People have been trying to put their valuables aside for safekeeping for thousands of years – no matter if we are talking about diamonds, property deeds or any other personal possessions. Over the years, safe deposit boxes have evolved a lot and they have become virtually impenetrable: featuring state of the art technologies that securely lock the box and all the valuable belongings inside them, these safe deposit boxes are a great addition to any residence, bank, post office or other institution that handles expensive objects.
Safes are great for storing not just gemstones and precious metals, but also wills, birth certificates, passports, marketable securities, computer data and so forth – some of the safes are designed in such a manner that they can withstand natural disasters, such as fire or flood.
Safe deposit boxes can be either bought (usually for residential use) or rented for an extended period of time – while some institutions specialize exclusively in renting deposit boxes, other financial institutions (banks, for instance) have these boxes safely installed within a larger vault. In either case, the renter usually pays a fee in order to use the box, and the box can either use a biometric dual-control security system or it uses a traditional code or cipher. At the time being, most hotels and cruise ships offer their customers the possibility to rent a small safe.