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.
In the city of St. Charles, the police are investigating a burglarized grocery store. The La Huerta Supermarket was robbed an estimated amount of $27,000, according to the police reports. The police drove over to the crime scene after the alarm was triggered. The burglary took place on July 29th where the police found the back door of the store open and the grocery store ransacked.
Inside the store two safes were completely pried open and emptied out. One of the safes contained approximately $25,000 in cash and checks and the second safe held about $2,000. The owner of the store told the police that most of the money came from transfer services that the business offers. The burglars were able to get inside and rob the store without being caught by creating a hole at the top of the roof. The police found three different sets of footprints on the roof. The owner even mentioned that maybe one of the burglars tried to unplug the camera system, but failed.
If you are a business owner, stories like this could be a complete nightmare, especially for small businesses. You have profits that you accumulated throughout the years only to find out all your hard work and hard earned profits disappear in a matter of minutes. We can’t assume that the owners did not prepare for the worse or invested in high quality safes, but we can say that it didn’t take long for the burglars to gain access. The only thing we can suggest is to make sure you invest in the best quality and highest security to protect your valuables. This doesn’t just go for business owners, but even for homeowners who need to protect their precious belongings from theft.
As a business owner, you should always take extra measures to protect your valuables and cash. You should never keep your guard down, especially when it comes to protecting your money. The best safes are built with the high strength and durable steel to withstand physical attacks and forced attempts. High security safes defend against break-in attempts and attempts at prying it open. High quality safes have the necessary security features such as non-removable hinges and thick steel diameter locking bolts that resist any attempts at getting inside. If you need to organize your cash flow and make quick deposits with money bags, envelopes and checks then investing in depository safes are a necessity. However, if you want even more protection and higher security from theft, then you need to invest in a high security safe.
The burglary incident above shows that the burglars easily gained access just by prying it open and emptying all the contents. It seems like the safe wasn’t built with the necessary strength and security features that most safes should have. If you’re a business owner and are storing that amount of cash, then you know you need the best safe out there, not a dull, plastic safe that could be broken into in a matter of seconds. Always go with the quality product, one that you can be confident about. Don’t rely on cheap safes just because the price is right. Remember, you get what you paid for, and sometimes it can come back to haunt you in the end. Stick to an all-steel security safe that has all the primary and standard features that prevent theft. Most safes also come with an electronic lock that enhances your security to your safe, frustrating any burglar attempting to crack it open.
Do you own your own business? Do you have to manage and handle cash everyday? Well the perfect solution to organizing and keeping all your profits safe and secure is to invest in a depository safe. MESA has been the leader in the safe industry since 1981. Our bread and butter have been the depository safe. We have been improving and fine tuning its features since the growth of the company. While refining the deposit safe for perfection, it lead us to create our own full line of high security safes, which are used for a variety of different applications. Our main focus is to provide the best possible high security safe for every type of use to provide maximum protection, excellent security and long lasting durability.
Despite the downturn of the economy in recent years, we know that many business owners are standing strong, hoping that it will get better soon. There’s no room for error or losing any hard-earned profits from theft, burglary, mishandling of cash and disorganization. It’s time that you have some type of systematic organization of your cash and other valuables. In order to increase profits, minimize budgets and prevent losses due to lack of management, the deposit safes will assist and relieve all your hassles and troubles.
One of our most popular models in our depository safe line is the MFL2014. MESA’s MFL2014 provides just the right amount of storage space to keep your cash. It features a front-loading mailbox style deposit door to quickly make deposits into the safe. The convenience of the drop box feature allows you to load your cash, checks, receipts, envelopes and other types of currency or documentation very easily without having to open up the safe.
