How Safe Are Your Valuables?

Think fast – your tax return from 2015, where is it? How about that family heirloom? Is it in a secure place? Having a home safe means that not only are important documents and valuables protected from fire and theft, but that you also know exactly where they are when you need them. Now, is a home safe or a safe-deposit box – or both – right for you? Let’s take a look at the advantages, disadvantages and uses of each.

Home Safes

  • Advantages: They help protect against fire and theft and give you the ability to quickly and easily find important documents and other items.
  • Disadvantages: If the safe can be easily pried open or carried off, your valuables aren’t actually all that safe.
  • What to keep inside: Documents and other things you access regularly or might need to find quickly, such as insurance policies, medical information, investment and bank documents, wills, safe-deposit box keys, passports, fine jewelry, etc.

Safe-Deposit Boxes

  • Advantages: A secure location within the bank vault makes theft very unlikely, unless someone gains access to your key. Banks likely have a lower risk of fire and other incidents than your home, as well.
  • Disadvantages: You have to leave home to access important documents or valuables, and can do so only during bank hours. There’s typically a monthly or annual cost, rather than the one-time purchase of a home safe. You’ll also likely need to have an account with the bank in order to rent a safe-deposit box.
  • What to keep inside: Original documents (car titles, property deeds, etc.), valuables that you don’t often display or access, your home inventory, etc.

Whichever you choose, it’s sure to beat that shoe box you’re using now to store your important documents. Remember, neither choice is a substitute for having your valuable properly insured. Give us a call if you have any questions regarding your personal property coverage, we’re happy to discuss!