A home safe provides you with a place to safeguard everything from important documents like birth certificates and wills to priceless family heirlooms. Purchasing a home safe is a great step towards keeping those documents and items secured, but how do you make sure that the safe itself is protected? Here are four ways to ensure that you can keep it secure:
- Where you put it
To keep your home safe secure you should take the location into consideration. If someone should break into your house and manage to disable your alarm, they’re going to head straight for the safe. In movies, safes are always hidden at the back of paintings hung behind cherry-wood desks in plaid-paneled studies. While a bit dramatic, they are on the right track.
Don’t keep your safe in plain view or somewhere that it is easily discoverable. This is not to say that keeping your safe in your home office or study is a bad idea. Just be careful to hide it somewhere that is a little out of the ordinary. For example, hiding your safe in the kitchen in what appears to be a bread box is a great deterrent for thieves because criminals won’t be looking for a safe in the kitchen.
- The code
If your safe is code activated, you should only give out that code to the people that live in the house, with the exception of your children. Your little ones will not need to access their birth certificates or the pearls that have been passed down in your family from generation to generation. Additionally, in order to secure your home safe, change the code every few weeks.
- Preventative measures
Is your safe waterproof? Is your safe fireproof? In the event of a house fire or flood, you hope that your safe can withstand the damage. Invest in a safe that is fire and waterproof to make sure that what you keep inside it remains secure.
- Age matters
How old is your safe? Does it have a rotating lock mechanism with a combination? The older your safe is, the easier it is for criminals to steal what’s inside it. You should upgrade your safe if it has a combination lock. Thieves spend countless hours learning to crack safes like that, and it’s in your best interest to get a new model that comes with a PIN-entry code you set yourself.
Besides a home safe, you should have a security system in place. If you don’t, you will have no protection in the event of a break-in. For more information about our services and how you can keep your home safe, contact Canadian Security Professionals.