Throughout many parts of Europe such as The Netherlands, Belgium and to a slightly lesser extent Germany, having a safe in your home is as natural and common as having a TV. It is just one of life’s necessities to the people of these countries. This is not because burglary or indeed other crime statistics are higher in these countries than in the UK. It is because enjoying the peace-of-mind that a safe provides is a contentment that the residents of these countries would not even contemplate living without.
Safes can and should be used to securely store not only cash and extremely valuable jewellery but a multitude of other items which are either time consuming and complicated to replace or indeed, simply irreplaceable. The family passports needed the night before that long-awaited holiday, a will that should be stored securely, insurance documents and share certificates are all items which alone may not have any significant value themselves but can be difficult and sometimes even costly to replace. Whilst other things such as a child’s first tooth, a partner’s love letter or indeed any sentimental trinket or family heirloom may to the owner be priceless.