THE BENEFITS OF A HOME SAFE

Do you have a home safe? If you do; congratulations; you made a wise decision! If you don’t already have one, consider getting one; they are well worth the investment. And no, you don’t have to be rich to own or use a home safe; they are for everyone who wants better security for their valuables. Here in Hallandale Beach, FL we have home safes in all neighborhoods ranging from entry level all the way to luxury estates, and why not? These secure metal compartments are useful in securing your valuables from prying eyes, thieves, and even the elements! You can use your safe to protect anything that you deem of value including cash, art, jewelry, documents, and lots more. 

Aren’t there pros and cons to having a home safe? 

Sure; there are both. This is why Quick Locksmith Hallandale Beach has compiled some facts for you to consider… and then the choice is yours to make! Many times potential safe owners have pre-buying questions about actually owning a home safe. Are they expensive? Are they hard to maintain? Aren’t these just for the rich? What if I forget my combination? Will owning a home safe make me a target? Where is the best room to put my safe? A thousand questions come to mind but in reality, the answer may be different for each person. 

What can I put in my safe? 

We are not being sarcastic, but you can put anything you want in it! It’s your safe; after all. What is valuable to you and what would you like to provide security for? For some it may be cash. For others it may be a mixture of things like treasured mementos, old love letters, coins and maybe a flash drive, or two.  

ATM 

No, your safe won’t just spit out money like an ATM but you can store cash in it. The amount is up to you but many use their home safe for a fast and convenient way to access cold hard cash whenever needed. You might have an unexpected bill come up or a sudden medical or veterinary expense. Maybe a business deal has presented itself and you have to act fast to clinch it. Other fast cash needs can include charity giving, car repairs, entertainment purposes and even funeral costs. Many a real estate transaction was made when the new owner put down a cash deposit in good faith. 

Other money related items 

Your home safe can contain non-cash, monetary items like stock certificates, appraisals, IOU’s, gift cards, credit and debit cards, theater tickets, foreign currency, rare coins, gold, silver bars and the like.  

Your arsenal 

Ok; arsenal is a bit much, but you can keep a gun or other firearms inside of it. Many a homeowner has invested in a locking gun cabinet or safe for this very purpose. Using your home safe for this is ideal if you only have one or a few guns and would like to keep them out of the hands of children, guests or burglars. Contrary to popular thought, using a locking safe to keep your gun(s) in does not put you at risk for being unarmed in the event of a home invasion or burglary; it’s actually just the opposite. Your local residential locksmith shop will be able to advise you more on this when they work with you on placement and access details. 

Diamonds, rubies, emeralds…. 

Yes, you can keep jewelry items in your home safe. Many homeowners do this and then retrieve the items for show or to wear to a gala event or night out on the town. Often, jewelry replicas are kept in the safe and worn to events while the “real deal” is locked securely away in a bank vault. It’s really up to you which jewelry items are included in your home safe. It may be that your items are not of value (monetarily) at all! Maybe they are merely costume jewelry or homemade items that have a sentimental value to you alone and you would just like to keep them secure. 

Documents 

Were you aware that home and office file cabinet and desk locks offer minimal security due to their use of cam lock technology? While these locks are better than having none at all, they are not as secure as a home safe. If you have need of mere filing of documents; use a file cabinet. If you want true security for paper goods of value; make use of your safe. You can include appraisals, stock certificates, warranties, credit checks, background checks, passports, visas, stocks, tax returns, bonds, car titles, real estate deeds and more. Again, it’s up to you what you put inside of your home safe! Old love letters from a long lost love or notes from your toddler can be just as priceless as more conventional valuable items. 

Where to put your safe 

This is a good topic to discuss with your local full service locksmith. There are many things to consider like your home layout, weight and size of your safe, ease of access, and safe contents, etc. Most buyers of home safes want it heavy enough so that burglars won’t just carry it out the front or back door. Safes can be heavy on their own or they can be bolted onto the floor or installed into a wall or alcove. Super heavy safes should always be installed on the ground floor. Safes than can be moved by a couple of people are fine for the second floor. If you have reinforced floors or live in a luxury high rise, these guidelines may be different. Your locksmith tech will know best about weight, access and placement. 

