While having a
high-quality safe professionally installed in your home is an important security measure,
deciding what to put into it can be just as important. There are certain
items you want to keep close at hand 24/7, as opposed to stashing them
in a safe deposit box accessible only during bank operating hours. In
addition, items at home are normally covered by your homeowner's or
renter's insurance policy, while the contents of safe deposit boxes
are not included in a bank’s FDIC insurance.
According to Consumer Reports, the most important items to keep in a home safe are
vital personal records. These include birth and death certificates, estate-planning documents,
life-insurance policies, savings bonds, stock certificates, and tax returns.
In addition, a CBS News report recommends also securing property-insurance
policies, passports, medical records, vehicle titles, debt records, Social
Security cards, and bank account information in your home safe. If you
tend to save important documents on CD’s, external hard drives,
or flash drives, these electronic devices should also be kept in your safe.
Jewelry, rare coins, and cash you wish to have readily accessible are also
good candidates for storage in your home safe. If you prefer to keep such
valuables in a bank safe deposit box instead, it is a good idea to then
secure the deposit box key in your home safe.
To protect the safety of your children or grandchildren, firearms should
be secured at all times. A home safe is an excellent place to store a
handgun while still ensuring its accessibility in an emergency. Also,
keeping the gun locked away in a safe will prevent its use or theft by
a home invader.
At Armstrong Lock & Security, Inc., an Orlando institution for more
than 80 years, we offer a full line of
high-quality safes for the home as well as professional installation. For help choosing the home safe
most appropriate for securing your important documents, valuables, and
firearms, please call us at (407) 434-0191.