There are a few important things in our homes we sometimes tend to neglect to safeguard, simply because we don’t realize their value or how their loss could actually impact our lives, especially our safety and security. Unlike money and other obviously valuable items (e.g. gadgets, jewelry), we occasionally just let these things sit around the house like they can never be stolen – until a burglar breaks in.
Without properly securing these things, though, we are otherwise compromising our own safety, as well as that of our family’s. So, what are these often-overlooked things, then? More importantly, how do we go about protecting them?
Some of the important things we tend to forget to lock away are documents that contain our personal information. Paper documents (e.g. birth certificates, property titles, bank statements) and ID’s (Social Security card, Driver’s license), for example, are sometimes overlooked and they end up simply lying around the house as if they do not contain confidential data. Little do we realize these documents also need to be kept well-secured, like money in the bank, because they can be used against us and can also facilitate identity theft.
It’s therefore advised that important documents like these are kept in safes or lock boxes as doing so ensures that no one unauthorized can gain access to our personal information – our intangible but valuable possessions that others can use for their own personal gain or malicious deeds.
Backup External Drives
In this era of computers and the Internet, data sharing and storage have become so convenient that we now have several options for safekeeping our files. Cloud storage provides easy accessibility and file-sharing anywhere, while external hard drives back up files faster (usually only taking minutes) and provide better protection against hacking.
Either file storage solution is actually fine. The only thing one must consider when using an external drive, though, is its susceptibility to physical loss or damage (e.g. theft, fire, or hard drive failure). Also, like paper documents, it is prone to unauthorized access and is, therefore, best kept in a locked container when not in use.
Medications (Emergency and Non-Emergency)
Many homeowners prefer to keep their medications in their old, trusty medicine cabinets, and there is nothing wrong with that, provided these are inaccessible to children who might mistakenly ingest medication thinking that it’s candy.
But then again, there are certain medications that should really be easily accessible — ones that might mean the difference in life and death situations.
A professional locksmith offers a solution by categorizing the medications into two groups: “emergency” and “non-emergency.” Non-emergency medications, especially prescription ones, should be stored in lockboxes while emergency medications, or the ones that need to be taken quickly (e.g. Nitroglycerine for chest pain), are best kept in a medicine cabinet that has a child latch lock.
Power tools are “just tools” but they’re expensive, highly useful, in-demand and most of all, they have a high resale value. Thus, these items are also popular among burglars.
To secure your power tools better, consider locking them up in sturdy boxes when not in use, or keeping them behind a locked (garage) door. This is because security works better in layers. Not only will this solution keep the tools from being stolen, it will also keep people from getting inadvertently injured or hurt.
Indeed, knowing which items and belongings in your house need to be secured, along with careful planning and execution of security measures, will definitely increase the overall safety in your home and for the whole family.
If you need a professional to help with any locksmith services in the Charlotte area, including safes or security and burglar alarm systems, contact our team at Eastway Lock & Key in Charlotte NC. We will be happy to assist. Give us a call at 704-347-1088, or complete our Contact Form and we’ll get back to you right away. Don’t forget to find us on Facebook and Twitter!