With Secret Compartment Patents (Class 109/54)
  • Patent number: 9679458
    Abstract: To readily and effectively take a crime and disaster prevention countermeasure, there is provided an information processing apparatus including an acquirer that, when a crime and disaster prevention assistant device is connected to a portable communication terminal, acquires specifying information for specifying the crime and disaster prevention assistant device from the crime and disaster prevention assistant device via the portable communication terminal, a driver executor that executes a driver program corresponding to the specifying information to control the crime and disaster prevention assistant device, and an application executor that executes a crime and disaster prevention application program corresponding to the specifying information to acquire status detection information detected by the crime and disaster prevention assistant device connected to the portable communication terminal, specifies countermeasure processing corresponding to the acquired status detection information with reference to a
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Yoshikazu Kobayashi
  • Patent number: 7673481
    Abstract: A remotely activated and monitored key safe to allow storage and retrieval of at least one key including: a housing having a generally elongated shape and having a longitudinally extending cavity open through a first axial end of the housing, in fixed relation to a structure: a key holding tray adapted to be slideably loaded into the housing, the tray having a front cover fitted to cover the first axial end of the housing, and the tray having a locking/unlocking mechanism; a communications and command subsystem powered by a power source, the communications and command subsystem adapted to receive remote commands to activate the locking/unlocking mechanism; and a backup power subsystem adapted to allow backup power to be applied to contacts presentable on an accessible surface of the key safe in case of a failure of the power source.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 9, 2010
    Inventor: Haim Amir
  • Patent number: 7043946
    Abstract: A safe for storing valuables such as guns has an external configuration that resembles a water processing apparatus such as a water heater, water softener, or pressure tank. The safe includes a door that provides access to a dry cavity within the safe for storing valuables. A lock mechanism securely locks the door shut to secure the valuables within the safe. The safe of the preferred embodiments is concealed to look like a water processing apparatus, and includes a lock to deter a thief that happens to discover the safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventor: Gayle M. Cline
  • Patent number: 6901779
    Abstract: A key storage and concealment device that effectively stores and conceals any type of key in an inconspicuous or unobtrusive fashion, wherein quick and convenient access thereto is permitted by only those informed of the device's presence, thus appeasing any trepidation of discovery by an unauthorized person.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2005
    Inventors: Brad Magee, Dietrich Hoecht
  • Publication number: 20040149183
    Abstract: A key storage and concealment device that effectively stores and conceals any type of key in an inconspicuous or unobtrusive fashion, wherein quick and convenient access thereto is permitted by only those informed of the device's presence, thus appeasing any trepidation of discovery by an unauthorized person.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2003
    Publication date: August 5, 2004
    Inventors: Brad Magee, Dietrich Hoecht
  • Patent number: 6135034
    Abstract: A trash can safe for hiding and storing valuables. The trash can safe includes a base and a perimeter side wall upwardly extending around the base to define an interior space. A plurality of stackable trays are provided in the interior space. The trays are stackable on each other to form a stack of trays such that each tray substantially covers the space of the tray therebelow. A lid is provided for substantially covering a top tray of the stack of trays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 1999
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2000
    Inventor: Arlene J. Clark
  • Patent number: 5905446
    Abstract: An electronic security system for controlling access to a plurality of storage locations. The system includes an electronic lock associated with each storage location, a central control terminal for controlling operation of the security system, a programming terminal to program a plurality of keys, and an identification terminal for identifying authorized users of the security system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 18, 1999
    Assignee: DieBold, Incorporated
    Inventors: Randolph C. Benore, Leo J. Grosswiller, Shawn Gibson, Donald Neidlinger
  • Patent number: 5586934
    Abstract: A safe is provided for use with a wall having an air duct and an opening to the wall which connects the air duct with a room. The safe includes a housing having an interior dimensioned to fit within the air duct so that the housing is recessed in the wall and in alignment with the wall opening. A grille dimensioned to cover the wall opening is pivotally mounted to the housing so that the grille is movable between a closed position in which the grille overlies and covers the wall opening and an open position in which the opening interior is accessible from the room. A valuable container is mounted within the housing or, alternatively, on the rear side of the grille. Additionally, air passage holes are formed through the housing for enabling air flow through the housing, grille and air duct. Alternatively, the grille is magnetically attached to the housing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 24, 1996
    Inventors: Larry A. Dombrowski, Daniel S. Goldsmith, Judith Goldsmith, Walter J. Goldsmith
  • Patent number: 5372076
    Abstract: A repository for storing small articles is constructed to resemble a common household object, such as a videotape cassette. The articles are placed in two containers mounted on the base of the repository, and the containers are sealed by a cover which is placed over them. The closed repository can be inserted into a sleeve which holds the base and the cover together. The sleeve has been marked with letters and designs to resemble the sleeve of a standard videotape cassette. The cover has been formed to resemble the top of a standard videotape cassette, but it also has a picture attached to it which depicts the inside of a videotape cassette and which thereby simulates a videotape cassette even more effectively. By simulating a common household object such as a video cassette, the repository is not likely to be discovered by a thief. The base includes apertures like those of a standard videotape cassette.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 22, 1993
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1994
    Assignee: Adams Apple Distributing, L.P.
