About Brown Safe

Burglary Protection Levels

At Brown Safe, protection has been, is, and always will be our number one priority. Our dedication to this core value has earned Brown Safe an industry wide reputation for secure safes.
If you haven't browsed the "Protection Levels" pages within the "Safe Buying Guide" section, we highly suggest you do, as insufficient safe protection is the number one issue that is currently plaguing the safe industry.

Our starting safe models come with a half inch thick solid steel door, and a quarter inch thick solid steel body. The top rated safes by the majority of safe builders don’t offer this much protection.

Each box below describes the protection features that come standard with each protection level we offer. Higher protection levels include all features from the previous level in addition to those listed.

Optional protection features are also listed below. We can also provide custom safe protection levels above those listed here... call us anytime as we're always happy to discuss a safe to fit your needs.

     95% of home safes won’t protect your valuables and criminals know it…Click here to learn more.

While many builders claim the minimal protection their safes offer, coupled with the safes daunting appearance are sufficient enough barriers to ward off most criminals, we strongly disagree.

In truth, the majority of safe manufactures have been cutting corners for years now in an effort to battle the waves of imposter “safes” imported from overseas. Until recently, the daunting looks of an impressive safe were enough to cause criminals to look elsewhere for an easier opportunity.

But this is no longer the case, with the internet and the popularity of public video sites like YouTube, this hidden truth about today’s safes is now common knowledge within the criminal element. A few simple keystrokes is all it takes to view accurate videos of top brand safes being defeated within minutes by simple hammers and crowbars.
The shoddy building techniques frugal safe builders have resorted to for years are finally being revealed to the masses, which in turn is spawning a renewed wave of burglary efforts by criminals everywhere. As the known weakness of these safes spreads, millions of safe owners fall under ever increasing risk.
Need proof? Try typing “safe cracking” or "security on sale" into YouTube and see what comes up.

The growth of the internet and streaming video coupled with recent advances in modern tool production methods also means common criminals are now gaining access to safe cracking tools once reserved for the safe cracking elite, along with the knowledge to use them.

In trying times like these, do you really want to entrust the storage of your most valuable treasures to a “safe” that can literally be pried open within minutes by nothing more than a hammer and crowbar?

To learn more about a safes protection levels, click here.

B Rated Protection Level - Features

      1/2 inch solid steel door

It starts with steel.
A safes door is usually its weakest point of entry and is vulnerable to prying, cutting, and drilling. We negate this weakness by doubling the amount of door steel to a full half inch. The amount of steel in our base model provides substantially more burglary protection than the highest rated safes by the majority of top selling manufacturers. For proof of this click here...

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      1/4 inch thick solid steel body construction

All Brown Safes are constructed using a highly reinforced interlocking six-sided construction method. All wall, ceiling, and floor intersections are bound both inside and outside with high strength arc welds. This includes seamless welds that run along all outside seams creating a fully enclosed armor casing.
The five walls of this base unit are comprised of quarter inch solid plate steel. Again, this is substantially more protection than the majority of top selling safe models.
Click here to see a competitor comparison.

     Flush door frame design with overbuilt spread resistant doorframe

The door frames on most safes are normally vulnerable to prying and side drilling. Not the case with Brown Safe door frames that contain excessive reinforcement in this area. Our safes incorporate a box in frame design that carries quadruple the body steel thickness at the door's frame.
In addition, the solid steel reinforced door interlocks within the door frame, creating a flush surface of solid steel that prevents the insertion of any pry bar or hydraulic leverage mechanism.
To top it off, a hardened steel internal crossbeam positioned at a 45 degree deflective angle runs along the entire door bolt frame to repel side door drill attack attempts.

      1 inch laminated, interlocked & double-welded door jamb

A solid steel tongue runs the entire length of the inner door parallel to the hinge. It locks in securely behind the door frame when the door is fully shut interlocking the door and frame tightly together. Once closed and engaged, this jamb coupled with the flush frame design and hardened locking bolts creates a door capable of withstanding extreme forms of attack for extended periods of time. With the inner  jamb in place, any effort spent cutting the doors exterior hinges wastes valuable time for the criminal while gaining them nothing. 

      U. L. approved high security Group 2 lock

This commercial rated lock offers quick and convenient access with industrial grade protection. Built by one of the most respected lock makers in the safe world, this is a high use lock designed to provide a century’s worth of reliable operation by jewelers and security personnel. This time tested design means ultimate home reliability for you.

      Ball bearing hard plate

This large hard plate rests between the door and the lock creating an additional barrier against penetration attacks. The superior bearing design is comprised of staggered rows of through-hardened ball bearings with a 58Rc hardness rating. The harsh angles and hardness of the bearings act to bind and seize drill bits while the free spinning nature of the bearings prevent a drill bit from gaining a solid drilling surface.

     Double anchor locking bolt carriage design

The locking bolts responsible for securing the door are fastened at two distinct locations along each bolt. Each paired set of solid steel anchors is spaced wide apart for additional support. The carriage anchors are held fast directly to the plate steel door by seamless welds.
This robust method of bolt carriage reinforcement is rarely seen in the safe industry. The majority of safe companies hold their bolts using a single thin carriage anchor, making the safe extremely vulnerable to pry bar and leverage based attacks. Click here for an example of this vulnerable bolt carriage design.

