What You Should and Should Not Keep in Your Home Safe


A home safe is a great thing to own for personal security. Having peace of mind that your possessions are safe and out of the wrong hands is priceless, but what things are appropriate to keep in your safe? Many people are currently keeping items in a home safe that actually belong in a safety deposit box at a bank or shouldn't be in the home at all. A good rule of thumb is that anything that is valuable to you, but not a robber, can be stored in a home safe. Anything that is worth a lot of money or is irreplaceable, like family heirlooms or large sums of cash should not be in your safe. Here are some recommendations on the Do’s and Don’ts of home safes.

DO Keep in Your Safe

There are things that you may need on hand but want to keep stored in a secure place. Here are some things that are perfectly acceptable to keep in your home safe.

  • Documents: Documents such as social security cards, passports and insurance policies should be kept at home since you may need them in an emergency.
  • Your Will: You should always be in possession of the original copy of your will, so keeping it at home is the best place for it. You should also let a trusted person who does not live you know where it is.
  • Sentimental Treasures: There may be things you own that have no actual monetary value but are priceless to you, like vintage photographs or letters. These things are best kept at home but be sure to wrap them in a resealable plastic bag for preservation before placing in your safe.
  • Emergency Cash: A home safe is a great place to keep a small amount of cash for emergency purposes.

DO NOT Keep in Your Safe

There are certain things that should always be kept in a secure location away from your home, like a safety deposit box at a bank. These things are:

  • Expensive Jewelry: Keeping expensive jewelry or family heirlooms at home make them vulnerable to theft. These things are much safer outside of the home.
  • Documents that aren't usually needed: Paperwork that you wouldn't need outside of bank hours should never be kept in your safe, such as the deed to your home, birth certificates or car titles. These papers are safer kept at the bank.
  • Sensitive Computer Data: USB drives and external hard drives won't be subject to any sort of extreme temperature fluctuations in the bank vault.

For any questions or to purchase a home safe for your Edmonton home, contact All-Lock Rescue Ltd. today.