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This is what i've decided will be my "safe" for my camera equipment.

 
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Oct 09, 2013 16:07 |  #46

I've looked at safes and boxes like this in the past, main problem is that my gear usually sits right next to me in the office or living room, neatly packed into a backpack. And my camera usually lives on a table or shelf, I never put it awa. Only when we go on vacation, then I hide things in different areas, behind junk in a junk closet, inside the bed (not visible and hard to get to even if you know where it is) etc and some stuff might just end up under the dirty laundry or with laundry in the dryer.

Of course, all spots that an "educated" thief will find, but most smash and grab are just then, smash, run in, grab, run out. It's all insured of course.

I will do a small remodel soon though, where I plan to hide a large narrow junk closet inside an other closet behind a false wall. Impossible to tell from the outside, impossible to find unless one spends a lot of time and starts taking things apart. That's where my gear and other things will then hide, if I don't take it with me on vacation.

That box just screams valuable and if somebody has time to spend they will get it out or open, probably causing damage to your house. And having my gear locked in there all the time would annoy me more in the long run than having it snatched and replaced IF that even ever happens.

My parents house was robbed (despite security glass with film and all that, they used a patio brick and spent some time smashing). Like the cops said, if somebody is determined to get in they will.

I did however do one thing, I copied the logo of a local alarm company and made clear stickers on my printer, put those on doors and windows. Just as I had a blinking LED with a battery pack installed in my dashboard of my old car. Figure if a crook doesn't care that I (might) have an alarm they'll not care about much else either. But a smash and grab will probably move on to next door.

If I really was that afraid or had big values at home, I'd get a real safe with biometric lock so I can open it with my fingerprint instead of fiddling with padlocks or numbers and keys. Yes, more expensive, but a lot less annoying. I'd get the same for guns, if I had any.


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Oct 09, 2013 16:12 |  #47

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My parent and my grandparents both have their house robbed over the years. Both times were when they weren't home and the thieves had enough leisure time and privacy to work. Part of the issue is being out in the country and off the road. My parents were on a business trip and it appears that the thieves had time to make a couple of trips in and out. Pretty much cleaned out an entire house (who steals a 400lb console tv in the flat screen era?) If you dont have a video surveillance system the ones they sell at harbor freight are worth a look.

those type of burglaries are difficult to protect against. I live in the city and smash and grab is most common. in broad daylight. a neighbor had his house sacked a couple of years ago at 10 a.m. on a weekday. the thieves pulled right into the driveway after he left. one jumped over the fence and broke a window.

they went in the front door and grabbed all the flat panels, electronics, jewellery, change and anything else they could swipe in 10 minutes. there were witnesses too but the thieves are addicts and their main concern is not to get caught at the scene of the crime because eventually they all get caught.


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Oct 09, 2013 16:16 |  #48

phantelope wrote in post #16358956 (external link)
I've looked at safes and boxes like this in the past, main problem is that my gear usually sits right next to me in the office or living room, neatly packed into a backpack. And my camera usually lives on a table or shelf, I never put it awa. Only when we go on vacation, then I hide things in different areas, behind junk in a junk closet, inside the bed (not visible and hard to get to even if you know where it is) etc and some stuff might just end up under the dirty laundry or with laundry in the dryer.

Of course, all spots that an "educated" thief will find, but most smash and grab are just then, smash, run in, grab, run out. It's all insured of course.

I will do a small remodel soon though, where I plan to hide a large narrow junk closet inside an other closet behind a false wall. Impossible to tell from the outside, impossible to find unless one spends a lot of time and starts taking things apart. That's where my gear and other things will then hide, if I don't take it with me on vacation.

That box just screams valuable and if somebody has time to spend they will get it out or open, probably causing damage to your house. And having my gear locked in there all the time would annoy me more in the long run than having it snatched and replaced IF that even ever happens.

My parents house was robbed (despite security glass with film and all that, they used a patio brick and spent some time smashing). Like the cops said, if somebody is determined to get in they will.

I did however do one thing, I copied the logo of a local alarm company and made clear stickers on my printer, put those on doors and windows. Just as I had a blinking LED with a battery pack installed in my dashboard of my old car. Figure if a crook doesn't care that I (might) have an alarm they'll not care about much else either. But a smash and grab will probably move on to next door.

If I really was that afraid or had big values at home, I'd get a real safe with biometric lock so I can open it with my fingerprint instead of fiddling with padlocks or numbers and keys. Yes, more expensive, but a lot less annoying. I'd get the same for guns, if I had any.

I think the job box would deter 95% of burglars. i'm a tradesman and these boxes would be very hard to break into. I have a safe that would be easier to steal and plenty of other stuff they could convert to drugs quickly. I do like your idea but it's not feasible for me and if the solution isn't very convenient it probably wouldn't be adhered to by me.

like you my equipment sits in bags by my desk.


