This month, there was a burglary that occurred in Idaho Falls, Idaho. The most typical burglary that you see in movies, yet you never expect it could happen to you. The police had investigated a home burglary where they are looking for the suspects who stole jewelry, cash and two safes. The homeowner came home to a broken patio door that happened around 9:30pm on a Tuesday night. The officers said that the suspects threw clothes and other items around the master bedroom before finding and taking jewelry, cash, and two small safes from the home. The police were even called into a home on a Wednesday afternoon from a burglary alarm, where they found a broken window on a back door to the home. The homeowner found kitchen cabinets, drawers and previously locked doors open. The owner reported that jewelry and cash had been stolen.
Both of these burglaries are a prime example why you can never be too careful. These exact break-ins can happen anywhere at anytime. What is even more surprising is that these burglaries took place during primetime hours, not early morning or late at night. That’s why having a high security safe is necessary in keeping your valuable items safe and protected.
A high security safe has all the features you need in order to keep your documents, jewelry, cash and other items protected. The different features a high security safe provides is that it’s fire-resistant. The all-steel construction of the safe provides durability and strength all while being able to withstand extreme temperatures of heat. The door of a high security safe is constructed with a barrier of outer and inner plates enclosed with fire resistant material.
Most importantly, the high security safe is theft resistant. With an all-steel construction the burglar will have his hands full trying to crack open the safe. The high security safe has electronic lock protection, which is also protected by a drill-resistant hard plate preventing any type of drilling through the safes. The high security safe also uses massive 1 ¼’’ diameter live locking bolts of solid steel that goes into the body to prevent any burglar from prying the door open.
A group of competitive weightlifters were given the challenge to move a 19th century bank safe at the F&M Trust branch in McConnellsburg, Pennsylvania. These weightlifters are known as Buck’s Body Shop and were asked to remove the safe because it had been non-operable for about 20 years.
The safe required six people to lug the massive treasure, which took more than two hours to move. The antique safe weighed in at about 1,200 to 2,000 pounds. This was the heaviest thing that the group of six took on. Even the weight of the safe itself had bent an axle of a 2.5-ton floor jack.
Buck Carmack, one of the weightlifters says, “they must have built the vault around it. Back in the day, I don’t know what equipment they used, but it must have been good. There’s no way they could have moved it without heavy equipment.” Buck’s Body Shop usually gets together twice a week to lift weights. They also manage to hand move pianos, gun safes, furniture and other heavy equipment to stay in shape. “We have a great time,” Carmack said.
Stiffel & Freeman, Philadelphia, manufactured the historic safe. Their safes were primarily sold in the Northeast, as a variety of styles were usually found in banks and mercantile during that time period. The type of safe the group had to move contained a smaller safe inside for even more protection. The safe is still in good condition as both lock combinations are still working. F&M Trust believes that the safe was one of the first and original safes that made its debut in Fulton County in 1887. That means the safe was continuously in use for more than 100 years.
The school administrators of M.U. Lujan Elementary School in Guam had to clean up the mess that took place during the school’s spring break. The school was broken into for the 19th time this school year over the holiday break. Erica Sudo Cepeda, the Assistant Principal, says that two safes and a vending machine were brought into the office. The two safes were from different locations on campus, which were pried open. The vending machine was also damaged.
One safe had about $275 in cash donations that was suppose to go towards a science fair as well as the end of the year teacher luncheon. The other safe contained confiscated student items such as cell phones, mp3 players and other school-prohibited devices. After this being the 19th break-in of the school year, the school is asking students to report any information they might have. It’s sad to see that donations going towards an educational program could be canceled due to criminal acts and poor judgment. It’s even more unfortunate that this is the 19th break-in in just the school year itself. With the school being broken into so many times, you would think that the school district would take bigger measures to prevent theft.
Cepeda said, “Ms. Rameriz, the Principal, had asked the teachers to an optional field trip through the office. Myself and a Guidance counselor did some outreach on the vandals and said that if they have information they can talk to their teacher and they won’t be in trouble.” The break-in started in between the times of 1:30am and 7:00am on Friday. The police were reported on a break-in at the school earlier that night, but had found only little damage. However, the school was broken into about two hours later.
The history and concept behind safes has always been keeping your valuables and treasures safely protected. The development process behind safes has evolved over time as more advance resources and technology become available to us. As more thieves and burglars come up with more ways to break into safes, there will be a never-ending process to improve safes and its technology to keep them away. Safes only mean one thing, to keep valuables protected.
Long before steel constructed safes were created with locks, ancient Egypt used boxes with lids to store their precious items. However, the earliest forms of safes being used were during the medieval times in Europe. Those safes were actually made from hardwood wrapped around with hammered iron for durability, strength and elaboration. The safes were more decorative and ornamental rather than focusing on its security, but were made with fine craftsmanship. Some of these safes were supposedly preserved in museums dating back from the seventeenth century. In the early nineteenth century, cast-iron chests were made to hold gold and treasures.
It is imperative that guns should be kept safely out of reach when not in use away from children, but more importantly, away from burglars. There have been plenty of incidents where gun owners carelessly put away their weapons without proper security.
With that being said, gun owners can now safely put away their weapons in affordable, high quality gun safes. With newly constructed and modernized gun safes it can be a frustrating site for burglars and thieves. There’s nothing more dangerous than stolen weapons from your home that could be used against you and your family. Make sure you have a modern gun safe to keep not only your weapons secure, but to protect your family.
There has been news that burglars have been busy stealing a good amount of guns. In the legion hall and private rural homes in Ringgold, Union and Clarke Counties of Iowa there have been reports that more than 50 guns have been taken. With guns and weapons being stolen, gun safes are the most popular in Des Moines, Iowa. Strauss Security Solutions in Urbandale have sold safes in Des Moines since the 1920s.
Chad Breheny of Strauss Security Solutions emphasizes that
“It’s very important to lock the guns up, not only to protect them from being stolen, but also just for safety if you do have children in the home or anybody else who could get to these guns.”
Breheny also added that safe manufacturers and designers gave meticulously thought about the design of gun safes. From the security of 11 ½ thick deadbolts to the 4-inch steel doors and the electronic keypad locks. Some argue that trigger locks and cables are much less expensive and affordable, however they don’t offer the same maximum security as a safe, which can still be susceptible to theft.