The ever-present risk of burglary is enough to make anyone nervous when they leave their home unattended. Locking your doors and tightening your home’s security are important for deterring burglars, but there’s no guarantee that an ambitious thief won’t try to break in anyway. If one does make it inside, it’s important to minimize the loss they can cause. With careful planning and clever thinking, you can protect your most prized possessions from theft. How do you do that? With good hiding places, of course.
Simply hiding your valuables might seem a little elementary at first, but it’s an incredibly effective way to ensure the things you care about most stay out of the wrong hands. When you’re hiding items such as passports, emergency cash, spare keys, or anything else you don’t need to access on a daily basis, you can get even craftier with your places. Let’s take a quick look at the worst places to keep a secret stash.
The Worst Places to Hide Your Valuables
- Portable safe:
Portable safes seem secure but they only keep your valuables safe from people who aren’t afraid to steal the whole thing, along with what’s inside. If you decide to use one, make sure it’s too heavy to walk off with.
- Under bed or mattress:
Movies, TV and common knowledge have ruined this hiding spot forever and it’s often one of the first places a thief will look.
- In drawers or with clothing:
Drawers and closets might seem like a difficult place to search through, but they’re actually easy to quickly plunder. Tucking valuables in a sock drawer or between shirts in your closet is never safe.
- In the freezer: While hiding valuables in the freezer has become a popular option, it only takes seconds to search a freezer. Save room in your freezer for pizza and ice cream.
- In a book: Tucking spare cash in-between pages of books is never a smart hiding place. Burglars can comb through a shelf of books and flush out any hidden cash in minutes.
What is a Good Hiding Spot?
There are two rules that every good hiding place should satisfy. First, the hiding spot should be inconvenient and time-consuming to access and second, your hiding spot should be as mundane and ordinary as possible. According to Anatomy of a Burglar, burglars spend on an average of 8 to 12 minutes in your home and typically head to the master bedroom first to check for valuables. They don’t have time to search your whole house so they grab whatever valuables are easily within reach or hidden in common places. The more discreet and nondescript your hiding spot is, the less likely a burglar will find your valuables.
The best places and techniques for hiding valuables in your home include:
Stashing your valuables in a broken, outdated appliance is a great hiding spot. A thief will likely not take the time to disassemble an appliance to see if anything of worth is inside. You may want to save this hiding place for items you don’t need to access quite as often.
False fixtures are the ultimate hard to access hiding spot and a thief probably wouldn’t take the time to search them. They come in a variety of options including false lighting fixtures, air vents and electrical sockets.
Choosing a hiding spot that’s as ordinary as possible is actually quite easy. Decoy containers that resemble pantry items or cleaning supplies are a great idea and will likely not be found by a burglar.
Build Your Own Spot
Sometimes the best way to conceal your valuables is to build the perfect custom-hiding place. Charles Robinson’s book, “The Construction of Secret Hiding Places”, is an informative, comprehensive guide to building Hiding Spots into your own home. There are dozens of recommendations in the book and you might even come up with a few ideas of your own while reading it. You can find the book in PDF format or on Amazon.
When it comes to inconvenience, nothing tops burying your valuables in the soil of a potted plant. What burglar wants to sift through dirt to check for something worth stealing? Simply put your items in a waterproof bag and tuck them toward the bottom of the pot. There’s likely no chance that any robber is going to dig through your potted plants and you’ll feel especially clever every time you walk by your favorite plant.
How Do You Hide YOUR Valuables?
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Author bio: Maile Proctor is a content editor for Carpe daily. She earned her Bachelor’s in Broadcast Journalism and Television Production from Chapman University. When she’s not working or writing, she enjoys hiking, working out, and officiating basketball.
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