Best Wall Safe: Hidden Wall Safe?
Hidden wall safe is a type of safety deposit box (or vault) that is designed so that it cannot be seen from outside. These are typically used to store valuables such as jewelry or cash, but they can also serve other purposes such as insurance policies, investment accounts, and even tax shelters.
The key difference between a normal bank vault and a hidden wall safe is that the contents of the hidden safe are not visible to anyone except those authorized to access them.
These types of safes have been around since at least the 1800’s when they were first invented. They are still manufactured today, although most manufacturers now use computerized systems to protect their contents. However, there are still many companies making traditional models.
Some of these traditional models include:
1. Standard Bank Vault – A standard bank vault is simply a large metal box with a door on one side and a lock on the other.
Inside the locked box are deposits of money which may be withdrawn only by those authorized to do so. When opened, all depositors’ funds are immediately available for withdrawal. Most banks will keep $100 bills in each room of their vault for easy access to during an emergency.
2. Carpet-Backed Safe – This type of safe looks like an oversized floor safe and is intended to be secured within the floor or a wall, for which it gets its name.
Like a floor safe it is usually bolted into place. The door of a carpet safe opens downward and usually features two or three locking bolts.
3. Gun Safe – Gun safes are a step up from the simple floor safe and have evolved to offer fire protection as well as the ability to secure other valuables.
Most gun safes are made of thick steel, have three locking bolts and a pry-resistant solid steel door. Many can also be anchored to a concrete foundation and some can even withstand fire for up to an hour.
4. Denmark Safe – The Denmark safe is one of the most common types of safes in the world.
This simple design was first made in the 1800’s and can still be found in use today. It has a top plate that is secured with two or three bolts and a door that is often covered in a carpet, hence its name. The bolts that hold the door are protected by a steel plate, which makes drilling the safe difficult. The door is typically covered with a carpet or cloth to further frustrate burglars.
Hidden wall safes are typically used by those who wish to keep their valuables as secure as possible. There are many types of hidden safes available, but many of them are made specifically for rifles and pistols.
Most any sort of safe can be hidden inside a wall and wall safes are popular for those who wish to keep their valuables out of sight. The only thing visible will be the keyhole on the outside of the wall.
Hidden wall safes are available at many retailers and typically range in price from $100 to several thousand dollars. The more expensive safes are made by well-known manufacturers and will offer better overall protection.
Any safe can be made hidden simply by cutting a hole in the wall and carefully trimming out the edges. The safe should then be mounted into the wall and covered with a steel plate, plywood, or preferably both. The finished product should then be painted to match the surrounding walls. After it is installed it should be nearly impossible to spot.
Hidden safes are typically purchased for two reasons: privacy and security. The advantage of a hidden safe is that it is out of sight and therefore less of a target for burglars. These safes can be installed in the walls of empires, providing a quick place to store valuables when the owner is under attack.
The major disadvantage of a hidden safe is that they are not as secure as other types. Most rely on bolts to keep them in place and manipulation of these bolts can allow a burglar to get inside. Since the safe isn’t as solidly anchored, it can also be pulled out of the wall if enough force is applied. The door of a hidden wall safe is usually not as thick as those on other types either, so a thief with a minimum of tools can pry it open.
Despite their drawbacks, hidden wall safes do provide an extra layer of security for many people and are usually much easier to install than a built-in safe.
Hidden safes can usually be installed at little expense if you are handy. Most often they are simply anchored to the studs in your walls, requiring only a few tools and a bit of time. Most can be bolted to the floor as a secondary measure as well.
Those who aren’t skilled in construction and DIY projects can usually hire someone to do the installation. The cost will generally be less than that of a regular safe and the work will be simpler. Since most safes are made out of solid steel, installing one does require more skill than simply nailing down a picture frame.
The type of safe you want to install depends on what it is you plan to store inside it. Those who wish to store large amounts of valuables, paperwork or firearms will want to get a bigger safe made out of solid steel or iron.
Those who wish to keep sensitive information like identity documents, passports and wills can opt for a smaller fireproof safe that uses reinforced fire-resistant materials. These are often lighter and smaller, but provide good protection against flames.
Whatever type of safe you decide to go with, be sure that the door is made of solid metal. Many on the market have fiberglass doors that won’t offer much protection at all. Make sure the locking system is sturdy as well, as some safes have flimsy locking systems that can be broken into with a hammer or pry bar. Look for a thick steel door and a lock that requires a key from both sides, such as a dial combination or a keyhole.
If you don’t want to or can’t install a hidden safe in your walls, other options are available. For those with little money, a large metal box with a lock is an option. This can be placed in a closet or another inconspicuous area. Those looking for something a bit classier can buy a decorative strongbox.
These are often made out of metal or wood and can double as a bench or footlocker. A final option for those who want to keep their valuables in plain sight is a vault. These are large safes, usually set into the floor or into a wall, and are only accessible by a heavy door.
Hidden safes offer extra protection for your most prized possessions and documents, but it’s important to take security precautions with what ever safe you get. Make sure that the area around the safe is well-lit so that thieves can’t work in secret. Don’t keep the safe in an isolated area either. Even if you have an alarm on the safe, a thief may still be able to break in and steal other valuables you have near it.
Whatever safe you get, make sure that you can bolt it down or at least weigh it down with heavy objects so that thieves cannot walk off with it. Finally, make sure that you can easily access the safe yourself. You don’t want to have to be a professional safe cracker to get into your own safe!
A fake safe, also known as a bogus safe, is a great way to protect your valuables without anyone being the wiser. These safes look like authentic safes and can fool even the most seasoned burglar. With a little preparation and some shopping, you can get what looks like a high-security safe for much less than the price of a real one.
Installing a fake safe is exactly like installing a real one.
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