- Keep all gun storage units locked
- Keep all stored guns unloaded
- Keep ammunition in separate location if possible
- Use gun locking mechanisms if available
Do you know how many privates vaults are in the United States?
If you guessed over 10 then you were correct. The private vault industry is on the rise in America as well as around the world. In 2010, when Colorado Vault & Safe Deposit Box Co, opened there were only 3 private vaults in the United States; Dallas, Las Vegas, and the San Francisco Bay area. Now, private vaults are all across the U.S. from over 3 in California to the newest facility in the Washington D.C. area. Furthermore, as of June 2015 there were over 130 private vaults worldwide.
Why would one use a private safe deposit box rather than a bank; well there are several reasons:
- Not a bank – Since private vaults are in the storage business they specialize in storage, security and privacy. Clients have more options on how they store, what they can store and how they can access their stored items. Banks place restrictions on what can be stored in your safe deposit box, additionally banks have “bankers hours” which inhibits access.
- Security – Private vaults concentrate on securing the safe deposit boxes. Banks emphasize securing the cash. Private vaults have increased security measures that focus on keeping the vault and safe deposit box extremely safe. The next time you are in a bank; see how much attention is place on the vault. You will be surprised with the lack of attention on the vault and its contents.
- Privacy – Some private vaults offer complete anonymity where a client can have a numbered account. Many private vaults such as Colorado Vault & Safe Deposit Box Co ask for only name, address, phone as well as an email address. Most private vaults do not require date of birth, social security numbers, or passport numbers.
As financial situations continue to occur around the world; individuals need to and continue to find ways to diversify their wealth. Precious metals as well as cash stored in multiple safe and secure places are the only way one can reduce the risk of losing wealth. Private vaults are a great alternative for offsite storage. If you have any additional questions please do not hesitate to contact Frank or Stewart with Colorado Vault & Safe Deposit Box Company.
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Using the right storage techniques is one of the best ways to keep your possessions in good condition. But when it comes to guns, your storage choices also carry serious safety implications.
“The most important thing is to keep your firearms out of the hands of people who shouldn’t have them,” said Allen Forkner, a spokesman for Cannon Safe, which sells gun safes.
Follow these five tips to prevent damage and danger when storing your guns.
- Prepare Your Firearms.
Guns are major investments and often carry sentimental value, so before you store your firearms, thoroughly clean and treat them as directed by the owner’s manual, Forkner said. Can’t find the manual? Apply a very light coat of oil on the entire surface of a gun, he suggested.
- Avoid Cases and Sleeves.
One of the biggest mistakes Forkner sees is when gun owners store firearms in padded sleeves and cases that are designed only for transporting firearms.
Often, the material in these cases absorbs moisture from the air and puts it directly in contact with the guns, he said. Therefore, avoid wrapping or covering your guns; instead, make sure they’re exposed to air.
- Pick a Stable Place.
Pay attention to the moisture levels in the area where you’re storing your guns. Too much moisture can cause rust to form, while too little can lead to cracking.
A 50 percent humidity level and 70-degree temperature provide the ideal storage conditions, Forkner said. But if you aren’t able to maintain a 70-degree setting, simply keeping the temperature steady is your best bet.
“The fluctuation between hot and cold is what causes the materials to expand and contract,” Forkner said, “and it’s that constant expansion and contraction that leads to cracks and damage.”
- Secure Your Guns.
Whether you’re worried about children, burglars or visitors gaining access to your gun collection, always prioritize safety when you’re choosing a storage method—especially in your home.
The National Crime Prevention Council recommends several safety options, including trigger locks that make it impossible to pull the trigger and cable locks that prevent loading and firing. You also can buy a safe or lockbox that can be opened only with a key or combination.
Gun safes are the most secure options and provide the added benefit of holding large collections. They not only keep guns away from unauthorized users, but top-quality safes also can guard against fire for a certain period of time.
“If you can secure [the safes] to the floor or to the wall, that’s even better,” Forkner said.
- Consider Away-From-Home Storage.
While some owners might prefer to keep their guns outside the home, the options for this type of storage are limited. Self-storage facilities largely prohibit firearms, but you can find a few specialty self-storage facilities that offer on-site cabinets and safes. Colorado Vault and Safe Deposit Box Co.; a private vaulted storage facility; offers offsite gun storage for individuals who desire outside the home options.
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