Keep Your Home Office Safe & Secure

Mar 3, 13 • Money & Finance
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In a report, the FBI notes that every 14.6 seconds a burglary occurs. There are home office essentials available to keep all of your belongings safe and secure.

 
By: Jennifer Fischer

After spending an entire weekend getting your home office organized, the last thing you want to think about is a thief breaking in, destroying all of your hard work and taking some of your most valuable electronic devices. However, it could happen. In the latest Uniform Crime Report, the FBI notes that every 14.6 seconds a burglary occurs. There are some home office essentials to have to keep all of your belongings safe and secure.

Fireproof Safe
A fireproof safe is a must-have for any home office. Use it to store important banking paperwork, precious metals and personal documents for your family, such as birth certificates, death certificates, marriage certificates, social security cards and passports. While a built-in wall or floor safe is the most difficult for a burglar to steal, a portable safe can be just as secure if it’s hidden in an out-of-sight, tough-to-find place. This is also an ideal place to store any family heirlooms, such as jewelry, artwork or photos.

Alarm System
Protect your entire home with a security system. It doesn’t need to be complex or expensive, often just seeing that a home is protected with an alarm is enough to scare off criminals. A recent Washington Post article noted that a home with a security system is three times less likely to be targeted by burglars.

Worried that it will be complicated to use? Check online for reviews of various alarm systems to find one that highly rated and easy to operate for users of all ages.

Shredder
Invest in a heavy-duty paper shredder to get rid of old documents containing sensitive information such as your social security number, address, banking information or phone number. If you have a lot to dispose of, opt for a model that can shred multiple sheets of paper at the same time to spend less time shredding and more time getting things accomplished in your home office.

External Hard Drive
Backup digital family photos, home videos and other files to anexternal hard drive. This will protect them in case your computer crashes and you’ll be able to transfer them to another computer quickly. Choose a compact model that can be stored safely in your fireproof safe. Like a home security system, an external hard drive will only protect you if you use it, so backup important files regularly. Put a reminder on your calendar on the same day every month to make it an easy-to-remember routine.

Photo Catalog of Valuables
Create a catalog of all electronics, valuables and other big-ticket items in your home office, as well as those valuables in other rooms in your home. Make detailed notes of the item description, how much you paid for it and it’s current value if you know it. Photograph every item, capturing any detailed markings to make the item unique. In the event of a break-in, thisphoto catalog will make it much easier to file your insurance claims and get reimbursed for anything that is stolen from your home. Keep these records in your fireproof safe with all of your other important documents.

About the Author:
Jennifer Fischer is a freelance writer and home decorator who loves sharing DIY tips on decorating a home on a budget.

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