Anything kept in a home safe is going to be secure. This would be a simple assumption to make, but is it true? Just as there are things that absolutely should be kept in a safe, so there are also things that should never be kept in one.
The statement above may be surprising, but it is not uncommon for people to use a safe to secure inappropriate items simply because those items are valuable to the individual. An example would be a set of letters written by a deceased relative. They may be of enormous sentimental value to the owner, but to a thief they are worthless. And if they are kept in a safe, where burglars will assume only valuable possessions are kept, they could disappear forever, either because the whole safe is removed from the home or because burglars destroy them in frustration.
Deciding what to keep in a safe is easier if the personal perspective is removed. Watches, jewelry, deeds, even cash are obvious candidates for keeping in a safe. But items that hold only sentimental value are better kept safe elsewhere. Personal documents such as letters, photographs, memorabilia and the suchlike are not usually attracted to the burglar. These items may be much safer simply stored around the house or in a bank safety deposit box.
It’s worth remembering that as well as offering advice on the type of safe to buy, specialists such as Secure Safe can also offer advice on the best way to store intended contents.
Think like a thief
It’s often useful to think like a thief. Looking around the home and applying this rule will reveal quite a lot. If it costs money and has a potential resale value then thieves will want to steal; if it doesn’t then it’s worthless to them.
It is also worthwhile remembering that in the case of smaller safes thieves may remove them from the premises altogether and break into them at another location. This means that they are investing more time and effort and are more likely to destroy items they can’t sell on.
Consider insurance and replacement
Most appropriate and adequate household insurance should cover the cost of replacing items such as jewelry and watches if stolen. Whilst such items may have sentimental as well as monetary value, they can often be replaced. This is not the case with documents such as letters and items that cannot be sold by thieves.