What about thieves or intruders forcing their way inside through the deposit door? Our money safes feature an anti-fish baffle that prevents internal theft through the deposit door. This feature thwarts off the thief from stealing any items inside the safe. Another security feature the MFL2014 contains is a high security lock to prevent theft and unauthorized users from gaining access. With the MFL2014 you have different lock options available to you. You can choose a combination dial lock and enter the correct combination to unlock the safe or you can choose a dual-keyed lock. A dual-keyed lock does not need a combination or code to be entered, but must have two security keys for both key slots in order to open up the safe. However, we recommend choosing the electronic lock. To gain access into the safe a keypad code needs to be entered. If the code is entered incorrectly multiple times then the electronic lock will go into a keypad lockout penalty. This prevents any further codes to be entered adding even more security to your safe.
What else makes the depository safe such a popular item? Many people take for granted its basic features that most safes should have. First and foremost, none of our safes are built from plastic or any other type of cheap material. Our safes are built strong with high quality steel construction to guarantee resilience and sturdiness that can withstand physical attacks from forced attempts. Other security features are thick diameter solid steel live locking bolts. Even when the electronic lock is removed and the thief is prying its way into the safe with a crowbar, the steel bolts ensure that the doors are tightly shut and prevent entry.
Orange, CA , July 5th, 2011 – Mesa Safe, a leading Residential and Commercial Fire and Depository Safe company located in the United States, announced today that security industry veteran Derrick Allison has been named National Sales Manager for North America.
Allison, who brings to Mesa Safe more than 20 years of industry experience, began in the Security, Access Control and Fire Life Safety business in the late 80’s as a security sales representative for ASSA Abloy in Chicago, IL. He has gained a breadth of experience in such roles as sales representative, Business Unit Leader, Regional Sales Manager, National Sales Manager and VP of Sales primarily with Best Lock Corporation, ASSA Abloy, Stanley Security Solutions and most recently with Corporate Safe Specialists.
“Derrick brings to Mesa a wealth of sales knowledge and management experience,” said Mesa Safe President George Vicente. “We are proud to have him as part of the Mesa Safe family and look forward to his contributions as part of our leadership team.”
“I’m excited to join a company whose main priority is customer satisfaction,” said Allison. “Consistent year-over-year productivity and goal achievement is realized through focus on strategic daily activities and the drive to meet all of our customer’s expectations. With over 20 years in this business, there is already a great deal of experience and knowledge to build on, but what stands out most about Mesa Safe is their strong customer relationships and their outstanding team effort approach to delivering results and to bringing innovation to the marketplace. I couldn’t be more excited to be part of this growing organization and to adding my resources in helping them seize the opportunities that exists within the greater North America marketplace.”
If you haven’t heard by now, we have released a new product to our MESA depository safe line. The all-new MFL2014E-OLK is one of the newest additions to the family. The main difference between the new safe compared to our other depository safes is that it features an outer locker and comes in a lavish black rugged finish. Very similar to our MFL2714 depository safe, the only difference is the exterior locker instead of an interior locker. They are still the same as far as dimensions are concerned and provide the best protection against robbery and theft.
We designed the new depository safe to meet the demands of our customers. Many people loved the interior locker of the safe from the MFL2714, but they wanted to quickly access their belongings without having to actually open the safe. Keeping it very simple, we brought the interior locker to the outside. The exterior locker features a keyed lock for access and added security. The deposit door is still present for quick deposits and secures storage for cash and other valuables. The anti-fish baffle prevents any theft through the deposit door. The main safe door also comes with an electronic lock for high security.
The same security features still exist with the new depository safe including thick live locking bolts against any thief forcing and prying open the safe. The steel construction, 1/2’’ solid steel door and heavy duty dead bar presents the finest defense against any burglar. Included with the safe are four anchor holes so that you are able to anchor the safe securely onto the floor, wall or other types of surfaces to prevent any removal from its place.
Our depository safe line is great for any cash-handling business. This safe is absolutely necessary if you own a restaurant or store and want to keep your cash protected at all times. With the amount of burglaries that occur frequently, especially for small business owners, it’s imperative that you have some type of security safe for your cash deposits. MESA has designed and manufactured all steel safes since 1981. Our depository safes are our bread and butter, and we continue to strive to improve and develop all our safes to provide the best protection as well as delivering an affordable product for everyone. Always remember, “Better MESA Safe than Sorry!”
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