Locked and Secure: Six Things to Keep Locked In a Safe
More people today are trending towards the purchase of a personal safe for their valuables than ever before. A durable safe provides security from theft and protection from natural disaster, as well as a single storage place for important papers and valuables. Below are six things you should always keep locked in a safe.
1. Legal Identification Documents
Few people would ever think of it this way, but your personal identification is one of the most valuable possessions you own. For this reason, such legal identifying documents as your birth certificate, marriage license, and social security card should be kept in a secure place that can be easily accessed. In case of theft or natural disaster they are one of the first things you will need, and they are time-consuming to replace.
2. Important Financial Documents
Included within this category would be any legal documents for financial assets that you own. Things such as stock or bond certificates, titles to your home and automobile, and important insurance papers, should be kept in a personal safe.
3. Personal Valuables
Any valuables that hold monetary value should be kept in a secure safe. This can include numismatic coin collections, valuable jewelry, gold bars, or almost anything else considered to be of value and small enough to fit in a locked safe.
4. Records of Items That You Own
Insurance experts agree that you should always keep a record of the personal property you purchase and use in your home, such as expensive furniture or electronic equipment, to make the filing of an insurance claim for these items easier during a crisis. A quick way to do this is to take pictures of the interior of your home after you move in. Since items wear out and are replaced, this record would have to be updated from time to time.
5. Personal Mementos
Most of us own items that we consider to be of great personal value, although they may hold no significant monetary value. Such things as family heirlooms and treasured photos are good choices for a personal safe.
6. Wills and Trusts
Legal wills, or other documents that are intended to be executed after we die, should be kept in a secure safe. The location and access to these documents should be made known to a personal attorney or trusted family member, for obvious reasons.
Deliberate planning before a crisis event occurs can eliminate much of the personal stress involved. Acquiring a durable, secure safe, and using it to protect personal possessions, can help to maintain peace of mind in such unforeseen life events.
Information credited to SafeWorld, Edmonton lock and safe.