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Secret Places to Hide Your Valuables....

Posted by on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:29 PM
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A friend of mine was recently burglarized. Their place was completely ransacked in the process and several valuables were stolen. Fortunately, a few of the most precious items were left unscathed because they were out of sight in a small storage safe disguised as book, hidden in a pile of other hardbound copies.

 

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With the average burglar taking just 8 to 12 minutes inside a home or apartment, hiding away valuables in unexpected spots around the house can make the difference between losing something and losing everything of personal value.

Remember, one of the first rooms burglars will likely scour is the master bedroom, because it is generally where jewelry, cash and security safes are located. Other areas such as the living room and home office will be targeted next, for easy to carry home electronics. That leaves bathrooms, the kitchen, hallways, mudrooms, and the laundry room better spots for safekeeping duties.

Here are several spots where valuables can be stored in disguise:

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Air Vents

Install one of these faux air vent storage units in a hallway or bathroom and it's very unlikely burglars would bother to even considering searching inside (especially if installed near the ceiling).

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Bedroom Mirror:

What looks like a typical bedroom mirror is actually a wall-installed hidden medicine-cabinet-style storage unit. The $400.00 secret storage mirror isn't a small installation project, but it will store larger items easily.

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Wall Art:

This crafty network hardware storage solution by Mamamekko is still one of our favorite decor + tech disguises. Use the same idea for storing away valuables, covering an old medicine cabinet with a similarly mounted and hinged canvas piece.

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Pantry Items and Cleaning Supplies:

I love Trader's Joe's sea salt for everyday cooking, but unless your would-be burglar has a culinary streak, these diversion safes shaped like common household kitchen and cleaner products should get passed over, especially when mixed in with other real world products. My favorite is the light mayonnaise jar.

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Closet Light:

Ironically, a burglar may actually use this working wall light with hidden storage while frantically perusing the contents of your closet. We're adding this to our list of Affordable & Easy Ways to Add Lighting to a Closet Without Wiring.

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Safe Books:

Etsy shop Secret Safe Books specializes in some of the most fanciful options of hollow book safes, available in various shapes and sizes. More mundane looking editions are available at The Container Store or you could make your own.

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Inside an Old Vacuum Cleaner:

Hit up a yard sale or flea market (or eBay, where I found the vacuum of my childhood) and you'll likely run into an older outdated canister-style vacuum cleaner which could easily be converted into a storage compartment. Late 70's and 80's models are likely to be passed over.

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Head of Lettuce:

This has to be funniest, yet admittedly safe, storage disguise available. The realistic head of lettuce, just chilling in the refrigerator, is a secret stash with 1.75" diameter opening underneath. It's also the most expensive head of lettuce you'll ever purchase, at $99.



Read more: http://magazine.foxnews.com/at-home/8-secret-spots-hide-valuables-at-home?intcmp=HPBucket#ixzz2WcpViFSv

grandma B

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jllcali
by Jane on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:37 PM
You can also hide cash in your tampon/maxi pad box.
Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:39 PM

We have the dummy safe and dummy jewelry box!

grandmab125
by Gold Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 10:49 PM
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 You could also wrap money and jewelry up in white freezer wrap (put it in a plastic bag first), and put it in your freezer.  I would think hiding small things in a child's closet or toy box would also be places a burglar wouldn't look either.  Another one I heard suggested was to put jewelry in a tightly closed plastic bag, then putting it in your toilet tank.

stacymomof2
by Ruby Member on Jun. 18, 2013 at 11:13 PM
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I have heard of hiding money and valuables in old boxes of keepsakes and stuff like that.  My dad once put away $1500 in an old box full of keepsakes and completely forgot about it.  He found it again in the garage years later when going through stuff for a rummage sale.  I remember that he was just really thrilled but also sheepish that he had totally forgotten about it.  lol

So don't make your hiding spot so good you can't find it!

Sisteract
by Whoopie on Jun. 18, 2013 at 11:30 PM


Quoting stacymomof2:

I have heard of hiding money and valuables in old boxes of keepsakes and stuff like that.  My dad once put away $1500 in an old box full of keepsakes and completely forgot about it.  He found it again in the garage years later when going through stuff for a rummage sale.  I remember that he was just really thrilled but also sheepish that he had totally forgotten about it.  lol

So don't make your hiding spot so good you can't find it!

This is my fear!

turtle68
by Mahinaarangi on Jun. 18, 2013 at 11:36 PM


Quoting stacymomof2:

I have heard of hiding money and valuables in old boxes of keepsakes and stuff like that.  My dad once put away $1500 in an old box full of keepsakes and completely forgot about it.  He found it again in the garage years later when going through stuff for a rummage sale.  I remember that he was just really thrilled but also sheepish that he had totally forgotten about it.  lol

So don't make your hiding spot so good you can't find it!

We found over $5000 at my nan's house in the fireplace mantle.  The only reason we found it was because we were renovating and the fireplace had to come off ...when we pulled it away from the wall , you could see a drawer.  we opened it and there was the money.

My nana had alzeihmers for the last 10 years of her life so she had probably forgotten about it then.

Mommy_of_Riley
by Jes on Jun. 19, 2013 at 12:06 AM
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Except none of these are secrets now... LOL!

The places burglars look first because of this type of info? Freezers and Toilets
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by on Jun. 19, 2013 at 12:38 AM

 

Quoting stacymomof2:

I have heard of hiding money and valuables in old boxes of keepsakes and stuff like that.  My dad once put away $1500 in an old box full of keepsakes and completely forgot about it.  He found it again in the garage years later when going through stuff for a rummage sale.  I remember that he was just really thrilled but also sheepish that he had totally forgotten about it.  lol

So don't make your hiding spot so good you can't find it!

I have done this before. My father passed away in 2000. Some of the Life Ins money I hid here @ home. Forgot where I placed it til months later.

LindaClement
by Thatwoman on Jun. 19, 2013 at 1:47 AM

I don't keep valuables in my house. It seems simpler.

We have a safe box at the bank, and otherwise, nothing here is worth much. We never store cash at home.

Clairwil
by Ruby Member on Jun. 19, 2013 at 3:22 AM
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Quoting Mommy_of_Riley:

Except none of these are secrets now... LOL!

The places burglars look first because of this type of info? Freezers and Toilets

I keep my bars of gold hidden in the bottom of the manure pile in the garden.  The one surrounded by brambles, behind the Rottweiler pen.  Shh, don't tell anyone!

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