advertised a Buddy Holly concert was inside, which could easily go for $20,000.
Lundblad started his usual procedure cracking the safe by drilling small holes around the lock. When asked what he usually finds he said, “Most of the time I’ve just found dust and paper clips.” But not all the time does Lundblad always find himself opening to nothing. He once was called in to change a combination lock to a safe for a bank. That safe contained a whopping $2.5 billion in cash during the “Y2K” scare. He was even asked to open a safe by the police that contained a body inside.
No matter where you live or how safe you think your neighborhood is you should never keep your guard down. Just recently a police report was filed in Wichita, Kansas, which two safes were stolen from a home. The police are asking the neighborhood and community to aid them in the investigation if they have seen any suspicious criminal activity.
The residential burglary took place over the past weekend where the suspect stole an estimated $45,000 in cash, jewelry and other miscellaneous valuables. The home is located in the 6500 block of West Briarwood Court where the owner discovered that his home was robbed around 3:45 on Saturday afternoon when he returned.
He noticed that the burglar broke into his home through a windowpane on a door where he reached from the inside to unlock the door. It seemed like the thief only had their eyes on the main prize by taking the two safes and leaving behind the big-screen televisions, computers and other electronics.
Fortunately the owner did have a video surveillance that captured the suspect during his break in. The suspect was about 5 feet 10 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a hard hat, light colored t-shirt and blue jeans during the scene of the robbery.
We’ve mentioned a dozen of different break-ins and robberies in residential homes. This is probably your most common type of burglary where the suspect was able to get in fairly easy just by breaking the windowpane and opening the door from the inside. In most cases, this is how burglars usually gain entrance. It also seems like the burglar had only one thing on its mind, stealing the most valuable assets and getting out as quickly as possible.
Again, we never know what types of safes the owners carry, but we always remind our readers, that if you’re going to secure that amount of valuables into your safe, you better be investing in a high security, all-steel safe. Not a lightweight and cheap built safe that any burglar can swiftly carry out the door. You need the best possible protection against burglary and theft. Considering this was just a one-man job, it’s hard to believe that the owners did have high security safes. If they had a high quality constructed steel safes, it might have been a different story.
The safes we offer can weigh up to over 500 pounds and can be bolted onto the floor for added security. If they did have a high security safe, it would have been a lot more difficult to steal the safes. We also hope the owners had a better hiding spot for their safes. If you carry valuables with a large amount of value, then you should be hiding your stash in the most unrecognized and unfamiliar areas of your home. The number one spot a burglar will be looking is an office or your bedroom. Sure, it is convenient to have your valuables right next to you where you sleep where its easily accessible, but it probably isn’t worth it when trying to hide it from thieves.
Although it is very unfortunate that the owner had a massive amount of valuables stolen from him, he did have his own home security surveillance system. Most people will have to rely on neighbors or witnesses, but most of the time you're left with no witnesses or evidence that makes it a lot difficult to identify the suspect. It's a huge relief that the video surveillance caught footage of the suspect. That can be very substantial in an incident like this. It will help the police significantly and hopefully the valuables are returned in full to the rightful owners.