Are Gun Safes Secure?

Are Gun Safes Secure?


Hey guys! Robert here, with Liberty Safe. Bad guys exist, and safes are meant to stop
them. But are home and gun safes really secure? Let’s find out! The number one reason people buy a safe is
to secure their valuables and firearms. But just how secure are these hunks of metal? Today we’re going to take a look at the
most common strategies thieves use to get into your safe, and how a quality safe will
defend against them. With a couple of crowbars, some elbow grease,
and an inferior safe design, a thief can easily pry the door off a safe in just a few minutes. Due to their simplicity, pry attacks are the
most common technique used, exploiting the weakness of smaller locking bolts, and the
rivets that attach them to the steel bar that moves them in and out of the safe. To counteract this, effective manufacturers
will add Z-bars, anti-pry tabs, thicker locking bolts, and smaller door gaps. That stated though, the best safe protects
against pry attacks by using locking bars made from a single piece of steel. Without rivet points in the bars, the safe
becomes instantly more pry resistant, and takes a ton more force to open. If a pry attack fails, instead of going for
the door, a thief might try to break into your safe by forcing the handle. In inferior models, this might cause the locking
gears to slip, releasing the bolts and unlocking the safe. The countermeasure for this is quite common,
and though it’s known under many different names, we like to call it a “slip-clutch
mechanism.” Similar to the way a ratchet works, this device
locks the mechanism in place, keeping the gears from rotating the opposite direction
unless it’s properly unlocked. When the body of your safe is constructed
from multiple pieces of steel, with a sledgehammer and a little extra effort from your thief,
the seams that hold it together are at risk of getting busted. And that could result in your safe getting
peeled like a banana. When it comes to preventing this, less is
gonna be more. Safe bodies constructed from only two pieces
of metal, where only the back piece is welded on, are going to be the best option for your
home security. These safes are much more difficult to peel
and can’t be peeled from the sides at all. Now, if a thief is really determined, they
might resort to higher technologies. In this case, using a grinder to cut through
the metal body of your safe. Now, as effective as a tactic as this could
be, the chances of this happening are incredibly rare, due to the simple fact that a ton of
work will have to go into this type of attempt. See, most burglary attempts are smash and
grab, and they usually occur within 10 minutes or less. But by implementing this tool, the chances
of getting caught increases significantly. For example, if the thief has his own grinder,
these tools are clunky, and aren’t exactly inconspicuous. Also, taking the time to find a power source,
plus the time it will take to actually cut into the safe only makes their attempts more
difficult. This said, there is still a small possibility
of this happening, so exceptional safe manufacturers will utilize not only a lower gauge of steel,
making it more difficult to cut into the safe, but they may also embed pieces of glass or
ceramic into the concrete inside the safe, producing a significant amount of shrapnel
upon contact. For smaller, easier to move safes, safe bouncing
(the act of hitting or dropping a safe to get the lock to bounce open) is another efficient
technique used by thieves. This works because if you catch it at just
the right moment, you can turn the handle of the safe when the lock bounces. Good safes are going to have counterweight
mechanisms that prevent the movement of the lock. But the best safes are going to come with
at least one relocker: a device that, once triggered, secures the safe’s locking bolts
into place so that not even a key or combination can retract them. At the end of the day, no safe is going to
be completely burglar-proof or indestructible. I mean, with the right tools and enough time,
any safe can be opened by any person. And there are even some tactics that no manufacturer
can counteract, such as using a plasma cutter or a thermic lance to cut open the safe, from
using an explosive to blow a safe open, or using machine power to pry the door open. These methods can be incredibly effective,
but they either require special tools, special training or a great deal of time to complete. In other words, this tactic is going to be
most commonly used to open bank vaults, not your home or gun safe. So, let’s recap. If you’re looking for the most secure home
and gun safe, it’s gonna have these features: ● Anti-pry designs, or one-piece locking
bars ● Robust bolt coverage
● A slip-clutch mechanism ● A thick steel, 2-piece body
● One or more internal hardplates ● Counterweight mechanisms
● And one or more relockers Obviously you can expect to pay more as you
add on these features. But a safe that features all these security
measures will be a “safe bet” for protecting your valuables. In our opinion, these add-ons are important
considerations to think about on your buying journey, so I’ve attached a link in the
captions below that outlines the major points of what we’ve talked about today. Thanks for watching! And if you’ve enjoyed this video, please
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