Pharmacy Pillagers Making Headlines in Philadelphia

(Via 6abc.com)  recently reported a string of robberies occurring at pharmacies in the Fern Rock and Kensington areas of Philadelphia. The initial robbery, which took place at Amigo Pharmacy early morning on August 20th, showed signs of forced entry to get into the store, but it seems like the unknown men have evolved. Footage from the most recent robbery at Broad and Grange Pharmacy on Monday, September 14th, shows that the thieves used crowbars and power saws to gain entry into the business, as well as to cut and disarm the alarm systems.

Once inside the pharmacy, the thieves targeted specific medications and even attempted to break into the safe. Footage showed sparks flying in every direction as they unsuccessfully tried to use their hand saws to cut the lock off of the safe. It seemed like at some point their lookout alerted them and they hastily left the scene in a newer model Jeep Cherokee.  The suspects made off with thousands of dollars worth of prescription drugs and authorities are on the lookout for them.

Here at Phila-Locksmith, we find it extremely important to ensure the safety and security for both your home and your business.  We know that to many people, their business is their life and their only source of income, so to take a hit like that is not only detrimental to their business, but to their homes and families as well. It is unfortunate to live in a world where thieves are so prevalent, but we do have a way to help. Our locksmiths specialize in commercial and safe services and we have a plethora of high-security materials that can keep your business protected from those who wish to reap the benefits of your hard work.

Our commercial locksmiths are highly trained individuals who understand the importance of providing heavy-duty, high-security locks to ensure the safety and success of the businesses that we serve.  We offer a variety of keypad locks, push-bars, electric strike locks, and much more to suit the needs of your business. These are locks that are extremely difficult for people to break and manipulate and offer security features that thieves cannot get past. Phila-Locksmith even has technicians who are able to install alarm, security surveillance, and intercom systems that will not only enhance the security of your business, but will also create an image to potential thieves that your company is not a force to be reckoned with. In addition to that, our safe specialist offers safe lock changes and anchoring services to ensure that your safe is protected and secure inside of your business.  If you have any questions we are on call 24/7, please feel free to call us at (215) 554-6109.

Reasons to Invest in a Safe

Safes help to offer security for even the smallest items which may be at your home and business. By having a safe installed you can rest easy knowing that your most valuable possessions will not be able to be stolen. Based on the needs of your home or business, as well as the valuables that you are trying to protect, there are a number of safe types that you are able to invest in. Not only can a safe help to keep your valuables secure, but can also help to avoid having those same valuables used against you in a break-in. Below we have listed some of the top reasons to have a safe installed at your home or business.

1. You Own a Firearm

If you are the owner of a gun, it is highly recommended to invest in some type of a gun safe. Gun safes can come in various sizes based on the weapon that they are storing and the intended use of the safe. By having your weapon securely tucked away, you can eliminate the possibility that someone is able to steal your weapon, or use it against you during a break-in. Equally as important, a gun safe allows for you to secure your firearm from any children that may be in your home and prevents any accidents from occurring.

2. Security and Accessibility

A safety deposit box at a bank is a secure way to protect your most valuable items, but it also limits the amount of accessibility that you have. By having a safe installed at your own home, you get a high amount of security while also being able to access your own personal items. With a safety deposit box you have to work with the bank’s own restricted hours, by purchasing your own personal safe you can avoid this type of restriction.

3. Document Preservation

Fire resistant safes are another wise investment for home and business owners. You never know when disaster can strike, but by choosing a fire resistant safe before anything occurs you can help to preserve your most important documents. This includes your birth certificate, social security card and other important commercial documents, which may be difficult to replace.

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4. Large Amount of Cash Transactions

If you are a business owner who completes many transactions in cash, it is highly recommended to have a safe installed at your commercial location. Criminals are smart, and they may target your business specifically if they know that a large amount of cash transaction take place. By having a safe installed at your commercial location you can ensure that your money is safe even when you are not at the location.

While these are some of the most popular reasons to purchase a safe, there are many other reasons that one would want to take advantage of the security that a safe has to offer. For both business and home owners, a safe installation is a wise idea if you are serious about keeping the valuables at your business completely secure. With so many options available, it may be a good idea to seek professional help with the selection of your safe model. Phila-Locksmith’s safe specialist is happy to assist you with this information. Call us today and he will be happy to discuss the options that would work best for your needs and location.

