Which Safe is Best – The 5 Most Important Features of a Safe

Which Safe is Best – The 5 Most Important Features of a Safe

How to Compare Safe Brands for Value and Security

If you’re in the market to buy a safe what should you look for? Is the cheapest safe the best safe? Big-box stores like Costco carry large safes for under $700. But what do you get for that money?

Check out this 10 second video clip that shows what you get when you buy a discount safe. Is this what you want protecting your money and collections? I took this video at my local Costco.

Finding the Best Safe Brand for You

There are 5 major things to consider Read more

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Types of Safe Locking Mechanisms – Which Safe Lock is Best

Types of Safe Locking Mechanisms – Which Safe Lock is Best

Which Safe Lock is Right for You?

When we sell a safe online (check out our safes for sale) of the choices given to customers is what type of lock they want on the safe. Interestingly, I was born in 1967 and home computers starting making their debut while I was in high school. People older than prefer electronic locks while people younger Read more

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Discount Safes Can’t Take the Heat

Discount Safes Can’t Take the Heat

When You Want to Protect Something Important, You Want an American Security / AMSEC Safe

Unfortunately, this home was recently lost to the Carr Fire in Redding, Ca. Upon returning the owners discovered complete devastation. The house had burned HOT and was still smoldering several days later.

But then…there was this safe…still standing… Read more

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The Most Secure, Small Burglary Safe You Can Buy

The Most Secure, Small Burglary Safe You Can Buy

There has always been a big hole in product offerings in the safe industry–small yet secure safes. So customers with small spaces have always had to choose between size or security. It’s just plain hard to build security into a small safe and keep the price point down. Anytime someone walked into our shop and said, “I want a small safe, but it has to be fire rated and burglary rated,” I knew I was in for trouble. We didn’t have any, no one did. But there is a big demand for a small yet secure safe, especially for jewelry.

Now, we have an solution we can be proud of. The first affordable, small home safe we carry that has a 3/8 inch solid steel plate in the door, inner locking bolts, anti-punch bolt work, and more.   Though small, this safe is burglary rated and is built as tough as the larger safes. The security features are incredible! Read more

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Great New Hollon Gun Safe

Great New Hollon Gun Safe

This great safe by Hollon has just been updated to provide even more fire protection! Amazing value for the price point with light kit, power, and door organizer. From 16 to 45 “comfort fit” long gun capacity. At this price point, it is the easy winner of similar brands like the Champion and Liberty safes.

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  • 90 Minute Fire Rating to 1400 degrees. Most competitors only rate their safes to 1200.
  • Motion sensor LED Light Kit STANDARD that can be either battery operated or powered by outlet.
  • Standard 3 plug outlet with 2 USB inputs to keep laptops, phones, or other electronics secure and charged
  • S&G electronic lock. Military grade with an EMP Rating
  • Drill/Ballistic Resistant Hard Plate with 1/4 inch steel plate on the interior of the door.
  • 1.5″ Chrome Bolts
  • Corded trim multi-flex shelving system allows for different arrangements for maximum use of space including tactical set ups
  • Steel reinforced top shelf prevents bowing under heavy load
  • Pocket door organizer
  • Heavy duty hinges
  • 10 gauge steel body up to 30% thicker than the competition. Up to 30% thicker than the competition
  • 3 sizes to choose from. New 16 gun, 24 gun and 45 gun
  • Here’s a comparison of this safe against the Liberty Gun Safe and Champion Gun Safes in the same price range. This comparision was done BEFORE this safe was boosted to a 90 minute fire rating. There really is no comparison anymore. It’s hundreds less, has a better fire rating, and is better built throughout.

 

 

 
 

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Replace Safe Dial with an Electronic Lock for Easier Access

Replace Safe Dial with an Electronic Lock for Easier Access

ESL10 - Electronic Safe Lock

Dial locks vs electronic locks? The debate lives on. One is entirely mechanical; the other much easier to use. But there are myths associated with both. I find I am a great test for which lock a customer will prefer. Computers hit my high school when I was in 12th grade. People older than me, like the mechanical dial. They don’t particularly trust the electronic lock. People younger than me though grew up with electronic technology and generally prefer the ease of use of the electronic lock.

