I recently came across Smart Money Daily and Personal Finance Advice, and their discussion of where best to hide your money and valuables within your home. Not content to speculate, Personal Finance Advice asked a burglar for some tips and tricks in order to avoid losing money to his ilk.
I am impressed by both their dedication and the calibre of the advice. Obviously this burglar sees himself as the tops of the pops of the burglary world. Here were some of his insightful suggestions.
Hide in plain sight
Burglary is all about a balancing act- danger versus gain. Everyone likes to feel like they achieve in their workplace, and burglars are no different. Mr. Deepthroat suggests hiding your real valuables in a good hiding spot, but leaving a bit of money somewhere prominent so the burglar feels like they’ve achieved something without ripping your place to shreds. Make everything too difficult, and you are likely to gain yourself a ransacked home.
Get inspired (Agatha Christie, Sherlock Holmes are good places to start)
Mr. Top of the pops suggests leaving a fake list of items in a Safety Deposit box in an obvious drawer. Don’t have too much fun with this, or it will quickly become obvious that you don’t really have a Safety Deposit box and that all your valuables are still in your home. Writing out a list that includes a small Picasso and a box of buried treasure might give you away quite quickly.
Know your value
Don’t hide valuable things in other items of value. Obvious right? Apparently not. Some heist mentioned by our friend from the underworld involved an old-looking stereo being lifted from a house. Upon closer inspection it was revealed that it contained a large wad of cash in it. That really is an instance of outwitting yourself. The point of hiding your valuables is to put them in places you don’t expect- not in things that might be stolen regardless.
And then some
Here are some suggestions from The Simple Dollar about where to hide cash in the home. The numbers following them are Francesca Rated according to how effective I feel they are.
- In an envelope taped to the bottom of the kitchen shelf. 7/10 (may be inconvenient)
- In a watertight jar at the back of your toilet. 8/10 (effective but messy)
- In an envelope at the bottom of your child’s toybox. 5/10 (stashing stuff near your child is probably not a great thought)
- In a plastic bag in your freezer. 7/10 (good but obvious)
- Inside an old sock at the bottom of your drawer. 5/10 (if they’re looking for drugs, they are likely to find that instead.
- In an empty aspirin bottle in your medicine cupboard. 8/10 (I like this one)
- In a pocket of a particular shirt in your cupboard. 7/10 (good, just don’t accidentally wear it outside of your house)
- In an envelope taped to the back of a wall decoration. 7/10 (good, as long as they aren’t looking for a safe behind the same wall decorations).
Probably the most important thing is to not forget where you have put the cash hidden around your home. Leave a reminder somewhere. Try and avoid leaving it where the burglar will be able to work out what you meant, as that defeats the entire purpose of this article.
Do you have any tips and tricks about where to hide your valuables?
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