Teens Trapped in Safe, Saved by Locksmith

Via Buffalo News – Police were called in Buffalo after it was found that four teenagers had trapped themselves inside of a walk-in safe when inside of a former law office. The Buffalo Police Commissioner reported that the teens did have consent to be in the building but they will still be facing charges after police found a large amount of alcohol and marijuana on the teens once they were freed from the safe. When the police first arrived on the scene they had to make a call out to a professional locksmith in order to attempt to save the teen inside who were slowly running out of oxygen. Luckily the locksmith was able to successfully access the vault and freed the teens after they were trapped inside for about four hours.

Walk-in safes such as the one that the teens locked themselves into are common place in banks and law offices. They are also a symbol of top flight security through their portrayal in television and movies. From a technical aspect the safes are actually the most well constructed pieces of security that are available for commercial or private use. Walk-in vaults certainly have the capabilities of keeping four unsuspecting teenagers at bay for hours but some specialized safes can be armed to protect from even the most advanced locksmith technology.

There is, of course, a reason that these safes are only common place in banks and that is they come with an extremely large price tag. There are conflicting reports as to whether the teens went into the vault not knowing that it was still operation, but it would be our guess that these teens will not mess with a walk-in safe again. Luckily for all involved the situation ended without anyone being injured.

Main Types of Residential Safes

Gun Safe

A gun safe is a normally larger safe which has specific storage mechanisms for holding weapons, normally rifles. Gun safes have become wildly popular throughout the United States recently as many responsible gun owners look to keep firearms out of the reach of their children. Phila-Locksmith recommends that all households who have guns as well as younger children get a gun safe to ensure that their children are unable to open the safe. Most gun safes are stand alone and also allow additional storage for ammunition as well as accessories, most locksmiths and security experts will tell you make sure to lock up your weapons especially in your own home.

Wall Safe

Wall safe are safes that have been directly built into an interior wall of the house. This process obviously provides multiple benefits. These safes can be easily hidden behind large or hung objects allowing for the discreet safety of important documents or jewelry. The major downfall to wall safes however is that they are unable to bare large amounts of weight, which is why these types of safes are normally used for small high value items such as jewelry.

Fireproof Safe

Fireproof safes are the cheapest of these four kinds however this does not mean that they are ineffective. Fireproof safes are the perfect choice for a homeowner who is looking to protect important documents that they may own. The safe locking mechanisms on a fireproof safe may not be as sophisticated as other higher end model bio-metric safes however it still would take a professional thief to break into one of these safes. Again, the main use of these safes are to protect the most important documents in a household in case of a fire.

Floor Safe

Floor safes can be the largest of these four types of safes and generally take up the most room. Think of a floor safe as the “big brother” to wall safes, just like wall safes, floor safes are built directly into the floor of a home. Since the safe is being constructed in the floor rather than up on an interior wall the safe can support much more weight and even more valuables. Due to the large size of floor safes and the amount of labor to set them in place these types of safes can be extremely expensive to have installed and are generally only installed in very specific cases.

Understanding each type of safe is extremely important, because in order for a safe to operate properly it needs to be placed into the correct situation. Specifically placing a rifle in a floor safe is not as safe as placing it in a specifically designed gun safe or vice versa. Make sure before you have your safe installed that you research each type so that you can find one that fits your needs.

Keeping Your Guns Safe

Following the tragedy that occur at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut the nation has been faced with an issue of gun safety. One of the most important things that a gun owner is able to do to keep their weapons away from children and anyone else who should not have access is a gun safe. There are a variety of gun safes to choose from depending on your specific needs.

Purchasing a gun safe can also be an effective way to store other important documents or valuables other than your fire arms. As well as any other fire arms related materials you have. The most important aspect is to keep your guns and children safe. This is easy to do with the purchase of gun safe.

A gun safe can also offer protective through fireproofing just in case of emergency your expensive gun collection will not be significantly damaged. At Philadelphia Locksmith we can discuss the different types of gun safes that are available and find one that fits your needs.