Many people think the most secure place to store your most valuable items is inside of a safe deposit box at a bank. However, the contents of a safe deposit box are rarely insured, while items stored inside of your home are typically covered by homeowners insurance policies.
When deciding how to protect your most valuable items, it’s important not to take security lightly. That’s why, here at Suburban Door Check and Lock Service, we recommend installing a high-security home safe to keep your most treasured goods safe in the event of fire or theft. Now, you may be wondering what kind of items should be kept inside of your safe. Here are the six things that we recommend storing in a high-security home safe.
An important document that helps establish identity and allows you to leave the country, a passport can be extremely time consuming and difficult to replace if lost. Before you leave on an international vacation, make sure to also create a paper copy of your passport and keep it with you, in case yours is lost or stolen while travelling.
Social Security Card
While some people carry their Social Security card with them at all times, we’d highly recommend storing it in a home safe. Like a passport, a Social Security card is difficult to replace in the event of theft or loss. Additionally, if you lose this, your identity can easily be stolen. A Social Security card is also needed to establish identity for benefit eligibility.
Annual Tax Returns
It is important to keep your annual tax returns in case the IRS decides to audit you and you need to prove that you filed your taxes correctly. If filing your taxes via a software service, be sure to print out the returns and store them in your home safe. The IRS only has three years to perform an audit, so your returns can safely be recycled after this time has passed.
Digital Copies of Family Photos
Family photos are a priceless and irreplaceable way to commemorate important milestones, and they’re not something that you want to lose. In addition to having your photos printed out, you should also store digital copies on an external hard drive.
Another document that is stressful and time-consuming to replace, birth certificates are something that rarely need to be accessed but need to be kept protected. Make sure the birth certificates of every member of the family are stored in your home safe.
Property Insurance Policies
In the event that your home suffers fire damage, it’s important to have the contact information for your homeowners insurance company easily accessible in your safe. Also, write down and store the contact information for your insurance agent so that you can quickly contact them.
Your Local Family-Owned Safe Company
Suburban Door Check and Lock Service is your Chicagoland source for highly secure home safes. If you’re looking for the best way to secure your most important documents, we’d recommend contacting us so that one of our expert locksmiths can help choose the right safe for your home.