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Home safes – do’s and don’ts

When deciding where to keep their valuable items, most people might opt for a security deposit box in a bank. However, home safes can also have their advantages and for some items, may be a safer option than storing your valuables in a bank. Home safes come in different varieties, shapes and sizes. They might be small, free standing or fitted into walls. This article explores the do’s and don’t of home safes, offering you some advice on what you should and shouldn’t keep in a home safe.

 

DO

1)      Identity papers

Do keep identity papers in a home safe. Identity papers such as passports, birth certificates or driver’s license are likely to be needed promptly and relatively frequently. Keeping them stowed in your home safe means they are easily accessible to you. If you keep these items in a bank, you will only be able to access them during business hours; this could be an inconvenience given they are items usually needed at the ready.

 

2)      Copies of your important legal documents

This might include things such as copies of wills or wills in which you are the designated executor. Storing these in a home safe is preferable because safe deposit boxes are usually sealed upon knowledge of the owner’s death.

 

3)      Important financial information

Store information regarding debts, contact information and due dates in a home safe. They will be easily accessible to you and therefore make it easier for you to manage your finances whilst also keeping them safe.

 

4)      Insurance policies and contact information

If something happens to your house that results in damage, you will need to act immediately. It is helpful to have insurance policies and contact information on hand so that you can resolve the issue as soon as possible.

 

5)      Cash

Cash is one of the most obvious items to keep in a home safe because it is often what thieves look for the most. Rather than hiding your cash in unsecured places around the house, keep it in a home safe. It will also be very useful to have some cash available to you in the case of an emergency.

 

DON’T

1)      Your only keys

Whilst keeping a copy of your keys in a home safe is a good idea, don’t put your only keys, such as car keys, in the safe. Putting your only keys in a home safe could result in unnecessary frustration and stress if you forget the combination.

 

2)      Certain medication

Keeping some medication in a home safe may be a good way to stow it safely away from children. However, this depends on what it is. For example, do not keep EpiPen’s or other medication that you may need regularly or in emergencies in a home safe, these are best kept on hand, at all times.

 

3) Perishables e.g. batteries

If they leak then they can destroy other items in your safe.

 

 

Please contact us if you have any queries regarding home safes or on how to maximise your property’s security.

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