Liberty Safelert Monitoring System
Major Pandemic 11.07.13
Long, long before I picked up a Liberty Fatboy Safe, I ran the numbers on full insurance costs for my valuables, and I was shocked and appalled. The Liberty Fatboy was an easy decision. With all my valuables tucked away inside my safe, the next question was: how would I know if someone was accessing my safe no matter where I was? Liberty has the answer with their new Safelert Monitoring System.
Liberty, of course, should be a name you know as the name in personal safes; it’s the largest safe manufacturer in the world. My only recommendation on safes is to go for the biggest safe you can afford, because you will absolutely fill it up.
The Safelert Monitoring System is a lot of cool complex capabilities wrapped up in a very simple user interface (if you read the directions). Imagine someone breaks into your house and has finds your safe. The instant the safe is opened, the Elertus-powered Liberty Safelert Monitoring system sends you an sms text message or email. That means you can call the authorities while the intruder is still in your home, oblivious to his detection. The system also includes alerts for when the door is opened or closed, movement (tampering), “hot” and “cold” temperature thresholds, humidity (water and flooding), and battery low warning.
Fit, Finish, Feel, & Features
The Safelert system is a roughly a 2” wide x 3” tall clear polycarbonate box with a circuit board and blinky lights inside. It looks good and takes up very little space when mounted just inside the door.
Inside the Safelert are a lot of sophisticated capabilities. On top of the aforementioned alert types, the unit is Wi-Fi enabled for transmission of alerts through the Safelert system.
Along with the instructions in the box is a Wi-Fi antenna extender, which can be used if the Safelert system does not have a high enough signal strength when enclosed in the safe. I did not have to use the included Wi-Fi antenna.
Functions and Final Thoughts
Getting the system set up was a simple affair. Basically, you pop in the batteries and follow the included setup instructions, which links your computer to the onboard Safelert Wi-Fi for initial configuration. From start to finish, you can have your Safelert system installed and configured within about 45 minutes.
At any time, the user can customize the trigger points to receive alerts, set triggers for a certain humidity and temperature, enable or disable door open/closed alert, and so on. I initially enabled everything, including the SMS alert, but tuned the alerts a bit over time and dropped some SMS alerts. The system will even tell you when to replace the included batteries and will provide weekly status reports of key trigger points.
Ultimately, the system works, is easy to set up, and is far less expensive than full insurance coverage of everything of value typically stored in a safe. One of the more handy features is the SMS text message direct to your phone and/or email message alerts. They key here is that you can tune the alerts to your needs: on/off, enabled/disabled, thresholds, and how to receive the alerts. You can set your safe protection exactly how you want it.