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.
A gang of hi-tech burglars with metal detectors and industrial grinders are raiding the wealthy homes in Sydney, Australia in search of hidden wall safes. Then breaking into them to steal its contained valuables. Residents have reported that a team of professional thieves targeted an estimated 45 homes from Wahroonga to St. Ives over the recent months.
The gang would break into the houses during the day and rob the safes that contained expensive items including jewelry and cash. More than $50,000 worth of valuables was stolen in just one robbery alone.
The police have setup a special taskforce to investigate the robberies, all which have been done very similarly. “There have been numerous incidents in the area which appear to be related, yes, and we’ve got some officers designated to looking into that,” a police officer said.
One of the victims has reported to the police that they believe the gang used metal detectors to detect the hidden safes behind the walls or other items within the home. When the thieves detect the safe, they grind off the doors to gain access to the valuables. “They [the police] are also looking at the possibility there are two different gangs of thieves,” the victim said. “In some cases people are finding their homes in disarray, the safe door grinded off and a lot of damage done to the house.”
A local of St. Ives has taken the initiative to distribute anonymous flyers in letterboxes to warn the people about the large number of robberies that have been occurring lately. The letter contains information about how the writer himself fell victim to one of the robberies where he arrived one day and saw that his home was looted and the safe had been emptied. “Beware of this,” the anonymous letter says. “Someone must know something, or must have seen something.”
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.