Whether you rent, own, or live in a college dorm—you should seriously consider the benefits of keeping your valuables in a safe or lock box. What you keep under lock and key is entirely up to you, but there are a few items that are more vulnerable or valuable than others.

What Should You Keep In Your Home Safe?

Below is a list of some of the most common items to keep locked in your safe:

  • Extra cash and emergency credit cards
  • Jewelry and heirlooms
  • Passport and copy of all ID
  • Vital documents—birth certificate, marriage license, will, insurance, etc.
  • Contracts and business papers
  • Small collectibles like coins or stamps
  • Spare keys to home and cars
  • A copy of all passwords and codes

You Have Many Options To Choose From

The options in safes and lock boxes are endless. Both are available in a variety of sizes, with a variety of features and functions. Generally speaking, safes are more secure, because they are more challenging to breach, but also because they are less mobile. That being said, the innovative options in lock boxes allow you to hide items in plain sight—which is perfect for dorm rooms and shared living spaces.

Do your homework before you buy, and make sure that your safe or lock box has the features you require. As a general rule of thumb, higher security safes cost more. Placement is also key. Ideally, you want your safe to be installed in a wall or closet—but if you rent, this may not be an option. Either way, the goal is to be inconspicuous.

Don’t Forget To Upgrade Your Safe Locks

Just as with any other lock, you should periodically change and upgrade the locks on your home safe. Action Locksmiths is available to perform combination changes on all of your locks and safes—as well as a full range of residential locksmith services for Toronto home and business owners.