Changes to the Sentry Big Bolts Safe Range

The Sentry Big Bolts Safes range is one of the best selling Safes from Sentry and has recently been upgraded due to positive feedback provided by customers as to how these Safe could be improved, there are also plenty of new extras such as security features and better user ability.

Originally there were 4 models in the Big Bolts range but now there are 3 and the model numbers have also been changed.

One of the most notable changes is to the Mechanical Combination Lock.

The Lock has been completely redesigned, it used to be a left to right opening pattern but now it is opened via a right to left opening pattern. When you enter your code correctly you get a portable click indicating the code is correct.

A new Pry resistant Hinge Bar has been added to all 3 models it acts as a dead bolt in such a way it is difficult to pry the unit open.

Many of the factors that made the original Big Bolts range great still remain 1 Hour Fire Protection for Valuables, Documents and Digital Media, Water Resistance for up to 24 hours and Adjustable Shelving, Key Racks and Door Pockets are all still provided.

You have a choice now of Mechanical Combination Lock, Electronic Lock and Dual Electronic Lock and Key.

The future is bright for security products like this so Keep It Safe !!!!

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100 Year Old Mailbox Removed from Town

A nearly 100-year-old mailbox was removed from the sidewalk in front of the Yankee Pedlar Inn, upsetting the inn’s owner, who says it’s unclear who the box actually belongs to. The blue and red, pedestal mailbox that stood in front of the Yankee Pedlar was identical to one held in the Smithsonian National Postal Museum’s collection, excluding the paint colors. The model, called a Van Dorn Lamp Post Box, was used between 1911 and 1919.






“I’m pretty much very upset about it because we haven’t ascertained who actually owned the mailbox,” said Sanjay Patel, owner of the inn since 1997. “I’ve spoken to Mark [McEachern] from the historical society to try to write a letter of support to see that we actually keep it.”

Although educators at the Smithsonian museum couldn’t respond by deadline, the museum’s spokesman Marshall Emery said he felt “safe” identifying the box as a Van Dorn lamppost mailbox. The metal mailboxes were manufactured by the Van Dorn Iron Works Company of Cleveland, Ohio. Many of the mailboxes were removed after being installed because postmasters considered them “unattractive” compared with ornate lampposts of the day.

City contractors removed the metal mailbox when the sidewalk in front of the Main Street inn was torn up to be improved, Tuesday. Post office workers then picked up the mail box, one employee said it was brought to Waterbury. The Waterbury postmaster said he had “no idea,” the mailbox existed, and that he didn’t know if it was in Waterbury.

A spokesperson for the Connecticut Valley District USPS, Christine Dugas, said the box, “probably would not be coming back to Torrington. That seems to be where the postmaster is going at this point.” She said she’s investigating who owns the box, and that, “We’re pretty sure we own [the mailbox.]”

Patel said he’s called the Torrington postmaster, who began working at the location at the end of August, but the postmaster hasn’t returned his calls. City officials also said they’d unsuccessfully attempted to contact the postmaster. The Torrington postmaster also failed to return multiple calls made over a period of days by the Register Citizen.

“It’s one of those little things that helps define the character of downtown Torrington,” said McEachern. The Torrington Historical Society keeps a Van Dorn lamppost mailbox as part of its collection, it’s been preserved in red, white and blue paint.

“It’s preserved but not as many people have access to seeing it as they do on Main Street. If it’s out in the open on Main Street far more people have access to see it and appreciate it,” said McEachern.

To further complicate ownership of the mailbox, Torrington post office employees said the mailbox in front of the Yankee Pedlar was not functioning, although pick up times were listed and Patel says the mailman routinely checked for mail. City officials said the post office was contacted the day the box was removed because there was post in it.

Dugas said the postal service might offer the box to the National Postal Museum, and may also ask the Connecticut Valley region if they’d like it.

“It’s not in the best shape,” said Dugas. “That would be a concern because we wouldn’t want a child, for example, to get scraped by the rust,” she said.

