Diamonds are a girl’s best friend. And so are furs, passports, property deeds, car titles, cash and wine! Both ladies and gentlemen own personal possessions that they treasure dearly, and it’s important to keep those valuables in proper storage, safe from theft or damage.
When you are deciding how to protect your irreplaceable items, consider the types of items you’ll be storing. That will help you decide which storage technique you need.
Irreplaceable jewelry is one of the first items that people consider when storing valuables. Diamond engagement rings, family heirlooms, gold, silver and other priceless gems should likely be kept safe from thieves in a safe deposit box. If you prefer easier access to your jewels, however, you might invest in your own wall safe, floor safe or small fireproof safe. When storing jewelry, place it in a velvet-lined box or tray. You can also store it in a velvet or suede bag. Be sure to make an inventory list of all items in your in-home safe or safe deposit box. Your list should also include the replacement value and a photo of each item. This could help you recover your valuables or get insurance reimbursement, if they are stolen.
In the game of rock-paper-scissors, paper trumps rock because it’s more valuable than you think. (Try getting a new birth certificate or passport; it’s not that easy.) That’s why you should keep your valuable documents safe from theft and damage by storing them in a safe or a safe deposit box. A fireproof safe is essential since paper can go up in flames in a flash. Safes are rated by how long they can withstand continuous heat, and most safes can protect your items from damage for 30 minutes to 2 hours. Invest in the most highly-rated one you can afford. Also, make sure your in-home safe is securely installed in a wall or bolted to the floor. Thieves have been known to pick up unsecured safes and carry them away, so make it as difficult as possible for burglars to remove your safe. Take extra care when storing documents and always place papers in a sealed Ziploc bag. Even if your safe is protected from fire, this will help keep your documents from being destroyed by water damage.
Scissors beat paper and can be a dangerous weapon. You might have even more powerful gear in your home that needs to be safeguarded. Guns and ammunition should be kept at home in a locked gun cabinet or gun safe to keep children and burglars from gaining access and causing harm. It’s also smart to keep your ammunition locked in a separate cabinet or safe. That way if someone nabs your gun, they won’t have any bullets to fire. If you are unsure about the best way to store your weapons, ask your local gun shop or sporting goods store for advice.
Jewelry, documents and weapons are just a few of the valuable items that you may want to keep in storage at home or off-site. Other items to consider for safekeeping are furs, fine wine, collectible art, family heirlooms and other antiques. Most of these items should be stored in temperature-controlled environments that keep them protected from the wear and tear of time. Furs should be placed in cold storage at a fur shop or dry cleaners, because heat dries out the garment and can result in tears. Wine should be kept at a steady temperature (between 50-55 degrees Fahrenheit) to keep it from spoiling. In general, cool, dry environments will keep furniture and valuable artwork from deteriorating. (When looking for a storage unit, be sure to ask about temperature and humidity control.)
When it comes to storing valuables, play it safe by making a comprehensive inventory list and using the appropriate storage technique. The efforts you put into properly securing your valued possessions will likely pay off for you!