Still in the middle of summer, many students aren’t even thinking about preparing for school. However, for those who will be attending their first year of college next semester or quarter, perhaps there is a lot on their mind. It’s never too early to prepare for a new experience in your life, especially if you’re leaving your hometown. Usually when it comes to preparing for college, we think about the everyday items such as laundry baskets, laptops, notebooks, backpacks, food, money, clothes, etc. Whether you are living on or off campus, having the essential college items is important when moving out to be better prepared for your first time moving out. Here’s to a new era for incoming students this fall. What do incoming freshmen really need besides the basic necessities?
Electronics and technology will be a fundamental necessity for all students, but you don’t need to spend so much on these everyday items. Most of the time, those items are already provided. The only real electronics students’ need is their own laptop and cellphone. Most, if not all colleges provide computer labs where students have access to Internet and printing. Nowadays, many students have smartphones that can also serve as a music device.
When it comes to organizing your dorm room or apartment, you can also spend a lot on unnecessary items. There won’t be too much space for you to bring in your own bed, closets, or dressers. There are a lot of different items on the market today that utilize and maximize the available space given to you. You can find twin beds that have storage underneath so that you can keep you clothes or other items inside. You also have shelf organizers to separate your shoes and clothing from each other all while managing better storage space. Hooks that go over your door can serve as a coat or jacket hanger.
As for safety, health and hygiene, we need to make sure we keep our rooms safe and clean. Make sure you got a first aid kit, hand vacuum, fresheners, wipes and hand sanitizers to keep you and your roommates from getting sick. There’s nothing worse than being sick away from home having to skip class. You’ll get so caught up in school, you’ll realize your room has turned into a dump. Take some time off the day or weekends to clean and reorganize your items. You’ll feel a lot better and less likely to get sick.
Speaking of safety, security is one of the concerns that most college freshmen often forget. You get soaked up in the excitement with meeting new people, a new adventure, that sometimes you have your guard down. You have to remember that although most dorms and apartments are usually safe and secure, you’re still living with hundreds of other strangers in your building. Students often leave their dorm rooms open or don’t bother to lock their doors. That means you have people going in and out, discussing the next exam, borrowing textbooks or just wanting to hang out. All your items are laid out on your bed, desk or floor, its very easy for someone to just take and steal those items. Those items such as your laptop or textbooks are very expensive to replace. A wise idea for students to invest in are safes. A safe is a secure storage that restricts access with the use of a combination or electronic lock. When you’re out hanging with your friends and roommates or going back home for the weekend, a safe is an essential item to have, especially for dorms and apartments.
The ideal safes nowadays that are used for universities, hospitals, hotels and other residential buildings are hotel safes. For a college freshmen and student, the best thing about having a hotel safe is that you’ll be able to keep some extra cash, passports, important college documents, notes, laptops, textbooks, identification and other confidential information without having to worry about your parents sending it to you over the mail. You will have the peace of mind when you’re studying at the library or eating out with some friends. If your roommate invites some friends or people you don’t know, you don’t have to worry about your stuff being stolen. There are so many students that wander around the floors wanting to meet new people and most of the time don’t even lock or close their doors. That’s why having a hotel safe is a necessity for every college freshmen.
We hope this upcoming school year you have fun starting a new chapter in your life. Don’t spoil all the joy and excitement with hassles that could be prevented. Keep an open mind, be adventurous, meet new people and take in new ventures.
Whether or not you have a safe of your own, keeping in mind these five most common mistakes made when operating a safe can save you money and time. We stumbled on an article by Fast Casual and we couldn’t agree more with them. After having an opportunity to attend the National Restaurant Association show in Chicago, we know how important cash management safes are for the restaurant business.
Fast Casual has always brought up to date news and events about the people and the trends in the restaurant industry. They have reached over a million visitors throughout the world who want to be informed about the latest food or beverage trends. The restaurant industry is always dealing with cash. When customers pay for their meals it goes into the cash register. For safekeeping, that cash is most likely being stored into a safe for security and protection. The only problem is, some mistakes are made when operating the safes that can often lead to theft that minimizes your profit and hard earnings. Were here to remind you to follow these rules so the same mistakes aren’t made over again.
Fast Casual offered their own rendition of the most common mistakes made with safes. This is a different take since we’ll be taking a look from a restaurant perspective, but as a safe manufacturer, we believe in receiving as much input as possible to further improve our products. We introduce you to Fast Casual's top five most common mistakes in addition to our own advice that will remind and assist you to protect your cash and other valuables at all times.
1. Never Leave Your Safe Unlocked
We all get lazy every now and then, especially when something becomes a repetitive process. That means we take shortcuts and leave our safes unlocked just because we believe nothing bad will ever happen. This is where our safes are the most vulnerable. We want it to be more convenient so we leave it open, not wanting to bother entering the code a thousand times. Always make sure you lock up your safe because theft can happen anytime not just by burglars breaking in, but even employees or customers. Take the time to lock up especially when handling and storing a large amount of money.
