(Photo by Leonard Ortiz, Orange County Register/SCNG) Perhaps by now you’ve heard, there’s a rampant South American Theft Ring wrecking havoc in wealthy areas all over the country, with Southern California, from San Diego to Ventura, being hit particularly hard. Our owner, Shep Bryan, chatted on the topic with KTLA5 and the OC Register over the weekend. Read the full OC Register article here. Now dubbed “tourist burglars”, groups of 4-8 men travel from South America on tourist visas after being trained for speed and efficiency. These burglaries typically last just 5 mins. They stake
Did you know that there are no rules or laws requiring banks to reimburse customers if valuables in their “safe” deposit boxes are stolen or destroyed? According to The New York Times, “There are no federal laws governing the boxes; no rules require banks to compensate customers if their property is stolen or destroyed.” There are countless stories of banks losing customer’s boxes and contents. This isn’t the type of theft that’s easily taken care of in court either. It’s rare that those who’ve been stolen from are compensated much, if any. The banks have
If inspiring stories like this don’t cause you to run out right now, and invest in a quality fire safe, we don’t know what will! When Southern California fires raged across the Carlsbad area in May 2014, Anya and her family had no choice but to rely on the reputation of AMSEC’s trusted fire safes and pray for the best. *Spoiler alert – AMSEC’s fire safe and everything in it survives the fire, unharmed, but you should really hear the story in Anya’s own words: “The fire at times reached 60 feet in height and
Best of Both Worlds! What if you didn’t have to choose between the reliability of a mechanical lock and the convenience of a digital lock? What if, you could have both, in one lock system? Now you can! Introducing AMSEC’s Redundant Boltwork. This new locking system by American Security Products, aka AMSEC, incorporates two locks, either of which can open the safe . Either precisely dialing the mechanical tumbler or entering your combination on the electronic keypad, will trigger your lock to open. This lock is not double the security, but double the convenience. So,
So, you’re renting an apartment and you have a hunch that your landlord won’t be too keen on you drilling holes into his hardwood floor, in order to bolt your safe down. You want to ensure that your safe is secure in your apartment, so what do you do? If you’ve spoken with our safe experts or done your own research, you know that if you don’t want a burglar running away with your safe, you should bolt it down. However, when that is not an option, like in this case, there are other ways
If ever there were a recommended accessory for a home safe, gun safe, or any kind of safe, a dehumidifier would be it! Why a dehumidifier? Well, for starters, think about what is being stored in your safe. Most safe owners will be storing some sort of metal in their safe, such as guns, jewelry, etc. and what happens when moisture and metal meet? Rust and corrosion. That’s why you might need a dehumidifier for your safe. To ensure the longest lifespan for your safe and adequately protect your valuables inside from rust and mold,
In the safe world terms like “gauge” are commonplace, but what does “# gauge steel” really mean? You may wonder when you’re shopping for a safe for home, is 12 or 11-gauge good enough, or should I invest in a 4-gauge steel liner? These are great questions you should ask and we hope our infographic to the left will help you have a bit more insight into what gauge represents. As the gauge # decreases, the thickness of the steel increases. Seems like it should be opposite, but that’s how it works. It’s as simple
If a fire resistant gun safe is what you’re looking for, it’ll be tough finding one to compete with AMSEC’s BF Series, and if you already have a BF you’ll be happy to hear this news. AMSEC BF gun safes were historically touted as having 90-minutes of fire resistance, which is already impressive. Recently, ETL Intertek, an independent testing lab, ran a blind gun safe fire resistance test between competing brands, and the AMSEC BF safe came out on top, proving fire resistant for beyond 2 full hours! The safe itself is exactly the same,
With recent Santa Ana winds raging, fire risk is higher than normal, which bodes the question: Is your home fireproof? Consider doing a fire safety survey of your home and check out the tips from the NFPA on how to fireproof your home on our infographic below. If you don’t have a fire safe already, don’t delay! Some valuables are irreplaceable and can only truly be protected in a fire resistant safe. Check out our inventory of fire safes here and leave us your questions in the comment section below.
Why Your Fire Safe May Not Be Protecting All of Your Valuables… Most people when they hear the term “fire safe,” automatically assume that the items they keep inside it will be, like the name indicates, fire safe. But did you know that fire safes do not protect all types of valuables? In fact, there are many types of materials a fire safe will not protect when it comes to a fire. Rest assured, there is a safe out there that will protect it all. Enter the data safe. This safe is really a safe
Can safes really be cracked, or is it all a Hollywood illusion? In the recently released blockbuster film, Now You See Me, a team of magicians known as the Four Horsemen, are masters of every trick in the book, including safe cracking. One of the Four Horsemen, Jack Wilder, claims that, “Nothing is ever really locked.” So is it true? And is it as easy as these grand thief actors make it seem? Well, the most popular method of safe cracking is simply stealing the entire safe and hauling it to another location where the
Yes, you heard right! Maximum Security has come to YouTube and the videos have just begun. If it has to do with safes, locks, or anything in between, we’re covering it. Become a subscriber to our channel by clicking here, and get updates sent straight to your email whenever we post a new video. Check out our latest video playlists: “All About Locks” and “See How it Works!” below: Have an idea for a Maximum Security safe video? Let us know! We’re here to make learning about safes easy, so don’t hesitate to let us
We are regularly asked if a safe should be bolted to the floor. The answer is easy – YES, it should be! Whether it’s a home safe, gun safe, jewelry safe, or any other kind of safe, bolting it down gives you more security. However, there are sometimes issues that must be considered when determining whether or not to bolt your safe to your floor, so evaluate which of the following categories you fall into, and plan accordingly. Concrete Slab –Whether in the garage or inside the house, if you have a concrete slab floor,
It’s officially September and fall is just around the corner (September 22nd to be exact), but did you know that with the season change, also comes a spike in natural disasters – specifically tornados and fires?
