6 Ordinary Places to Hide Your Valuables
You’re ready to go on vacation! You’ve packed your bags, boarded the pets and dropped a spare key off with a friend.
Right before you walk out the door, you spy your grandmother’s pearls dangling from the jewelry box. You think about the other valuable items in your home, from jewelry to electronics.
Other than a safe-deposit box in a bank vault, where should you safely store valuables while you’re gone? Think about a thief’s wish list.
- Prescription Drugs
- Designer Clothes and Purses
Inside the Mind of a Burglar
Burglars move fast, typically spending only 8-13 minutes inside a home. That means they don’t have time to search every nook and cranny.
So, they will typically look in popular hiding places, such as
- Inside or under drawers
- Under mattresses
- Behind wall art or framed photos
- Inside CD or DVD cases
Right Under Their Noses
While it’s difficult to hide your entertainment center, you can hide smaller items of value in various places around your home.
Choose locations that are so ordinary they are easily overlooked. Here are a few examples.
1. Your Pantry or Kitchen Countertops
Store small valuables in containers filled with dry goods such as rice, flour, beans.
2. Your Refrigerator
Save condiment containers, rinse them out, and fill with cash, jewelry or other items. Place them back in the refrigerator.
3. Your Freezer
Defrost a bag of frozen vegetables, cut a small opening, and tuck valuables inside. The freezer is also a good place to store documents in case of a house fire.
4. Your Medicine Cabinet
Empty a pill bottle, place a necklace or something small at the bottom, then fill it back up with pills.
5. Your Closet
Few burglars will take the time to rummage through messy closets, making them the perfect hiding spot. Instead of storing valuables in boxes or other containers, hide them in non-suspicious items such as tennis balls.
To do this, make a small slit in the ball, then tuck valuables inside it. The ball will return to its original shape.
6. Your Child’s Room
Burglars often bypass a child’s room, so take this opportunity to store items in stuffed animals or even boxes of diapers.
In addition to hiding your valuables, be sure to consider these precautions.
Make sure valuable items are insured through a homeowner’s or renter’s insurance policy. You should be able to recoup some of the monetary value if an item is stolen.
Install a Security System
Install a security system to keep an eye on your home while you’re away. Security systems track and monitor activity around your home, giving you peace of mind that your home and its valuables are protected.