Wondering about safekeeping for important things in your Sydney-area home? This is a question often posed to locksmiths in Sydney. Is it better for you to purchase a high-quality safe from your 24-hour locksmith and keep it at home or in the office or should you acquire a safety deposit box held at your bank, which you can only presume will provide better security that your home alarm system?

Using a Home Safe

Graphic17When you’ve looked at the safes for sale listings or talked to your Sydney area locksmith about an ideal safe for your home, you should understand the very few safes get broken into or stolen from a home location despite information to the contrary from the many television programmes that show a burglar’s life is quite easy one.

The advantage of having a safe at home is that anything you want to keep away from prying eyes is always available to you. The clear disadvantage is that even if burglars cannot break into your safe, they may be locked out, but they might still be able to pick up your safe and run off with it.

Safe-Deposit Box

Safe-deposit boxes have received poor press from the film industry because gangs of thieves find it relatively easy to break into a bank overnight, gain access to the area where the safe-deposit boxes are held and then spend the rest of the evening opening each box to decide what to steal. In reality, when was the last time you ever heard of a bank having its safe-deposit boxes opened illegally?

Television programs also portray safe-deposit boxes somewhere that people can hide their ill gotten gains from illegal activity, or for one spouse to hide money and other expensive items from the other spouse.

Safe-deposit boxes tend to be relatively small compared to the size of safes you can purchase from your 24-hour locksmith. If you have a lot of items that you need to store in a safe, you might need to hire a larger safe-deposit box.

When your items are held at a bank, you would like to believe that they are better protected from flood, fire and other natural disasters which could strike at your home. Losing particularly favourite photographs and special family items of jewellery would be disastrous under any circumstance.

Paying a Rental Fee

You do have to pay a rental fee to use a safe-deposit box at a bank and the amount varies considerably so you will need to compare banks before making a final decision.

If a thief does manage to break into your home, at least you know that your valuable items will be safe elsewhere.

For those people that keep items handy before putting them into the safe, there is a period where those items will not be secure and if your bank’s location is a 20 minute drive away, you are going to have to carefully consider taking items to the bank and other delayed occasions when you’re looking for retrieval.

On the plus side, your family will know where all the important documents are held, but you must keep track of your key or pin number to gain entry to your bank safe-deposit.

You won’t be able to get into your bank safe 24/7 and you’ll have to weigh up the balance of paying rental to the bank or purchasing a bigger and more secure safe that cannot be stolen, at home. For some people, it makes sense to have a safe and a safety deposit box, too.