Two general lines of thought exist when it comes to home safes. Some people prefer to make a security statement with a safe. A large gun safe, for instance, looks powerful and physically intimidating. Others prefer a subtler approach, concealing home safes in walls or floors.
Floor safes are small safes installed in concrete floors so the safe can be easily hidden. Well-secured and concealed, such safes are an excellent choice for safeguarding small valuables, such as passports, jewelry, and cash.
Floor Safe Advantages
Because it's encased in concrete, an in-ground safe offers excellent burglar protection. When properly installed, it takes great effort to lift out, pry out, or otherwise tamper with the safe--effort most burglars aren't willing to expend. After all, every minute in a home increases the thief's chance of detection or arrest. Breaking into the safe takes more time than most thieves can afford.
Due to their relatively complicated installation, in-ground safes are not as common as well safes. A burglar who checks behind paintings and mirrors for hidden safes might not think to move furniture or rugs.
Floor safes with recessed combination or key locks make concealment even easier. Other customized options include drop slots and depository chutes for quickly adding valuables, and digital electronic locks. The safes come in a range of sizes and shapes to fit a wide range of environments.
Limitations of Concealed Safes
It's important to remember a floor safe is designed solely to foil burglars and is not fireproof. While the sides and bottom of the safe are encased in concrete, the steel door remains exposed and does not include any fire-resistant material. Combination burglar/fire safes are available, but are standalone safes which anchor to wood or concrete floors.
The only other limitation is size. Designed to be small and inconspicuous, the safes have a limited storage capacity. They are, however, ideal for small items too important to lose to burglary. Call one of our trained professionals today to discover what type of safe best fits your needs.