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Safes for keeping your valuables protected at home
For most homeowners, having safes at home provides an extra layer of protection and security for your valuables and belongings. If you have items like jewelry or documents like passports, birth certificates and hard drives with important data, you want to be sure to have a safe place to store them in case of a break-in or fire.
Every homeowner wants to keep their belongings secure in their home and installing a safe is a cost-effective way. Sometimes when storing high-end items like jewelry and watches, insurances also requires that you store them in a safe when not in use.
All safes offer a certain degree of theft protection, but at which level depends on the individual safe and its installation. And you will never regret investing in a safe that offers better protection! Some of these safes also offers fire protection and can keep your valuables safe in case of a home fire.
Which safe is the right for your home depends on the level of safety that you are looking for. Be sure to review the features and qualities of the safe properly when buying:
The type of lock for your safe
Double-bit security lock
Most safes are equipped with double-bit security lock with two keys. These models don’t require a code to open, just a regular key. The advantage of this system is that you don’t need to remember any codes or worry they would get passed on to third parties. But at the same time, the keys are your only way in so you would need to keep them in a secured spot.
Number combination lock
The newer digital safes now come with a keypad lock where you need to us a 4-to-8-digit combination code to open the safe. These days you can even buy a safe with a fingerprint scanner, but all these digital safes normally come with a backup keypad or keys for in case of any malfunction.
The size of the safe
The size of your safe will have to be determined by the valuables you want to keep in it. So, before you start your research, determine if you will be storing electronics like computers and hard drives or if it will be used only for jewelry and smaller items.
When measuring the size, be aware of that the inside dimensions will differ from the outside depending on the safe model. Be sure to measure the inside of the safe and count on that space for storage.
And remember, you will most likely end up adding more valuables to your safe over time, so to ensure that they will all fit, opt in for a size larger safe than what you currently need.
The installation of the safe
An important question you need to consider when you are installing your safe is where to place it. You should decide on a location that is hard to access and not visible to a thief as if he can’t find the safe, he also can’t break into it.
The bedroom is usually the first place where the thief looks, so you should consider a better spot for your safe but still convenient for you to use it as if you place it so inconvenient that you never use it, it defeats its purpose!
Another thing to consider is if the burglar can pick up the safe to carry it away, you should bolt it well to the floor or wall for it not to be moved. This could be labor intense, and it's recommended to hire a professional to assist, especially for the larger safes.
A great place for the safe to be installed is in a corner, as this makes it harder to get a good angle to lift it and on a concrete floor where you can anchor it well.
Humidity can become an issue and if you install the safe in a room that has a dampness problem, the high humidity could affect the content in the safe. But also the safe itself it can cause rust and electronic issues over time. To avoid the humidity issues further, you can add silica packs in the safe.
Keep it secret, keep it safe!
A good safe can give you great protection against burglary, but it can still be defeated by a thief. So, the best way of safekeeping your valuables is to not mention that you have a safe. Also, not mentioning when you will be travelling or out of your home for a longer period as this will help them with their planning! And if you will be gone for a longer period, consider storing your valuables in a temporary storage facility like at the bank.
Alternatives to having a safe
If a safe is too complicated to install in your home or if there is just no suitable space for it, you can decide to store your valuables in a bank safety deposit box. This will cost you a yearly fee, but the bank handles all the security. It’s a great option but accessing your valuable is more complicated as you would need to access the storage unit during opening hours.
The safe deposit boxes come in different sizes, and many come with the insurance included.