Although bolting your gun safe to the floor is the most secure way to conceal and contain your gun safe, it may not be the best option for everyone.
After all, if you’re renting, there’s no way your landlord is going to allow you to bolt a gun safe to the floor. Also, if you move a lot, then you wouldn’t want to bolt your gun safe to the floor because it would take a ton of work just to install it, then possibly remove it. So, how can you secure your gun safe without bolting it to the floor? Well, continue reading to find out!
#1 Utilize Additional Weight
Let’s face it: a burglar’s ultimate goal is to break into your house, grab your safe and anything else that appeals to their eye, and leave as quickly as possible. This means that burglars typically look for things that are easy to carry. After all, lugging something huge and bulky out of a house isn’t as easy as simply picking up a small safe and escaping.
That being said, if you want to secure your safe in a quick and relatively cheap way then weigh your safe down with additional weight. All you have to do is purchase something extremely heavy, such as weight-lifts, and place them in your safe.If you really want to secure your safe, consider purchasing weights or another object that is at least 50 pounds.
#2 Use Metal or Concrete to Secure it
This technique applies similar logic like the last tactic. Any easy and relatively quick way to secure your safe is by adding a base to the inside of your safe. Metals and concrete are heavy materials that can easily weigh down any object.
So, if you’re feeling a little bit crafty, and don’t mind limiting the amount of vertical space your objects have, then cut a piece of metal or concrete and lay it down as the first layer inside your safe.
#3 Tie it with a Security Cable
If you want to secure your safe quickly and efficiently, then use a security cable to tie it to something. All you need to do is head to your local hardware store to purchase a security cable. Then, find something bulky and utilize the security cable to secure your safe to the object.
It should be noted that while this technique is effective, it’s not the most effective unless you find an object that is truly bulky and essentially immovable. If you don’t, a burglar might be able to simply pick the object up along with your safe.
#4 Hide it Under Your Floorboards
Just because you can’t drill your safe into your floor, doesn’t mean that you still can’t use the floor to your advantage. It should be noted that this technique will only work if you have wooden floorboards. Unfortunately, if you don’t have wooden floorboards, you won’t be able to use this technique because you will have to destroy your floor to do so.
The process of securing your gun safe is relatively simple. All you have to do is prop your floorboards up, so you can access the space under them. Then, make sure that there are no pipes or other home foundation features that would stop you from storing your home safe inside your floorboards.
Once you make enough space for your gun safe, simply place your safe in the whole and replace your floorboards. It should be noted that you could potentially damage your floorboards or home’s foundation if you aren’t careful and cautious. Also, there’s always the chance that the floorboards don’t ever fall back into place in a similar fashion that they were when they were originally installed. In this case, you would most likely have to hire a professional to fix it.
If you really want to store your gun safe beneath your floorboards, you might want to consider hiring a professional initially because they will be able to quickly and properly place your gun safe beneath your floorboards for a moderate price.
#5 Create Something Fake
If you’re feeling a little bit crafty, start your own do it yourself project to conceal and secure your gun safe. One of the best ways to conceal and secure a safe is by keeping it behind something that’s fake, such as a fake wall.
Another great place to store your gun safe is behind a fake cabinet. It’s important to note that while this technique is extremely effective, it can be costly and time consuming. So, consider these aspects before creating something fake to store and secure your gun safe behind.
Like the floorboard technique, you could always hire a professional to create a fake aspect for you. In fact, this might be your best option if you’re not crafty or don’t want to potentially end up spending more money.
#6 Conceal it Another Way
There are so many ways you can conceal and secure a home gun safe other than creating something fake for it to hide behind. For example, one of the most common ways people secure their gun safe is by hiding it behind a large photo or painting. Since this technique is commonly used, it’s important to note that you should have multiple photos and paintings hanging up around your house.
This is because burglars are most likely to look behind photos or paintings for a safe before they look anywhere else. But, if a burglar notices that you have many photos or paintings, then they are most likely not going to waste their time looking behind each photo or painting.
Another great way to conceal and secure your gun safe is in unusual hiding spots, such as behind appliances. It’s important to note that this can be tricky because you don’t want to create a fire hazard or place it somewhere that’s completely inaccessible.