Having your home broken into is pretty high on the list of your worst case, nightmare scenarios. Your home is supposed to be secure. Home safe home, right? Having your home broken into not only results in the loss of worldly possessions, but it also robs you of the sense of security you should be able to feel when you’re in your own home.
Safes are heavy duty, well crafted items that are meant to last generations. While a high quality safe doesn’t usually require much maintenance, you’ll want to make sure you take care of your investment so that it can take care of your valuables for years to come. Here are a few tips on keeping that safe clean, secure, and beautiful. Continue reading
Guns are an American tradition of craftsmanship and ingenuity going back generations. If you are a gun enthusiast, or a marksman, or a hunter, you know just how important–and valuable–these tools can be. That’s why many gun owners purchase gun safes to ensure that their weapons are safe and secure. Here are five reasons to consider investing in a reliable safe: Continue reading
Every couple of years, the country launches into a full-fledged debate about the ethics of gun control and what we need to do to strike a balance between second amendment rights and public safety. When this happens, there is a lot of talk about a phenomenon known as the “gun show loophole.” Essentially, this refers to how it is possible to purchase guns at a gun show without a background check, but it is considerably more complicated than that. Gun show laws are some of the most misunderstood laws on both sides of a gun control debate. Here’s our attempt to clear up some of the misconceptions about gun show laws… Continue reading
If you followed our blog last month, then you know there are a variety of reasons to install a residential safe in your home. A home safe can help you protect valuable assets from thieves, protect your home portfolio, prepare for fire or flood, and more. But what should you be keeping in your home safe, and what might be better stored elsewhere? Here is a brief look at what to keep in a home safe.
Important documents such as passports and estate planning documents store especially well in a home safe. A home safe will protect these documents from theft, fire, flood, and more, all while still granting you easy access to them. Some documents you might consider storing in your safe include:
- Birth certificates
- Social security cards
- Financial information (about bank accounts, debts, etc.)
- Insurance policies
- Insurance agent contact information
- Retirement planning documents (retirement plans, investments, etc.)
- Estate planning documents (power of attorney, living will, etc.)
- Property titles
- Medical information (about prescription medications, contact information, etc.)
It’s a thorough list, to be sure, but keep in mind that if a fire or some other natural disaster occurs, these important documents may be all that you have to go on. Plus, you might as well keep them in a place where you always know where to find them.
It’s also always a good idea to keep some emergency cash in your home safe. Plan on stowing away at least $200 in small bills to help you get by in an emergency.
Digital copies of family photos
Treasured family photos are irreplaceable once lost, so if you do not currently use online storage, consider transferring all family photos to a USB drive and keeping that in your safe. It’s also a good idea to include photos of the interior and the exterior of your home with these photos, as these could prove invaluable if you need to report losses due to fire or theft.
Spare keys to vehicles
These are dangerous to keep lying around, and you might as well keep them in a safe place where you can always find them.
Got any valuables like jewelry, cash, or precious metals (such as those in your home portfolio)? Putting them in your safe will protect them while still giving you easy access to them.
Keep in mind here that there are a wide variety of safes built for different uses—some which are fireproof, some which are waterproof, some which are designed to protect temperature-sensitive media, etc. When choosing the right safe for your home, be sure to take an inventory of what you plan on storing first, and then choose your safe based on those needs. You can explore our collection of residential safes here.
Many people regard residential safes as necessary only for those who own guns or who own highly valuable items, but you would be surprised at the number of benefits a residential safe can offer the average household. Here are 5 reasons a family needs a safe in their home. Continue reading
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