Burglars don’t want to be seen or heard, so if they do enter your home, they want to be out quick. Break-in, run-out. Money, jewellery and small electronics are the choice prizes for most of these culprits, since small to pocket and carry is what they want.
1. A Decoy Can Be The Best Place to Hide
There are several ways to distract burglars, the best one being to leave out a decoy. One of my favourites I’ve heard is to leave a jewellery box on your bedroom dresser or a box in your sock drawer that contains $50-$200 in cash, some fake gold & cubic zirconia jewellery plus one key with the label, “safety-deposit box”. Albeit you may lose a few bucks, the illusion has been created and the deal sealed with a fake safety-deposit key. The burglars will take that and run, as the majority of break and enters last no longer than 10 minutes from start to finish.
Always remember, burglars can’t afford to be seen or heard, so they need to be quick. With adrenaline pumping, their decisions will be immediate and reactive to what they have found. A decoy is a perfect way to satisfy them.
Other great places to consider:
2. Sew an extra “pocket” at the bottom-back of long window curtains (not sheers).
3. An empty, opaque aspirin, medicine or vitamin bottle. Roll up your money, use an elastic & insert.
4. Tape your money envelope & even small jewellery (use duct tape, a handy person’s best friend!) to the bottom of your dining room or kitchen table.
5. Tape your stuff to the bottom of your cat’s litter box. Or in the alternative, wrap it up in skid marked underwear (ewww is all I said when I heard that one!)
6. A couple of coffee cups, with your valuables taped inside, upside down in the dishwashing rack or machine.
7. Suitcases or chests with false bottoms.
8. There is usually a compartment hidden at the bottom of stand up and table lamps. As long as you are careful (electricity), its a good stashing place.
9. Hidden crawl spaces underneath your home. Air ducts in an apartment.
10. In plain sight specialty modified items, such as furniture & even documents, like these (which I love!):
And to top off the good, here’s a few of the worst I’ve heard:
Sock & underwear drawers
Glove compartment of car (like really?)
The biggest suggestion when hiding your valuables is to have a second person you can trust to know where they are. This holds true especially in the case of the elderly because should they pass, their valuables may accidentally end up either being thrown out or eventually sold at a garage sale.
Since burglars don’t want to be seen or heard, we suggest our quality security laminates for basement windows, patio doors and 1st floor windows. No burglar is going to try bashing glass over and over. Otherwise, we hope that the ideas above help with securing your valuables.
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