Tips for Protecting Your Personal Documents

Protected Files

When you think about valuable items in your home, what comes to mind? Many homeowners’ think first about their jewelry, home theater equipment, family heirlooms, and expensive home decor. While these are items you certainly want to protect and it is wise to safeguard them with an automated home access control and security system, it is also important to protect sensitive personal identification and financial documents. You can protect your passport, social security card, birth certificate, tax returns, and other documents from burglars, water damage, and misplacement with the following tips.

Protective Covers
Regardless of where you store your personal documents, you can protect them from water damage from spills and general wear with protective plastic page slips. You can further protect your documents from the elements by storing these plastic page slips in a file box or folder.

Home Safe
Protective covers will help you keep your documents in good condition, but in order to keep them out of the wrong hands you will need to keep your identification and financial documents securely locked up. A fireproof home safe that can be mounted to a wall in your home is one of the best mechanisms for storing documents that you wish to access frequently or may need access to on a moment’s notice.

Safe Deposit Box
Old tax returns, birth certificates, insurance and any other important documents that you do not need on a regular basis can be safely stored in a safe deposit box at your local bank or credit union. Since you can generally only access documents stored in your safe deposit box during regular business hours, it is a good idea to make copies of all documents you decide to protect this way. Store copies of the original documents in your home safe in case you need them during off-hours at your bank.

At Armstrong Lock & Security, Inc. in Orlando, helping residents and businesses protect sensitive documents and other valuables from those who should not have access to them is our specialty. To explore our extensive selection of home safes and access control solutions, visit our website or call us at (407) 434-0181. 

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