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Oct 09, 2013 16:20 |  #49

Or you know, they'll think, this guy has kept all this expensive equipment so carelessly next to the garage, imagine what must be hiding in his room?!

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The room with my gear in is right off of the Garage, so when they steal all of my equipment they won't have to come all the way in and murder me in my sleep. :p


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Oct 09, 2013 16:21 as a reply to  @ ed rader's post |  #50

We have three doors to the back yard, that are basically a wooden frame with a large glass panel in the middle big enough to walk through if broken. Why my wife insists on locking them when we're gone is beyond me. If someone gets into the backyard, they're getting into the house. I'd prefer to leave 'em open in nice weather and let the fresh air in, along with the burglers, so they could just "enter" instead of "breaking and entering."

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Oct 09, 2013 16:26 |  #51

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We have three doors to the back yard, that are basically a wooden frame with a large glass panel in the middle big enough to walk through if broken. Why my wife insists on locking them when we're gone is beyond me. If someone gets into the backyard, they're getting into the house.

my whole backyard is basically a huge door into my house. I've got one of those really big glass sliding doors, that does NOT lock particularly well. The glass is non tempered so if a thief comes through, hopefully the glass is enough to kill them (8' x 16').


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Oct 09, 2013 16:53 |  #52

LV Moose wrote in post #16358975 (external link)
We have three doors to the back yard, that are basically a wooden frame with a large glass panel in the middle big enough to walk through if broken. Why my wife insists on locking them when we're gone is beyond me. If someone gets into the backyard, they're getting into the house. I'd prefer to leave 'em open in nice weather and let the fresh air in, along with the burglers, so they could just "enter" instead of "breaking and entering."

Sorry, off-topic.

not at all. I only lock the front door. you can get in through the garage or the slider I leave unlocked in the back. if a thief is in the back yard i'd rather he walked in than break a window.


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Oct 09, 2013 17:25 |  #53

Ed....we use those boxes at work and they are built for job sites where if it isn't locked down it will disappear. I think it's a great idea. Besides what really matters is what you think about it and will it work for what you want. This board can be great and very helpful and then on the other hand it can be full of nay Sayers who want nothing more than to question everyone and everything. screw that..if it works for you fantastic! I would give a rats ass what anyone else thinks.




  
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Oct 09, 2013 18:45 |  #54

I also have a gang box for my gear & hard drives. Its on wheels but doesn't fit through the doors.


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Oct 09, 2013 18:49 |  #55

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Ed....we use those boxes at work and they are built for job sites where if it isn't locked down it will disappear. I think it's a great idea. Besides what really matters is what you think about it and will it work for what you want. This board can be great and very helpful and then on the other hand it can be full of nay Sayers who want nothing more than to question everyone and everything. screw that..if it works for you fantastic! I would give a rats ass what anyone else thinks.

kinda like my sock bean bag. Screw the naysayers!!


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Oct 09, 2013 18:57 |  #56

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I also have a gang box for my gear & hard drives. Its on wheels but doesn't fit through the doors.

I'll bite. So how did you get it in the house if it doesn't fit through the doors?




  
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Oct 09, 2013 18:58 |  #57

HMM someone needs to invent a dehumidifying safe for lenses and cmaeras


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Oct 09, 2013 19:57 |  #58

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Ed....we use those boxes at work and they are built for job sites where if it isn't locked down it will disappear. I think it's a great idea. Besides what really matters is what you think about it and will it work for what you want. This board can be great and very helpful and then on the other hand it can be full of nay Sayers who want nothing more than to question everyone and everything. screw that..if it works for you fantastic! I would give a rats ass what anyone else thinks.

i'm going to do it. i'm an electrical contractor and I am very familiar with these boxes. for $200 this box is a steal, and the 48" box is under $300.

I thought I would run it by the board because I knew if there were any negatives I hadn't considered someone would mention it.

i'd be devastated if my gear were stolen, let alone my house broken into. sure I have insurance and in fact my house is paid for

I've been to Yellowstone twice this year and i'm headed out to the eastern sierras soon and maybe to Yosemite if the government can come to its senses. and then to the big island the day after Xmas. having my gear stolen would be a major "hassle".

I can buy this box and install it for about $250, and that's what I intend to do. the only other solution that interests me is a gun safe but I don't have the room and I like the configuration of the box better.


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Oct 09, 2013 19:59 |  #59

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I'll bite. So how did you get it in the house if it doesn't fit through the doors?

maybe it's in his garage :D?

tapeman. I have wondered where the name came from. sheetrock?


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