The Justice Department’s Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) looked at data from 1994 to 2011. The BJS states that the median dollar value of the cash and items stolen during household burglaries shows a substantial rise of 54 percent. Today, many burglars look for small items that are easy to sell.
These items include:
- Drugs (illegal and pharmaceutical varieties).
- Game systems.
One of the best ways to protect your valuables is to avoid storing them in places that burglars regularly look.
Do not store your valuables:
- In your night stand.
- Beneath your mattress.
- In your dresser/lingerie drawer.
- In the medicine cabinet.
- Anywhere in the dining room, master bedroom or living room.
The rooms where you should hide your valuables include:
- Child’s room.
- Broom closet.
Creative Places to Hide your Valuables
1. Create a decoy box.
On average, a burglar will remain in your home about eight minutes. He is not going to take the time to look at each piece of jewelry to determine if it is genuine. Purchase some decoy (costume) jewelry and put it in a pretty jewelry box on your dresser. Only keep your inexpensive pieces in this box. Place your valuable jewelry in a plain box or in a safe.
2. Use a toilet paper holder.
If you are looking for a place to stash a bit of cash, open your toilet paper holder. Just pull it apart, place your rolled up money or other small valuables inside the end that does not house the spring. Place the pieces back together and that is that!
3. Open up one of your stairs.
Remove one of your stair treads, hollow out an entire step or cut a hole in your landing to create a secret storage place for your valuables.
4. Use a hollowed out flashlight.
Take a flashlight apart as if you are replacing the batteries. Remove the batteries and place your valuables inside.
5. Purchase a candle safe.
Anyone who loves candles will like this idea. There is a variety of diversion safes available, one such safe is the candle safe. With a removable bottom that opens to a metal storage container, this innovative safe is sure to keep your valuables hidden. This safe is an actual working candle; in fact, you can still burn the candle because all of your valuables are safely sealed in the metal container hidden within the wax.
6. Hide your valuables in your old vacuum.
When the time comes for a new vacuum, do not throw that old one away just yet. While this technique probably will not work very well with a bagless vacuum, you can store your valuables in a vacuum that takes bags. Place your valuables in a Ziploc bag. Simply open up the bag compartment remove the old bag and place your valuables inside.
7. Potted plants offer you a great place to hide your valuables.
Most burglars will look in the easiest areas to find your valuables. They will probably avoid digging through your potted plants. Place your valuables in a sealed Ziploc bag and bury them with your plant.
8. The freezer.
The freezer is one of the simplest places to hide your items. Just rinse and then dry an empty bag of frozen food. Place your valuables inside and return it to the freezer.
9. Under a floor tile.
Simply remove a tile and create a hole where you can place your valuables. After your valuables are in place, cover them with the tile.
10. Stash valuables in the top of your door.
If you have a solid wood door, you can drill a hole at the top of the door and put your valuables inside.
Although some of these hiding places are easier to create than others are, they can all be effective in hiding your valuables from a thief.