    Inventor: Peter Solt
  • Patent number: 5165768
    Abstract: A display case security apparatus has a lower chamber having a top partition wall and a bottom wall. There is an upper chamber. A partition wall has a plurality of ports therethrough that provide access between the lower chamber and upper chamber. There is at least one trapdoor, hingingly connected to the partition wall. There is at least one trapdoor biasing device, that has one end attached to the trapdoor and that has another end attached to the bottom wall. At least one security door, slidably attached to the partition wall, slidingly closes the ports when the trapdoor has moved to the open position. There is at least one security door biasing device that has one end attached to the partition wall and that has another end attached to the security door. The security door is secured in an open position by at least one first lock device attached to the partition wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 25, 1991
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Inventors: Farzin Zarrabi, Ahmad Sedehi
  • Patent number: 5066079
    Abstract: Apparatus in combination with a door is provided wherein a cavity within a door includes a panel mounted retractably within the door to expose a cavity within the door. The cavity includes a slidably mounted cabinet wherein the cabinet includes a plurality of compartments each compartment including a latch member to secure each compartment within the cabinet for storage of valuables therewithin.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 19, 1991
    Inventor: James L. Lawrence
  • Patent number: 4901651
    Abstract: A secret repository for use with a desk drawer or the like is disclosed. The repository includes a receptacle having a peripherial boundary not exceeding the peripheral boundary of a rear panel of the drawer and attachment members in the form of hook-like members engagable over an edge of the panel or double sided adhesive members for removably attaching the receptacle to the drawer rear panel disposed adjacent an external surface of the panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1989
    Date of Patent: February 20, 1990
    Inventor: James R. Herron
  • Patent number: 4821652
    Abstract: An apparatus for storing and hiding valuables within the wall of a building, comprising a removable assembly and adhesive attachment means. The removable assembly includes a unitary receptacle for containing the valuables and a metal front panel. The unitary receptacle fits within a hole formed in the wall. The metal front panel is the type used for a conventional air vent and is securely attached to the unitary receptacle. The adhesive attachment means is adapted to attach the removable assembly to a section of the wall adjacent the assembly, thereby providing the appearance of a conventional air vent. The adhesive attachment means is further adapted to allow manual detachment of the removable assembly from the wall for the removal or addition of valuables.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 21, 1987
    Date of Patent: April 18, 1989
    Inventor: Steven H. Hoffman
  • Patent number: 4550667
    Abstract: A safe having a body suitable for mounting in a building wall and having a door with concealed hinges. A pair of slide bars are pivotally mounted on the inner face of the door and are slideably received in slide channel blocks on the inside of the safe. When opening, the door is first moved perpendicularly outwardly from the body and then pivoted. When closed the door is securely held by a plurality of registering pins projecting perpendicularly from the inner face of the door and received in tubes on the inside of the body.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 1983
    Date of Patent: November 5, 1985
    Inventor: Grahame A. Meyers
  • Patent number: 4419939
    Abstract: A concealed safe for safekeeping of small objects and valuables suitable for building into a wall comprises a hollow body formed with an upper compartment adapted to receive three drawers, and a lower compartment. The front wall of the safe is provided with an access opening which is closed with a plug socket after the drawers have been inserted into the safe. The plug socket is hingedly connected to the safe body and in its open position is adapted to move towards and outwards of the safe in a direction perpendicular to the front wall of the safe.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1981
    Date of Patent: December 13, 1983
    Inventor: Tomas M. Reverte
  • Patent number: 4387534
    Abstract: A book end for resting upon a flat, horizontal surface and hold upright books from falling over; the book end including therewith a flower pot, a pencil caddy, and several slotted racks for holding assorted mail; the end wall of the device displaying a calendar.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 10, 1981
    Date of Patent: June 14, 1983
    Inventors: Raymond J. Lewandowski, George Spector
  • Patent number: 4244303
    Abstract: A combination picture frame and repository in which one of the frame members is movable to provide access to a secret inner storage compartment for hiding money, jewelry, and other valuables. The movable frame member may be adapted either to detach or pivot from its assigned position on the frame, and is yieldably held in place preferably by magnetic components. The frame may either be hung from a wall or placed in an upright position on any appropriate support such as a table of desk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 18, 1979
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1981
    Inventor: Cheryl A. Kurasik
  • Patent number: 4195579
