There are a number of ways you can protect your valuables from getting stolen. Putting the most valuable of your items in safe deposit box for example insures that they will not get stolen by burglars. However, it’s not always practical to store all of your valuables away from your property, so you’ll need to find some clever ways to protect them at home.
Most burglars are not very methodical when robbing a home, even if you are away. This is because burglars understand that the more time they spend inside the home, the more likely they are to be caught. You can take advantage of a burglar’s natural haste by hiding items in places where they might not normally look. Here are the top 10 best places to hide valuables in your house.
1. Hollow Books
Believe it or not, this old fashioned method of hiding valuables is still the best, especially if you have a bookshelf full of older, hardbound books. You can find books of this type at certain stores or you can hollow them out yourself. Just be sure that it doesn’t stand out on your bookshelf. You’ll need enough real books on the shelf to make any search a tedious one for the burglar.
2. Kitchen Containers
The kitchen is perhaps the least burglarized room in the home, apart from any valuable appliances on the countertop. You can hide valuables in false containers in the kitchen cupboard, under the sink and even in the bathroom if the container is innocuous enough. It is best to create containers from old leftover ones that you have in the home for a more authentic look.
3. VHS Boxes
Let’s face it does anyone still watch VHS tapes? If you still have a VHS player, having several of these boxes around that contain your tapes can also make a great hiding place for your valuables. VHS tapes are basically worthless and a collection of which on your shelf will probably be ignored.
4. False Bottom Trash Cans or Under Plastic Liners
One of the last places any thief will scour is the trash for items of any value. Amid the coffee filters and chicken bones lies few rewards for any burglar. By hiding some of your valuables below the trash in false bottom containers or in a slim box that is under the plastic liner, your items will most likely stay safe.
Checking the refrigerator is another of the last places anyone looks for valuables. Perhaps even lower on the list is the freezer. You can wrap items in plastic or aluminum foil and keep them in the back of the freezer for safe keeping. The items must not be sensitive to the cold however and the package you store should not stand out, but look like any other that would be in the freezer. For example, it should look almost identical to any meat that you might wrap and keep in the freezer.
6. Floor Safe
A floor safe is certainly one of the best ways to keep your valuables safe. However, it’s also one of the most obvious and easiest to find as well as being somewhat expensive. Even a well hidden floor safe can generally be found because they are usually located in obvious places, such as the bedroom closet. Of course, prying open a floor safe is pretty tough even for a prepared burglar armed with the right tools. A lot of noise will be created and it takes valuable time as well. Although if the thief believes that what is in the safe is truly valuable, then they will leave without taking a thing and come back at another time fully prepared.
7. Dead Wall Outlet
Many homes have dead wall outlets that make great places to hide valuable items. There are many wall outlets that are away from electrical appliances and thus a thief will see them as innocuous. Be sure that the outlet is truly dead and don’t have it near a place where a burglar just might try to plug in a electrical device. Knowing that an outlet is dead just might tip off the burglar that it holds valuable items.
8. Building Components
Places such as door jams, floor panels, window sills, cabinet doors and the like are excellent places to hide small, valuable items. You can keep hidden cash tucked away under a window sill and no one would be the wiser. However, you don’t want to overdue it. Just keep a few things in these unusual places for protection.
9. House Plant
Ripping up a house plant is one of the last things a burglar intends to do, unless it is out of frustration for not finding much of anything valuable in your home. However, the item you hide needs to be in a waterproof container just to be safe.
10. Innocuous Boxes
If you keep Xmas lights and ornaments, extra towels, clothing for your children and so forth in large boxes that are clearly marked, they can also be good places to hide a few valuable items as well. Just be sure that the box where you hide your items looks like all the rest of the boxes so it doesn’t stand out. This works especially well in the garage or storage area where you have several boxes.
Remember that hiding valuable items in these hidden places will depend in large part on not telling anyone else where you’ve hidden them. Talking about having hidden valuables, even to your friends invites a burglary by someone who might overhear you or them talking to others about where you store your valuable items. So keep it a secret from everyone, even your children if they can’t get at the hidden places themselves.
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