Do You Own a Safe? Why Not?
Approximately two million homes are burglarized every year. That’s one home every
fifteen seconds or so. Police only catch one out of ten burglars, which means the
bad guys do it over and over again. Burglaries result in over $4.5 billion in losses
annually, or over $2000 for the average victim.
A safe can be had for under a hundred dollars, or up to several hundred, and can
You don’t need to be a convenience store, a jewelry store, or a bank to need a safe.
If you keep money or credit cards in your house, you need a safe. If you have uninsured
or uninsurable jewelry, you need a safe. If you have essential paper documents,
like birth certificates, Social Security cards, insurance papers, stocks, bonds,
or vehicle titles, you need a safe. Investing in a fireproof safe will also protect
cash and valuables and save you the hassle of replacing important documents in case
of a fire.
I’ve had four different safes over the past twenty years, because my needs have
changed. While living at school and then in a small apartment, I had a portable,
fireproof safe for documents and jewelry. (Yes, I wear gold jewelry, but that’s
another story.) Then, when I owned a multifamily building, I upgraded to a medium-sized
safe. And now that I have a family, I protect our belongings with a larger safe.
There’s also a safe specifically for firearms, but we’ll get into that some other
I’ve always owned SentrySafe products. There are certain brands whose products always
seem to work perfectly, right out of the box. Products that work so well, once you
buy one, you’ll never have to replace it. That’s SentrySafe’s line of products.
SentrySafe is a family-owned business that has been making fire-resistant safes
for over eighty years. I’m proud to be working with them on a campaign to introduce
their new Big Bolt Safe
. This little beast is sitting right here, bolted to my floor, as a handy thief
SentrySafe’s values — “Quality, Loyalty, Growth, and Innovation” — are evident in
their products. These are terms I identify and agree with, as I’m German Shepherd-loyal,
and innovation is what keeps my kids fed.
As a homeowner or apartment dweller, you know stuff happens. Your first concerns
should be theft and fire prevention. You probably have home insurance, but instead
of relying on a reactive solution to these issues, wouldn’t it be better to add
a layer of protection, actively reducing your risk ahead of time, for a fraction
of the cost of insurance? What do you think?
Robert Siciliano is a Personal and Home Security Expert for SentrySafe. See him
Discussing burglar proofing your
home on Fox Boston.