I have a few small objects I care about, which I'd like to protect from unfortunate accidents.
Here are their stats
- small total volume (~24cm^3, more or less "half a glass"), very small weight
- worthless for anyone but me
- they also "look" worthless, i.e. it's not obvious that they are important for me, i.e. they might be mistaken for junk
- made of cloth
I've been keeping in a glass jar for the last ~15 years, and previously I've kept in a tin box (for other ~15 years I guess). This has worked well so far, but I've never had risk factors besides insects and guests.
Being in a glass jar
- makes it obvious that they are not to be thrown away by passer-bys
- protects them from insects and dust
- you see what's inside, you notice it has zero value, so even a random burglar likely wouldn't care (of course he might with to break the glass "just because he likes to destroy stuff", I guess it happens sometimes)
- it does not protect them from fires and earthquakes
Possible attack vectors
Feel free to add other attack vectors I didn't think about.
Given that I'll live on a second floor up a hill, I really wouldn't worry about floods, thought I might worry about water (for instance if an apartment at the top of the building catches fire, then water is likely to drop down to the lower floors while they try to extinguish it).
Given the situation, fire/water is then the most likely vector, together with insects, though I'm considering the others too, while I'm at it. This does not imply that fires are frequent here, just that the other attacks are much less frequent.
- it must resist to the "inanimate" attack vectors (especially Fires, better if also Earthquakes)
- it must resist to insects or other vermins
- it must make some attempt to resist to people attack vectors (guests, burglars)
- it should be very easily accessible, no key-codes, combinations, locks, etc. (unless they are a safety lock, which can be opened by people without keys or codes, but that is supposed to stay closed if it crashes or tumbles or something)
- better if it's transparent
- better if it's movable (i.e. not embedded in a wall)
- I shouldn't craft it myself (I'm not good with this sort of thing), but if I can find someone to craft it that's ok (i.e. it shouldn't be something so unusual that I can't easily find someone who crafts it)
- budget I'd say 100~1000€ (better if it's under 300€)
Of course, the more the container "looks important", it might increase the resistance towards natural element, but decrease that against burglars, who might think it is precious. If they do, I doubt adding some "ransom" info could help: if you are breaking into my house, then you really don't want to contact me anyway, not for any sum I'd be inclined to spend anyway. Maybe a disclaimer such as "this has no value for anyone besides me, srsly" might work, maybe not.
So, I don't know what a good compromise might be in this area.