Where to Hide Valuables

Don’t have a safe? Here are some alternative ideas for protecting important stuff from potential thieves.


We mentioned Lifehacker was having fun with “Spy Week” yesterday, and couldn’t pass up another interesting spy-themed post about hiding valuables. Here are a few of the ideas they mention

  • Buried in the “soil” of a fake plant
  • Anywhere in your kid’s room—preferably inside a toy. We’ve talked about this before: burglars rarely enter children’s rooms, which isn’t a surprise given how many toys and knickknacks those kids can have. Hide it inside one of them and it’ll get lost in the mess.
  • Inside an asprin bottle—either a small empty one or a big one with the pills sill inside. Really, this works for any container—coffee can, old soup can, or anything else.
  • In between the pages of one of your books. This only really works if you have lots of books—intruders probably won’t look through each individual tome. Don’t put them in DVDs though, since those’ll be one of the first things a burglar grabs on their way out the door.

Check out the post for a lot more. But remember you could still lose these valuables to things other than thieves – weather and forgetfulness, for instance. Or a well-meaning house sitter or maid tidying up. If you use any of these ideas, make sure your stuff is properly protected, not just hidden.

Stacy Johnson

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