Nine Things to Keep in a Home Safe

Put these valuables in a home safe, not a bank safety deposit box. You'll be glad you did.

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A home safe lets you keep your important information and small valuables in one convenient, private, burglar-proof location. Spend more for a fire- and water-resistant safe, and you can keep these items secure in most catastrophic events. 

A break-in, a flood or a house fire can cause you to lose things that can’t be easily replaced: private/personal data, documents, electronics, heirlooms and keepsakes. With hurricane and wildfire season in play, this is a great time to move these nine things into a home safe and out of your safety deposit box, wallet and drawers.

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Donna LeValley
Personal Finance Writer

Donna joined Kiplinger as a personal finance writer in 2023. She spent more than a decade as the contributing editor of J.K.Lasser's Your Income Tax Guide and edited state specific legal treatises at ALM Media. She has shared her expertise as a guest on Bloomberg, CNN, Fox, NPR, CNBC and many other media outlets around the nation.