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Let’s just call it the IACP show.

We just finished attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police Expo (let’s just call it the IACP show) here in Florida. Why would police departments have their own product show, you ask?  Just consider some of the normal and oddball stuff a department needs to use on a regular basis:

  • cameras
  • sirens
  • scuba gear
  • Segway scooters
  • weapons lockboxes :-)

I truly have no idea what this is all about, but apparently you can also find dinosaurs here too …
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Since there’s not exactly stores like these on every street corner, that’s why we’re here.  We give agencies a single place to see it all and compare us all side by side like a line-up to give them the best bang for their buck … or is it OUR buck?

One of the issues in discussion this year was the use of body-worn cameras and the value of the story they tell during an incident. Another was the increase in officer deaths via ambush. I give all of them kudos for doing what they do every day.

I spoke with a chief who confided to me that despite the crazy things he’s seen, what makes him angriest is finding out that one of the citizens he’s charged with protecting attempts to do a quick grab for the guns in a patrol vehicle. Obviously, he was at the right booth!


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I can’t say whether he’ll become a Tuffy customer or not, but I’m confident that when the need arises, he’ll give us a call.

New Products in October

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Police find great storage solutions at Tuffy.

Security boxes are perfect for cops

Police have a lot of gear to keep track of, most of which is dangerous. Therefore, they need innovative security solutions that keep weapons and equipment safe while still allowing them to be accessible.

It doesn’t happen often, but sometimes police gear can fall into the wrong hands. That’s why it’s critical to have a security box that keeps everything locked away. When Bruce Baker of the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California was asked about how important choosing security equipment was, he noted just how important it is to keep police tactical gear locked away.

“Something that’s going to keep everybody safe,” Baker said. “I mean, that’s our No. 1 thing in law enforcement is to keep everybody safe, to make sure they go home every night to their families.”

Baker knows that in his line of work, it’s better to be safe than sorry. Police officers can keep all their gear locked away in one secure place with a security box. And best of all, this piece of equipment can be placed in the back of a vehicle or at home. Whether they need a safe location to store a shotgun or an innovative way to organize gear, a security box is the solution. Weapons and other dangerous items will not only stay out of the hands of criminals , but also children at home.

An ideal security box will be made of steel and won’t limit access to the contents within. While police officers want to stay safe when storing their equipment, they also want to be able to get their hands on weapons and other gear quickly in the event of an emergency.

Tuffy, a leader in security products
Tuffy Security Products has everything a cop will need to safely store police tactical gear. From lockboxes for hand guns to reinforced locks for doors, there’s nothing a police officer can’t keep secure with Tuffy.

And when it comes to security boxes, Tuffy reigns supreme. Their boxes have 13,800 cubic inches of storage space and large top lids that are supported by two gas lifts. Tuffy’s security box also features fully welded aluminum construction and a patented anti-twist push button lock system, ensuring police officers have easy access to their gear.

Police officers are given peace of mind, on or off the job, knowing that their weapons and gear are safely locked away in a security box.

Properly store a handgun with a lockbox.

Guns should be stored in a lockbox

Whether you are a hunter or a frequenter of the gun range, safely storing your weapons is critical.

A gun owner’s worst nightmare would be if their firearm were to fall into the hands of their children or stolen by a thief. The implications of improperly storing a gun are far reaching – that’s why it’s essential to have the proper storage products. A lockbox is perfect for a hand gun for a variety of reasons. Not only will this product keep a gun safely locked away, but it can also be conveniently mounted into a vehicle or somewhere in a home.

Gun owners no longer have to worry about safely transporting their gun when they have a lockbox mounted in their trunk. A lockbox is also designed to hold a gun and clip, making it small and easy to hide in a home. Children won’t likely be able to find a mounted lockbox in the basement storage room, much less access its contents if they do happen to find it. This innovative design makes storing a gun easy.

So what about opening a lockbox? Odds are an owner wants quick access to their gun, and lock boxes make it easy. With a pushbutton combination lock, any gun owner can get into their lockbox in no time.

This product is ideal for anyone who uses their gun recreationally, but it is also perfect for cops on and off the job. Considering police are put in so many dangerous situations on a daily basis, storing a gun in a lockbox will give them peace of mind. They can rest assured that a gun is safe and sound when it isn’t on their hip.

Those looking for leading lock boxes should check out Tuffy Security Products.

Police should secure guns with a lockbox.

FBI agent has guns stolen from vehicle

Law enforcement officers are always encouraged to keep their guns in a lockbox inside their home and vehicles as an FBI agent recently learned the hard way what that not properly storing weapons can be detrimental.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police in North Carolina received a report from the FBI that one of their agents had handguns and ammunition stolen from a vehicle parked in south Charlotte. The car was parked in a hotel lot and was broken into early Thursday morning.