     1 inch thick hardened chrome locking bolts with anti-drive resistance

A solid safe requires solid bolt work, and our bolts deliver. Each case hardened locking bolt runs directly through the carriage anchors. While the locking bolts on most safes terminate just inside the door, each Brown Safe bolt runs over half the length of the door passing directly through the wide set bolt carriage anchors.  
While in the locked position, each bolt is equipped with a passive anti-drive mechanism that blocks any attempts to mechanically force the bolt back through the use of wedges, taps, drills, and hammers.  

Click here to learn about an unscrupulous "Large locking bolt" gimmick commonly employed by many major safe manufacturers to create the false impression of a robust safe.

      Five active and passive relocking devices

Hardened relocking bolts positioned at key locations throughout the safe act as an end all failsafe against intrusion. If an attempt is made to penetrate the lock, all relocker bolts instantly engage permanently pinning the door and its main bolts solidly in place and making it a near impossibility to get the door open within any reasonable remaining time the criminal may have.
Once relocker bolts have activated, the safe must be opened by a certified locksmith using blueprints supplied by Brown Safe specific to that safe. Without these detailed prints and instructions, it takes numerous hours to gain access to the safe, ensuring the safety of the precious contents within.    

      Four 5/8 inch base anchor holes

To best ensure a solid floor connection, all Brown Safes are installed using four massive floor anchors. During installation, these long bolts run through anchor holes in the safes steel floor plate securing the safe firmly to the wood or concrete floor. When anchored to a concrete floor, the thief would have better luck attempting to uproot the entire concrete section around the safe rather than trying to pry the safe from its substantial purchase. When anchored to a wood floors support beam, it would be necessary to remove the entire section of floor including the beam in order to dislodge the safe. These are lengthy major operations that in most instances criminals have neither the time nor resources to perform.     


C Rated Protection Level - Features

  • C Rated safes have all the standard features of the B rated safes plus the following features...
     1 inch solid steel door

With twice the amount of door steel as the B rating, C rated safes present a substantial protection upgrade.

     1/2 inch thick solid steel body construction

The C rating also doubles the amount of body steel to 1/2 inch solid body thickness. The total protection offered by the increased door and wall thickness is essentially double that of the B rating.

     Ball and roller bearing hinges

Twice the steel means a door that's twice the weight. To better accommodate the added mass, we upgrade the door hinges to high load bearing ball and roller hinges. The result is an exceptionally fortified door with silky smooth operation.


E Rated Protection Level - Features

  • E Rated (TL-15) safes have all the features of the previous protection levels plus the following features...
     1 1/2 inch solid steel door

E rated safes weigh in with a door that carries triple the steel thickness of the base rating. This is a TL-15 protection rating.

     1 inch thick solid steel body construction

True to the TL-15 rating, the body of E rated safes is also comprised of solid steel plates that are three times the thickness of the standard B rate model.

     Chip carbide hard plate

The highly potent protective lock hardplate used on the previous protection levels is upgraded to a thicker, denser, and costlier carbide hardplate. Comprised of the same ultra dense material that is embedded in the tips of the drill bits used to attempt entry into safes, chip carbide hardplate is a safe crackers worst nightmare as it will dull and/or shatter countless drill bits that attempt to penetrate its thickened jagged surface.


F Rated Protection Level - Features

F Rated Safes gain a quarter inch of Ballistic Armor in the door. This armor functions as a hardplate for the entire front area of the safe.
To learn more about the capabilities of this armor, click here.

F Rated safes have all the features of the previous protection levels plus the following features...

     1/4 of additional Ballistic Armor on door

While only a quarter inch thick, the extreme strength of this added layer provides a substantial increase in protection from penetration attacks. The Ballistic Armor is cable of defeating multiple .50 caliber anti-sniper rounds, a feat no other steel we've tested is capable of performing.
Attempts to penetrate this armor with carbide tipped drill bits also prove fruitless as the armor hardness is an even match to that of the bits.


Additional Protection Level Ratings

We do offer additional non-standard protection levels above and beyond those shown here.
Please contact us to discuss your specific requirements.

Optional Protection Features

     Three way bolt work with anti-drive
Both upper and lower bolts are added to further strengthen the door's ability to deny all attempts to wedge and pry the door open. All bolts also gain an improved dynamic anti-drive design that makes it unfeasible to force any bolt open through mechanical or hydraulic means.
     Glass plate relocking device
Gain an added level of penetration detection through the addition of a glass plate to trigger the relockers. This pane of tempered glass shrouds the safe's lock. Any effort to punch, drill, torch, or in other ways access the lock maliciously results in a shattered plate. The instant this plate fractures, all attached relockers engage, sealing the safe off to all means of entry.
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     Silent Signal Alert
Triggered by either a hidden button, or an alternate unlock entry code, safes equipped with the silent signal alert feature interface directly with your alarm or home automation system. With silent signal in place, if the user is ever in a situation where the safe owner or operator is forced to open the safe against his or her will, the safe opens normally while at the same time an undetectable alert is sent to the homes monitoring system which in turn relays a message to the authorities or other security personnel, letting them know a holdup is currently taking place.
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