Our safe and security experts highly recommend the bolt-down installation of any safe. Look for a safe that can be bolted from the inside, there should be holes in the bottom of the safe for bolts to go through. Here are some reasons why bolting down your safe is critical to your home security plan, and some alternatives if you don’t want to bolt it down.
Ultimate Security for Your Valuables
Bolting your safe to the floor of your home enhances the security of your safe tremendously. When not bolted to the ground, criminals are able to knock the safe on its side and use the leverage of their body-weight to pry it open. Without leverage, it is virtually impossible to pry open a quality safe door when the safe is upright.
Prevents Theft of the Whole Safe
Burglars and safe crackers know that ANY safe can be breached with enough time and effort. By bolting your safe the floor, it forces burglars to work on opening your safe in your home, away from their tools, without leverage, and without enough time. If your safe isn’t bolted, the burglar just gets their appliance dolly, wheels your safe out, and has unlimited time to work on opening the safe in a place where they can’t get caught.
Safety of Those Accessing the Safe
The biggest reason to bolt down your safe surprisingly has to do with your safety! With lighter-weight gun safes (under 500 pounds), there is a risk of tipping, especially when the door is opened. To prevent injury, manufacturer recommendations state that bolting the safe to the floor is critical to ensuring the safe and its contents (could be loaded firearms, knives, other dangerous items you don’t want falling out onto you) do not tip over onto someone.
But I Don’t Want to Bend Down!
I hear you on this one for sure. If you, like many of our clients don’t want your safe to sit on the floor, but still want it to be bolted, consider having a contractor build a raised concrete platform to bolt it to. For lighter-weight safes, we often bolt them to a sturdy shelf in our client’s homes. You could purchase a tall safe like this one, or make up for not bolting your safe by going for something hidden like one of our wall safes that can be concealed with artwork or drapery.