If Patel can obtain the box from post office officials, Dugas said he would need to have the box welded shut. Dugas said the postal service does not donate items, and she’s not aware of any way for Patel to purchase the item.

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The Latest Deals on our Sites

We understand more than most that times are not easy, people being made redundant, can’t find a job or there just generally isn’t a lot of money about. At The Little Safe Company we aim to find our customers the best deal possible.

What’s more on eBay things are really changing for us, whether you have been on our site or not we sell both new and damaged stock. On most our items we now provide Free Delivery if you are prepared to wait 3 – 5 days for the delivery of your product, but if you require it faster than this unfortunately there will be a small charge usually in the region of £20.00.

In terms of our Damaged Stock, all products in this section online have different forms of damage on them. It can be anything from it being heavily scratched to the paint work being a bit run down. The damage on the item is always clearly listed in the description and we also show the damage in the images taken as best as we can.








This is one of the pictures taken from the damaged stock.

The products on offer in our Damaged Stock are Safes, Mailboxes, Step Ladders and Ash Bins.

All of these items are stored at our warehouse in Great Bridge West Bromwich.  If you are interested in one of these products why not come on down to our warehouse and take a look at our range of Damaged items we offer up to 15% off when collected in-store. What’s more as a customer you get to see what your buying !!!

For information regarding Damaged Stock, eBay products or any other related matters please call 0121 361 3607.

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A Great Purple Post Box for Liverpool

At800 has come to Liverpool with a Giant Purple Postbox. The purpose is to launch the UK’s first postbox for Tweeting.

At800, the organisation responsible for ensuring viewers can still watch Freeview when new mobile signals go live, is launching the UK’s first post box for Tweets – so a Tweet can now reach even those who are not on the online site Twitter.

People can Tweet a family member or friend using the hashtag #at800postbox. At800 will print the personalised message onto a traditional postcard and deliver it by post – completely free of charge.

Under half of UK adults(48%) use social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter, falling to just ten per cent for those over the age of 65.

Two thirds of people aged over 75 have also never been online.

Acknowledging this, at800 wants to ensure that everyone – whether they’re on or offline – is clued up about the potential Freeview disruption from new 4G mobile services.

So if viewers want to make sure their Gran knows who to call if EastEnders becomes unwatchable; or let a friend know where to turn if picture quality is disrupted during The X-Factor; or just remind a loved one they are thinking of them; a Tweet can now reach them even if they’re not online.

Simon Beresford-Wylie, chief executive of at800, said: “Twitter users love to share their thoughts; and with our help, they can now Tweet friends and family who aren’t on Twitter.

“As well as the personal message, the campaign aims to raise awareness of at800 and our role in helping to resolve Freeview disruption caused by 4G at 800 MHz for the small minority of viewers in the UK who might be affected.”

During August the at800 postbox has been touring the UK to gather photographs at well-known locations in the cities where 4G at 800 MHz masts will soon be activated, including Birmingham, Brighton, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Leeds, Leicester, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Newcastle, Nottingham and Sheffield.

How at800’s postbox for Tweets works:

Check to see if the person you want to Tweet is in an eligible area here.
Tweet the message you’d like to send and include the hashtag #at800postbox.
Follow @at800tv so we can have a direct message (DM) conversation to privately get the recipient’s postal address.

Confirm you agree to the terms and conditions.
We will then print your message onto a special postcard and mail it – completely free of charge – to your friend or relative.

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Security Tips for Home Workers

Nowadays in the world of work a lot of us do our work from the comfort of our own home, generally because it’s your own business or you work self-employed for someone else.

As an individual you may think this is a great idea however there are other factors you need to be aware of in terms of security.

The most important thing to think about is valuables and personal information.

It’s not what you want to hear but over the years criminals have become rather more intelligent regarding the gathering of information. There is evermore a need for you to be careful when looking after confidential information.

