When it comes to protecting your valuables with a safe, there are three schools of thought; The first says that high value items should be kept in an high security safe. Everyone has seen these gargantuan beasts before. Even if they aren’t bolted to the ground or the wall, they can easily weigh upwards of a thousand pounds, not to mention how much their contents, making it impossible for them to be moved by anyone other than a team of skilled technicians.
Given the way these types of safes are constructed, is it very unlikely that anyone but the most highly skilled safe crackers will be able to open one. sounds great, and i am sure that you would like one for your home. The problem is that most people don’t have the space needed for one of these monsters, and the price tag for this sort of protection can easily run int the tens of thousands of dollars.
The second option is the hidden wall safe. The classic image of the wall safe hidden behind the painting is one that comes to mind. Unfortunately, these types of safes only offer limited protection. During your average residential burglary, a thief will not have the time needed to find your hiding place, but if they can locate it, these models can fairly easily be ripped from the wall and taken elsewhere to be opened at their leisure.
The third option is a combination of the fist two. Introducing the in floor safe. There are a number of tremendous advantages to a in floor safe in comparison to other types of protection and, as always, a few drawbacks. The main advantage of a floor safe is that it is very discreet and seldom on the radar screen of bad guys who busy themselves opening drawers and pawing through closets in search of easily portable valuables. Hidden down in an obscure corner with no other items of value anywhere around it, an in floor safe is the most likely type to be overlooked in most burglary situations.
Even if it is discovered by some ill chance, there is not much that criminals can do about it. They seldom carry industrial jack hammers around in their vehicles and the horrifying idea of spending hours of hard physical labor in order to make a living is one reason why they became rip-off artists in the first place. Without the equipment or the time or the willingness to make a lot of very unusual noise in a peaceful neighborhood, a floor safe is a pretty solid way of protecting your valuables. Extremely clever people have even been known to park a regular safe on top of a floor safe in order to provide a dummy objective for anybody who does break in.
The main drawbacks of floor safes are that they are relatively small and also prone to condensation or even flooding so that certain more-fragile items need to be very carefully protected—particularly if they are going to be there for long periods of time. Accessing one obviously involves getting down on the floor so this might also be a problem for those with arthritis or some similar ailment. On the other hand, they are relatively inexpensive, especially when considering the elevated level of security they provide, and fairly quick and easy to install in most cases.
Since most floor safes are recessed beneath the actual floor level and then covered with some form of nondescript disk on top of it, anyone who does in fact discover the location of a floor safe is most likely to assume it is some sort of floor drain or other type of plumbing access. This cuts down on the fear of casual discovery by house guests and ever-inquisitive children. When you combine its security, its conceal-ability, its rather simple installation, and its reasonable price, a floor safe obviously deserves some level of consideration for those who are interested in keeping their valuable safe and secure at home rather than in some bank vault.