With today’s technology, ACME Locksmith’s recommendation is to go for the ease of use of an electronic safe lock. And if you’re tired of all that left-right-left stuff with your current dial safe, we can assist you in replacing that dial with an electronic lock so you can get into your safe quickly. We prefer electronic locks for two reasons:

  • Get in fast. If you need to access the safe quickly, there’s no better way than a user code.
  • If a dial fails, you’re drilling the safe and replacing the dial. If an electronic lock fails, many times you can simply replace the key pad to get in. No drilling. A much less expensive option.

Myth: Mechanical locks don’t fail.
Reality: They do. Without regular maintenance the combinations of those locks tend to drift with time and at some point, the owner can no longer get in. For example, if one of your numbers is “45” and you notice you have to dial “45 1/2” instead of “45” it’s time to get your safe dial serviced before it’s too late.

Myth: If my batteries die, I’m locked out of an electronic safe.
Reality: Most new safes have the batteries placed in the face plate on the outside of the safe. Those that don’t either have temporary ways to get power to the keypad or a key override.

Myth: Electronic locks fail too often, and I’ll be in for costly repairs later.
Reality: We see both types of safe locks fail. The main advantage for an electronic lock is that if the electronics on the keypad do fail, most can simply be swapped out by the owner of the safe. You don’t even need a locksmith in this case. If a dial fails, you are definitely hiring a locksmith to drill and repair the safe.

Myth: An electromagnetic pulse (EMP) will wipe out me electronic lock.
Reality: You can now get EMP-rated electronic locks that can withstand EMPs.

And what about finger print scan technology you might ask? We don’t like them and we don’t recommend them in most cases. We see them often result in false negatives (a registered user not being able to get into the safe) or false positives (a non-register user getting into the safe). You see biometric locks a lot in the cheaper brands of safes. If you’re paying $300 for the entire safe how good do you think the finger-scan technology can be? The only exception we have seen to this are locks from a German company Burg Wachter that uses them in their high-end jewelry rated safes. They are the only fingerprint safe locks we sell.

Ready for an electronic lock? Check out the features available on digital safe locks on our blog page Types of Safe Locks.

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Congratulations to ACME Locksmith’s Scottsdale Lock & Key Shop!

Congratulations to ACME Locksmith’s Scottsdale Lock & Key Shop!

ACME Locksmith Receives 2015 Best Businesses of Scottsdale Award

Scottsdale Award Program Honors the Achievement

Scottsdale, March 2016 — ACME Locksmith has been selected for the 2015 Best Businesses of Scottsdale Award in the Keys & Locksmiths category by the Best Businesses of Scottsdale Award Program.

Each year, the Best Businesses of Scottsdale Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the Scottsdale area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2015 Best Businesses of Scottsdale Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the Best Businesses of Scottsdale Award Program and data provided by third parties.

“Our newest lock shop in Scottsdale is quickly becoming Scottsdale’s go to place for keys, safes and locksmith services,” said Robert Vallelunga, Owner of ACME Locksmith. “We couldn’t be more proud of the Scottsdale team.”

About ACME Locksmith
ACME Locksmith has been serving Phoenix since 1997 and in 2014 merged with Scottsdale Lock & Key. Scottsdale Lock & Key had been operating a lock shop in Scottsdale since the 1970s. This is their first award and recognition for exceptional success for locksmith service.

Best of 2015 Scottsdale Locksmiths

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Sentry Safe Security Fail – Cheap Safes are Cheaply Made

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? It’s not and even manufacturer of the safe will tell you it’s not.

Pretty But Plastic

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 function only. Fire protection for your documents. If a fire-rated safe is all you need, then you’ll be hard pressed to find a less expensive option anywhere. Just 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? After all it is called a “Safe” not an “Unsafe”. Sentry is openly acknowledging many of the safe’s they’ve sold do not offer protection and are intended for fire only. I respect their honesty on this point.
 

What about the gun safes you can get at Sam’s Club or Costco? Those are good right? Nope. They’re not. Watch this video taken of a safe at one of the big box stores.



If you want a secure safe, don’t buy one from the company that has already been selling junk. To get a good safe:

Step 1: Read our article the 5 Most Important Features You Should Look for In a Safe.
Step 2: Visit ACME Locksmith’s Shop for Safes website.

You won’t find a better safe for your price point than the safes we sell. Even so, don’t fool yourself, a $500 safe should not be used to protect $50,000 worth of valuables. It just doesn’t make sense. The less expensive the safe, the less secure it is.

 
 

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