How secure are your valuables in your home? If you left for a week and someone broke into your home and could leisurely go through your stuff, how much would they find? How much would they be able to walk away with? There are somethings that can’t really be secured, like appliances, TVs, stereos, computers and such, but what about jewelry? Weapons? Money? Precious metals? How do you protect your assets within your home?
Some people go out and buy a safe, unless it’s either very well hidden or very well secured so that it can’t be hauled away, a safe is only as safe as where it located or how well it’s battened down. There are other ways to secure your stuff, sometimes out in plain sight, with a little ingenuity, with a few tools, you can create hidden caches all over your home that the average burglar isn’t going to even consider. Even the average police officer probably will not find what you have hidden, though if you are doing something very illegal, there are pretty much no perfect hiding spots for that, I don’t recommend trying to fool the alphabet agencies, if they think you have something, they will find it or destroy your home looking for it.
For the rest of us, the law abiding citizens who just want to keep our valuables safely in our possession without breaking the bank, here are a few ideas you can use to keep your cache safe. Some of these ideas will take some woodworking tools and know how, some will take just a few simple items you probably have around the house… Some of the links are to commercial sites, but I added them to inspire you, perhaps you can work with something you already have. Look around, see what pieces of furniture already lend themselves to hidden spaces, how about adding a false drawer back or drawer bottom? Is there some unused space in a cabinet that could hide something valuable? How about that unused outlet? I think back to when I was a teen and wanted to hide private notes from my boyfriend, I disassembled a wooden speaker and hid things in there, I also had a strobe light (remember I was a child of the 60s) that also came apart easily with just a screwdriver.
Many furniture manufacturers do not use solid wood to save money, look at that 4×4 or 6×6, is it really one solid piece or is it just a box that has been made to look like solid wood? If it’s hollow, and you can get part of it apart without damage, you can create a hidden space to stash your cash, or other goodies.
Don’t think that stashing your valuables in a plain old drawer in your bedroom will make them safe, it’s one of the places that will surely be rifled through, every drawer, including your sock and underwear drawer, putting valuables in there only makes you feel better, but it’s not secure.
Don’t forget about the things that might not be as valuable money wise, but are still irreplaceable, family heirlooms, photos and such.
One more thing, before I turn you over to the pictures & links, in order to be truly secure, you can’t brag about your ingenious hiding places! Not to your buddies at work, not to your neighbors, not even to your family, of course those who live in your home (I’m assuming they are family or someone close to you) will probably be privy to your secret hidy holes, The more people who know about your secret stash locations, the less secure and the less SECRET your stash is. The thing about secrets is, when you tell someone, it’s always someone you intrinsically trust, don’t forget, they also have someone (besides you) whom they intrinsically trust, they might tell that person, under the strictest confidence, then they will tell their most trusted friend and so on and so on, pretty soon, your secret is known by a whole group of people who you DON’T know or trust…
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