Monday, August 15, 2016


Your Aurora, CO business has assets that need protecting. Whether you run a nail salon or a restaurant, you have commercial property that needs to be safe, secure and protected from the elements as well as from burglars, intruders or even competitors. One great way to accomplish this is to use a commercial safe. Any local business can be a target for problems and these perils can take many forms, not always human! A solid commercial safe can protect your valuables from burglars, fire, flood, wind, internal theft, reporters, competitors, even former spouses and detectives!


You name it; the safe is perfect for it! Many Aurora, CO businesses that are cash intensive use commercial safes to place cash until needed or until the manager or owner can bundle it and mark it for deposit. Credit card slips, receipts, vouchers, gift cards and other forms of currency can also be kept there until needed. Keeping too much cash in money drawers or cash registers is not smart and can be an invitation for robbery or even violence as burglars are eager for quick cash and a fast get away. Excess cash is also an invitation for employee or even customers to “help themselves” when no one is looking. Why expose any of these people to temptation? A commercial safe is the perfect place to keep your money until it can be deposited in the bank or taken to another vault.

Currency is not all that can be kept in a commercial safe. Deeds, certificates, vouchers, receipts and other important documents can also be stored there. These can include insurance papers, warranties, medical records, accounting files, customer records, appraisals and more! Items like stock certificates, rare photos, leases and other legal documents all need a secure and dry place to be kept until needed. There are hundreds of types of commercial businesses and each one can benefit from having and using a well-built and installed commercial safe.


Hollywood often makes us think of wall safes, floor safes and other James Bond type of safes. Many firms indeed have and use these very safes. Here at Aurora Master Locksmith we offer a vast assortment of commercial safes including different and varied models of the above. Some floor safes are designed to simply open with a combination lock and have just enough room inside to drop your cash deposits and coins in. A simple lid replacement and a quick spin of the lock and your money is secured until needed. Other forms include mailbox drop safes, rotary hopper safes, drop drawer safes, under the counter safes, deposit slot safes, fire and security safes and many more. Not sure which is right for your Aurora, CO business? No problem; just call our

Aurora Locksmith Master shop and get one of our free commercial locksmith consultations. We’ll take the time to help you decide which of your many options is best for your firm and its needs. Along with your free consultation, we offer free, no obligation price quotes and expert, fast service.


All businesses are unique and have different needs and requirements when it comes to protecting cash, valuables and other important documents. A fast food restaurant will have different cash protection needs than an art gallery where most transactions are done by credit card or wire transfer. Before investing in a commercial safe it’s best to evaluate just what your safe will be protecting. One example is the mailbox drop box safe. Many cash intensive firms use these so that employees can simply drop cash, receipts or other deposits without having to actually open a safe door or use a combination. Only senior managers or the owners have the ability to completely open the safe to remove its contents. This keeps deposited cash safer from employee theft, pilfering and simple robbery as the staff doesn’t have access to the actual safe’s contents but can only make deposits.

Under the counter safes can be installed so that staff has easier access and greater convenience without having to get inside the manager’s or owner’s office or floor safe. Does your business deal with data or other media devices? In this high-tech age, many firms now have to protect hard drives, flash drives, servers and other forms of valuable data and media information that is very susceptible to heat, theft, smoke and other forms of corruption. Media and data safes are becoming increasingly popular as they are temperature controlled and definitely worth investing in if you have valuable data that needs to be secure.  Other safe types include electronic safes, fireproof safes, biometric fingerprint safes, commercial gun safes and dozens more.


Yes, shopping for the right commercial safe can be a bit daunting. Be sure to read reviews from other safe buyers and owners and don’t be fooled by reviews put out by manufacturers as they usually slant their bias toward their own inventory. Check Amazon, Angie’s List and E-bay for both new and used pricing and reviews. You’ll generally spend more money if you go through a brick and mortar safe store instead of calling a licensed and bonded commercial locksmith store here in Aurora, CO. Be sure to inquire about delivery, installation and warranty coverage as they are often priced extra and quotes can be deceiving if these items are not included.  It’s always to good idea to ask questions and let the safe professional or commercial locksmith know what kind of business you operate and just what you want the primary purpose of the safe to be. Don’t be afraid to let them know your budget requirements and just who at your firm will have access to your safe.

You can save valuable time and money by calling Aurora Master Locksmith and discussing your commercial safe needs with our experienced and licensed professionals.



In general, whenever we think about home security, what usually comes to mind is an alarm system. This is indeed an effective way to protect your home. But there are many other ways to secure your home, which you can take care of yourself, or hire an expert to do, without spending too much money. No home can be made completely impermeable, so the goal is basically to discourage a burglar, making it more difficult for someone to break in.

