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Safe Protection Levels - The Big Locking Bolt Scam

Big Bolt Safe

The illusion of a robust safe - This particular trick is employed so rampantly throughout the safe industry that it merits its own page in this guide. Though the trick is most common in mid level safes, it can even be found in certain high end luxury safes.
Take for instance the fine looking robust safe featured above. This is a top of the line luxury safe equipped with fine hardwood jewelry drawers, an advanced electronics package, and brass trim. This safe sells for well over 60 thousand dollars.
But is a safe this finely constructed worthy of such a grand expenditure?
The massively thick fortified door coupled with five HUGE 2 inch diameter locking bolts would suggest so. A very impressive looking safe indeed.
Such a splendid safe deserves closer inspection.

Big Bolt Safe



Closer inspection leads to uneasy questions - Upon unfastening this giants pristinely polished door cover, certain oddities become readily apparent. Where do the HUGE bolts go? I see them going into the side of the doors carriage but there appears to be no sign of the bolts continuing through into the door's inner housing area.
And by the way... there sure seems to be a lot of empty space occupying the majority of this doors perceived massiveness. Why the only solid filled area is the front panel, but how can they manage to stuff the protective steel plating and the firewall material into such a thin layer of space? That's not really possible is it? Perhaps this copious empty space better explains the safes markedly low weight.
There are many things here that just aren't adding up. I believe this calls for an even closer look.



Big Bolt Safe

The Scam revealed - From this vantage point we can clearly see this safe is in fact critically flawed. Not only do those massive locking bolts terminate just inside the door's cover, but they're held in place by miniscule quarter inch bolts and an extremely thin bolt carriage. The bolts pass through the carriage at only one point and when the door is locked, the equally thin bar holding the bolts in place is butted directly up against the carriage, providing NO substantial form of defense against leverage attack. With one simple crowbar the bolts and carriage could buckle and give way.

The sad truth - The build quality of this ineffectual safe design is in no way an exception. This safe is in fact an accurate representation of the construction methods employed by the majority of top selling safes sold today.

Be warned, research before buying or you will likely be housing your precious belongings in a safe very much like this one...or worse.