Being burglarized as a homeowner or a business owner can be devastating. Some of the things that may be stolen can be irreplaceable such as family heirlooms or even a secret recipe. For a business, stolen documents could put your place of work in danger in a number of ways. Whatever the case, you must take steps to protect valuables that are important to you. This includes choosing where and how to store them so they are less likely to be stolen. Below are some good options.
In a Bank Vault
Depending on what you’re storing, you need to decide if it would be better to keep it at home or your office, or in a bank vault under maximum security. Will you need immediate access to it at any point? Is it something that you want to keep close, or should it be left somewhere where you don’t have to worry about it? If you think what you’re storing would fare better being left in a bank vault, such as if you’d only need access to it occasionally if ever, you could choose to store such valuables in a safe deposit box at your local bank or credit union. While the bank could be robbed, criminals are going to go after cash, not your safe deposit box they don’t have the key for or time to find when they have to move fast.
In Everyday Items
According to actual burglars, some of the best places to store valuables are inside things like cereal boxes in your pantry. In general, this is actually a good strategy. You have to think like a criminal. A criminal is not going to go through every single DVD box in your home to look for expensive items. Thus, storing valuables inside containers for other items where they would likely be found is a strategy that works.
In a Safe
Another excellent choice is a rather traditional one: a safe. However, it’s important to choose a safe from a well-known company that specializes in designing safes that are virtually impossible for criminals or anyone else to crack. A browning safe, for example, can be used to store jewelry, money, important documents, or other valuables behind several inches of steel in a container so heavy it will be impossible for a criminal to move out of your home or business quickly and quietly. Make sure you have the lock combination memorized and written down somewhere discrete where it won’t be easily found.
Overall, your valuables must be stored where they will not be stolen by criminals in your home or in your business. Options such as a bank safe deposit box, a safe, or an inconspicuous everyday container are excellent choices. Try to think like a criminal when deciding how to store your valuables. Doing so can help make your valuables much harder to steal.