When was the last time you heard or saw any kind of Identity Theft advertising?
Chances are… very recently.
Be it from AM Radio, TV, or the Internet, these days identity theft protection ads are everywhere.
It makes sense.
After all, there is a huge need for ID Theft prevention, and there are a myriad of products that can help.
But among this bombardment of information competing for your “low monthly fee” to protect you from digital theft, it is often forgotten that sometimes
you are most vulnerable in your own back yard.
The question we’d like you to consider today is, how are you protecting the physical version of your documents and records from falling into the wrong hands?
Where in your home are your private and personal documents? Are you protecting them at all?
Passports, social security cards, insurance documents, medical records, USB drives, your laptop or iPad, and what about your children’s birth certificates?
The list of important documents goes on and on.
The answer for how to protect this sensitive information is very simple.
You should probably keep all of them in a safe.
There are three basic recommendations I would make to anyone getting started with a safe for burglar and identity protection:
- Make sure the safe has at least an RSC UL rating classification.
This classification means the sage has been tested for prying and torching attacks for a period of 5 minutes.
5 Minutes is the minimum burglary classification UL assigns.
- Bolt the safe down to the floor. If you don’t do it, and the safe weighs less than 300 Lbs, it will very probably be taken out of your property. On the contrary, if you do bolt it down, it is almost impossible to steal.
- Place the safe somewhere as hidden as you can. If the burglars see it, they might attempt to open it (if they have the time while burglarizing your house) but if they don’t see it, they might not even look for a safe.
The threat from fire is as real as the threat from burglary.
If we also take into consideration that you are protecting documents, paper or digital, you might like to know that a safe can have a fire rating.
Fire ratings for safes are measured against the amount of time it takes for the paper or the media contained within the safe to burn.
For example, a UL fire label of 350-1 means that the safe endured temperatures of 1700 F for a time of 1 hour before the interior reached a temperature of 350 F. At 350F, paper starts to char. With a UL Fire Label of 350-1, we would be in the presence of a 1 Hour Fire rated Safe.
There is also what are called Media Safes.
Media safes protect digital assets.
Digital media gets damaged at 125 F, which is considerably less than paper (350 F), so special safes are created for them.
Media safes are specially rated as well.
Other types of safes you might consider are Floor Safes and Wall Safes, which are installed hidden in the floor or wall.
These are great to conceal the location of the safe but are less practical to retrieve documents when needed, since the access to them is not as direct.
Regardless of your needs and budget, it’s a good idea to take action and protect your identity by placing all those documents that can be easily stolen by burglars inside a safe.
If you stop to think about it, your identity is even more valuable than your jewels (as has been shown over and over again in identity theft cases).
In every Safe Showroom, there are options for every budget. Even the simplest of solutions might be the difference between an identity theft nightmare and peace of mind.
Just don’t leave it for tomorrow.
Moises Szarf is the Online Marketing Manager for ASAP Lock & Safe, a South Florida company with more than 20 years in the Safes business.