Your Licensed San Diego Safes Dealer and Installer
Come to us for home safes, security safes, electronic safes, combination
safes, and fireproof safe sales and installation.
Only licensed contractors deserve your trust when it comes to installing a
security or fireproof safe in your home or business. California law requires
all safe installers to have a C-28 state contractor's license, but the truth is,
many people who sell, move, or install safes lack this legal licensing. To be
certain that you are protected by the State Contractors' License Law, make the
smart choice of working only with licensed safe installers. At Grah Safe and Lock,
our security experts will be ready to show you proof of our C-28 state contractor's
Straight Talk About Security Safes and Safe Installation
Whether you need a combination or electronic security safe to protect
valuables or a fireproof safe in case of disaster, safes offer a level of
physical protection that cannot be matched with
the door and walls of a building. Safes can provide burglary protection
or fire protection or a combination of both. Insurance companies often
require a UL rated safe in order to insure certain valuables. Also
insurance companies often give discounts for use of fireproof or security
safes. If you are currently researching the purchase of a safe for your
home or business, here are the questions you need to ask yourself:
What am I going to store in the safe?
How much will I be storing in the safe?
How often will I be accessing the safe?
The answers to these questions will help our security specialists
identify the very best safe for your present needs. There are so many
safes available for sale these days, and it's easy to make a mistake if
you don't ask the right questions or have access to the right information
about security safes. We want to ensure that your purchase of a safe is
a smart investment and we hope to prevent disappointment by sharing with
you some of the most common mistakes that are made in buying a safe:
Your Safe Sales and Installation FAQs
Q. Can we install the safes we sell?
A. Yes. We offer safe moving and installation in San Diego for most of the
safes we sell. We have moved safes weighing up to 10,000 lbs.
Q. What must we know before moving or installing a safe?
A. We will need to know the make and weight of the safe, as well as
where the safe will be moved to, the flooring it will be moved over,
if there are stairs or grades, and where the safe will be finally
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What are common mistakes in buying a safe?
Buying a safe that does not perform the job you need done is a common
mistake. There are items that look like a safe, but are designed to
protect from fire alone. If fire is the main concern they may work, but
offer no protection from a burglary attack.
Another common problem we see is trying to buy a safe totally online.
In two dimensions, all safes look alike and people tend to buy the lowest
cost unit and not the right safe for the job.
Many people simply don't know what level of fire protection is needed
to protect valuables in the case of a fire. Because of the large firestorms
in San Diego, we have opened dozens of safes and fire files that have been
in complete house fires. Count on our experience for the information you
need to know about the specific amount of fire protection needed to protect
your belongings in a total house fire.
At Grah Safe and Lock, we sell safes designed for fire, burglary or
both fire and burglary. We are happy to explain the differences and show
you our impressive selection. We carry Amsec Safes, Liberty Safes, and
many other trustworthy brands.
For a primer on buying safes, view the video at right on safe
We Service Safes in San Diego, too!
In addition to selling, moving, and installing safes in the San Diego region,
Grah Safe and Lock offers licensed safe servicing. Let us answer your FAQs about
our safe servicing.
What kinds of safes do we work on?
We service virtually ALL types and brands of safes. We can change the combination
on safes, and do suggest that a safe's combination is changed each time a
combination is given out.
Do all safes need service?
Safes have mechanical and electronic components and need servicing to keep them
working properly. Some safes, such as GSA containers, require regular servicing
and inspecting to maintain their ratings.
Electronic safe locks use batteries that require replacement. It's best to
replace the batteries while the safe is still operating.
Can we open your safe if the combination is lost?
Yes, we have a staff of safe and vault professionals who are trained in the art of
What do we need before we open a safe?
Although we can open safes, we need to determine the ownership of a safe before we
Can safes be re-used after opening?
Generally we are able to repair the safe to its original rating. Some safes
require a full inspection and safe lock replacement to maintain their ratings.
Can we help you move your old safe?
We move old safes as well as new. To move and install safes in California requires
a C-28 State contractors license. Be sure and ask to see the contractor's license
of anyone who is offering to install a safe in your business or home.
The questions we ask for moving old safes are the same as when installing a new
Are electronic safe locks safe?
Over the last several years electronic safe locks have become the most common type
of safe lock in America. Yes, most electronic safe locks are as secure if not more
so than their mechanical counterparts. Some electronic safe locks on very low cost
fire storage boxes have an electronic lock that is easily compromised. This is
one of the reasons you should buy your safes from a licensed and trained
Do we work on government safes?
Yes, we work on GSA containers, SCIF rooms and with all DOD and military
For government or DOD safes, do we need special qualifications?
Yes, there are specific requirements, training and testing for those who work on
classified document storage units. Additionally, if a unit has lost its label or
has been drilled open, repairs must be done in a specific manner and the safe
must be inspected by a certified GSA inspector. Grah Safe and Lock has two certified
inspectors on staff.
Other important points on servicing safes:
Certification is required to work on, repair, re-label or inspect DOD required
containers. The state of California requires licensing to install safes.
The specific license is a C-28 contractor's license. Safes need attention, like
all mechanical things. For peace of mind when you need to purchase a safe or have
a safe moved, installed, or serviced, call on the licensed contractors at Grah
Safe and Lock - serving San Diego, California since 1914.