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Let’s be honest. Most of us keep many valuables at home and even in the office. Thieves, however, are always a few steps ahead of anyone else, and if you’ve ever been the victim of a break-in, then you understand the devastating feeling when personal data, keepsakes, and other precious items have been stolen. A safe is one of the best solutions for protecting things that would take a lot of time and money to replace. Our security experts have some advice about items that need to be placed in a safe.
Yes, you could go to your local bank and use a safe deposit box to store your insurance documents, but in times of crisis when medical and legal documents are needed as soon as possible, a bank box is not convenient.
For example, let’s say your home goes through a flood or what have you, having those insurance documents at the ready matters. What if the event occurred on a Sunday, when the banks are closed, and you can’t get to the security box?
Both home insurance and medical insurance documents should be stored in a fireproof safe in the privacy of your home.
Certain things belong under lock and key, and these would include precious metals and/or high-value jewelry.
If you don’t believe your home could become a target for thieves, you would be mistaken. All homeowners are vulnerable, and the statistics tell the story.
More than 2.5 million burglaries are occurring each year, and about 66% involve home break-ins.
When you take pride in having heirloom jewelry or an expensive engagement ring, for instance, these stunning pieces need to be safely stored when not being worn. Burglars are always looking for two items they can quickly grab when they enter your property, and these are cash and jewelry.
Jewelry can be pawned for easy money, so to prevent this from happening, keep those beautiful baubles in a safe. The same goes for any gold, silver, copper, or other precious metals you collect. Keep it out of sight and tucked away where thieves cannot have access to it.
Guns are another key item such as jewelry that burglars seek when breaking into a home. If a thief can steal your gun, they can easily sell it for some cash.
The numbers are staggering. Each year, an estimated 200,000 to 500,000 guns are stolen and often end up at crime scenes. It’s no secret that stolen guns pose a major risk to public safety.
A gun owner should keep their rifle in a rifle safe and any other firearms stored this way that are locked, unloaded, and separate from any ammunition.
In addition, secure storage prevents shootings by disrupting unauthorized access to firearms.
It comes down to protecting your 2nd Amendment rights and showing responsible ownership.
There are some other items that you should consider placing in a safe, and these would include I.D. documents and extra keys.
Let’s take passports, for example. You don’t want these to fall into the wrong hands. You can replace them, and passports aren’t extremely expensive, but they have immense value for the owner.
A passport is a personal document that you should know exactly where you’re keeping it so that when you want to travel, you can easily find it and go.
Your driver’s license isn’t an issue since you probably carry that in your wallet daily. However, there are more I.D. cards such as your birth certificate and social security card. Again, these are essential, and thieves enjoy stealing them when they have the chance.
The same can be said of any extra keys you have. They have their weight in gold, so store them in a safe, also. Your keys in the wrong hands give thieves access to your car, garage, workplace, etc.
Being prepared is the best thing any homeowner can do, and that is why certain items should be protected in a safe. This gives you peace of mind, displays owner responsibility, and adds to personal safety at all times.