National crime statistics show that in recent years, the average time a crook spends inside somebody’s house is less than ten minutes. For that reason, some of Liberty Safe’s competitors have started bragging that their safes can keep out burglars for 6 or 7 minutes, just long enough for the crooks to begin to feel nervous and flee. Well, what if the crooks stick around just a little bit longer?
How do you feel about 6 or 7 minutes until a thief manages to break into your safe?
At Liberty, we like the idea of maximums—we like the idea of ten times the protection that our competitors claim to offer. We like the idea of so much strength and durability that burglars get discouraged, tired, and storm away angry because our safes as so tough and durable. Liberty customers who properly install their safes can have peace of mind that not only is a Liberty harder to get into, but compared to all competitors in the market, Liberty is the crooks’ most frustrating safe on the planet.
Liberty doesn’t cater to the “six-minute” minimum, we strive for maximums at every stage of the production and installation process. Want proof? Watch these tough guys put crowbars on some competitors’ safes in an attempt to pry open the door. Six minutes? That’s just a warm-up because Liberty makes the best-built safes on the planet.
It’s the ultimate in “smash and grab.”
What happens when a 900-pound Liberty Safe falls from 200 feet and crashes into a competitor’s safe at 77 miles an hour? It wasn’t pretty, but that’s what we do to prove the integrity of Liberty safes. And, to make things fair, we dropped a 900-pound made-in-China competitor’s safe on one of our Liberty safes. All safes were the same size and weight. The pictures say it all.
Now, let’s get our numbers straight. Here’s how we calculate the time it takes to fall 200 feet … the distance “y” is 200 feet. The acceleration of gravity is 32 feet per second squared. Too much math? We agree. But it works out to be:
Time to fall = sqr of 2y/g = sqr of 400/32 = 3.535 seconds
Remember miles per hour? We’re figuring feet per second, then we’ll convert to miles per hour. Here’s how we did that:
Velocity after 200 feet of falling = g x t = 32 x 3.535 = 113 ft/sec = 77 mph
We’re checking with Mr. Harris in 11th grade physics to make sure we got that right, but for now, that’s pretty darn fast for a big ol’ safe to fall and land on another. If you happen to have a safe drop on your house, make sure you’ve got a Liberty, they’re the best-built safes in the world.
For this test, the safes were hoisted 200 feet into the air with a cable release controlled by the ground crew. This arrangement allowed the safes to free-fall onto the target safe below.
Ground crews align safes before hoisting the competitor's 200 feet into the air for the drop. This was the first of two tests. The second test, between a black Liberty 25 and a competitor's 25, are shown below.
Moment of impact: A Liberty 25 crashes into a competitor's safe, breaking welds, shattering fire board, blowing the door off, and leaving the inferior safe in shambles.
The Liberty 25 after falling 200 feet and smashing into a competitor's safe---notice there are no broken welds, just some dents and scratches---and under Liberty's lifetime warranty, this safe is completely replaceable free of charge (although, we do frown on customers causing intentional damage---leave the testing up to us!).
After the crushing impact of the competitor's safe onto this white Liberty 25, notice how the Liberty safe retained integrity on all sides. The door remained closed and locked. No broken welds, no access to the interior after the horrific impact.
This made-in-China safe didn't fare well from the drop. Notice that it suffered a ruptured weld along the bottom, which was the impact point between the two safes. For a thief with a crowbar, such a rupture would make quick work for sheering open the rest of the safe to access the valuables inside.
Here is the Liberty safe (right) that was just dropped from 200 feet onto a same-sized and weighted competitor's safe. The Liberty safe did very well because of attention to detail, excellent engineering, and Made In The U.S.A. superior quality. All of its welds were intact, and the door remained firmly attached, shut, and locked. The made-in-China competitor delivered exactly what the buyer bargained for---a pretty paint job, but in comparison, that's about all.