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If you want to keep your valuables protected and hidden, a safe is probably the best solution. However, simply having a safe might not be enough as experienced burglars can crack it quite easily. These are the 15 best places to hide a safe and your keys!
Where to Hide Your Safe
If you have stairs inside your home, you can modify them and turn one of them into a hidden drawer, or you can modify them to open. This depends on the type of stairs you have; as there is no universal solution, so you might have to use your imagination to carry out this modification.
This might probably be quite a cliché since there are so many movies showing a safe inside the floor or wall. Although it can be quite messy since you must make a hole in your floor, this may be the most protected location for your safe.
However, attention to detail is key so that it is not obvious. You can also buy carpets and rugs to place around your home, making sure that one of them covers the safe, too. Alternatively, you can place furniture on top of the safe.
3. Hidden Door
Although this can be an expensive solution, it might be one of the safest. You can contact a professional in order to make it as smooth as possible. One of the main perks of having a hidden door is that no one outside your home knows about it.
4. Cat Litter
Most, if not all people will surely neglect your cat litter for obvious reasons. Your safe will remain invisible; however, if you do not have a cat, an experienced burglar might notice that it is out of place. If you do not have a pet, it is best to choose another place for your safe.
5. Secret Mirror
Mirrors are regular objects in any household, so this location could be as safe as any. To regular observers, it should not be obvious that your valuables are inside. As a result, you need to make sure there are no visible marks indicating that your mirror can be opened.
6. Plain Sight
If you need full access to your belongings while they are protected, consider a safe that resembles any common household item. Even better, you can opt for a budget-friendly solution and make the safe by yourself.
Any type of common item can be turned into a small safe for your belongings, such as a fake brick or rock, an empty shower bottle, or a flowerpot. The choice of the item depends on the space you need. Other options might include inside your vacuum cleaner or inside the printer or computer.
7. Wall Outlet
You can opt for hiding your safe behind a wall outlet or a fake air vent. These are identical to regular objects and some of them come with plenty of space. For instance, there are some air vent safes that have an RFID locking system that can only be opened with a unique key. Make sure you also hide the key.
8. Attic or Basement
Attics or basements can be the perfect concealing areas because burglars always seek to spend as little time as possible in your home. They would completely overlook checking the attic or basement.
Most studies show that burglars start with the master bedroom, so this is what you need to avoid. The main reason for skipping attics or basements is that they can easily get trapped, so they prefer not to take the risk. Even better, you can make these areas less accessible (i.e., no ladders or visible doors), and further hide the safe according to any other tips on this list.
9. Inside the Walls
This idea will not only keep you safe from burglars but also from fires. There are certain reliable models that you can even install yourself and then place behind other items, including furniture, closet, or a picture. You must consider the depth of your wall before purchasing a wall safe.
Some cupboards may allow you to make some changes underneath in order to fit in a small safe. However, you must ensure that you do not make any alterations that will damage the integrity and safety of the entire cupboard.
11. Wall Decorations
Any decoration can be turned into a safe. For instance, wall shelves, wall clocks, pictures, and others can be easily modified so they open. This is ideal only for keeping cash and other small items. If you have too many valuables, the item might turn too large or bulky compared to a regular one, attracting attention.
If you have a walk-in pantry, you can take advantage of this great space. This is ideal if you have a larger safe and the purpose of a pantry allows you to naturally conceal it with as many dry goods and groceries as you wish.
One option would be to place the safe so that when you open the door, it hides the safe. In other words, in order to use the safe, you must enter the pantry and also close the door behind you. As previously mentioned, most burglars will not do this in order to avoid trapping themselves.
Where to Hide Your Keys
13. Fake Brick/Rock
If you have any brick walls or rock piles on your property, you can choose one and make a hole inside. The benefit is that you can do this by yourself, so it is budget-friendly. It is a great idea to keep the brick next to more bricks so it won’t look out of place. No one other than you will know which one has your keys.
14. Fake Faucet Head
This is another solution that works well both inside or outside the house, similar to the brick. The faucet head can be detached. Insert your keys and store them anywhere you want. It will blend in since it is a common household item.
15. Fake Drain Cap
If you want to hide your keys outside and you have the ability to place the drain cap without raising unwanted attention, this might be a solution that no one will ever be able to discover by themselves. Put the keys in a plastic container roughly the size of the drain cap. Then, place the drain cap on top and bury the container so that only the drain cap is visible. It is very unlike that anyone will consider digging the drain cap!