(1) Safe Body:
With the door locked, take a small pry bar, stick it waist high in the crack between the door edge and body frame. With minimal pry effort, you will see the safe body flex away from the door anywhere from 3/8 to ½ inch. While this does not mean the door can be pried, it does give a burglar room to access behind the door and leverage the door out.
A lot of Discount Store safes do NOT have re-enforcement on their doors. A door will consist of 12 gauge steel with little to no strengthening inside the door frame. If you open the door to this type of safe, place your foot at the outside lower corner of the door, grab the outside top corner of the door and pull, you will be surprised at how the door flexes 6-8 inches. If you can do that with your hands and foot, imagine what a thief’s pry bar will do? See video in footer on home page
While a safe may have 14-20 bolts, these do NOT define strength. By themselves, they are an illusion. If the safe door and frame have not been re-enforced, the bolts will buckle under pressure.
Summary: if the safe body, door or bolts are not reinforced, if any of these three points are weak, a safe will fail. If you own a safe, we highly recommend that you take off the inside door panel. You might be surprised how cheaply your safe is put together. Finding out now about your safe’s weakness gives you time to protect your valuables with the strength and quality of a Bear Safe.®
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