Someone breaking into your home is one of the worst nightmares that anyone can have, and that is why home security is something very important for any homeowner who wants to keep criminals out. However, it is also important to plan for what happens if a thief does make it inside despite your security system. With that in mind, let’s take a look at some creative ways to hide valuables in your home.
Storage Jar Safes
A great way to hide smaller valuable items like pieces of jewelry is to use your old storage jars and bottles to great a safe place. One great example is to take a spice jar from your kitchen spice rack and empty it. Clean the jar properly and then use glue to coat the inside of the jar with some of the spices. This will make it appear full. Then you can pop your small valuables inside a plastic baggie and slip it into the jar before replacing it on the spice rack. It is a really simple but effective way to hide things in plain sight! Since the average thief will only spend between 5 to 10 minutes inside a property after gaining entry, they will go for the easy grabs rather than look for possible hiding spots.
Concealed Storage Behind Your Wall Art
Essentially, this idea is more about aesthetic appeal, but it could be adapted for security as well. The idea is to have a recessed area of shelving cut into the wall itself and then place a piece of artwork over the opening. As noted, the origins of this idea came from a desire to hide away electronics and wiring, such as a WiFi router or modem, but it can also be a good place to hide valuables. In most cases, a thief wants to be in and out quickly, so they are not going to start moving wall art on the off chance that something is hidden behind it! You could also achieve a similar effect with a mirror or even a hollow box frame.
Use a Faux Air Vent
Faux air vents are another great way to hide your valuables in plain sight. A thief is unlikely to spend time trying to prize open a vent, especially if it is installed in a spot that is not easy to access, such as behind a heavy piece of furniture or close to the ceiling where a ladder would be required.
What Not To Do!
These creative ideas for hiding your valuables might have given you some ideas about where you could store your treasures to keep them safe from thieves. However, there are a few things that you shouldn’t do as well! For a long time now, there have been fake soda cans and other containers on the market designed for this purpose. However, unless they are identical to a known brand, these might stick out. It is also important to put the fake container in the right place. A soda can is going to look strange in the pantry next to canned veggies. It would be better to put it in the fridge.
Of course, we do have to make it clear that these solutions are by no means an alternative to installing a proper home security system from the ADT Security Near You. Still, they can go some way towards protecting your valuables from theft on the off chance that someone can bypass the security system and force entry into your home.