Enhancing Your Home Security With A Safe

August 11, 2010 in Home Security System,Security improvements

With or without a home security system, almost every homeowner has a number of valuable possessions that he wants to protect at all cost. Oftentimes, people put valuable items such as expensive jewelry and wills in a safe at the bank, but there are always items you want to access easily, such as insurance papers and items of sentimental value. Whether your home is protected by a quality home security system, or you rely on good locks and the neighborhood watch for your home security, purchasing a safe can be a significant addition to your home security. A safe is designed to protect your possessions from fire and theft, and can come in a variety of sizes, organizational styles and fire protection ratings as well as a range of key locks, combination locks and both. It’s good to know that because the addition of a safe to a home security system is proven to lower the amount of insurance claims, many insurance companies offer discounts to homeowners who use a safe as part of their home security system.

When you decide to add a safe to your home security system, it’s a good idea to analyze exactly what you will be storing in the safe in order to choose the right size. For instance, if you simply want to store some small valuable items, a small safe will function adequately for your home security system. However, if you need to store a large number of documents and valuable items in a secure place, a bigger, heavier safe would be more appropriate. Before purchasing a safe as an addition to your home security, always remember to determine the size you need and the location it will be in. You want to make sure that it’s easily accessible to you at all times, and that it can fit in the allocated space in your home.

There are different types of safes you can use to round out your home security system. A wall safe is built into the wall to provide protection from theft, and is often hidden behind a painting, panel or bookshelf. A floor safe, likewise built into your home, is usually cemented into the floor or built in between floorboards and can easily be concealed by a rug or a piece of furniture. The free standing safe is the most commonly used. Because it’s both fire resistant and very heavy, it deters burglars and is an effective addition to your home security. A smaller safe that is used to hide small items and petty cash from burglars is the diversion safe, often disguised as a book or a soda can. One type of safe that is rapidly becoming more popular is the laptop safe, which is generally built into or under a desk drawer and is ideal for hiding laptops and other small computer equipment.

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