Why are home safes important now more than ever?
Recent statistics indicate that the UK is starting to consider home safes with growing importance.
Following the United Kingdom’s decision to leave the EU, there has been an increase in the number of people in the UK searching for home safes online not seen since the 2008 recession. There has also been a 32% rise in the purchase of gold and silver – assets recommended by investors as a way for people to keep their finances secure.
This is not an isolated case; when Japan introduced negative interest rates at the start of the year, sales of home safes were 250% higher than they were that same week in 2016.
But while safes are best known for protecting high cash value goods such as jewellery, there are a number of other items that you could, and should, be storing in a secure vault at home.
Keeping valuables safe from all threats
When you think about keeping things in home safes, expensive items or large amounts of cash are almost certainly the first things that spring to mind. It is also becoming commonplace for insurance companies to insist upon their customers using home safes to store such items as part of their policies.
Both free-standing safes and wall – or floor – bolted-down safes would be recommended; a free-standing safe is easily concealed, but could potentially be carried off by enterprising burglars. An anchored safe gives you that extra peace of mind, but would be less practical for those in rented accommodation, or without sufficient available wall or floor space.
Storing your valuables in a safe is also the best way to ensure they are protected. With the right safe, you can prevent potential damage from fire or flooding, while ensuring you have access to your jewellery or other valuables at all times.
Protect personal documents and data
With many important forms now being filled out online, it’s becoming much easier to forget the whereabouts of the most crucial physical documents in your life, from passports and birth certificates to tax returns and wills. A fireproof safe for such paperwork is a significant investment in an increasingly paperless world, and we would equally recommend keeping your confidential digital data (be it on CD-R or hard drive) in a safe.
It is essential to keep copies of your passport or birth certificate somewhere memorable in case you need them, but we highly recommend storing the originals in a safe. Likewise, in the event of an emergency, storing insurance policies in a fireproof box will save time and energy when it comes to filing your claim.
Keep your keys secure
A recent survey by Lloyds TSB showed that a quarter of all car owners have lost their keys. Likewise, hiding any spare keys under doormats or plant pots has been proved to be an ineffective way to keep them hidden. Keeping your keys in a heavy-duty, code-locked safe is the most comprehensive way to store all of the essential keys to locked objects, in or out of your house.