How strong are lock boxes?

How strong are lock boxes?

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    How strong are lock boxes?

    When I can't carry my gun,I put it in my lockbox under my seat, but in st Louis, we have been having a lot of car break ins and people looking for guns. If my car were to be broken into, how easy would it be to get my gun?
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    With a right angle grinder it would take about 3 minutes, and that's if I had to change the blade.

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    I wonder the same thing.

    Is the box bolted down or could someone just take the whole thing?
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    Medium sized bolt cutters about 10 seconds. Either cut open or cut cord and remove. Grinders need a power source, bolt cutters just arm strong.
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    Battery operated grinders now days. They work great, I have two.
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    And if I was stealing your lock box I wouldn't cut it open in the parking lot.

    It would go home with me and then I could use the corded or cordless grinder of my choice.
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    They'll keep children and petty thieves out but if someone wants your gun, they're going to take it.
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    Most car break ins during the day are a crime of opportunity. They smash a window and grab what they can readily get, then flee. A lock box will protect against that.

    Someone who has the time and tools with him can defeat most any type of storage container, short of a bolted down safe.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cltyus1 View Post
    When I can't carry my gun,I put it in my lockbox under my seat, but in st Louis, we have been having a lot of car break ins and people looking for guns. If my car were to be broken into, how easy would it be to get my gun?
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    The average "lock box" can be pried open with a stout screwdriver or crowbar. The gauge of steel in many of them just isn't up to the challenge of withstanding much. Bolt cutters, though, could make short work of the cable holding the box to the car, and then it could be taken to be dealt with elsewhere. That's how I'd do it, if I were looking to take "bolted down" items from inside a vehicle. No real need to fumble about at the scene. Just a couple of "snips" and it's gone.
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    If they really wanted what was in the vehicle, they would take the whole vehicle. Its a lot easier than people think. I had a friend in England who 'by request' would get you any car, any colour, within the week.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Zralou View Post
    If they really wanted what was in the vehicle, they would take the whole vehicle. Its a lot easier than people think. I had a friend in England who 'by request' would get you any car, any colour, within the week.
    Yup. Locks are a salve to the conscience. By themselves, they don't keep out much. So is 16-18ga steel and flimsy hinges.
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    Quote Originally Posted by A1Fiddler View Post
    They'll keep children and petty thieves out but if someone wants your gun, they're going to take it.
    ^^^this is correct^^^

    Lock boxes are like locks on a door, they keep honest people honest and they may or may not deter a criminal only because they might not was to be there long enough to get into it or get it loose.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoveman View Post
    With a right angle grinder it would take about 3 minutes, and that's if I had to change the blade.
    agree ... 3 to 5 minutes

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    When I must keep the gun in the car (which is not very often), I have always used a Center of Mass Safe. It's thin enough to enable a well-hidden place in either a truck or car...out of sight, out of mind...if you don't see it, you can't take it.
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    Well personally, I wouldn't leave the lockbox in a visible or 'usual' place. If they want my lockbox they're gonna have to look for it and I doubt that they're gonna stick around to toss the entire vehicle.
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