With its ability protect the most important items in your household, a safe is a necessary family investment. According to FBI crime statistics, an estimated 2.1 million homes were broken into in 2012, resulting in an estimated loss of $3.6 billion among American families. Along with the option of procuring cheap storage units, keeping your most valuable possessions in a safe is a good way to insulate your family from harm. Safes can be bolted to the floor, mounted in walls, or hidden from sight. A burglar would require a lot of extra time and special equipment to find a safe, crack it, or remove it from a house. It is unlikely that the average smash-and-grab criminal would ever bother dealing with a safe.
Protect your family from identity theft
Imagine all the valuable items a burglar can get his hands on: it would be devastating if social security cards, bonds, checks, birth certificates, jewelry, passports, or other objects fell in the wrong hands. And if a burglar stealing your valuables isn’t scary enough, keep in mind that they can also steal your identity. The FBI claims, “a stolen identity is a powerful cloak of anonymity for criminals and terrorists…and a danger to national security and private citizens alike,” while advising citizens to guard their identity. Keeping your social security card, birth certificate, and passport in a safe can not only protect your credit history and bank account, but can also prevent criminals from buying your identity.
Protect important data, documents, and electronics from fire and flood
Help keep your family’s life secure by keeping important documents, information, and valuables in a safe. Safes do not just protect important and expensive items from burglars, but can also protect fragile paper documents from fire and flood. According to the United States Fire Administration, an estimated 360,900 residential building fires occur each year, causing $7 billion in property loss. Your family’s memories and personal data can be preserved even through a catastrophe with the right protection. A fire safe can protect CDs, DVDs, flash drives, electronics, photographs, documents and more from being burned up in a horrific accident or ruined after a flood.
Be ready in an emergency
A large gun safe can hold stacks of photo albums, laptops, and documents while smaller safes can be bolted to the floor to prevent anyone from walking away with them. However, there are also portable briefcase-sized safes that can be snatched up and carried out of the house in an emergency.
One of the best things about a safe is that it allows owners the peace of mind that everything important is in one place, easily accessible and secure. If something sudden and unexpected occurs, everything essential can be already locked in a portable safe, ready to be taken out of the house. In case of an emergency where your family is ordered to evacuate your home, you do not have to spend precious time searching for essential documents that have been tucked away in an unruly stack of papers. With a portable safe, important documents and information can be securely hidden away in a house under lock and key, easily transportable in an emergency.
Every family should have a safe. Safes are an easy way to keep important documents, family photos, and valuables secure from theft, fire, flood, or disaster.
Kenneth Ryerson is a freelance writer and blogger who focuses on personal finance, wealth management, storage and theft prevention, identity protection and other assorted topics.