There are several ways to hide your valuables from burglars, housekeepers or even your children. Some of these include diversion safes, discussed below and other simple solutions that help you to hide your valuables in plain sight. Whether you need to protect your precious jewelry, cash, vital documents, or prescription drugs, you can use the following tips to ensure that they are adequately protected.
LOCKS NEED CHANGING
Changing the locks in your home regularly is an essential strategy that will help to protect your home from external security threats. As a homeowner, you are probably aware of the obvious reasons to change locks such as: when you move into a new home, or when your keys get lost. But there are also other times when it is important to change your door locks. Examples include:
*When your house keeper leaves
*When your room mate moves to another apartment
*When you return from a trip and your neighbors were watching over your home while you were away
*Every few years in order to take advantage of new and more secure technology.
DIVERSION SAFES TO HIDE VALUABLES
Special home safes enable you to hide your valuables in common household items. Thus, a thief, with limited time to search through your home, will not usually check those containers and steal your property. A diversion safe with a lock is the most secure. Many of these are made to look like ordinary books, such as a dictionary, or classic literature. According to police departments and other security experts, these special safes conceal and protect items better than locked safes. They are very effective for hiding currency, passports, small documents, credit cards, identity cards, keepsakes, cell phones, memory cards, medication, and several other personal items. The extra security of a lock is important in case the item is found and discovered as a safe, the valuables are still secured.
BEST HIDING PLACES FOR VALUABLES IN YOUR HOME
Your home has a couple of hidden spots where you can conceal some items. But a few of them have become well known to burglars and so they go there first to look for valuable items. Hence, places like: the base of your sock drawer, underneath your mattress, or the back of your toilet tank should not be used to hide your valuables. However, they can be used as fake spots to keep false documents or to divert the attention of a spy or thief.
Instead, you should use other spots including:
* In between the lettuce in your freezer (wrapped in foil). Most burglars will use the short time they have to scatter the entire house but they will seldom look through every piece of food in your refrigerator.
* Beneath the fake soil of an artificial plant. You can use an artificial indoor plant as a good place to hide some valuable items like jewelry or special coins.
* In the space between the photograph and cardboard of a framed wall picture. Use a picture frame to conceal small documents. Burglars may look behind a picture frame but they will hardly ever check in between the cardboard and the frame. For extra protection, you should use a picture that is hung up in a child’s room. Most burglars hardly spend time there.
In addition to the places mentioned above, you can keep your treasures away from burglars by placing them in pseudo household fittings. Fixtures such as thermostats, electrical outlets, drains, air vents, and junction boxes can serve as excellent places to conceal and secure your valuables. You can take this up as a do-it-yourself project or you may call on an artisan to create the basic fittings (without revealing your intention) and then convert them appropriately.
Those are some of the ways to protect your valuables from theft. When you decide to use any special home safe, examine it carefully and ensure that it will not attract any attention or give an indication that it contains anything valuable.