A luxury jewelry safe is a high grade burglary safe with optional fire protection and extensive upgrades to vastly improve on convenience, appearance, and organization. These highly configurable safes can even include custom jewelry storage with modular drawer insert systems, along with watch storage configurations commonly featuring automatic watch winder panels. Luxury safes commonly offer increased protection levels and come standard with many advanced protection features.
Jewelry Safe Pros :
> Highly configurable.
> Variety of exterior finishes and colors.
> Higher protection rating option.
> Great way to organize and store jewelry while gaining quick access to all your valuables.
> Loads of added features and available upgrades including biometric fingerprint reading entries, timelocks, integration to home automation systems, etc.
Jewelry Safe Cons :
> As one might expect, the higher convenience and refined appearance come at a higher cost. Therefore, luxury safes are pricier than their standard burglary and fire safe counterparts.
Luxury Jewelry Safe Specific Buying Tips:
- Organize and optimize – A safe can do far more than simply protect your valuables. When properly configured, a safe provides a great opportunity to organize and optimize your life.
To fully capitalize on what your new safe offers, it’s essential to stop thinking of your future safe as the thing you will store your valuables in and instead treat the safe as a highly configurable personal organizer that protects what’s in it. A good safe can be equipped with file drawers, jewelry drawers, necklace racks, watch winders, DVD drawers, gun racks, photo drawers, equipment drawers, and more.
Rather than having your precious items spread throughout your home and losing time tracking an item down whenever it goes missing, consolidate and organize instead. I reccomend you take this opportunity to compile a list of the important items you commonly use and then consider how you want to organize these items in a way that works best for you. Now you can search out a quality safe that best accommodates your organizational plan.
- Look for flexible drawer layouts for your jewelry – Jewelry drawer layouts should offer variety and be easy to add and remove, allowing you to order new layouts as your collection grows or your needs change. Or ask if your safe manufacturer can produce custom interior drawer layouts to accommodate any specialty items within your jewelry collection.
- Install in an accessible location - All too often safes go unused when they are located too far away to be conveniently accessed. Many times a new safe buyer will over think the planned location for their safe, locating it in some cleverly concealed location or disguising the safe behind false doors or walls. While concealing your safe is fine, don’t do this at the cost of overall convenience or the safe will likely fall out of use over time. It’s far better to be storing your commonly used valuables in a not so hidden safe than to have these items left out for easy pilfering. Rather than outthinking the burglar along with yourself, rely on the safe to perform its job of protection and place it in a location it’s likely to get the most use. If your home is burglarized, a well built burglary safe will faithfully protect your contents.
- Allow room for a fully opening door – Try to provide enough room outside the safe for the door to open to 135°. This allows the inner door elements to swing clear, providing full unobstructed access the safes contents and maximizing the amount of available interior space. This holds especially true for safe with drawers, as a 135° door swing allows the drawers to fill the entire horizontal range of the safes interior.
If the safe will be in a cabinet or the safe door will be stopped by a wall, then you’ll need to specify a door swing of 90°. This means the drawers will be narrowed 1″ – 2″ to prevent them from being blocked by the door. You should also consider which side of the safe you’ll want the hinge on to allow for the most convenient access.
- Position the drawers at a height that best suits you – Since the drawers of a luxury safe tend to get the most use, we suggest you position them at a height that allows you to both see into every drawer while standing and take items from each drawer without excessive bending.
General Safe Buying Tips:
- Check for a thick solid steel door and walls: It is essential that the safe you purchase has both a solid steel door and walls of substantial thickness. Without this base level of steel protection, any safe can be opened within minutes despite the hoopla of additional advertised protection features. While the majority of top selling safes on the market tout a plethora of protection features, virtually all fail miserably in this essential area.
The safe you choose must have at minimum a ½” thick solid steel door and a ¼” thick solid steel body.
Steel is very expensive and heavy, vastly increasing the safes build cost and the cost of shipping overseas to the reseller. As a result, nearly all oversea manufactured safes (and even many local built safes) cut these costs by making their safes with thin sheet metal wrapped around various forms of drywall to give the appearance of a robust safe.
Be highly suspect if the safe manufacturer or reseller doesn’t state solid steel or lists “composite” for their wall or door material as this can be anything from sheet metal wrapped around wood to sheet metal and standard drywall.
Also be on the lookout for safe sellers that list just “door thickness” rather than the barrier material type and thickness as this is a recent trick many underhanded safe marketers employ. By listing the total thickness of the safe door including the safe dial, barrier material, airspace, inner bolt work, etc…. the provided figure can sound quite impressive while actually preventing the buyer from obtaining any solid information on how thick the barrier material actually is or what it’s made of.