Personal Information

Whenever any paperwork includes personal information it should be thoroughly destroyed before being thrown out. Failure to do so may prove costly if it ends up in the wrong hands. The type of personal information that particularly needs to be protected are bank details and passwords. Throwing out a PIN number, for instance, could prove to be catastrophic if found by certain individuals, and the same is true if personal passwords are not kept safe.

A Bank account would be an easy target if personal information fell into the wrong hands, but there could be other problems, too. Working from home and needing to access websites could prove to be problematic if your personal information has been stolen. It’s always wise to check your account details on a regular basis to make sure everything appears as it should be.

One trick a hacker may attempt is to just change your email address to theirs if you are paid through a PayPal account. It’s just one small change, and one that could be easily missed, but it can be the difference between working all week for the benefit of a hacker or actually getting paid.

Destroying unwanted personal paperwork is something that is hardly time-consuming, so there’s no real excuse for home workers not taking the time to spend a few minutes making sure that your information can never be used by anyone. Paper shredding is a more effective way of destroying data than by hand, and fire more effective still. Although, in both cases you should check the destroyed data to make sure that no usable information is visible.


At Home you will have quite a few valuables lying around but dependant on your business there may even be cash to.

Keeping these valuables protected is important for your business, as well as your clients’ security.

In these instances a great investment is some sort of Safe:

Fire Safes – These are great for protecting that crucial information, documents are protected such as tax, payroll and contractors. Fire Safes are designed to look after documents against extreme levels of heat.

Cash Safes – These Safes are a great solution if you deal with cash on a daily business. Usually a High Security Key or Electronic Lock is offered.

No matter whether you work from Home or have businesses all over the world Little Safe can be on hand to help. We know that businesses have a lot of confidential information and valuables to look after we can offer you a quote for more than one.

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Residents are baffled as town’s Post boxes are found sealed

Nine Postboxes in Byfleet were mysteriously sealed up for more than a week leaving residents and local businesses baffled






A missing set of keys led to nine postboxes in Byfleet being sealed off and cleared for over a week.

Villagers were left flummoxed when black seals appeared across the slots of nine postboxes in the village, preventing people from dropping off their letters.

Residents claimed that the blocked boxes had no notices indicating why they had been sealed off, though the Royal Mail denies this, and they faced a further journey to the nearest open Postbox, or to the Byfleet post office.

Others were inconvenience and travelled further afield, as far as Weybridge to post their letters.

Byfleet resident Lorna Hicks, 37, was one of many villagers affected by the postbox closures.

The Eden Grove Road resident had heard various rumours, including that keys had gone missing, but had also heard that the keys might have been dropped inside and that the Postboxes were closed due to thefts.

She said notices would have helped people understand what was going on

“We were inconvenienced by this. We could still post at the post office, but we didn’t realise this until after driving all the way to Weybridge.

“It was only word of mouth that people heard and from Byfleet groups on Facebook.

“Signs would definitely help older residents who are not computer literate.”

The postbox outside the parade of shops in High Road was one of the nine closed off.

Ray Cross, owner of Raycross Interiors, said: “It was a bit of a nuisance, but not a huge problem.

“We use that box for all our post, but we do not stick dozens of letters into it each day, so it was not that bad of a deal for us.

“We just dropped them off when I went to Woking.”

Valerie Antoine for Royal Mail said: “We can confirm that a set of collection keys went missing a week and half ago and this meant we had to seal a small number of postboxes in the Byfleet area to protect the security of our customers’ post.

“We changed the locks and reopened all the boxes as of Thursday last week.

“The boxes were cleared before they were sealed so no mail was left inside.

“Royal Mail apologises to customers for any inconvenience this may have caused.”

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Post Boxes in Jersey to be Surveyed

More than 180 post boxes in Jersey are to be surveyed to find out which ones have significant heritage value.

It follows a decision by Jersey Post to decommission a number of the less well-used post boxes as part of a review of its services.

The survey of post boxes will be carried out by an expert from the British Postal Museum and Archive, together with Jersey Post.

