As homeowners, there are many aspects of the house that we have to monitor and to take care of. One of the most important aspects of a house is security. In fact, it’s also a primary function of a house — to provide protection not only from the harsh elements, but also from unscrupulous people.
Now, I’m not talking about that annoying neighbor who comes over often for random reasons. I’m talking about burglars, home invaders, and other types of criminals. And it’s when these people are the main subject, the topic suddenly becomes one of dire importance than something more than just about avoiding a nuisance.
Because let’s face it. While technology is constantly improving, and along with it our home security measures, there will always be the risk of someone breaking and entering your home to ransack the place. And not everyone has access to, or has the means to secure a storage vault.
So, for the average homeowner, where are the best places to hide your most precious possessions? Read on.
Now there are many places to hide your prized possessions, but the common thing among all of them is that they are meant to look as inconspicuous and as mundane as possible. A few of these locations are items include:
1. An old vacuum cleaner
Didn’t see this one coming, did you? But really, vacuum cleaners that are over 30 years old are the last things that burglars would think to check. They wouldn’t even bother stealing these because they’re practically worthless (which is good for you, because you can buy one for cheap). The best part is that they have a lot of storage space in their containers.
2. False ports and ventilation grills
These are clever places to hide your things because they’re often overlooked, especially when they’re located where you’d normally find them — in the hallway or even better, in the ceiling. Apart from they’re risky to access because of the noise and the risk of electric shock, there are also plenty of them in a house. So, it would be time-consuming for burglars to check each of them.
3. Food cans
What burglar would think to find valuables in a can of Pringles hidden among several cans of other food items, inside a pantry? Burglars would prefer to leave as soon as possible; they don’t have time to look through every item. This concept can be put to great effect when you use condiment containers, another great example of hiding in plain sight.
4. Cleaning Supplies
This shares the same concept as hiding your valuables in food cans. The only difference is that it’s built upon the premise that bathrooms rarely hold anything of value, and that burglars prioritize certain rooms over others, like the master bedroom, the living room, etc.
5. The Fridge
It’s nearly impossible to steal without the proper equipment for one thing, to do so quietly is another reason. Why any burglar would think to check the fridge is beyond me, but just in case, make sure to wrap your valuables in aluminum foil and to put the foil in plastic (preferably something opaque). Store this at the back of your freezer, behind the meats. As an added bonus, refrigerators are some of the best places to store money and important documents in case of a fire.