“Experienced thieves know where most people hide things so they look in the obvious places and then scram. They check the master bedroom for jewelry, looking in the sock drawer or under the mattress,” Jones notes. “They look in the bathroom medicine chest for prescription drugs, which bring big bucks on the black market. They rifle through desk drawers for check books, credit cards, and insurance documents.”
The good news is, Jones says, “You can make even the most talented burglars waste a little time with a few tricks so they will leave empty handed.”
Here are seven simple tricks for hiding cash, jewelry, and other valuables:
1 - Slide cash between a photograph and the cardboard backing in a picture frame. It only takes a few minutes.
2 - Wrap valuables in aluminum foil and put them in your freezer.
3 - A child's room is usually a mess and full of toys. No burglar has time to go through everything. A small box in the bottom of a kid's closet will work.
4 - Tie a small bundle of valuables with string and put it behind an air vent. Tie the string to the vent for easy retrieval.
5 - Hide small items inside a toy. They’re all over the place. Leave it anywhere in the house – just remember which toy you’ve used and don’t throw it out.
6 - Go to a yard sale or “junk shop” and buy an old canister style vacuum cleaner. This will hold a lot of valuables and you can stick it in a closet or anywhere in the basement.
7 - Purchase a diversion safe from The Belvedere Company and hide your valuables in plain sight. Diversion safes are designed to look like thermometers, wall sockets, soft-drink cans, dog food containers, household cleaners, motor oil bottles, and more.
Jones adds: “Keep in mind, you don’t need to hide stuff so that nobody can ever find it. You just need to hide it from a burglar in a hurry. These seven simple hiding places make them waste their time when they have no time to waste.”
Customers anywhere in the United States can shop at The Belvedere Company, open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Visit http://www.tbcsafe.com for more information or to make a purchase.
The Belvedere Company's owner Paul Jones is available for news media interviews via email at paul [at] tbcsafe.com.