Are home safes secure?
By charoot from Newark, CA
Well, I suppose it would depend on it's size, shape, weight, whether it's built-in or free-standing and the determination of the thief ;-) In any event, if a person is going to have a safe it ought to be fireproof. Hope this helps :-)
Our home safe is not only fireproof, very large and heavy, but bolted to the floor. Works for us
You'd be better off using an old broken but clean locking freezer, with duplicates in a safe deposit box, because it's less likely to be broken into or carried away. If not running, it's not as likely to be suspected or broken into for any reason other than it being locked. My mother had several safes and the lock smith said none are TRULY safe unless high dollar ones because all can be picked! They can be fire-retardant, but not totally fire-proof, since even wrought iron will melt on a balcony in a fire,
If you go the freezer route, keep a water hose hooked up near the area just in case of fire. That's the cheapest and safest, in my opinion, and give a trusted friend, relative or neighbor a set of your keys, without labeling them.
P.S. If you are looking to thwart ordinary burglars and thieves, you can use the old freezer. If you are trying to keep things from a govt. agency, forget it. Their GPS and other devices can see through brick walls, and find metal, money, jewels, etc. as easy as sitting outside your home across the street and aiming their "devices" at your residence, whispering "beam it up, Scotty!"
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