Local and federal officials are investigating the crime, and encourage anyone with further information on the crime to get in touch with the Charlotte FBI at 704-672-6100.

The lockbox difference
Police officers and federal agents are encouraged to purchase lock boxes for their weapons. Theses security products can make all the difference when it comes to keeping firearms out of the hands of criminals.

A lockbox can be mounted inside the trunk of  car, not only keeping a gun safely locked away, but also keeping the weapon out of sight from a potential thief. Likewise, lock boxes can be hidden and mounted anywhere inside a home, making it hard for criminals or children to locate them.

Accessing a gun is still easy
While many law enforcement officials might forgo a lockbox over fear that they might not be able to access the weapon quickly in the event of an emergency, Tuffy Security Products has them covered.

Tuffy’s lock boxes feature an innovative design that allows owners near-instant access to the inside of a box. The way this is possible is through Tuffy’s pushbutton combination lock that doesn’t require a key. Where a criminal would find it impossible to get inside a lockbox, in a matter of seconds, a police officer will have access to their gun.

Cops keep gear and guns safe with security equipment.

Police officers find practical security solutions with lockboxes

Law enforcement officers have a lot of gear to keep track of. And as some police tactical gear can be dangerous, officers have to be responsible with it, keeping it locked away when it’s not in use.

A lockbox is the ideal solution for storing a handgun. Whether they are on or off the job, a lockbox is the perfect product for giving a cop peace of mind. While at home, they won’t have to worry about their kids getting their hands on their gun as a lockbox will keep it secure. The same goes for in the field. Criminals will find it impossible to access the contents of a mounted lockbox if they happen to gain access to a police car.

Police officers put their lives on the line everyday to protect and serve, so shouldn’t they have equipment to ensure their safety on the job? Aside from keeping the contents of a lockbox safe and out of the wrong hands, it’s still easy for a cop to get inside. Tuffy Security products has an innovative keyless entry available for their lockboxes, So while it’s impossible for someone else to access a gun inside a lockbox, the owner can have it in in their hands in a matter of moments.

Tuffy’s lockboxes are made from high security welded steel, with a texture powder coat finish. This durable design makes them the leading lockboxes in the industry. Whether on or off he job, a police officer can count on this lockbox to function as it should, keeping gear and weapons safe and locked away. Those interested in purchasing a lockbox are also encouraged to also get Pick N Pluck foam, which allows the contents of a lockbox – like a gun – to fit perfectly inside without shifting around. Whether someone needs to keep fragile items safe or they just don’t want a gun moving around inside a box, this foam will help.

Storage boxes provide more space
While a lockbox is ideal for smaller items, with the amount of equipment required to be a police officer, many choose a metal storage box for added secure storage space.

Like a lockbox, this product is durable and will keep anything inside safe. These boxes can be mounted into the trunk of a vehicle, allowing officers safe storage for everything from their road flares to their ballistic vest.

Storing tactical gear has never been easier.

Police secure guns and gear with lock boxes

Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line everyday to ensure citizens are safe. However, when it comes to keeping their own gear and weapons out of the wrong hands, using a lockbox is often the best solution?

While it’s a rare occurrence, sometimes police gear can be stolen from patrol cars or law enforcement warehouses. That means officers have to be extra cautious when storing police tactical gear and weapons.

Lock boxes keep guns safe
Police officers looking to improve security for their belongings, whether it’s at home or on the job, should look into lock boxes. These products are essential to giving a police officer peace of mind when their gun is not on their hip.

When it comes to what brand to choose, there is nothing like Tuffy Security Products. Their lock boxes are the ideal solution to storing and transporting firearms. Their lock boxes can be mounted into a patrol car, keeping a gun secure. However, while it’s close to impossible for a criminal to access the contents of a lockbox, for a cop it’s quick and easy to open with the optional pushbutton combination lock. Within an instant a police officer will be able to open a lock box and gain access to their gun. Made entirely of steel, these lock boxes are built to last.

In addition to putting them in a patrol car, police officers are also encouraged to use a lock box at home. With a lock box in a patrol car and inside a house, there isn’t a time where a gun won’t be safe and sound. Police officers won’t have to worry about criminals getting their hand gun on the job or have to worry about kids getting into a lock box at home.

Other security products for officers
A small lock box is critical in keeping a gun safe at home and on the job, but what about police tactical gear? A security box is the answer. These products are critical in maximizing the amount secure space.

security box can seamlessly fit into a vehicle, ensuring a police officer’s tactical gear is safe. They are typically made from steel, but aluminum boxes are available for a lightweight option. In addition, dividers inside of a box will keep items organized.

Tuffy is a leading manufacturer of security products, featuring a wide array of lock boxes and security boxes that are sure to meet the needs of police officers.

Police officers know what it takes to stay safe on and off the job.