First, some basic rules:
* Don’t answer the door, unless you know the person. (If you don’t have a peephole, get one installed.)
* Whenever you go out, and before going to bed, lock your doors and windows.
* Keep your garage door closed and locked.

Additional lines of defense:

Reinforce the doors. A hollow door is of lower quality and therefore easier to penetrate. Put in solid-core doors made of wood or metal.

Replace weak locks. Deadbolts will always provide extra security. Be sure to get a grade 2 deadbolt lock, which effectively penetrates the doorframe. Heavy-duty is tougher and better.

If you have an air conditioner, you can prevent a criminal from getting through an unsecured window by using an air-conditioner bracket, sliding window lock, or corner braces.

Make it difficult for an intruder to hide. Avoid thick and tall shrubs around your doors and windows, and also avoid having tall fences.

Don’t keep keys and remotes near the door, or otherwise visible to anyone outside your home. Keep them hidden inside a cupboard or a drawer.

Don’t keep a “hidden” house key. Most burglars will find your key under the mat or inside your mailbox. Even if you have a keyholder disguised as a rock, expert burglars will already recognize it. Instead, give an extra key to a trusted neighbor for safekeeping.

Don’t leave ladders outside. A burglar can pretend to be a handyman or contractor, and easily use your ladder to gain entry through a window on the second floor or balcony.

Install good exterior lighting. You can also put them on a timer. Put these lights at the front door and/or porch, back door, basement door, and garage entrance. Motion sensor floodlights are ideal, because anytime anyone passes nearby, they’ll illuminate, so the trespasser cannot hide. Some are even made to respond to changes in temperature, light, or sound. Some can be connected to your smart device so you can detect any undesirable activity and respond immediately.

Keep some indoor lights on, too, whenever you’re away. Furthermore, when you’re out for the day, or away for an extended period, you can make it look like someone’s at home by using timers on your lights, radios, and televisions. Nowadays, you can even monitor and control activities with a mobile app, so you can keep your home seemingly occupied all while you’re gone.

Don’t stand out too much. Professional thieves case the neighborhood before pulling a job, so they’ll know when each person’s comings and goings. If they know that you’re home during the day, they’ll likely move on to the next house. Compare your home to the others in your neighborhood, and adjust your appearance accordingly. Put forth the look of responsibility and upkeep, but don’t be too obvious.

Outside, don’t keep valuables in plain sight, obvious evidence that you have things for robbers to steal. Keep your top-of-the-line car safe inside the garage.

Inside, be creative about hiding valuables. Keep your blinds closed if you have exceptional possessions. Stash jewelry, cash, and other treasures in unexpected locations.

Avoid having windows on or near doors. They’re easily broken for quick entry. If you have any sliding-glass doors, even if they’re locked with a latch, they can often be easy for a burglar to open. You can make them more secure by putting a wooden dowel cut to size, or an adjustable safety bar, in the floor track. You can also add a floor bolt.

A barking dog can often be a good deterrent. While you’re away, you could even play a recording of a dog barking, and put up a big sign that says, “BEWARE OF DOG”!

Posting any sign at your front door is often enough to keep people away: “NO TRESPASSING” is basic, but you could be more imaginative, with something like, “Owner Has Gun, Will Shoot.”

You may want to purchase a home safe, especially one anchored to the floor, for one-of-a-kind valuables, important documents, and emergency cash. The best are fireproof and waterproof.

Consider adding gate entry. Depending on your location, you may want to add a security gate to monitor the movement of everyone who comes in. You can install a simple intercom system, a keypad, or something more sophisticated, giving individuals an appropriate level of security clearance based upon a list of criteria you establish.

Invest in surveillance cameras if you feel the need. There are many different types, depending upon your needs and budget. Consider image resolution, and other technical aspects of your system’s setup. Will you want to record and keep 24/7 video footage? Will it be necessary to include sophisticated software that has specific capture capabilities ~ such as time and date stamp code, facial recognition, vehicle number plate recognition, as well as high-security monitoring and access control functions? Most people won’t go this far, but it really depends upon your property, your area, and your pocketbook. When anyone who has criminal intentions, vandals, or arsonists see the level of your building’s access control system, they’ll think twice and move on.

There are still more ways to enhance your home’s security, most that are easy to take care of, and relatively affordable. To find out more about your options, if you’re located anywhere in Aurora, Colorado, it’s a good idea to request a free consultation from a reputable locksmith company. Aurora Master Locksmith, for example has staff mobile locksmith professionals available 24/7, happy to assist you.