Unlike in many other Western countries where every other household has at least one safe (or even numerous safes for different purposes), there is no such tradition to buy a safe in Lithuania. The only exception is when you keep a weapon, and only because it is required by law. Most people start considering getting a safe after they have been through an unpleasant experience, such as, for instance, robbery.
There is no clear explanation to why it is so. People tend to believe that bad things happen to others and not them. Often they are convinced that an armor-plated door is safe enough, or that an alarm can prevent a theft, or insurance will compensate all potential losses, or even that they simply have nothing valuable to protect. Particulalrly surprising is that those who live in a private house or a cottage don’t usually have a safe either. It is very inconsiderate since such houses are quite easy to get into, for example, through a window. Strangely enough, even the most luxurious homes aren’t always equipped with safes. And the number of incidents when a thief used a window to brek into a house has recently increased in Lithuania.
So why is it important to have a safe?
It goes without saying that making sure our property and valuable things are secure is crucial if we don’t want to put ourselves at risk. But applying only one of the safety measures is not enough, it is important to use all of them in complex. A good armored door is a must not just in a regular apartment but in a private house too, because when robbers break in through a window, they are not able to take the things out the same way. Moreover, the neighbors or passers-by can get suspicious (especially if they spot a broken window). Also, whether you live in an apartment or a private house, it is extremely important to secure the windows with additional locking devices or lockable handles. These things don’t cost too much, however, they significantly increase overall safety. If you live in a cottage or a private house, don’t leave ladders, boxes or anything that can be used to get into your house outside. An alarm is a good way to secure your property, but it doesn’t stop thieves from breaking in; it only gives them less time to operate. And it is a matter of a few minutes to cause serious damage and steal or destroy your valuables. Another measure of security is insurance. As much as important it is, it doesn’t really protect you but covers financial losses after the crime has been carried out. In Western countries, though, insurance companies will agree to insure your property and valuables only if you have a safe. More than that, all safes have a special ‘cash and valuables’ rating that shows what level of security a particular safe has. Insurance companies rest on this rating to make their decision upon the insurance amount. Although such approach has not been practiced in Lithuania yet, all indications are that it will soon be applied here too. And how about the things that have little to no financial value, but emotionally are very dear to you? Media with the most precious pictures, documents, the loss of which can cause serious troubles, computers with important information, or even a small amount of money – these things are very easy to steal and almost impossible to restore or compensate. This is where a safe comes in handy. A safe does not replace the rest of the security measures, but it prevents thieves from stealing the belongings that are quick to grab and easy to carry. Some safes have such a high security level that they can hardly be opened even given enough time, but a simple home safe will too become an insurmountablechallenge for a thief in a hurry.
We have collected a list of things that are most often kept in safes to graphically illustrate and help you better understand the importance of a safe:
- Passports, birth certificates, personal identity cards;
- Cash, credit cards;
- Documents: house books, agreements, company incorporation contracts and other documents;
- Media and other equipment with important information that needs to be kept away from others;
- Computers and other expensive equipment;
- Jewellery, coins / collections of precious metals;
- Works of art;
- Expensive instruments;
- Old photographs or other pictures that are dear to you;
- Keys, access cards;
- Other valuables (not only in cash).
The bottom line is that all security methods are crucial and cannot replace one another. These days it is especially important to have them all at once. A safe is a necessity for an apartment, private house or a cottage. It is the only way to keep your valuables away from an on-the-fly theft. One last piece of advice – start taking care of your property and belongings right now, because tomorrow might be too late.