Anatomy of an anti-theft security and fireproof that keeps crooks and fires out
1. Metal Technology – The thick outer armor of modern Chubb safes is made of blower and drill-resistant manganese steel, previously only available on the strongest and most expensive safes with four tons plus. A pure fireproof will compromise the strength of steel and core filling. In burglary-proof safes, the thick manganese steel takes forever to drill through, even with the most powerful modern blower burners and diamond drilling equipment. And the armor doesn’t stop there. Internal casing consists of hardened Siemens steel plate. Deep flanged corners are electrically welded and beautifully rounded to a solid unit while the back is inserted. What looks like old technology is far from old.
2. Sandwich Filling – Essentially, the modern branded Chubb safe is a sandwich. Between the steel there is a particularly high density filling and practically impregnable reinforced concrete, as if the outer steel was not enough. The concrete contains insulating and reinforcing additives to protect against the hottest fire and defies the toughest, most powerful drills and diamond blades. It also increases the weight of the safe – a major deterrent to removing the safe for cracking off-site. A burglar-proof safe is not a direct fireproof, but will still offer 90 minutes of protection for paper documents from fire damage.
3. Lock settings– Locking mechanisms for maximum security Chubb safes and fire safes may vary. The options available with the Chubb series range from conventional keys to combination lock, dynamo-driven digital lock or a time delay lock. With time locks, the safe opens only when a preset time has been reached, even if the right combination is known. Fitted on the inside of the safe door, and time latches were initially developed to prevent staff being kidnapped or tortured to get the combination code. Time locks also prevent entry of staff at unauthorized times and have a lot of built-in functionality, such as several different codes (such as in an electronic lock), owner set time delays, preset vacation dates and multi-code facility. They will even provide a full audit trail with detailed record of the lock history showing when the lock was opened, who opened it and how long it was opened. The memory function stores data even if the batteries run out and new batteries are installed.
4. Service – So, “what can go wrong with a Chubb safe?” Very little, so why is service important? Well, a number of different user situations can occur. You may lose your key, forget your combination, or the safety box may be disinfected after a robbery or fire. Safes may need to be moved from time to time due to renovations, upgrades or purchases. Safe service specialists are therefore important if any of these situations are to be resolved.