If you have high value items such as jewellery, watches, passports, credit cards, computer data and identification documents, you may want to consider storing them in a safe.

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There are two options – either a home safe or a safety deposit vault.

If you opt for a safe in your home, make sure it's fire rated. Home safes are also insurance rated according to the type and value of items designed to be kept inside, so check with your insurance company first to make sure you're adequately covered.

Position the safe carefully so it won't be easily discovered. Don't put it in your bedroom as this is the first place a burglar will look.

Make sure you bolt your safe to a wall or floor.

For more information on safes, see Secured By Design.

If you have a large amount of family gold or jewellery, consider using a safety deposit vault. This removes the risk of storing valuables in your own home and can also make your home less of a target to burglars.

Contact your insurance company should you opt for this, as it may affect your current policy and premium.

The National Pawnbrokers Association can give you more information about safety deposit vaults in your area.