With enough time, a burglar will find every secret hiding place in your home. If you're away, burglars have hours or even days to go through every nook and cranny to find your secret stash. That's where a home security system comes in. Police arrive within minutes when a homeowner's security system goes off, no matter if you're home or not. If you hide your valuables well enough and have a home security system, then a burglar might leave empty handed. But you can't hide your valuables in obvious places, like under the mattress. In order to successfully fool a burglar, you need to hide things in plain sight or use dead space. Here are the top 13 secret hiding places for your stuff:
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1. Hollow Out A Wall Behind Trimming For A Secret Hiding Place
This project only takes five minutes if you have the right tools. Take a look at the diy video below. Be very careful not to damage the wall or the trimming, though. If you damage either, the trimming will not lie flat on the wall or will look weird, making it easier for a burglar to spot.
2. Open A Stair
We learned in the Harry Potter trilogy that there is a lot of empty space under a staircase. So, why not use it to store your valuables? By removing a stair tread, cutting a hole into a landing, or hollowing out an entire step, you can create a valuable storage space for your belongings.
3. Make A False Bottom Drawer
This hiding place doesn't take much more than a few pieces of wood. All you have to do is measure the thickest item you want to hide, glue wood blocks to the edges of the drawers, place the items in, and insert a fitted piece of plywood above the items. Here's a video with more information:
4. Hide Belongings In A Storage Sofa
Things always get lost under the cushions of a couch, so why not use it as a secret hiding place? Building a storage sofa from scratch is easy. All you need is these instructions. Renovating an older sofa would be trickier and require more experience in carpentry, but might be possible.
5. Open A Toilet Paper Holder
This hiding place is great for those who aren't home improvement savvy. All you have to do is pull apart your toilet paper holder, insert cash or valuables in the end without a spring, and put the two pieces back together. It's as simple as that.
6. Hollow Out A Flashlight
Taking apart a flashlight is another easy way to hide your belongings. All you have to do is open the flashlight as if you were putting in new batteries, take out the batteries, and put in any valuables you want to store. Just make sure you also have a working flashlight for power outages!
7. Bury It In A Potted Plant
Burglars are more likely to look in easy areas for belongings. They probably won't go digging around your yard or through your potted plants. Just by burying a Ziploc bag of your valuables in a potted plant, you can secure your belongings without having to pay a cent.
8. Get A Candle Safe
If you like candles, you'll love this. One of the many diversion safes out there is a candle safe, which has a removable bottom where you can store your belongings. The candle can even burn because your belongings are stored in a metal container within the wax.
9. Hide It In The Hoover
If it's time to get a new vacuum, don't throw away the old one! An old vacuum is the perfect place to store important documents, jewelry, and other valuables. All you have to do is open up the compartment where you would normally place the vacuum bag and put in your valuables.
10. Stash It In A Door
When stashing things behind a door is too conventional, put it in the door. All you have to do is drill a hole at the top of your door and put whatever you want to store inside. Here's a more in-depth explanation:
11. Put It In Your Drink
Many diversion safes come in the shape of drink canisters, like this Arizona ice tea can. Open the safe, put in whatever you want to store, and keep it in your pantry. Tip: choose a can of a drink you frequently have. A hollowed out Coca Cola can won't do anything for you if it's among healthy foods from Trader Joe's.
12. Snap It Into A Remote
A $5 remote from WalMart is another safe bet for storing your possessions. Just put your valuables where the batteries would go. However, make sure to keep it among other remotes. If you leave it out in the open, a thief is likely to take it, along with your TV.
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13. Hide It In The Freezer
With so little time to go around your home, a burglar will definitely not think of looking in your freezer. Yet, this is one of the easiest places to hide your valuables. All you have to do is rinse and dry out an empty bag of frozen food and put your valuables in.
With so many simple ways to hide your possessions, it's surprising that any one spends money on a safe. All you need is a little time and some creativity to create a secret hiding place in your home.