In a home burglary, time is the thief’s most valuable resource. It can be significantly limited by connecting the apartment to the round-the-clock security panel and removing valuables in a burglar-proof safe. The arrival time of the armed group is 5-20 minutes, and the task of the safe is to hold out against the burglar this time. You can further complicate the task of the thief if you force him to spend extra time searching for a safe. Let’s look at how to do this.
Why should a safe be hidden?
Here are some reasons for that:
- a well-hidden safe will not be seen by strangers. And the fewer people there are who know that you keep something valuable at home, the lower the risk of apartment theft on a tip-off is;
- in case of apartment theft, thieves will find the safe. Yes, do not be deluded — after all, a safe is not a hiding place. But the search for a well-hidden safe will take some time, then it has yet to be hacked, preferably without too much noise and before the arrival of security.
The safe is usually made of black metal. It’s magnetic. Modern devices allow detecting a massive piece of a magnetic from a sufficiently large distance. But you still need to hide it. Search is a waste of time, which is a beneficial tactic against robbers. You can find and open any safe. It is important to search longer and open longer.
How to hide an embedded safe?
Most hidden safes are designed for installation in a pre-prepared niche. This method of installation is three times more reliable, the most technologically complex, and the most expensive. In addition, a significant restriction on the thickness of the wall makes it unsuitable for panel apartment buildings.
Thanks to detectives and spy fighters, we are well aware that such safes are hidden behind paintings or mirrors. But using these hackneyed solutions is not the best idea: first, thieves also watch movies, and secondly, it will be inconvenient for you to open such a safe yourself. However, if you really want to try on the role of your favorite movie character, then why not try.
First, you need to decide on the room for installing the safe — it should be low-passable. A dressing room, bedroom, private office, basement, or an attic will do. But the hallway and living room in this sense are not the most appropriate options. Not the best place is the bathroom — high humidity can lead to damage, not only the lock but also the contents of the safe.
Next, you need to think about how to hide the safe. In the dressing room, you can curtain it with clothes on hangers or make boxes on the shelves. In the bedroom, the hidden safe can be covered by a wardrobe with a slot in the back wall or a bedside table.
How to hide a floor safe?
Floor safes are the easiest to install, and therefore the most common. The same rule applies to the choice of premises for their installation — it’s better to keep it unobtrusive.
After you have decided on the room, you need to figure out how to hide the safe — you will not be able to push it with something like an embedded one. But you can still come up with something.
As an option, you can hide it by embedding it in a cabinet. This option has two points that you should pay attention to:
First — the size of the hidden safe must be such that the cabinet is normally closed. Keep in mind that safes with external hinges cannot be pushed close to the side of the cabinet with the loop side because, in this case, it will not be possible to open it.
The second point — if the safe is heavy enough, you need to consider the design so that it does not push the shelf or the base of the cabinet.
The maximum allowable weight depends on the strength of the material, the thickness, and the length of the shelf. For example, the maximum allowable weight for a chipboard shelf is up to 60 cm long with a standard mount no more than 40 kg. The one of 60-80 cm long is no more than 30 kg, and 80-100 cm is no more than 20 kg.