Despite having the best home security systems in place, some people are forced to hide valuables inside of their home. This may be due to an untrustworthy family member living under the same roof or just may be attributed to living in a home with several roommates who allow a revolving door of visitors in and out of the home. While a bank is always the best place to store cash and a safe or a safe deposit box the best location for sensitive documents and other valuables, we realize that some prefer other solutions to protecting items of worth.
Recently, someone who has spent a lot of money on home security systems confided in me about a chunk of emergency cash stashed at a specific location, which they deemed to be quite safe. After a lengthy conversation about home security, however, I was able to get this person to agree to store their money at a safer location. The whole conversation, however, prompted me to wonder where other people hide valuables and how secure these hiding places are. Well, a quick Google search led to some interesting locations I’d never thought about and some I’d never use in a million years and here’s why:
It appears that some people think that hiding cash and other valuables inside of dirty socks or underwear is a deterrent to burglars who would rather not go near smelly unmentionables. This doesn’t sound like the best hiding place to me, however. For one thing, dirty laundry is a pretty well-circulated hiding place on the web. Anyone with an interest in home security or learning the tricks of the burglary trade has likely stumbled upon conversations about hiding loot inside of dirty laundry. Hiding valuables inside of dirty laundry also just seems a little too accessible. I’ve been burglarized before and one thing that I recall, and that I’ve noticed in other burglary reports since then, is that burglars often tear through a home turning over drawers, emptying bookcases and, yes, even strewing dirty laundry about until they find something of value.
Growing up, my now deceased grandfather was famous for hiding money in all sorts of places including kitchen cabinets, the refrigerator and the freezer. In fact, for years I was of the mindset that cash wrapped in layers of plastic and butcher paper, and stashed in the freezer was a surefire way to fool thieves while hiding valuables. As I grew older, however, I realized that a lot of people stored cash in food boxes and even in freezers. Apparently, my grandfather’s kitchen safe wasn’t so safe after all. At one time people with high credit card debt were even being advised to literally freeze their credit cards in order to prevent their easy access and use. With this sort of common information floating about, I just have to believe that the kitchen, especially the freezer, is one of the first places a burglar would think to look.
A Child’s Bedroom
I once read an article where a reformed burglar advised people who insisted on hiding valuables inside of a home to do so in a child’s bedroom. According to this ex-thief, it was one of the last places that a burglar thinks to look since adult bedrooms are more likely to contain a profitable stash. In a previous post, I wrote about how my son walked in on a burglary in progress in our home. Of the two burglars surprised by his early return, he reported that one came out of his bedroom. See, these days kids have all sorts of expensive items like video game cartridges and consoles, televisions and even popular toys that are in high demand despite a limited supply. Despite a former burglar’s advice, I’d pass on hiding valuables in a child’s bedroom if I were you.
Good Hiding Places
So you may be wondering by now, just where can you safely hide valuables inside of your home. Again, it bears repeating that the best and safest way to protect cash and valuables is by placing them in a bank– either in an account or in a safe deposit box. It isn’t realistic, however, to place items that you regularly use in a bank, so the following are a few good places to hide such valuables inside of your home:
A Diversion Safe Water Bottle
Looks just like a regular water bottle, yet it is anything but. Instead, money and valuables can be stored inside of the bottle without even the slightest hint that it is serving this different purpose. In addition to using this bottle to hide valuables at home, it is also a safe way to store valuables while traveling.
Under the Carpet In a Room
By slightly pulling back the corner of a room’s carpet, a tidy stash can be hidden just beneath it. Even better is if a heavy piece of furniture can rest on top of the carpet. This technique probably won’t fool too many professional thieves, but if someone in your home has sticky fingers or you’re just concerned about the amount of strange traffic in and out, this hiding place may be worth a try.
A Diversion Safe Wall Clock
Not many people will take the time to remove an inexpensive wall clock to look for valuables. If anything, they’ll probably rely somewhat on the clock’s presence to determine how soon they should be leaving. A wall clock that looks ordinary, but that actually opens while offering a safe place to store small valuables can be an excellent hiding place for things like cash and jewelry.
The idea of hiding valuables at home is nothing new. We’ve all heard stories about backyard buried treasures and mattresses filled with cash. You may even be among those who stashes cash and jewelry away at home. Just remember, however, that a reliable home security system is always your best bet when it comes to protecting your treasures.
While we don’t want you to divulge all of your secret hiding places, we do look forward to hearing your thoughts about where or where not to hide valuables at home. Be sure to leave your suggestions in the comments section below.