We all have special spots in our homes that we like to use to stash valuables. Under the mattress, the sock drawer and small safes that haven’t been bolted down are the most common hiding places — and also the most vulnerable because those are the secret spots that everyone uses. So if someone were to successfully break into your home, your secret wouldn’t stay safe for long.
If you really want to be smart about protecting your small valuables and cash, you’ve got to think outside the box. That means starting with a state-of-the-art home security system from us, and these 4 ideas for hiding your most valued possessions.
To be 100% clear, we’re really against hiding your house key outside your home, mainly because people tend to choose the most obvious places — under the welcome mat or under a planter. But this DIY hide-a-key is so inventive; we had to share it with you — just in case you’re someone who insists on keeping a physical key outside your home.
Get an old medicine bottle and a rock that’s larger than the actual top of the bottle. Glue the rock to the top of the bottle cap. Place your key inside the bottle, and bury the bottle so that only the rock is showing. While plastic rocks are obviously bogus, this genuine rock hide-a-key will fool even the savviest criminal.
Book to Capacity
At one point or another, you may have come across those safes that are made to look like books. With a little elbow grease, you can make your own hollow-book hiding place. All you need is an old, thick book — something that most of us already have on hand — and a sharp blade to carefully hollow out the center. Since most burglars aren’t out to quench their thirst for knowledge when they break into your home, your valuables will probably be safe discreetly nestled among your book collection.
Suck it Up
Before you create this hiding place, you’ll need to visit eBay, a yard sale or Nana’s house for an old canister-style vacuum cleaner from the late 70s–early 80s time period. Once you’ve secured your very own “Throwback Vac,” completely gut it by removing all of its internal parts. What you’re left with is a hard shell that you can fill with all sorts of valuable goodies, and an item that no self-respecting robber would dare steal because: 1.) It’s a vacuum cleaner. 2.) It’s an old vacuum cleaner.
Put on Airs
For this hidden hoax, you’ll be creating a secret compartment behind a vent-like exterior. This hiding spot requires a little more construction than our other suggestions, but the extra effort is well worth it. Basically, you’ll hollow out a piece of drywall between two studs that’s about the size of a return air grille. Then, conceal the opening with a vent grille after you’ve placed your valuables in the opening. It’s easily accessible, top-secret and offers nice hiding real estate.
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