When the only thing left standing after a rampaging fire is your fire safe with precious valuables inside, unaffected by the disaster, that’s the moment of confirmation when you think: “Yes. This is exactly why I invested in a high quality safe.”
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Success in life has many great benefits, including the ability to invest in objects of value. After working hard to acquire these items, you want to make sure that your valuables are protected, as certain items are easy to carry off and frequently the target of would-be thieves. Enjoy the things that matter without fear or worry by taking the following precautions: 1. Keep an Updated Inventory Creating a catalogue of valuables will help ensure that everything is where it should be, and to more easily target an absence if something goes missing. In addition,
Here at Maximum Security Safes we are pleased to introduce our newest line of gun safes and home safes by Winchester Safes. They offer a variety of different models and sizes that are sure to fit your needs. Winchester is one of the best values in the security industry offering affordable pricing along with great burglary and fire ratings. We carry 2 lines of Winchester gun safes: Silverado Premier Series and Ranger Deluxe Series, and the Home and Office Series. The Silverado Premier Series gun safes are offered in 3 sizes holding up to 54
President Obama probably doesn’t want to be thought of as one who encourages a gun and ammo buying spree. In reality this surge in sales isn’t personal. Media outlets suggest that election years tend to see increases in firearms sales. In turn, sales of gun safes increase as well. Once again, fear sells. Folks all across the country are already afraid of what’s happening with the economy. As we approach the election that is compounded with a fear of the “what if”. What if, Obama is reelected and we loose our gun rights? Already gun
“Fire Season Appears Normal, For Now”, reads a recent headline in the Orange County Register. The term “normal” sounds ok to me. Normal, not great, not bad, just normal. But, as I began to read the article I realized that in the case of fire season in Southern California, normal isn’t such a good thing. Fire forecasters predict several large wildfires in the region during Summer and Fall, as is typical. What’s more, meteorologists go on to explain that the potential for fires will continue to grow as summer progresses. Changing weather conditions that occur
A recent run of home burglaries in Texas suggests that thieves have learned to outsmart residential security systems. With knowledge of typical installations crooks are able to quickly enter the home, gather their loot and escape. When home safes are in use, protected valuables are secure while other items are easily snatched up. Police indicate that homes are being broken into through back doors and windows. This way crooks can gain entrance without passersby seeing them. Once inside the thieves stay to the back of the house avoiding any visibility through front windows. Staying out
House fires, not something I want to think about, but they are a real possibility. The National Fire Protection Association reports that there are as many as 400,000 house fires every year in the United States. It isn’t something we should ignore. With our most valued possessions at risk, the old adage, prepare for the worst and hope for the best, is a good approach. That means, take precautions to prevent the most common causes of house fires, and consider a home safe to protect key valuables as your last line of defense, just in
Fall is known as fire season in Southern California. The vegetation is dry from the hot days of summer and the Santa Ana winds begin to blow. As a SoCal native I remember well as a child looking out our back window and seeing flames moving our way. While Southern California is known for wildfires, they can happen just about anywhere. It is time to take steps to protect your home and valuables against wildfire. At Maximum Security Safes we can help you in this effort with a safe for the home, but there are
Summer is here and many of us are looking forward to getting away for a break from the pressure of work and school. Any time we are away our homes are more vulnerable to burglars. Knowing this certainly doesn’t help us to the transition from the stress of everyday life to a restful, relaxing vacation. The good news is, there are a few simple things we can do to protect our homes and our valuables allowing us to more fully enjoy vacation. While securing your valuables in a quality home safe or gun safe is
Police in communities across the country are alerting homeowners of a rise in home burglaries. It is time to do a home security evaluation and consider a quality home safe to secure your valuables. Over the past few months there has been a significant rise in the number of newspaper articles in which police warn homeowners of an increase in home burglaries. • Police report a rise in home burglaries. San Ramon, CA 11/09 • During the holidays home burglaries increase. Richmond Hill, GA 12/8 • 4.5% increase in burglaries over last year. Omaha, NE
Purchasing the “least expensive” security safe may require a more careful examination than you realize.Let me share with you a real life story of a customer of ours.Like so many of us this gentleman knew he needed a safe but didn’t have time to look into the decision carefully.So, he did what many homeowners and small businesses do, he bought a safe from a big box store that he had seen for months and knew was a “great deal”.A few months later the lock malfunctioned and he couldn’t get the safe to open.In a hurry
What were they thinking? Two men steal a security safe and are stopped by police as they drive away in the wee hours of the night with the safe hanging out the trunk of their compact sedan. It begins with a familiar story, recently fired employee decides to get back at his employer. With his inside knowledge he is able to get into the building and knows where to find the safe. The business owner has purchased a quality security safe and the ex-employee and his partner are unable to break into the safe on-site.