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If you think home safes are just for storing Grandma’s diamond baubles, think again! There are plenty of valuable items in our lives that need be kept conveniently close at hand yet safely stored away where they cannot be accessed by little hands or unwelcome visitors. Here are some things you may not have thought of that should be kept in a home safe for extra security.

Personal documents: What would you do if you couldn’t find your passport or if your toddler decided to use it as a coloring book? Yikes! A safe is a great place to keep important personal documents such as:

  • Passports
  • Social Security cards
  • Birth certificates
  • Immunization records
  • Marriage/Divorce certificates
  • Education records
  • Professional documents, and so forth

Financial records: Many homeowners like to keep their private financial records where they cannot be accessed except by designated persons. Documents to keep in a safe may include:

  • Tax documents
  • Bank account information and records
  • Investment portfolio information
  • Employment contracts, and more

Property documents: The single biggest investment most people make is their home, followed by their vehicles. All documents pertaining to these two major purchases can be safeguarded at home.

NOTE: If you choose to store original documents in your home safe, it is wise to make copies and keep these copies in an off-site location as an extra precautionary measure.

Medications: A home safe provides fast, easy, and convenient access to anything you choose to keep in it. If you are worried about leaving prescriptions where little hands might get to them, a secure container is a great place to keep them.

Priceless heirlooms: Some possessions are simply irreplaceable such as antique photographs, great grandma’s hand-tatted lace handkerchiefs and other precious heirlooms. For greater peace of mind, why not keep them in the safe too?

Home safes are invaluable tools for anyone who wants to keep their documents and other important items of all shapes and sizes easily accessible yet totally secure. Think you don’t need a safe? Think again!

Posted 4/27/2010 4:27 AM