    Abstract: Disclosed is a portable safe which when locked wedges itself in a drawer to resist being either opened or removed from the drawer without first being unlocked.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: April 1, 1980
    Inventor: John S. Doyel
  • Patent number: 4172424
    Abstract: A wall-type safe provided with a main parallelepiped body defining therein a main storage chamber, the front side of the body being closed by a swingable door. One of the walls of the body has an enlarged opening formed therethrough, which wall exteriorly thereof has a pair of opposed guide flanges extending along opposite sides of the opening. A boxlike compartment which is open at one end, is provided with flanges along the open end which slidably engage the guide flanges on the body for connecting the compartment thereto, whereby the compartment defines therein a secret chamber accessible solely from the main chamber. An interior wall is disposed in the main chamber and overlies the opening for covering and closing same, which interior wall is removable when access to the secret chamber is desired.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1978
    Date of Patent: October 30, 1979
    Inventor: Manuel F. de Palau
  • Patent number: 4123978
    Abstract: The present invention pertains to a wall safe designed such that it may be conveniently built into and secured to any new or existing structure such as a building, vehicle, or the like. The wall safe comprises a top, bottom, and four side walls, one of which has a door providing access to the interior. The door is movably secured to the side wall near the top of the opening by means of concealed hinges at opposite sides thereof. Additionally, the safe is provided with a removable shelf which appears to be the bottom of the safe but conceals a secret compartment therebelow. In one embodiment, the wall safe is sized to fit between existing or new studs or joints of a conventional wood frame building. In another embodiment, the invention is provided with a flanged bottom portion to aid in embedding the safe in a concrete floor or the like.In yet another embodiment, several of the wall safes may be assembled or stacked together to form a table like structure suitable for hotel lobbies or the like.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1977
    Date of Patent: November 7, 1978
    Inventor: James J. Lentini
  • Patent number: 4113332
    Abstract: A secret compartment case having a flexible housing, an inner drawer and an outer drawer, the flexible housing having a release member formed therewith for operatively connecting the inner drawer with the housing, the inner drawer being releasable from the housing to allow movement from a secured to an unsecured position when the outer drawer is moved from the shut position.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 1977
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1978
    Inventor: James David McMaster
  • Patent number: 4083314
    Abstract: A miniature wall depository is disclosed having a receptacle box mounted substantially behind a wall surface. A depository container for holding valuables is receivable within the receptacle box and means intermediate of the depository container and the receptacle box frictionally grip the depository container to hold it in place while permitting easy insertion and withdrawal. A concealing means is carried by the depository container to cover the container and the receptacle box to disguise and hide the wall depository.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 1976
    Date of Patent: April 11, 1978
    Assignee: Sam Garvin & Company
    Inventor: George R. Garvin
  • Patent number: 4035792
    Abstract: A cash register security system has a first latch normally adapted to engage and securely hold within a cash register a false drawer, a release device connected to the first latch for releasing the first latch from engaging and holding the false drawer within the cash register, a second latch adapted to engage and hold within the cash register a cash drawer, the second latch normally being in disengagement with the cash drawer, a locking device connected to the second latch for locking the second latch in engagement with the cash drawer and holding the cash drawer within the cash register, an alarm circuit connected to the release device and the locking device and an alarm switch connected to the alarm circuit for operating the alarm circuit and activating the release device and the locking device whereby the cash drawer is locked within the cash register and only the false drawer may be ejected from the cash register after the alarm switch is operated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1976
    Date of Patent: July 12, 1977
    Inventors: Robert L. Price, Edward R. Davenport, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4030426
    Abstract: A portable strong box is provided with restraining means arranged to project from the box and to be adjustable from inside only of the box to engage surrounding surfaces of a desk or bureau drawer to secure the box therein against unlawful removal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1975
    Date of Patent: June 21, 1977
    Inventor: Joseph Lyons
  • Patent number: 3999493
    Abstract: There is disclosed a vault for the retention of valuables, which is positioned on a wall of a home or industrial complex and has the appearance of a conventional electrical outlet, such as a fuse panel, a plug assembly and so on. The vault is rotatably mounted in the wall and includes a catch or lock mechanism which operates by accessing one of the electrical components to enable a user to selectively open or close the vault.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1976
    Inventor: Joseph Gulya