Safes Provide Homeowners with Peace of Mind

Residential SafesDue to the success of shows like Pawn Stars, American Pickers, and Storage Wars, our most prized items has been thrusted into the spotlight like never before. Is it because we have a greater appreciation for family, heritage, and history? Or is it because we have lost faith in the economy, in banks, in fellow man, that we have no choice but to put a price tag on these special items? It’s probably a combination of the two, but at Value Safes, we vote for the latter. For almost ten years, we have been seemingly in recovery mode, living on a seesaw of unpredictability. The only thing left for us to put our faith in is our prized possessions. Do we sell or do we store? The answer is not a simple one, but we think you should protect and store them.

 

There are many disasters that can occur, whether that be a fire, flood, break-in, or another calamity. This spring and summer has seen all of those things and more; there are wildfires raging out west, there were floods in Texas and Oklahoma, and crime rates in metro areas have seen a spike. The world is telling you to insure and protect your valuables, the ones that are impossible to replace. You may not have faith in banks or Wall Street, but you can have faith in our safes. Whether you need to store items like jewels, rarities like antique books, or important documentation like birth certificates, marriage certificates, and more, our safes will provide you with peace of mind, and that is something that is truly hard to come by nowadays.

 

Isn’t that what summer is all about though? Enjoying your days and nights while you can rest easy knowing that your most prized items are safe and sound. There are many blog posts that deal with being happy and healthy in the summertime, like working out or eating better, or simply spending more time outdoors; what these blog posts don’t inform you is that the true secret to being happy and healthy is knowing that the things you care about the most are safe (pun intended!) and sound.

A Real Life Example that Shows the Importance of Safes

Theives In the hit movie Fight Club, the film’s antagonist Tyler Durden says, “The things you own end up owning you. It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.” That is a certainly a nihilistic statement, but it makes sense; we place  a lot of value into the things that we own that they end up owning us. Is that really a bad thing though? Do we want to be truly free? We’re probably getting a little too philosophical here, but our main point is that we care about the things that we own; they are, to put it mildly, how we make our mark on this world. They are our fossil record, what we pass along to future generations, our heirlooms, what we worked so hard in this life to acquire, own, and hold onto?

 

If possessions are indeed frivolous, as Tyler Durden seems to be suggesting, why are people so shattered and heartbroken when they lose those items, either by burglary or debt? The answer is simple: possessions aren’t frivolous. Try telling that to this couple in Waikato, New Zealand, who recently had centuries of heirlooms stolen over the course of a night.

 

Maybe not centuries of heirlooms, but definitely a century of heirlooms were stolen from the home of Carol and Alan Way during daylight hours. In the Waikato Times, Phillipa Yalden writes, “Thieves went through very room, drunk juice from the fridge, and smashed down the locked Rimu door of the couple’s bedroom to swipe family jewelry and heirlooms dating back four generations. She [Carol] believes the thieves must have been in the house long enough to rummage through each room, loading items into bags and even hunting down a vintage bottle of homebrew brandy. A half-drunk carton of apple juice from the fridge was found strewn by the creek.”

 

SafesThe thieves picked the house clean, like a carrion bird picking apart the body of some dead animal. There was nothing left. Their entire history of emotions and family were swiped by burglars and the couple is in a state of shock, as if they lost a large chunk of themselves. Now they’re suffering from their loss, knowing something is beating inside their heart, a memory, an item, but when they try to grab it, there’s nothing there. In Carol’s words, “I am absolutely, even the cameo brooch I wore at my mother’s funeral is gone, everything has a memory to them.” That’s what we always say  Value Safes – everything has a memory to them. That’s why it’s ultra-important to make sure they are in a secure and safe location. Unfortunately, Carol and Alan did not have one of our safes. If they did, they would still have their treasured items.

 

Other items that were stolen include memorabilia from ‘Moody’s Milkbar’, a store that Carol’s father opened up in 1947, an old-fashioned tin with racing horses on the front, the etched Fob watch engraved with Carol’s great grandmother’s initials, a pendant from her great grandfather’s collection, a stack of Kathmandu jackets, and more. Literally, a treasure trove of important family items, things that can’t ever be replaced. The couple is working with local police and reaching out on social media to try to get to the bottom of this mess and hopefully get their family history back.

 

At Value Safes, we make sure that this kind of tragedy will never happen to you. Contact us today to learn more.

 

 

 

Will a Personal Safe Lower Homeowner’s Insurance?

 

A person’s home is their castle. It’s the place they should feel safe and comfortable. When a person buys a standard home insurance coverage policy they are protecting themselves for those “just in case” moments when bad things could occur. Homeowner’s insurance typically pays for damage or destruction to a person’s house and their personal property.

 

Does owning and using a safe to store your valuables get you a discount on your homeowner’s insurance? Sometimes it does. It’s a smart idea to mention that you keep your expensive items locked up in a safe and see what your particular insurance company thinks about that– they may offer you a discount on your premium because the likelihood of anything bad happening to items in a safe is low.

 

sure. Because they’re locked away in a safe, these items are essentially safe from damage or destruction. Safes offer both security and fire protection– two things insurance companies appreciate.

fire and burglary safe

Some insurance companies keep a list of certain safe brands that will specifically help you get discounts. Things like “fire ratings” or the size and strength of the bolts/locks can come into play with the idea that the stronger the safe, the better chance that whatever’s in it will not be easily stolen or destroyed…hence, the insurance company can “rest easy” knowing they won’t have to pay for replacing certain valuable, expensive items since the safe is so…safe.

