'Safe at home' becoming a popular design addition

Amid shaky banking environment, more Americans may be stashing their valuables at home — sometimes, under their pillows.

By Tony at MSN Real Estate May 3, 2012 10:51AM

© Jeffrey Coolidge/Getty ImagesKeeping something important under your pillow hasn't always been a practical move — sleeping with a DeMarini bat, for instance, won't necessarily improve your softball swing, thanks to the chronic neck pain you'll acquire.


But what about keeping everything important under your pillow?


Smart Money shares the story of a homeowner who purchased Hollandia International's "safe-in-a-bed," a $400 add-on that nestles two safe-deposit boxes in a bed's base, under the mattress and just below where sleepers rest their heads. According to author Charles Passy, it's part of a trend toward keeping valuables at home, as opposed to in banks or offsite vaults. And manufacturers are noticing.


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Home-safe makers and retailers are reporting a 40% increase in sales in recent years. What's considered a "safe" also has evolved: In addition to the small combination boxes you'll find in a hotel closet, manufacturers also now designing full-closet safes. And full-room vaults. And the kinds of freestanding structures that inspire television shows such as "Doomsday Preppers."

Part of the reason for the movement is the distrust in banks that has persisted since the housing crash last decade. Another is simply taste, especially among the luxury set. From the article:

"When somebody is building a $100,000 custom closet, they don't want a safe that looks like it belongs in the back of a delicatessen," says Robert Tompkin, president of Prestige Safe, a high-end New York manufacturer.

These companies aren't the only ones taking note of Americans' protection cravings. Telecom providers such as Comcast and Verizon have joined the mix by offering home-security services, MSN Money reports.

Where might home safes be catching on the most? Probably not in Maine, Vermont and New Hampshire, which comprise the top three cities in the Institute for Economics and Peace's recently released Peace Index. The bottom three states in the analysis of crime and protection were Louisiana, Tennessee and Nevada.

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Jul 1, 2012 12:38PM
I absolutely love my safe, I actually have several, from little ones the size of a bread box to a large 6' tall job, and they're all fire safes which I think is very important.  I'd die to have a safe room, not for me to hide in, but like a vault. A bedroom converted with concrete walls and a nice safe type door with a digital lock. Digital locks are also a must have imo, they can be opened 20x faster than a combo lock, and you can open them in the dark too. 
It's just nice to know that your stuff is secure should something happen while you're away...  I and everyone I know has been ripped off, so aside from just wanting a safe, it's kinda necessary too. Don't just think about stuff like guns and jewelry, but the irreplaceable stuff including papers, pictures, videos, backup computer data, etc....  One fire or attempted theft and the safe not only pays for itself, but there's no price or insurance payoff for family pictures and heirlooms.
Jul 1, 2012 9:36AM

Bank safe deposit boxes are the most secure. Home Safes are VERY convenient. One is not better than the other, you could have both if you need them.


The worst drawback to a home safe is you could be killed over the contents. A burglar will torture you or your family to open the safe. If you have a Safe and a pro burglar learns this, he can rob and kill you over it. No Safe is foolproof. A Bank vault has very expensive security equipment guarding it. And you won't be tortured over it.


But consider this too: a smart thief can torture and kill you (or your wife) for your Debit card. They don't want you alive after they take it because they know you will both stop it at the bank and call the cops.


Keep your home Safe hidden from view. Make sure all family members are able to open it for a thief. Here's the best instruction of all: carry a loaded gun in a holster or your pocket at all times (always oppose the Govt's antigun/weapon laws). If an Intruder does come for your safe, you will at least be armed. For those who think then to not have a home Safe, they can come for any of your valuables, especially your cash and your debit card.

Jul 1, 2012 9:16AM

Well, boyfriend was away for a weekend, local dope head spent the weekend, drilling into the safe...eating his food & drinking his Tequila.  Nothing in the safe but charge cards that were probably already closed.  He was pissed over the Tequila...& the $98. bucks hid under a dresser.



Jul 1, 2012 7:26AM
make darn sure the safe is BOLTED DOWN to the floor..my bro didn'r...they took safe and all!!!
Jul 1, 2012 5:40AM

What wasn't stated is that the safe craze is generated by people rightfully fearing burglaries in a society whose members are becoming destitute and desperate--a sign that the economy is not rebounding.


If the banks have anything to do with it, it's likely the draconian measures soon to be implemented with regard to safety deposit boxes, which the banks will now poke their noses in on a regular basis because you might be a drug runner or terrorist. One of the items to prohibited: money. 

Jun 30, 2012 10:59PM
With our safe if you open it with the proper combo everything is fine.  If you open it with the panic combo it emits enough gas to cause anyone in the room not holding their breath to pass out.  No warning, no sign of anything no odor just a few wiffs and down you go.  This is not a usual feature of the safe so even an expert would have no idea.
Jun 30, 2012 10:49PM
A loaded gun to your head will get that combo out of you PDQ.  Ideally, all burglars would be shot dead by the homeowner before it came to that.
May 3, 2012 8:55PM
You don't have to tell anybody, now they know so they'll now come demanding  for you to open it for them .
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