I’m planning to buy a small safe for my home. It will be used primarily to store important documents such as passports, social security cards, car title documents, and the like. I may also store some CDs or other media with backed-up computer data. I don’t expect that it will hold anything that’s particularly valuable, at least in monetary terms, so I’m not trying to keep the contents away from a determined or sophisticated thief. However, I would like the contents to be reasonably safe from casual theft, and from fires, floods, and other catastrophes.
Any advice on what I should look for? I’d appreciate either specific safe suggestions, or else some insight into what specifications the safe should meet.
Just to get the ball rolling, I was eyeing this model at Office Depot. Is that a reasonable choice? I’d spend a bit more than that if necessary, but I’d prefer to keep it under $250 or so.