Whether you’re outside of your house for couple minutes, hours or have even left for a short trip or longer vacation, your home is an open book to most intruders when it comes down to the most preferred money hiding locations.
Since most people want to have their valuables on hand at all times, they like to keep most possessions in their own home.
There are many ways to protect yourself from burglars. Aside from alarm and security systems, you should know where criminals look for valuables first.
Although most criminals only have a few minutes to spare, they often hit the bullseye. The hiding places that seem particularly creative to you are very likely to be very insecure and easy to find. Here are some useful insights on where not to hide things, and how you should think instead to protect your valuable belongings.
Here are the top 13 places best known to burglars – avoid hiding your valuables here!
Top 13 location known to burglars: The bedside table
The bedroom is a popular money hiding spot, but burglars look here first. Drawers are opened, and jewellery boxes are taken. Your valuables should be as difficult to reach as possible. Also, avoid taping your valuables behind or under side-tables or shelves.
Top 12 location known to burglars: Inside books
Most people have only one bookshelf full of books. Intruders can go through them in less than a minute. Avoid hiding any money, checks or testaments, etc. in them. The only exception is when you have a library room. Books might not be the worst option then.
Top 11 location known to burglars: Inside the fridge
A great first place for a burglar to check is the fridge. Even the freezer is no longer safe, but these money caches have become too popular in recent years. Food is not always a bad option though, hardly any burglars make the effort under time pressure to search directly in food items such as flour or frozen peas.
Top 10 location known to burglars: Inside & under the drawer
Don’t rely on the lock that holds your drawer closed. These locks are normally cheaply built and very easy to break. In general, stay away from your working table or desk. Most people like to hide money and valuables within close reach. Burglars know that!
Top 9 location known to burglars: Closet & dirty laundry basket
If you are of the opinion that intruders that are trying to rob your house won’t touch your dirty laundry, you are wrong. In fact, according to a study the laundry basket is one of Americas most preferred spot to hide valuables. Stay away from your smelly socks and continue reading.
Top 8 location known to burglars: In electrical appliances
Hiding money, large rolls of dollar bills, in TV, Game Console, Audio player, etc., is not as creative as you think. I’m sure if you someone would have asked you for a good hiding spot, your TV might have been one of your first choices. Stay away from familiar spots.
Top 7 location known to burglars: Toilet flush tank
Another presumably very creative hiding spot. You thought that hiding your money or valuable documents in the bathroom near the toilet would scare off intruders, yet you are wrong again. Locations, where you spend more time in your home, are taboo as a hiding spot. No TVs, sofas, or toilets, etc.
Top 6 location known to burglars: Inside a planter and flower vase
Thanks to the popularity of this key hiding place, burglars often do not even have to bother opening a door—keep away from this hiding place! If you want to protect your from entrance without relying on keys, check out this keyless door lock.
Top 5 location known to burglars: The fireplace
The only person you can trick with this location is probably yourself. Fireplaces tend to be turned on from time to time. Imagine your friends asked to stay at your place while you are on vacation. Well, they won’t necessarily know what you use you actually use your “fireplace” for 🙂
Top 4 location known to burglars: In the stove
Just as good as the fireplace, only here it will probably be you who forgot to take out the money while preheating the oven for some pie. This location is famously known to intruders and they will not only check the inside, but also the back, and will open the top, etc.
Top 3 location known to burglars: Cookie jar on the cupboard
In several popular films, money or valuables were hidden inside cookie jars. Which were part of almost every kitchen back then, and even today. Well, these scenes have also been seen by some bad guys as you can imagine. Avoid the cookie jar! Even the popular movie cache in the cistern should be avoided.
Top 2 location known to burglars: Under the mattress
Of course, while you’re sleeping, hiding valuables under the mattress might seems to be a very safe hiding location. However, if you are not at home you should refrain from it. The quick check under the mattress is nowadays part of pretty much every burglar’s repertoire.
Top 1 location known to burglars: Picture frame
A classic spot, and definitely a place where intruders check. We all saw the movies where cash and diamonds were put into massive safes hidden behind picture frames. Absolutely avoid this location, even the picture frame itself or any envelopes behind it, etc.
Where should you hide your valuables instead?
Well – if we were to list great locations to hide your money and valuables, this post would defeat its purpose. The whole point is educating on where NOT to put your valuable stuff;).
Here is a little pointer, come up with a place that only you could come up with. A location that seems less obvious. Whether there is a unique crack somewhere in the door frame, floor or wall. Or a great location around your house or garden, which might even involve some digging. No burglar would come up with the idea digging around your backyard looking for valuables.
It is very challenging for intruders to find spots that are not actual spots (if you know what I mean). Locations that you would just pass by if you wouldn’t know about them. Strange and atypical locations are the best. When you consider creative or outdoor locations make sure they are water (flood), fire and disaster-proof!
Don’t hide it too well.
You should always be able to come up with this location in your head. Make also sure you have a backup, send yourself a coded email or tell a close friend or your partner.
Rule of thumb is: The longer you need to hide the valuables, the longer a burglar will need to find your hiding spot.
There may, therefore, be a bit of effort required. Make sure not to make your spot too complicated and trick yourself. Otherwise, you’ll likely to forget where you left your valuables. Also, consider documenting this location somewhere in a way that only a trusted person would know.
Ultimately, a safe can be a safe solution. If you’re taking this route, make sure that the entire safe is bolted, welded or built into your wall structure. This is also the priciest solution, and the game begins by thinking where you would hide the key or the code combination. A decent alarm system could be a good middle ground (bestseller on Amazon, I’m currently testing it, and will post the review as soon as possible).
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