Every home has valuable items that need to be protected from thieves. In the past, this constituted things such as money, jewelry, and antiques. With the frightening rise in identity theft, however, people are now concerned with hiding passports, birth certificates, and other important pieces of identification. While everyone will have some strategy for hiding their valuables, most of these tactics are incredibly ineffective.
A Good Hiding Place
People have been hiding valuables in a variety of ways for centuries. The classic hiding spot is inside of a mattress, in the back of a drawer, or even in a secret compartment in the wall. Modern options have included things such as fake cans of food in which items can be hidden or even fake books that hide in plain sight.
The major problem with these is that professional thieves know all of these tricks. They can spot a fake can of food, will empty every drawer, and pull every book off a shelf because they know people hide things this way. Worse yet, thieves are only one concern. A major fire can quickly destroy even the most well hidden valuable.
A Home Safe
Home safes are a much better option but they aren’t without their own problems. A safe needs to be fireproof and, if possible, waterproof as well. This will keep everything protected in the event of a disaster. They also need to be well constructed with a complex lock that is not easy to beat.
While these may be easy to come by, one thing many people fail to consider is the size and weight of the safe. It needs to be significantly heavy or someone can simply steal the entire safe. A small, lightweight safe is actually making a thief’s job easier. The problem, of course, is that such a large and heavy safe is often extremely expensive.
Safety Deposit Boxes
Safety deposit boxes are a wonderful option because they fit all of the above criteria. To begin with, they aren’t even located in your home. If someone were to break in, or if there is a catastrophe of some sort, your valuables are safely tucked away in a different location.
Secondly, a safety box is located in the strongest and most secure safe you can possibly find. Most are found within a bank vault that is protected by an array of high tech security systems. Breaking into your deposit box would require breaking into a full-fledged bank vault.
What makes a private safety deposit box so great, however, is that it is a surprisingly affordable option. Boxes of all sizes can be rented for a truly insignificant fee and can be used to store anything you’d like.
If you still hide your valuables in your home or rely on a small, poorly made home safe, you should consider renting a safety deposit box. It’s impossible to put a price on peace of mind and nothing can help you sleep better than knowing that all of your most important items are safely tucked away in a vault that even a nuclear bomb could not open.
St. James’ provides high security storage and safe deposit boxes in the centre of Manchester for your cash and other valuables.