Buying a safe is a wise
investment for those with easily portable valuables.
Photo courtesy Rhodes Lock and Key.
Home Safes are designed to keep valuables safe from both theft and fire.
The safe should be large enough to keep all valuables and should be
bolted down. Safes, like door locks, should be used every day. All
important documents (passports, credit cards, social security cards, and
bank statements), jewelry etc. should be locked up rather than kept in a
draw or on the counter. Remember that if a thief gets in and is able to
steal a credit card, check book, passport or other personal information
he can very easily engage in a variety of identity fraud schemes that
could be costly.
Buying a safe is a wise investment for those with easily portable
valuables. Items like jewelry, coin collections, guns, and cameras are
easy for thieves to fence, thus making appealing targets. Experienced
burglars know where to look, so a favorite hiding place is not really
secure. All quality safes have Underwriters Laboratories, or UL,
ratings. These ratings determined how fire-resistant a safe is and fall
into the following categories:
Class A Safe -- Protects paper
documents for up to 4 hours at 2000°F.
Class B Safe -- Protects paper documents for up to 2 hours at
temperatures up to 1850°F
Class C Safe -- Protects paper documents for up to 1 hour at
temperatures up to 1700°F
There are even specialized safes available to protect data storage
devices and computer disks.
Quality combination safes are comprised of a chest inside a
fire-resistant exterior. They have a steel door and walls, along with a
combination lock. All but the largest safes should be bolted to the
floor, set in concrete, or wall mounted, ensuring a burglar cannot
easily move them.
Guide to Home Security, by Dan Berg, Your complete guide to
locks, alarms, cameras and security systems designed to protect
homeowners and their valuables. This book is available as an inexpensive instant-download
that you can print today and read again and again
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