Keep your family safe during the holidays

‘Tis the season, and you know what that means: An increased threat from ski mask-wearing grinches bent on ruining your holidays. No really, it’s a time for mirth and good cheer. But the fact is that December is the peak month for house robberies. Here’s how to keep your family safe during the holidays.

The Deal with December

Holiday Home with snowNow we don’t want to alarm anyone. The uptick in crime during December is regional, and on average the likelihood of being victimized is not very much greater than in other months. However, people do leave their homes during the holidays. Packages are left (more…)

Browning Security Doors: Peace of Mind with Built-in Concealment

There are some items in life that you can, and perhaps should, store in a bank safe deposit box. However, there are other items that you prefer to keep at home, including a cherished gun collection, jewelry and other heirlooms, cash and coin collections, and anything else you hold dear and want to protect.

Browning offers a large selection of vault doors that offer the double benefit of ironclad protection and clever confidentiality. Built-in concealment options for your security adds a whole new dimension to your efforts to prevent any breaches.

Choose security doors to conceal and safeguard

Browning Security Door 6 PanelMost of the time, (more…)

Burglar Rating Overview

When it comes to home and commercial safes there are a lot of different classifications and security ratings to help give you a better idea of exactly what you’re getting. However, sometimes it can be a bit overwhelming trying to understand all of the different acronyms and abbreviations. Here we’ll take a look at some of the most common security ratings and exactly what they mean.

What is UL?

You might have noticed that a lot of security ratings for safes begin with ‘UL.’ This stands for ‘Underwriter’s Laboratories’ which is one of the largest safety consulting and certification companies in the United (more…)

Jewelry Maintenance

Jewelry is an ever popular candidate for secure storage but too often is left forgotten without proper maintenance. While the bulk of its value will be maintained over time there are a few important facets worth noting that can help keep your jewelry in its optimal condition. Here we will go into some important details for jewelry maintenance with a few tips to help you retain value and keep your jewelry looking its best.


One thing worth noting is that when jewelry is used and worn it’s very possible for personal care products like makeup and hair care products to cause your (more…)

Safe Brand Overview: First Alert

When it comes to high security safes, brand and reputation can be very important. There’s no reason to drop a lot of money on something if you can’t trust that it will deliver as advertised. Here we’ll look a bit at First Alert and see where this company comes from and how they have arrived to be the trusted brand that they are today. We’ll look at some of the history as well as what sets them apart from other safe manufacturers.

History and Inception

First Alert initially began its foray into the world of home safety and security not as a safe (more…)

What Makes a Good Padlock?

Owning a decent padlock might just be one of the best investments you make. There’s a ton of great applications for a good padlock and if you shop smartly you can cut out some of the inherent weaknesses found in cheaper models. There’s even times when you’ll find yourself having to secure thousands of dollars of good behind a padlock (i.e. storage containers or a nice bicycle) so it might just be a good idea to do some research and get the most out of your money. So, here we’ll look at just what it takes to make a strong padlock (more…)

Home Security: Wired vs. Wireless

While the general assumption these days is that wires are messy and complicated relics of a bygone era there may still be some perks for wired systems when it comes to home security. There is a bit of a divide in the home security sector as to which is better: wired or wireless? Each has its merits and shortcomings so there’s no clear victor past one’s own opinion. However, if you’re looking into a new security system and haven’t yet made up your mind this is very likely a question you’ll have to ask yourself: which is the right choice for (more…)

Locking Mailboxes

Stealing mail is quickly becoming a popular past time for thieves everywhere. It’s a relatively risk free way for them to get access to your personal information that could potentially lead to identity theft. Fortunately locking mailboxes are a widely available and very effective method for combating mail theft. Here we’ll look at some of the basic regulations for locking mailboxes to make sure you won’t be making life more difficult for your mailman.

Basic Regulations

When it comes to locking mailboxes the basic regulations are fairly simple. The same basic ideas apply to locking mailboxes as to all others when it comes (more…)

First Alert 2484DF Executive Gun Safe

The first alert 2484DF is an excellent quality mid-range multi-purpose gun safe. This safe comes with a plethora of quality security features as well as a one hour fire rating. Equipped with a programmable digital lock and pry resistant internal hinges, the First Alert 2484DF is an excellent option for the modest price range under $600. Here we’ll look at some of the technical specifications as well as the pros and cons of the First Alert 2484DF Executive Gun Safe.

External dimensions: 27.00” H x 18.50” W x 19.50” D

Internal dimensions: 25.50” H x 17.00” W x 14.00” D

Internal storage capacity: 3.50 (more…)

DVR Surveillance Systems

Digital video recording security systems are quickly becoming the standard for home and business surveillance thanks to a recent renaissance in the required technology. Nowadays you can fit a terabyte of data on a thumb drive and digital compatibility abounds from everything from your television to your smartphone. Finally you can reap the benefits of the dawn of the digital age and get your home or business effortlessly wired with high quality digital imaging systems to really up security and protect your investments. The real story here, however, is the compatibility modern surveillance has with your smartphone. You can now monitor (more…)