Anchoring a home safe is a must for anyone who owns one. The primary reason for doing so is to make sure that it would not be easily taken away. Burglars, when faced with home safes, are down with two options. They can either try to break into it using a saw or any other sharp instrument or they can attempt to take away the whole safe and try to prod it open when they have more freedom to do so. Burglars should not be underestimated as there have been numerous cases where in safes were broken out of homes regardless of the safe’s type or weight. To prevent crooks from absconding with one’s safe; bolting them down is a necessity.
Anchoring a home safe may be done by one’s self or with the help of a professional. Either way, the first step when anchoring a safe is choosing where to mount it. This step is crucial. Choosing the location of home safes depends on what purpose they serve. The basement is ideal for fire resistant safes while burglar protection safes are best kept hidden in walls or floors. The second step it to locate the safe’s mounting hole. Most safes have their mounting hole in the middle of the unit while others have them in the corners. After locating the mounting hole, drill a hole onto the surface where the safe is to be mounted on. Use the appropriate drill bit in doing so. One may either use a concrete or wood drill bit.
Make sure that the drill bit is of proper size. The next step is to reposition the safe onto the mounting hole and inserting the bolt through the safe’s base and into the whole. Lastly, tighten the nut on top of the bolt and test if the safe is securely fastened to the surface. Anchoring home safes is an easy process but many people think otherwise. It pays to go that extra mile in trying to keep your valuables safe.
There are also points to consider when bolting down home safes. One must consider the surface to anchor the safe onto. Bolting down safes is ideal on concrete floors. This is the common scenario in basements or garages. However, this is not always the case. There are times when safes are to be mounted on ground floor, an elevated foundation or an upstairs location. A suggestion in this case would be to drill four lag bolts onto the plywood floor. Anchoring safes onto wood is not recommended as wood is not as sturdy as concrete. The safe would be at risk of being taken away if a thief attempts to rock the safe or get under it with a pry-bar. However, when faced with no other choice, this option would be better than nothing. Another suggestion in cases like these is to drill through the plywood flooring from inside the safe. After this, come up from underneath the house with a carriage bolt and tighten the nut and washer from inside the safe. Although a tedious procedure, it ensures better anchorage of the safe.
Bolting down a safe makes it more difficult for burglars to get away with these safes if they cannot pry it open as well. This is why in choosing a safe to be installed at home, it is important to make sure that the safe chosen is of high quality and is not easily destroyed by forces. To ensure optimum security of safes, one must not hesitate to bolt them down. Who knows, maybe this simple act of anchoring their home safes would make a big difference when a break-in occurs.