Even if you’re not going to appear on this year’s list of the richest people in the world, it’s likely you still have a few items of value around your home. While certain items, such as collectibles and high-end electronics, are fine to have on full display, other items are so important that they need to be kept under lock and key at all times. Check out these items and see if there are any you need to secure.
While your average grocery store receipt certainly doesn’t need to be protected, there is plenty of important paperwork that you do need to keep secure. Items such as vehicle titles, birth certificates, social security cards, deeds, wills, and other legal documents should be kept in a locking safe. While these documents aren’t necessarily irreplaceable, many of them require a complicated process, not to mention a large fee, to obtain a new copy. When you select a safe for purchase, it’s important to ensure that it’s fireproof to protect against this hazard in addition to protecting against theft.
When it comes to family heirlooms, there’s typically a fine line between what can and should be on display to celebrate your family heritage, and what should be locked away to only be appreciated occasionally. Of course, as an heirloom, it is by definition irreplaceable. If, in addition to being irreplaceable, an heirloom also holds significant intrinsic value, it’s a very good idea to keep the item locked away. Additionally, if the heirloom is especially fragile, keeping it under lock and key can help reduce its exposure to elements which could cause further decay.
While you may not use cash all that frequently, when you have it around your house, it’s important to keep it in a safe. Cash is, by far, the easiest and most attractive item for any potential thief to steal. Not to mention, if you experience a fire and the cash gets burned, it will be nearly impossible to have it replaced. Only take out the amount you need right before you leave your home, then lock up the rest to keep it safe.
Utilizing a safe to store your valuables ultimately helps you in multiple ways. By having a designated location for all your items of value, you’re more likely to keep better track of those items than if they were in different locations. Additionally, when you go to file an insurance claim if you do experience a loss, showing that you made an effort to protect your valuables through the use of a safe is likely to make the claims process easier and more likely to end in your favor.