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.
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