I have to admit that I have never been a burglar so I am justguessing here, but I would say that most burglars just aren’treally that motivated to spend a whole lot of time in someone’shouse or place of business while ripping them off. They don’treally want to spend a lot of time looking around for things likefloor safes or other hidden safes. Nope, they prefer quick in andquick out. I’m sure most crooks don’t mind a quick check behind thepaintings, or in bookshelves, or behind cabinet doors. But beyondthat, being in someone’s house uninvited, with nefarious intention,just isn’t a leisurely la-dee-da experience. So, using a floor safeincreases the likelihood that a thief will not be successful justby the nature of the safe itself.However, using floor safes to protect valuables has both goodand bad aspects. On the one hand, they do go beyond what a normalsafe does, in terms of traditional protection. Because they are inthe floor they are inherently hidden and, therefore, more secure.They can be situated in the floor wherever you want if you have theopportunity for some advance planning. Because floor safes areusually installed right in concrete it is best if you can identifya location before the concrete is poured. This keeps cost down andalso allows you to opt for one of the larger safes.On the other hand, floor safes that are not installed at thetime the concrete is poured are more expensive to install after thefact, but can still be used. Manufacturers of floor safes are awareof this and make smaller round canister-type safes that can be putin for less cost than a larger rectangle or square one. Anotherthing that can be done is to forego installation in concrete andjust install it in the floor joists. This can still be a goodoption, but you will give up some of the great security benefits.Depending on your needs, this may still be acceptable.Floor safes have several otheradvantages over traditional safes as well. Because they are belowthe floor, they can survive high temperatures more successfullythan if they were in a wall or just sitting on the floor. This isespecially true if the safe is encased in cement on all sidesexcept the door. Because the door is designed as the most secure,thickest part of the safe, and the rest is below ground, floorsafes are more likely to survive fires. You can purchase safes thatare specifically rated to protect the contents inside from fire,but because of the way floor safes are installed, they give you thethe added benefit that fire safes offer even if they don’t have aspecific fire resistant rating.Some floor safes have the additional advantage of having sealsthat protect against water getting in. But even with this addedfeature, most manufacturers recommend that a waterproof bag be usedinside the safe for maximum protection of the contents. Though somemanufacturer have even designed safes that don’t have hinged doorsat all, the door has to be lifted out in order to remove what’sinside. I like this feature because it would take away one of thebiggest vulnerabilities (water damage) of this type of safe. So,consider floor safes for maximum security and protection of yourvaluables.MJ writes for ClickShops Inc., where you can find agreat selection of floor safes atwww.gunsafes.com.