Advancements in Safe Technology

The first safe was invented by brothers Charles and Jeremiah Chubb in 1835. The purpose of their invention was, simply put, to create a box that was durable and secure enough to prevent a thief’s efforts to steal its contents. This invention was enhanced in 1886 when Henry Brown created a metal safe that would keep the contents of the box safe from fire and other types of accidental damage. Theft, as well as fire, could result in the loss of contents, so this advancement took security to a new level. Both of these early versions of safes were secured by a lock and key mechanism. Over the years, combination locks and digital locks have evolved, and diversion safes that are concealed within everyday objects in a home or office have also been developed. Over the last several decades, however, a considerable number of advancements have been made, and safes made with these advancements provide you with the ability to secure your fine jewelry and other valuables with better results.

The Locking Mechanism

Some locks on safes are relatively easy to pick. For example, the lock on a typical gun safe may be designed to keep kids out of the guns, but they may be very easy for a thief to pick. Jewelry safes, on the other hand, are designed to withstand a thief’s efforts. Many of the most advanced jewelry safes today have a smart design. They may recognize that the safe is under attack, and this may trigger the safe to relock. Some boast a dual locking mechanism that combines a biometric scan with a combination lock or a key lock. These are locks that generally are not able to be cracked using the standard tools that thieves use to pick locks.

The Material

Early versions of jewelry safes may have been made of steel, but today’s safes are far more advanced. While the earliest safes were designed to keep valuables safe from intruders, modern safes are designed with the intent to not only protect valuables from burglars, but from environmental hazards as well. Modern jewelry safes are designed to withstand the heat of fire and the force of intense pressure. When a thief cannot break into safe using typical tools, he may resort to using welding materials and other items to open the safe. The best safes have several inches of composite alloy materials that will need to be broken through. This material is fireproof and may even be designed to withstand explosions. Further, extra-long bolts may be used in the manufacturing of the safes, and these bolts may be soldered together to ensure that the safe is one solid piece that cannot physically be broken into.

Security Alarm Monitoring

The best safes don’t leave anything to chance. While the locking mechanism, the rating of the material used and more will all deter efforts to break into the safe, the best safes also are monitored by a security alarm. These alarms may be tripped if the wrong digital code is entered or wrong biometric readings are scanned. They may signal a silent alarm or cause a nearby closed captioned camera system to turn on and record the actions of those who are trying to break into the vault. This is yet another layer of protection that the most advanced safes have.

Even more recent is the introduction of biometric safes. Unlike early safes, which require a key or code to unlock, biometric safes can only be unlocked upon recognition of a physical characteristic, such as an eye or fingerprint. Finger print scanners are not uncommon with these safes.

Jewelry safes may contain valuables worth hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars, and thieves will go to great lengths to break into these safes. However, the most advanced jewelry safes today are designed to be secure against fire as well as the most diligent and intelligent efforts to crack them.

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Guest article written by: Karl Stockton for the team at; be sure to visit them to view their home jewelry safes which are second to none!


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Guest article written by: Karl Stockton for the team at; be sure to visit them to view their home jewelry safes which are second to none!


8 thoughts on “Advancements in Safe Technology”

  1. Don’t you think that fingerprint scanners are a bit dangerous to use because the fingers won’t be same all the time (worn-out or cuts)

  2. No doubt quality and technology of safe has improved from its earlier versions. I personally feel safe with alarm alert are best, as they not only secure your money/important data plus also inform you about any breach in security.


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