The most important job of a gun owner is to keep his/her firearms safe at any cost. They have to be out of the reach of any unwanted person. And a gun safe can help you accomplish that.
But, how to secure a safe in an apartment? I hear you ask. Well, it’s a tricky question. If you rent an apartment, you probably won’t be allowed to permanently bolt the safe down anywhere inside the apartment.
And that’s why in this article we are going to discuss how you could get around that problem and make your safe secured inside your apartment.
How to Secure a Safe in an Apartment
In general, securing a gun safe in the apartment refers to the act of bolting your safe to the ground using lag bolts and proper shields. We have done some research into safe break-ins and what we have found was enlightening. In almost all of the cases, the safe wasn’t broken into but taken away.
And you can avoid that from happening just by securing your gun safe inside your humble abode. This especially true if you own a gun cabinet that’s lightweight and easy to move. Here’s how you can get it done:
Securing It to the Wall Instead
If you’re living in an apartment that you don’t own, chances are that you’re not allowed to drill holes into the floor and install a safe. However, if your landlord has allowed you to bolt it to the walls, then you should do that instead.
The first task would be to find a suitable position to bolt your safe down. Ideally, you should choose a corner around the house as that will be the most secured place to install a safe.
After you have chosen the position of the safe, go and get the studs. Then bolt the safe down to two walls instead of one. We suggest you hire a professional to get this job done for you as it might get a bit tricky.
You should also remember that you have to drill holes into your safe’s walls and that will make your warranty void.
Bolt it to a Steel Slab
This is another great option if you don’t want to secure your safe to the floor. Make sure to get a heavyweight, thick steel slap as it should be as wide as a doorframe. The whole point of bolting the safe to a metal slab is so that the thief cannot carry the safe away because of its weight.
The process is pretty straightforward. Just take some nuts and bolts and bolt the safe to the steel slab. This is a great option for you if you’re a tenant and you can’t mess with the walls or the floors of the apartment.
Just Hide It
This might sound a bit anticlimactic, but you could always hide your safe away so that any robber or burglars cannot find it. You can keep it lying around the house, by camouflaging it with other furniture.
Even if you’ve perfectly bolted it to the floor or to a wall, you should keep it disguised and don’t make it obvious that you have a gun safe in your house. If you have a wall safe, then you can put a mirror or a painting over it to keep its location a secret.
Stick It with Glue
Your landlord might have imposed restrictions about drilling holes in the floors of his apartment. However, there is no rule that states that you can’t stick the safe to the floor using glue, right?
And this process is quite simple. Just buy a strong industrial-grade polymer glue and get the safe stuck to the wall. But be warned it would be quite tough for you to move your safe away in case you need to change your apartment.
Use a Heavy Safe
While buying a gun safe, you should opt to get a heavy safe instead of a lightweight one. If your safe is too heavy to move around, then that will discourage the robbers to take the safe away with them.
And you can also secure your safe by putting some heavy objects within the safe to make it heavier. But make sure that the objects don’t take up too much space inside the safe.
Just buying a gun safe and keeping your firearms and other valuables inside it won’t cut it. You also have to make it secure inside your house for maximum protection.
Hopefully, we have managed to answer your question regarding how to secure a safe in an apartment. It doesn’t have to be that complicated. Just follow the steps we have mentioned above, and you should be good to go.