Sentry Safe Security Fail – Cheap Safes are Cheaply Made

Do you think that safe you bought at a big box store is protecting your valuables? The safe manufacture will tell you it’s not.

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I recently watched a report out of Vancouver where a locksmith demonstrates just how easy it is to get into the new Sentry Safes. Sentry safes have never been hard to break into mind you, but their newer, less-secure models are being bypassed using just a magnet. Yep, a magnet. A serious engineering fail brought about by thinner materials and often plastic paneling that allows the magnetic field to bypass the locking mechanism. What’s more, there will be no sign of forced entry.

Sentry “security” safes serve one ideal function. Fire protection of documents. If that’s all you need, you’ll be hard pressed to find a less expensive option anywhere. But don’t kid yourself. If you want even one iota of protection, skip the sentry safe. Even Sentry has acknowledged that their models (yes plural) that can be gotten into using this technique are only meant for fire protection. They’ve gone so far as to add the ability to put in your safe’s serial number and find out if your safe is secure or not on their website.
Wow! Shouldn’t a safe offer some level of protection? It’s called a “Safe” no an “Unsafe”. Sentry is openly acknowledging many of the safe’s they’ve sold do not offer protection and are intended for fire only.

If you want a secure safe, don’t buy one from the company that has already left you hanging. ACME Locksmith’s budget home safes offer a bit of security but for valuables pick up one of our jewelry or burglary safes. If could just end up being the smartest decision you’ll make.