Most safes sold today are merely enclosures. They offer little, if any, real security. Think about the old time safes. They had very thick doors and walls and weighed hundreds, if not, thousands of pounds. They provided security. The best way to break into them was to use dynamite!
Today’s safes usually feature a thin metal outside wall. For fire protection a layer or two of sheet rock will provide limited fire resistance. Since the metal thickness is often only .120”, most of the weight of a safe is sheetrock, not metal.
Today, burglars open most safes by prying them open. That’s because manufacturing practices focus on how cheap you can build a safe, not how secure the safe is. Nearly all safes, particularly the kind you can buy from the big box retailer or catalog distributors, have a gap between the door and the frame. Insert a crowbar or pry bar in this gap and start prying. Soon the door edge gives way (because there is no real door frame), a bolt becomes exposed, and the rest is history! Even inexperienced burglars can open a safe in two or three minutes. You hear of people being arrested because they are transporting burglary tools. That’s what pry bars are, burglary tools! Remember if someone breaks into your house and finds a safe that becomes their focus. If your valuables are going to survive this intrusion, you need a Visalia Safe Company safe.