When it comes to safes, guns are the most common items to store, and for good reason. It ensures protection in your home from children, as well as potential intruders. But safes are for home valuables, as well. There are probably other items in your home that you want to protect from damage, theft, or simply misplacement. Here’s what to keep in your safe besides guns:

Legal and Business Documents

The second most common use for safes other than firearms is for the storage of important legal and/or business documents. It’s best practice to make copies of such documents but proper storage is a necessary action. Not only does it protect the items from burglars and damage, but it’s also helpful to know exactly where your important documents are at all times. Otherwise, these documents can get misplaced and potentially lost, especially if you have to keep track of more than just your own documents such as your spouse’s or children’s. Here is a list of important documents that you should keep in a safe:

  • Birth certificate
  • Passport
  • Social security cards
  • Financial records
  • Business records
  • Wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Deeds
  • Bonds
  • Contracts
  • Insurance information
  • Medical information
  • Certificates
  • Other important documents

Family Heirlooms

Valuables passed down in the family are very precious items that are irreplaceable. You don’t want to risk such priceless belongings being stolen, damaged or lost. It’s extremely important to have a safe place to keep these items so they can continue to be passed down for generations to come. Some common family heirlooms that should be stored in a safe are:

  • Photos
  • Letters
  • Diaries
  • Recipes
  • Jewelry
  • Watches
  • Genealogy records
  • Weapons
  • China
  • Silver


Many people are interested in collecting valuable items whether it’s for sentimental or monetary reasons. As collections grow over time they become more valuable and therefore costly, it’s a good idea to keep them safe and secure incase something unexpected happens. Here are some examples of collectibles that should be stored safely for your reassurance:

  • Books
  • Stamps
  • Coins
  • International currencies
  • Baseball cards
  • Records

Electronics and Other Technological Equipment

One of the most targeted items burglars go after are electronics because they are generally visible, accessible, and expensive. Therefore, it is important to outsmart thieves by keeping such items in a safe especially when you are out of town or no one is home. Some electronics that you should consider keeping in your safe are:

  • Software
  • Laptops
  • Hard drives
  • Video equipment
  • Camera equipment
  • iPods

Additional Valuables

There are several other items that you should consider keeping in your safe to protect from burglary, damage, or loss. You know what you value most in your home so take a moment to consider what these items are and put them in your safe for safe keeping. Some examples include:

  • Cash
  • Jewelry
  • Dishware
  • Gifts
  • Art
  • Spare keys
  • Wedding photos
  • Baby photos
  • Expensive wines and/or liquors

Keep in mind that there are other ways that you can ensure your valuable items and documents will not be compromised. Consider making copies of important documents, photos, etc. and storing them in another location such as a bank deposit safe, your workplace, or a trusted family member’s home. Having insurance on your more pricey belongings is never a bad idea. Make sure that your safe is well organized to further ensure that nothing will be damaged. If you have several valuables to store, consider investing in an additional safe, possibly one for easy-access items such as firearms and another that does not have to be easily reachable like important documents. Don’t forget to hide your safe accordingly and keep your safe secure at all times because you never know when an unexpected event may take place.

If you have any questions about Cannon safes or safes in general, feel free to contact us (800) 242-1055.


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