What You Should and Shouldn’t Keep in a Home Safe

What You Should and Shouldn’t Keep in a Home Safe

It’s not unusual to want to keep your valuables safe from burglars, and for many, this means buying an in-home safe. Regardless as to how big (or how small) your safe is, there are some things you shouldn’t store in it.

OK to Keep at Home

Installing a safe is about increasing the security of valuable items, and as long as the safe is fireproof, and bolted to your wall (or the floor), it’s OK to store important documents and items in there. But again- you’ll want to make sure the safe is secure.

One homeowner we spoke with purchased a small safe for her closet, but she hadn’t bolted it to the wall.  This created a false sense of security, because while her cash, passport and jewelry were being kept in a secure spot, it would be easy for burglar to carry the safe out of her home.

If you do have a securely installed safe, these are the items that are OK to store inside of it:

Certain documents:  Social Security cards, birth certificate, trust or will documents, insurance policy documents and power of attorney documents can all be stored in a safe.

Other items: Extra cash, flash drives, vintage photographs and jewelry that is replaceable can also be stored in an in-home safe. If you’re planning on storing flash drives or old photos, be sure to seal them in a plastic bag. This will help protect them in the event your home sustains water damage.

Safe Deposit Box

Items you have owned for generations:  Do you have an heirloom watch that’s been in your family for generations?  Do you have gold or silver coins, or other items that are not otherwise replaceable?  If a burglar does break into your home and manages to pry the door off the safe, these items could be gone forever. As such, it’s better to store irreplaceable items (and jewelry) in a bank safe deposit box.

Property inventory information: If you’ve been following our blog, you’ve likely seen posts that discuss the importance of creating a home inventory. This is important because you’ll need to provide this information to your insurance company in the event your home is damaged by a fire, hurricane or other type of catastrophic event. Property inventory information is also best stored in a bank safe deposit box.

In Closing

Although an in-home safe is a great way to keep some of your valuables secure, you’ll also want to take steps to keep your home secure in your absence. For more information about how a home watch service can help, call Gulf Shore Home Watch & Concierge today.