- Judge a safe by its weight – Weight is one of the biggest factors when determining the base ability of a safe to protect from both burglary and fire.
- Steel is heavy, a quality safe with solid steel walls will weigh substantially more than a flimsy safe fabricated by wrapping sheet metal around insulation panels.
- High density concrete based amalgamate used for true fire protection is heavy. A concrete amalgamate based composite fire safe will weigh substantially more than a safe that uses insulation panels.
- Steel and high density concrete amalgamate together are really heavy. A true burglary safe with solid steel walls and concrete amalgamate fire cladding often carries three time the mass of an equivalent size safe constructed from sheet metal and drywall panels. If a safe is heavy, it doesn’t necessarily mean the safe carries a lot of solid steel, the weight can come from the concrete amalgamate alone. To determine the amount of solid steel used by a safe, it’s still best to learn the actual steel thickness for both the door and walls.
- Stick with a UL approved lock – Always check that the safe you plan to purchase has a UL approved Group 2 lock or better. The three dependable lock manufacturers are LaGard, Sargent & Greenleaf, and Kaba Mas. These are the only lock manufacturers that produce locks guaranteed to provide decades of trouble free operation.
If you decide on a safe without a UL approval, there’s a 95% chance the safe’s lock comes from China. The vast majority of safe manufacturers who equip their safes with “their own” lock brand also use Chinese locks. While highly affordable, Chinese built locks are highly undependable and are prone to early failure.
Opening these safes is generally a very costly and time consuming ordeal as it’s nearly impossible for even a licensed locksmith to obtain accurate blueprints to aid in a clean repairable entry into the safe. Most safe owners in this unfortunate position opt for the faster and less expensive forced entry option. The safe is rendered unusable after a forced entry and the owner is stuck with a hefty bill and in the market for a reliable and secure safe.
- Avoid fireboard or drywall based fire safes: Although fire safes constructed with fireboard, drywall, fiberboard, or other panel based insulation materials make up the majority of safes sold today, they provide inferior fire protection when compared to true composite fire safes or composite clad fire safes.
More importantly, these panel based safes provide fire protection at the cost of highly reduced burglary protection. The majority of fireboard style safes provide little to no burglary protection.
- Consider entry convenience: A safe that is slow to open or access is a safe you are less likely to use. Adding an electronic lock can make opening the safe quick and easy, as well as enabling the user to reset the combination when needed without the aid of a locksmith or combination kit. However, for the ultimate in user convenience and security, a high grade biometric fingerprint reading lock can’t be beat (plus you don’t need to remember any key codes).
- Check for re-lockers: All quality safes should have re-lockers to help ensure the safe remains locked in the case of a burglary. Re-lockers are hardened pins that are triggered, in a variety of ways during an attack, and cannot be retracted without hours of drilling. The number of re-lockers on a safe will range from 2-10+ depending on the size and burglary grade of the safe.
Bear in mind, re-locker pins only prove useful when the safe has a substantially thick steel door and walls. Most safes today are equipped with two or more re-locker pins. But on a steel deficient safe, these pins along with the locking bolts simply tear or bend right through the safe’s thin door jamb by prying on the safe door with nothing more than a common crowbar.
- Consider a custom safe: Does the size of your chosen safe make best use of the space it’s occupying? Is the interior layout of the safe well suited to your needs? In many cases there’s room for improvement and this is where a custom safe is worth consideration.
Installing a Luxury Jewelry Safe:
- Anchor it – Always bolt your safe down. While you may think there’s no way anyone will manage to wrangle the safe out of your house when it takes specialized machines and muscle to perform the installation, never underestimate the resourcefulness of highly determined burglars.
Concrete provides the most secure anchor, so it is the preferred surface for mounting your safe. Although, remember that an inaccessible safe receives rare use… so if you have to place the safe in a location that’s far out of the way in order to mount to concrete, reconsider.
Always mount using 1/2″ concrete bolts or larger, and use more than one bolt. Four mounting bolts are ideal.
When anchoring to a wood floor, whenever possible, anchor one or more bolts into a foundation support beam rather than just the plywood floor.
- Watch for medium wall gaps – When possible, avoid anchoring the safe near a foundation wall in a way that creates an 8″ to 18″ gap between the wall and safe. Gaps smaller than 8″ are ok but with slightly larger gaps it is possible to leverage the safe away from the wall using a car jack, ripping the safe’s base anchor bolts out from the flooring.
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