2. Combination Locks with Daylock
Our MESA safes don’t have combination locks with daylock, but this is still a good reminder and tip that some combination locks do. With a spin dial safe, the convenience of having the combination open with a few clicks can save time and less effort, but we all know this simple trick isn't fooling anyone. Invest in a high security combination lock that makes you go through the whole combination process.
3. Sharing The Passcode or Combination
First we hope that the combination or passcode to the safe is only accessible to authorized users. When sharing a passcode for an electronic lock, make sure you have regular users and a master user. One of the issues that arise when having multiple users sharing the same code to the safe is liability when profits are missing. Another issue is the last time the combination or code was changed. If you had former employees or managers, you always want to change the code because of security reasons.
4. Saving the Combination or Passcode as a Reminder
Not everyone can memorize the combination or password very easily. Sometimes we need to remind ourselves what the password is. That means for some people they write down or save the password on their computer. The only problem is, do we make sure we keep that password safe from unauthorized users. Confidential and sensitive information such as this should be kept somewhere safe where only you have access to it. Anyone who can easily find your information can easily access the safe later on. Don’t expose your password and keep it safe like you would with all your other sensitive documents.
5. Providing Your Combination or Passcode to Unauthorized Users
Sometimes we let our guard down or trust people too easily that we give our combination or passcode to those who don’t have authorized access. Just because its more convenient for them to do it doesn’t mean you should give out your passcode like it’s nothing. That’s like giving out your credit card or social security information. Once they have your passcode, you never know if they’ll come back to use it again. Always keep your combination or passcode to yourself. What’s the point of having a combination or passcode if everyone else knows.
Moreover, take care of your combination or passcode. Keep it to yourself and if you write it down, make sure you keep it in a safe place where no one can find it. There are different types of safe locks that either use a combination dial, electronic keypad or keyed lock. Whichever lock you have, always make sure only authorized users are able to access the safe. You wouldn’t want an issue where something valuable is stolen and you have to play the detective game. Take initiative and monitor the operations of your safe to ensure protection of your valuables everyday.
Imagine having a treasure box or safe that was passed down to you from your family. You finally decide it was time to open the safe, but there was only one problem, the combination to open the safe was never given to you. You’re now stuck trying different ways to open the safe. A similar incident just happened to a business owner in Ann Arbor, Michigan where he inherited a mysterious safe. The gigantic safe was believed to be at least 25 years old. The dimensions of the safe are over six feet in height, three feet in width and three feet in length to give you a better picture of how massive this safe really is. The only problem is, the owner does not know how to get it open.
The business owner is Nabeel Gneym who owns the Tower Mini Market and is bewildered by the fact he can’t seem to get the safe open and is very curious to know what could be inside. He helped removed the safe from the first floor of the Tower Plaza Condominium. Surprisingly, he found two gold bracelets that were under the safe while they were moving it, which made him strongly believe that there is definitely more where that came from. Nevertheless, Gneym is still mystified about what really is contained inside the safe. He says that the safe hasn’t been moved in years.
Removing the enormous safe wasn’t an easy task. The safes quality construction and build matches its security features making it difficult to open. They needed five men and a pallet jack to remove the safe out of the building. It took over two hours to remove the safe considering that the safe weighed at a whopping estimated 8,500 pounds, which is probably the reason why the safe hasn’t been moved in decades. The vintage safe was posted against a wall in a store when Gneym moved into the building back in May.
Back when he signed the leased to his new mini market, the previous owner said he could keep the safe. “The landlord, when he leased it to me, he said, ‘you can have the safe and whatever is in it as long as you’re willing to move it,” Gneym said. I bet he didn’t know that it would be as difficult as it was to open and move it from its place. In order to create more room in his mini market, Gneym got several men to help him remove the safe outside, which is when he found the two gold bracelets.
“I went to a gold shop and then I sold them. If there is something around it, there must be something in it,” he said. Even after several forced attempts at cracking open the safe with a hammer, torch and other heavy-duty tools, there was no luck in opening the enigmatic safe.
The current space use to be occupied by Matthew Hoffmann Jewelry Design. Then relocated and was renamed to Ten Fine Jewelry & Design three years ago according to owner, Kris Keller. Gneym believes the safe hasn’t been moved since 1969, but Keller says that Matthew Hoffman also bought two safes during the 1980’s. Overtime, the combination to the safe left in the building was lost, Keller said. “When we went to move, the safe was too large to take so we left it because we didn’t have the combination or the key,” Keller said. “If there’s something in it, I don’t know, but it was going to cost us $1,000 for a safe-cracker to get into that.”