Home Safe Installation: Bolting Down a Safe

//Home Safe Installation: Bolting Down a Safe

Protecting and safely storing your weapons is an important part of gun ownership. Having a quality gun safe is part of this, and one way to ensure that it is even less vulnerable is to bolt down the safe to the floor. Bolting down a safe makes it considerably less vulnerable to theft and is a great additional security measure. Safes can be breached any number of ways, but large and small safes are often tipped and hauled away. Most quality safes come with a bolt hole in the bottom of the safe to enable anchoring, so when shopping for a safe or considering how to improve the security of your safe, consider an anchor point a valuable security detail and an attribute of quality construction.

Theft Prevention

The primary reasoning behind bolting a safe to the ground or to a reliable surface is to prevent theft of the safe and its contents. Safes are often not cracked on site; they are hauled away and opened remotely. Fortunately, safe technology has advanced a lot and large safes, such as rifle safes, are virtually impossible to haul away without dedicated moving equipment and a good deal of manual help. More safes are also built with anchor points–even smaller models–and the construction and technology makes them increasingly difficult to breach. Bio-metric technology and fire resistance are important features of safe security that compliment anchoring to help guard against theft and breaches.

Higher Quality Construction

The distinction between high and low quality safes frequently comes back to the metal. The thickness of the metal will say a lot about the security of the safe, as well as the cost. Reinforced steel plates in the safe’s construction will resist most forced entry attempts and increase the weight of the safe to deter removal. Higher end safes also feature an interlocking system of deadbolts to safeguard against breaches. In terms of anchoring potential, quality safes feature a bolt hole in the bottom of the safe for anchoring to wood or concrete. For lighter and smaller safes, this is an important feature since these safes are easier to remove and transport. In the event of an attempted theft, an anchored safe presents an additional obstacle that must be overcome and act as a successful deterrent.

In addition to these attributes, look for a safe that has an Underwriter’s Laboratories certification. This indicates that the safe has been tested for resistance against forced entries, fires, and explosions. A high TL rating will also indicate the degree to which the safe can withstand forced damages and the maximum temperatures it can handle during a fire. All of these elements factor in to a quality, secure gun safe and should all be considered comprehensively when purchasing a safe.


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By | 2017-06-12T17:55:53+00:00 May 2nd, 2017|Security Tips|2 Comments


  1. Loren Stephens April 7, 2017 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    Why doesn’t you have a recommendation on what to use to fasten a safe to the floor?
    In bolting down your safe, there is no recommendation on what to use.

    • Ashlee Wright April 11, 2017 at 10:05 am - Reply

      Hey Loren, Cannon does not sell them but there are bolt down kits available that are specifically for safes. We suggest googling it.

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