Originally Posted by Shoobee
The window will be replaced with single pane double thickness heavy duty glass and a stronger frame.
The door is now double dead bolted -- just like in NYC where they often put several dead bolts on a door.
One of the dead bolts is key-only from both sides. These are only safe to lock when you leave the unit. Otherwise it becomes a fire hazard if locked inside.
And on Monday the safe will be bolted to the ground.
Still not enough to stop a skilled professional lock and safe cracker.
But plenty to stop a fool who ransacks an apartment in plain view of a 5 ft tall gun safe.
He should have just grabbed the compound bow and left right away without wasting time ransacking the place.
The complex is going to change the night watch security to afternoons instead. That is when this guy is prowling here. Mine was the third -- not second -- unit he has broken into.
And for the next little while, I will be keeping my guns duffelled up in my vehicle while I am parked at work. IF he gets in again and IF he gets away with the safe, then he will only be getting my ammo, not my guns or other valuables. We have really great security at work. Security at home really sucks.
If this guy was a professional safe cracker, he would have already had the equipment to crack the safe with him.
Regarding the security of the gun safe, any professional safe cracker can get into one and they don't need a drill to do it.
As far as trashing your apartment is concerned, there were two reasons for this. First, the thief was looking for valuables. Second, they're destructive little twerps who destroy other peoples' property when they can't find anything worth stealing.
As far as the deadbolts are concerned, a locksmith can open one in less than 30 seconds. It took me ever so slightly longer than the trained professional to do it. On the last house we were in, I replaced the locks because I lost the key to the original locks. It took me about 45 seconds.
Do lock your house and safe, but realize that the lock isn't stopping any professional from gaining entry.
I know you're upset about the thief in your apartment, but don't take your guns to work with you. For the handguns, take the barrel (semi-auto) or cylinder (revolver) with you. Lube them with grease or oil and wrap them up in bubble wrap. For the long guns, remove the bolts. Keep the firearm receivers locked in your safe. Only really dumb thieves return to the scene of the crime and dumb thieves aren't likely to be very good safe crackers. Nobody will be using your guns even if they get their hands on them. You can take the firearms parts to work with you. California is very funny about people transporting firearms.