Where to buy your safe 

You can buy local or online. Safe shops and retail stores carry home safes. You can also buy used or gently used by going to flea markets, yard sales and discount shops. Our recommendation is to work with a local locksmith shop that specializes in sales, service and installation of home safes. By doing this, you’ll save money, get better service and have 24-hour access to emergency help, if ever needed. 

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5 Security Tips for Your New Home

When you think of home security, you probably imagine expensive, intricate systems that cost more than you’re willing to shell out—especially after buying a new home.

But that’s not always the case. Good home security doesn’t require a pricey, state-of-the-art system. In many cases, small changes and habits are all you need to keep burglars at bay.

Keep these five security tips in mind as you move into your new home. They can save you from spending on an expensive system, while enjoying the same peace of mind.

  1. Fake cameras actually work. Fake security cameras sound funny—and ineffective—but don’t rule them out. Not only are they a fraction of the cost of an actual security camera, but, “Most fake security cameras have a noticeable blinking LED light that deters criminals at night when they’re most active,” according to home security experts. If the light stops blinking, just replace the batteries.

Purchase a few to place around the front and even rear entrances to your house to provide maximum protection. Don’t forget to pair them with “This home is protected by…” security stickers. These stickers can be purchased for less than $10 online. This makes your fake cameras seem even more real.

  1. Fewer windows=good move. Adding more windows to boost the amount of natural light into your home might look good, but they make your house a more attractive option for intruders. Nearly 30 percent of burglars gain access to a home through an unlocked door or window—and windows on the first floor are especially common targets. It’s easy to forgot to lock windows after opening them to get fresh air, and that can be a costly mistake. If your garage door has windows, tint them so intruders can’t see if you’re home or away. The same goes for your front door and first floor windows—invest in blinds and keep them closed for the best line of defense. You can also put a frosted coating on the lower half of your windows, which only lets outsiders see only through the top half. These come in peel and stick form, so you can make this update quickly and economically.
  2. Make your home look occupied. It’s become increasingly common for break-ins to occur during daylight hours, since most people are away at work, the kids are at school and the neighbors aren’t out and about to notice anything suspicious. Here are a few ways to make your home look more active during the day to deter potential burglars:

Have landscapers come at all different times of the day so there’s someone there in the morning, afternoon and evening. It will be harder for burglars to spot a pattern this way.

 

Keep lights on in the most visible rooms in the house. You can install a timer to have them turned on and off if you don’t want them on for eight hours straight.

 

Don’t let mail pile up while you’re away, which is a clear sign that no one is home. Ask a friend or neighbor to pick it up each morning and leave it in your home. This way, if anyone is watching, it appears as though people are checking in and going in and out of the home.

  1. Consider your landscaping. Believe it or not, your landscaping can deter criminals. People who are attempting to break into a house want somewhere to hide if the mailman drives up or a neighbor comes outside. If you have large trees or bushes planted along the first story of your house, it gives burglars a great place to wait it out.

Avoid this easy hideaway by keeping your landscaping simple, trimmed and polished. Plant bushes that are low to the ground and provide maximum protection—think rose bushes or citrus plants that have spiny leaves. Also consider using gravel instead of mulch so you can hear when someone approaches your home.

  1. Video doorbells are worth checking out. One new way to keep your home safe and deter your kids from opening the door to strangers is a video doorbell. More affordable than most security cameras, these easy-to-install gadgets provide on-demand video, a live view of your front porch at all times and motion detection alerts sent straight to your smartphone.

Several of the newer models allow two-way audio so you can communicate with anyone who rings your doorbell, even if you aren’t home. These are a great security feature if you have kids who open the door for strangers or if your door doesn’t have a peephole.

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