a home safe

Do You Need a Home Safe?

You may have spotted a safe at the store or online and bypassed it thinking that you probably don’t need one. After all, you may not live in a dangerous area, but robberies are just one reason people purchase a safe. Here are some reasons that you may find yourself in need of a home safe.


Hundreds of thousands of fires happen all over the United States every year, and you may have valuables you want to keep safe from the flames. Family pictures, vital documents, and heirlooms can go into a safe and away from harm. Insurance is available to replace expensive items, but some things are irreplaceable and should go into a safe to remain protected.  


Every state experiences some sort of flooding, and if you know you live in a flood-prone area, you may purchase insurance — but what about the items that cannot be replaced? A heavy safe can keep personal items in your home and also away from water. Many safes provide a waterproof seal that keeps moisture out even when fully submerged. 


One of the biggest reasons people get safes is to protect their valuables from thieves. Expensive jewelry, extra money, unused credit cards, and checks are all things people may consider keeping in a safe and away from easy access. A safe protects these items behind various types of locks including combination, key, RFID cards, and biometric scans. 

Irreplicable Items

Some of the most common things people keep in their safe include passports, original birth certificates, social security cards, legal documents, insurance policies, spare keys, cash, and jewelry. These items are difficult to replace or are irreplaceable. If you have any of these items, you may consider purchasing a safe to keep them out of harm’s way. A good general rule is that if you can stand to replace it, you don’t need a safe, but if you can’t live without some of your items, get a safe large enough to protect them. 

Location and Size

A safe doesn’t have to take up a considerable amount of space in your home unless you want to keep something large away from prying eyes. Smaller lock boxes and safes can easily fit in a closet or on a shelf, but there is a size limit. You should consider measuring around your home to make sure you have room for a potential safe before spending any money.  


There are several different types of safes you can purchase for a home including ones that install into the wall, floor, or desk. There are even safes that can sit in your cabinet disguised as a soda can, bottle of cleaning solution, or tube of chapstick. No matter what you want to keep hidden, there’s a safe that can keep your items secure and hard to find.  Prices, sizes, and features vary between types. 

Last Updated: August 30, 2016