Importance Of Steel Thickness and Gun Safes Broken Into
12 Gauge Performance
The picture above shows three attacks. The top is a fire axe. You can see the shape of the pike that was done with one blow. It would not take much longer to have a hole large enough to get inside. Second set of pictures shows a sledge hammer attack through the body. The bottom picture shows a sledge hammer attack on the top seam of the safe, breaking the welds. The body was skip welded.
10 Gauge Performance
There is virtually no difference when it comes to the amount of time it would take to penetrate high tensile 10 gauge and 12 gauge. As you can see from the picture above, it only takes one blow of the fire axe to pop a hole in it this large.
This is a 10 gauge safe pictured laying down on the left. According to the owner, the robbers started at the bottom of the safe and cut the frame. Then, they pried the lip out past the bolts in the door. They used a saw to cut the lip at each point till they needed to pry past the bolts to open it.
3/16" Body Performance
Here is a video of an axe attack on a Sturdy Safe vs. an 11g body safe. 12g, 11g, and 10g perform almost the same when it comes to non powered tool attacks. Even with a light "cement" composite insulator and a 16g liner.
A firemen named Richard sent his old 3/16" Sturdy Safe to us for free repairs after a few burglars broke into his home and tried using his fire axe to open it for about 10-15 minutes. They beat off the handle and dial. They also tried to hack the top right hinge off, and pushed the safe down on it's side in further attempts to open it before they gave up.
The Following Was Posted In The CONTRA COSTA TIMES News Paper In Hercules CA: 3 Arrested After Hercules Robbery, Stand Off. By Karl FischerArticle Launched: 06/04/2007 01:49:09 PM PDT: "Police were called to a home at Lupine Road and Dogwood Court, where family members in the front yard told them that armed men had run into the home. The home is near Lupine Hills Elementary School, which was evacuated shortly before 2 p.m. Hercules Police Chief Fred Deltorchio said the incident started about midday on the 100 block of Golden Rock Drive, where a homeowner either came upon a burglary in progress or was the victim of a home- invasion robbery involving three armed men. One man put a gun to the woman's head and ordered her to open a safe that held guns as part of her husband's collection, Deltorchio said." ---- What wasn't mentioned in this article, was that the robbers attempted to break into the safe 2-3 hours before the woman came home, using various power tool methods. The safe they attacked, but failed to open, was our Sturdy Gun Safe. These photographs show the safe after Sturdy Safe employees had already removed the door to fix it. As can be seen, the safe body, though suffering comedic blemishes (after over two hours of being attacked), is structurally unfazed. The door (though not shown in these pictures) was in equally good shape.
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