The first pillar boxes were built in St Helier in 1852 which can be seen in the picture below.






A report on their significance will be produced in October, along with an assessment of which post boxes have most heritage value and should be recommended for listing by the Minister for Planning and Environment.

Once significant post boxes are listed, any decision to move or change them would need the permission of the Minister.

In July Jersey Post announced the closure of 51 of its 178 post boxes due to their lack of use.

The boxes currently identified for closure by Jersey Post will be sealed up, but none will be removed until work to understand their historic significance is completed.

Andy Jehan, the director of postal operations at Jersey Post, said: “We are aware of the historical significance of many of our boxes and this collaboration ensures that any plans respectfully take their importance and the relevant stakeholders’ views into account.”

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Ohio Man orders empty Gun Safe which comes with 300 pounds of pot inside

An Ohio man expected the Gun Safe he ordered online to arrive empty, according to police

But instead, he found $425,000-worth of tightly wrapped marijuana bricks inside.

“I’ve been in law enforcement for 47 years and I’ve never seen anything like this,” Shelby County, Ohio, Sheriff John L. Lenhart said. “It’s quite effective if you think about it: wrapped airtight to withstand high temperatures. Drug-sniffing dogs probably couldn’t smell it.”

It turned out the Gun Safes were manufactured by Champion Safe Co. in Nogales, Mexico, packaged by local inmates and shipped north, police have said.

“Someplace between Mexico and the warehouse in Northern Ohio, the drugs got mixed up and put in the wrong safe and got delivered to the wrong person,” Lenhart said.

Police hope to question a driver for Conway Inc., the truck company they said Champion hired to move the 25 to 30 gun safes to a warehouse in Ohio for local distribution. But they have not been able to find the driver, officials said.

“Not only are we looking for him,” Lenhart said, “but the bad guys are, too.”

That could be a problem for whoever screwed up the shipment, police said, but not for the anonymous northern Ohio man who, in early June, found 10 bales of pot tightly bound inside the safe he had ordered for $1,700. Police believe the man who got the 1,000-pound, 6-foot-tall safe had nothing to do with the drug shipment and was only expecting to find an empty space where he could store 24 long rifles and a dozen shotguns.

The shipping method has drawn the interest of the DEA because evidence suggests that this may not be the first time sealed gun safes have been used as smuggling portals.

“You just spent $1,700 to get marijuana delivered wherever you want,” said Shelby County Chief Deputy Jim Frye. “That’s pretty cheap.”

Police will keep the case open for an extended period of time, focusing on notifying jurisdictions that could have a hand in solving the case.

ABC News reached out to Champion Safe Co. and Conway Inc. for comment, but received no response.

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A reminder – To keep valuables secured

This year’s Cannes Film Festival was an unlikely location for a timely reminder of how important it is to ensure your safe is correctly installed. The reports detail, Chopard jewellery worth up to €1.4 million was stolen from a hotel room whilst the festival was on going. The burglar is said to have completely removed the safe from the wall. The hotel in question – the Suite Novotel in the centre of Cannes – has declined to comment.

Of course we cannot be certain that incorrect installation of the Safe was to blame here, but it is one of the more likely reasons. All Safes must be anchored according to the specifications supplied by the manufacturer. This is of particular importance in the case of Eurograde wall safes which may be protecting cash and valuables worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

When installing a wall safe, an opening must be created by removing bricks. Wall safes are designed with similar dimensions to standard bricks and blocks so that they can easily be fitted into the space provided. Smaller Safes may only need one or two blocks removed. Many wall safes can have their depth adjusted so as to fit almost any wall. In some situations, it may be necessary to build a brickwork alcove within the wall to house the safe.

Once an opening is made in the wall, a strong layer of cement must be applied along the bottom. Depending on the security level required this concrete may have to be as much as 10 cm deep. The wall safe is then inserted into the opening. More cement is applied to the sides, top and rear, encasing the safe completely in a thick, well compressed layer. Again, the cement may need to be as much as 10cm deep on all sides to meet the manufacturer’s specifications.