 

In the past, people used to think of storing their important items in a bank’s “safe deposit box.” Today, with personal safes being affordable, it makes more sense to own your own safe for use in your own home so you have unrestricted access to it at any time. Furthermore, there’s a peace-of-mind that comes from knowing where your specific valuables are being kept and that you can use your combination to open your safe to check on the items at any time.

 

When looking to buy your own safe, always buy one that’s physically bigger than you think you need at the time. Bigger is better when buying a safe as you’ll tend to fill the space up over time. Factors to consider include the thickness of the safe’s metal (or other materials), its type of locking mechanism, and its fire rating.

 

If you notice the term “TL-15,” which include some of the safes for sale on Value Safe’s website, that means the safe door can successfully resist entry for a net assault time of 15 minutes when attacked with common hand tools, picking tools, mechanical or portable electric tools, grinders, drills or pressure devices. A TL-30’s safe door can pass the same test for 30 minutes. Do note, however, that this does not include attacks on the sides or top. If you want a safe that is extremely strong on all 6 sides, choose a TRTL-30X6, which can withstand a 30 minute torch/tool attack on all 6 sides of the safe.

 

As for fire ratings, consider purchasing a safe that offers at least a minimum of 1 hour fire protection. Keep in mind that no safe is totally fireproof…most safes, however, are quite fire resistant and able to withstand 30 to 150 minutes of fire.

 

Safes keep your valuables safe. Remember to ask your insurance company if they offer any discounts for owning and using safes to store your most valuable assets.
 

 

Six Types of Important Documents You Could Lose In A Fire [Infographic]

 

If you’re one of the many children who sat through fire-safety demonstrations back in grade school, you probably remember lying awake at night, petrified with the fear of your home catching fire. As adults, we worry in a different way, by making sure we’re prepared with fire alarms and exit plans that ensure our family’s safety. But one thing we don’t think about enough are the documents that are very difficult or even impossible to replace in the case of a fire. Here are six types of documents that you might think about protecting with a fireproof filing cabinet or safe.

 

Government Issued

While losing a passport, birth certificate, marriage certificate, or social security card might not be the end of the world, these government issued documents can be tough—and sometimes very expensive—to replace. You probably don’t need to use them very often, so why not keep them in a safe place?

 

Sentimental Keepsakes

This category could entail very different things for different people. Maybe you have the original copy of a picture of your grandfather serving his country, or a lovely poem written by your spouse back in high school. These are the types of items that can truly never be replaced and are absolutely devastating to lose.

 

Worst-Case

We don’t mean to get all doom-and-gloomy, but house fires are dangerous, and there’s always a chance that someone won’t make it out. That’s why it’s important to have a will stored safely, as well as any advance directives and powers of attorney. Remember to check with your state laws to see exactly how you should prepare for the worst.

 

Contracts

Did your neighbor loan you a llama a few years back? Are your friends legally obligated to pay your bar tab every time you’re together? Good luck proving it without a legal contract, especially when they validate less ridiculous deals than these.

 

Property

It’s important to have proof of what you own, especially if most of it has burned to ashes in a fire. While deeds and titles should be your first priority, a home inventory can be a lifesaver when dealing with insurance companies in the wake of a fire.

 

Digital

Some might say, “Who keeps paper documents anymore? All my stuff is backed up on this tiny thumb drive.” We’ll see how well that miracle of modern technology stands up to scorching flames. It’s great that we can back up a bunch of our stuff digitally, but the backup still needs to be protected.

 

To save yourself the extra headache if and when a disastrous fire strikes, order a fireproof safe or filing cabinet from ValueSafeInc.com today.

 

As well, below is an infographic of tips on how you can prevent residential fires.

 

Residential Fire Protection

A fire safe is an important addition to your overall security strategy

A good fire safe is an important part of an overall security strategy.  The results of a fire can be devastating enough, but if you lose all of your important documents and other valuables, it is even more devastating.  So if you are considering purchasing a safe, make sure that it has a fireproof rating.  Typical fireproof ratings are 1-hour fireproof and 2-hour fireproof.  A 1-hour fireproof rating, for example, means that the safe has been tested under actual fire conditions to ensure that the interior of the safe does not rise above a certain temperature.

Fireproof safes are also tested to keep the interior humidity low, to prevent damage from the water used to put out the fire.  You can also buy special media safes, which are intended to protect valuable computer backup data from the harmful effects of fire and water.  They are tested to much sticter standards to keep your valuable media safe.  For more information on the fire safe.

Jewelry safes offer high security for your valuables

Jewelry safes offer a high degree of security for your valuables.   Jewelry safes carry a burglary rating, such as the UL TL 15 or TL 30 rating.  This rating means that the jewelry safes have been tested against attempts to open them.  For example, a TL 15 rating means that a professional locksmith using common locksmithing tools was unable to open the safe in a period of 15 minutes.

Jewelry safes are constructed of special materials.  They usually have 5″ thick doors and 1-1/2″ thick steel bodies.  They use 1-1/2″ steel locking bolts, and the locking mechanism is surrounded by drill-resistant hardened steel plate.  They are designed to be bolted to the floor from the inside.  So if you want the most in security for your valuables, consider getting a jewelry safe.  For more information on jewelry safes.