Officer Bruce Baker knows the importance of security equipment

Police officers keep our streets safe. They serve and protect to ensure we can enjoy our day-to-day lives in peace. However, when it comes to keeping their gear protected, officers turn to high-quality security equipment.

Bruce Baker currently works in the Marin County Sheriff’s Office in California and has been in law enforcement for nearly 25 years. From working in a jail as a deputy to investigating homicides at the sheriff’s department, Baker has seen a lot in his time as a police officer. As a result, he knows how important security is for someone in his line of work.

When asked what the most important thing is when it comes to choosing security equipment, Baker didn’t hesitate to reply.

“Something that’s going to keep everybody safe,” Baker said. “I mean, that’s our No. 1 thing in law enforcement is to keep everybody safe, to make sure they go home every night to their families.”

Baker’s experience as a police officer has taught him the importance of security equipment and making sure it is right for a cop. While he cited that price and budgeting will always be an issue, nothing trumps safety when it comes picking equipment. Most police departments will always be under budget constraints. Therefore, they will have to choose quality gear that will both last and keep officers safe. Whether a department is getting money through grants or community donations, choosing a lockbox or police tactical gear that won’t fall apart is crucial when trying to make funds go as far as possible.

Lockboxes perfect for on and off the job
One ideal product for keeping guns safe at home or at a police department is a lockbox. Whether a cop stores their guns in their patrol car or keeps some at home, locking them away is essential. While Baker’s current department had other means for storing their guns, he noted that many officers purchase lockboxes on their own.

“A lot of people personally have lockboxes at home to keep their guns safe when they’re at home, from their kids and everything,” Baker said.

Baker also noted that two AR-15 rifles were once stolen out of a police garage.

“They broke into a locked garage, broke into the truck and broke the mechanism it was locked in inside the truck,” Baker said. “And they stole it. We eventually got it back through good detective work.”

And while good detective work eventually led to the return of their guns, taking preventative measures to stop robberies before a crime is committed is ideal.

Keep guns secure with the right equipment
Even Baker, who said he wasn’t personally enthusiastic about guns, noted the importance of keeping them in a lockbox.

“It’s very important to lock them up,” Baker said. “I’m not a gun guy. I have a gun at home and it’s completely locked up in a box. I wouldn’t do it any other way.”

A lockbox ensures a gun stays out of the wrong hands. However, they will still keep the weapon accessible for the right person. The great thing about a lockbox is that it strikes the perfect balance between convenience and security. When it comes to quickly opening a lockbox, a push button combo lock is far faster than having to find and use a key. An officer can go from keeping their gun safely stored to having it loaded in their hand simply and swiftly.

Baker compared this balance between security and convenience to getting a gun out of a locked holster.

“In the old days when I started, the gun was just kind of hanging on your belt,” he said. “Anyone could just grab it off.”

However, he noted that these days holsters are locked, making it harder for a criminal to get their hands on the gun, but still convenient for an officer. The same can be said about a lockbox.

Far too often, weapons are stolen from police cruisers.

The importance of securing police gear

While it seems like common sense for police officers to make securing their weapons a priority, there have been far too many incidents where a lapse in judgment or an unlucky break has resulted in firearms being stolen from their vehicles. 

In July, Police Chief Steve Annibali of the Arroyo Grande Police in California, had his unmarked police cruiser parked outside of his home. According to The Tribune, a San Luis Obispo County local news outlet, sometime during the night, an unidentified criminal smashed the window of the car and stole Annibali's gun, ammunition, ID and police badge. These items were all stored under the backseat in a bag.

Several months later, in Oxford, Ohio, an unnamed officer with the local police department left his AR-15 in the back seat of his unmarked squad car overnight. He told local Fox affiliate WXIX that he had intended to move it to his trunk the following morning, but instead found his window broken and the rifle stolen. 

"My car has tinted windows and was parked in my driveway," the officer said in the police report, according to WXIX. "It is unknown if the person who [took] my shotgun was familiar with me being an officer."

Keeping police gear secure
Whether they leave their patrol cars at the police station or parked in their driveway, it is essential that all departments and individuals take every step to ensure the safety of their firearms. The frequency of theft of these weapons is far too common, especially when there are simple steps that can be taken to secure them. 

All police officers should have a portable safe in their patrol cars at all times. These are perfect for storing hand guns, ammunition, badges and IDs in their vehicles. It's important to select one that features a steel security cable so it can be anchored to the car. 

A lockable storage box is another essential item for patrol car storage. These can be kept in the trunk or back seat of a car, and have enough space to stage larger items that officers have to keep on them at all times, such as police tactical gear

With the proper storage techniques, weapons are kept out of sight of any passers by, lessening the chance that an officer will wake up in the morning to find their cruiser ransacked or damaged.