Recently your friends have been talking about their home safes. The discussions are general, non-specific. You then notice that crime seems to be increasing; after all the economy is suffering and when the economy suffers crime does increase, but why should you buy one? Really what is the point of having a safe inside of your own house? Safes are something that banks have so what is the point of having one inside your home?
Do you have a will? Where are you going to store money safe those wedding photo proofs that are irreplaceable and everyone tells you need to be put in a safe place? Do you own any expensive jewelry, precious metals or gem stones? Are there small children with access to your possessions? If you answered yes to the last question then answer this one, do you own a gun? Are you sure they a) can’t find it and b) if they do that it’s not loaded?
These are all perfect examples of items to place in a safe. Any and all important documents like wills and insurance documents that will be critical and need to be accessed quickly are always great candidates for safes. Small valuable items like jewelry, photographic equipment or other small valuable items can be placed in a safe, and there are a variety of safes to fulfill these protection needs.
Safes come in varied sizes, fire protection ratings and organizational, drawer or compartment styles. Gun safes can come with both combination and key locks so that even if someone finds the key they may not be able to get past the combination or vice versa. The important thing is to analyze the items you feel are important to place within a safe and then do the proper research to determine what size and style are going to fulfill your needs. Safes can be bulky and definitely heavy so it is important to assess how you will be using it.
Equally important to assessing your needs is assessing the storage location for the safe. Make sure the location provides adequate space and accessibility. If purchasing a gun safe analyze first the why you own the gun, meaning are you a collector or is it for protection. If you are a collector your ability to access the gun quickly is less important that if you possess the gun for protection. In case you own it for protection you want the safe to be close by, not in a corner in the attic.
Home safes can be cost efficient based on your needs, typically averaging between $50 and $150. Some vendors offer warranties for limited time periods and your home insurance carrier may offer deductions on your premiums based on what the safe’s contents may be.