Protecting your family, your home, and your possessions is probably one of the most important (if not the most overwhelming) challenges you face. No one can entirely control whether or not an intruder makes it inside your home, but you can indeed have things set up in your house to make it as difficult for them as possible.
Over time, more and more distinct safes have been designed and created to assist homeowners in securing their belongings. From security safes to gun safes, key storages, and book safes, there is something on the market for every need.
If you think there may be some extra steps you should take to protect your household, here are four safes your home needs.
1. Security Safes
The most crucial safe in your home will be your home security safe. In here, you want to keep documents such as property insurance policies, passports and original birth certificates, a list of family doctors and prescription medications, an external hard drive containing digital copies of all family photos, and safety deposit box keys.
You can also include essential papers related to investments, retirement plans and bank accounts, information on your outstanding debts, due dates, and contact information, copies of your important legal documents, spare keys and titles to all vehicles, and valuables such as jewelry and family heirlooms.
Purchasing a high-quality security safe will offer you peace of mind and protection for your valuables against theft. Opt for a security safe that is not only accessible with a digital code, but that also comes with override keys for manual access.
2. Gun Safes
If you own a gun, then it is your duty to ensure that it is always put away out of harm’s reach. Controlling who has access to your weapons is fundamental to gun safety, but you are going to need different forms of security based on who you are trying to restrict access from.
Make sure you purchase a gun safe that is compliant with both category A and B firearm regulations. Generally, consumers look for a gun safe that can hold up to three firearms and will also include a separate, totally lockable ammo box, as well as floor carpet and floor mounting bolts for extra security.
3. Key Storages
Generally, a key storage unit is a sturdy metal box that safely and mechanically stores your key(s) to your front door. By installing your key storage to the exterior of your home, you will be able to access your keys by entering a combination code.
Why would you want such a safe?
Well, having a key storage can make a significant difference in the case of an emergency, as responders will be able to retrieve your door key and access your property quickly. Additionally, if you lose your keys, or need to grant someone access to your home, only the combination code needs to be known.
You want to install your key storage out of sight of passersby, and it should never be seen from the road, or right by your door. Opt for a key storage that can’t be readily identified as a key safe and make sure to change the combination code regularly.
4. Book Safes
Book safes are a unique take on a home safe. Blending in perfectly on your bookshelves or around your house, book safes look like a standard book from the outside, but inside, can hide your valuables. Boasting realistic cover designs and real pages, these innovative safes are perfect for hiding small pieces of jewelry, important documents, and other special trinkets.
A clever place to hide your valuables, book safes are a surefire way of keeping the things you love protected.
What safes are you planning on adding to your home? How do you ensure that all your belongings are safe? Let us know how you protect your possessions and your home in the comments below!
Jay Flavell is the General Manager at Sandleford Holdings. He has been working in the DIY & Home Improvement industry since 2007 and has vast experience sourcing and developing products from overseas suppliers in the Far East. Jay has also been successful dealing with a number of major DIY & Home Improvement retailers throughout his career.