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False security at a high price
on August 12, 2013
I hope my experience is isolated, but when I first received this and opened this, a piece of plastic came shooting out and flew clear across the room. I'm glad it didn't hit my eye! After retrieving the plastic piece, I realized it was the back-most hinge-pin for the safe. There's a metal piece, maybe 1 inch long that is spring loaded to fit into the plastic piece. There are 2 of the 1" metal pieces and 3" long plastic hinge-pins. This means that at each corner of the hinge is about 1/2" worth of metal, held in place by a 3" long piece of plastic. This means if you defeat either of the two plastic-hinge-pins, the cover comes off!
Since the entire safe is really just plastic, a simple flat headed screwdriver pried at the back hinge would just pop the plastic-hinge-pins out. Sure the lock mechanism seems to be riveted and surrounded by metal, but the plastic-hinge-pins are the weak point.
You wouldn't have a safe unless you were putting something of value in it, whether it was jewelry, a birth certificate or even a $1k laptop. This is pretty false security at a high price.
For 1/3 the price of this item, any locking storage box (found on Amazon) (also slim to fit under a bed) would suffice and be made of metal. Some Masterlock padlocks would work even better.
For the price, 2 stars is fair. To keep an honest person (but not a professional) honest, then yes, this safe is adequate, but you can keep honest people honest for 1/3 the price with a locking storage box and padlocks.