Eurograde Wall Safes are subjected to anchoring test, during testing; the safe is installed in a piece of brickwork as per the manufacturer’s instructions. The testers will attempt to force the safe out of the brickwork by applying a certain amount of force using specific tools. A Eurograde wall safe must withstand between 50 and 100kN of force (depending on its security level).

A safe that has not been correctly installed will not provide the full level of protection that is necessary. Whilst many safes can be installed by the end user, it is generally recommended that you seek professional advice and installation services, particularly in the case of high security safes.

For information regarding installation or a product you are interested in please speak to us at The Little Safe Company, 0121 361 3607.

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Iconic Post Boxes go missing in action

More than 80 Post Boxes have been lost across the Black Country and surrounding areas during the last five years, according to the latest figures just released.

The Pleck and Bentley areas of Walsall were the worst affected, with more than a fifth of their post boxes being closed.

Other areas badly hit include central Wolverhampton, where nearly one in six pillar boxes have been removed over the last five years, with Bewdley and Stafford also suffering significant reductions.

The WS postal district now has a total of 492 post boxes, which was 519 five years ago. A total of 17 boxes have been closed in Walsall borough itself, with a further three each being lost in Cannock, Rugeley and Lichfield, and one in the WS6 postcode area which covers Great Wyrley and Cheslyn Hay.

Five years ago, the WV1 postcode area which covers central Wolverhampton had 33 post boxes, but five of these are now gone.

The rest of the WV postal area, which also takes in Bridgnorth, Albrighton, Wombourne and Coseley, has lost a net total of 10 post boxes over the last five years, with four closures in the WV10 area which includes Low Hill, Bushbury, and Featherstone, and three in Bridgnorth.

Of the seven post boxes which have been lost across Sandwell, four of them have been in the B69 postcode area which covers Oldbury and Tividale. In West Bromwich there has been a loss of three boxes, with four going from the B70 postcode area but one being gained in the neighbouring B71 area.

In the DY postal region, which mainly covers Dudley and north Worcestershire, Bewdley was the area most affected, having lost seven post boxes since 2008. Kidderminster and Tipton lost two each.

A total of 15 pillar boxes have been lost across Stafford borough, with a further one being removed from neighbouring Penkridge. Worst affected is the ST21 area, covering Eccleshall and Rodbaston, where the number has fallen from 37 in 2008 to 33 today. Councillor Dennis Anson, who represents Pleck ward on Walsall Council, said he was dismayed by these figures.

“I would imagine that this is down to costs, but the price of stamps has not been coming down,” he said. Wolverhampton MP and former postal minister Pat McFadden said it was disappointing that there were not so many post boxes as there used to be, but said it probably reflected the fact that people used more emails these days.

“Nobody wants to have to walk a long distance to a post box, it is important that these are conveniently located for people, but it may reflect the fact that we post fewer letters than we used to.”

Val Bodden of Royal Mail said: “The number of postboxes in the UK – in both rural and urban areas – has remained stable for the past decade.

“We are proud that with our extensive network of over 115,000 post boxes, the UK has the highest level of post box provision per square kilometre of any western European nation.

Robert Hammond of the watchdog body Consumer Futures, called for a transparent and robust consultative process for post box changes that ensure people know when a post box is going to be removed or relocated, and also to give people the opportunity to make a case for reversing the decision made.

A post box in Vicarage Road, Amblecote, near Stourbridge, was removed by Royal Mail two years ago after being hit by a spate of thefts. Two of the boxes, which had been mounted on telegraph poles, have been stolen, and Royal Mail said a decision had been made to remove due to the number of thefts and the number of other boxes in the Stourbridge area.

After a concerted campaign by residents, backed by Councillors Mrs Liz Walker and Mrs Pat Martin, the box was reinstated earlier this year. But Councillor Walker said it was hard work getting it reinstated. “They’re always quick to take them out, but they don’t put many back,” she said.”

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