The DIY Security Blog

December 10, 2010

A “Safe” Place for Your Valuables

Filed under: Security Tips — admin @ 4:14 pm

A safe and secure home is the first line of protection against personal injury and damage to important property. Houses and apartments face an infinite number of threats at all times. From common burglaries to termites, the protection of loved ones and important possessions are consistently at risk. For many homeowners who fear fire, flooding, or other disaster the best line of defense against total loss is to purchase a personal safe to keep within their home. Your home security system is meaningless if the most important of your belongings don’t have extra protection. So which safe is right for you?

After you’ve decided to purchase a safe, you need to analyze what you’ll put into the safe, how much room you’ll have to store the safe and just what level of security you intend to keep. Almost every safe you purchase will come with a rating fro three categories: Fire Protection, Data Protection, or Security rating. Read these to be sure you are protecting yourself from whatever threatens your contents.

Multimedia: The world has less paper, which means that more of our important information is being stored electronically. Protecting that data requires a safe that can prevent humidity, electromagnetic damage, and keep the internal temperature of the safe below 50 degrees Celsius. These can also include your DVD of Christmas, or an external hard drive of all your family photos. These can the more expensive safes but with more of data ending up as megabytes, it is typically worth the investment.

Fire: Typically a safe used to house important family documents like birth certificates, titles, deeds, wills and family photos. They are lightweight and meant to be snatched in case of fire emergency. Should something go awry and you can’t reach the box, the documents should be protected, thought they do nothing to prevent someone from stealing the entire box. The boxes are rated on the VDMA scale which allows the consumer to know how long the box will last before the documents inside combust. For example a VDMA/90 will last 90 minutes before reaching 200 degrees Celsius, the point of ruination.

Burglary: This is the safe you buy when Mom gets you a gold chain you don’t want to lose to clepto-cleaning people. They are typically the cheapest on the market but provide you little more than a combination code and basic protection against water damage, etc.

All: The Do-it-All safe can protect from fire, water, and humidity. These safes are typically more expensive but can you give you unquestioned dependability.

All of these models come in several styles of keyless options. Fingerprint, biometric and keypad entry sometimes come at a higher cost but will also give the right owner a feeling of increased security with the most important or valuable items. These more elaborate entry systems have been utilized by some gun owners to prevent the mishandling of firearms by family members.

No matter which type of safe you choose be sure that you are thinking about the safety of your family and loved ones at all times. By protecting your documents you shield your family’s financial security from fire and burglary. Be sure to choose the right model.

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