Thinking Outside of the Box: More Hiding Places for Valuables
We’ve brought up the subject of creative hiding places before as a simple, yet effective way to conceal valuables from view in order to minimize the chances of theft or pillaging. We’ve stumbled on a few more ideas that may be worth considering in order to enhance your ability to prevent keeping all of your eggs in one basket. Let’s take a closer look at some of these simple tricks that may pay big dividends if someone ever decides to make your home their next target.
Fake Mayonnaise Jar
This trick is so simple, yet so effective that it’s almost laughable. Take an empty jar of mayo, with the label still attached, and clean it out. Let it dry before applying a thick coat of white or off-white paint along the inner walls. Try to match the shade of the paint to resemble the color of mayonnaise, and cover the jar about ¾ the way up. Make sure that the top of the paint layer is consistent around the jar in order to make it look as believable as possible. All you need to do is add some weight to the bottom to make it “feel” full before adding your valuables and storing it in a cabinet or back in the refrigerator.
Fake Air Vent
Build a small box out of some wood, or use a thick cardboard box to create a false compartment that can be attached to an air vent. Secure it to the vent so that it will stay in place, and then reattach the vent to the duct. You can enhance the effectiveness of this trick by placing the vent in a location that is not visible upon first glance or in a spot where someone will most likely not think about looking for valuables. Just make sure that you don’t use a vent that you depend on to provide heat or air conditioning as the box will impede airflow.
Indoor PVC Drain Cover
Instead of using the outdoor PVC rod-out station in your yard, consider making a fake drain along the floor in your basement or other believable location. Find some PVC pipe that has a diameter of at least a few inches and is as deep as you need it. Cap it off on one end and seal it with some adhesive. Measure the diameter of the pipe and trace it out on the floor and cut away. Take a drain cover and attach it to the pipe, and insert it into the hole. Make sure everything is secure, and you’re good to go. You can also use a metallic drain grate instead of a PVC one if it will produce a finished product that is more believable.
Another interesting place to create a hiding place is somewhere along the seam of a curtain or drape. All you need to do is sew a pocket or modify an existing border along the edge in order to create a small space to hide documents, money or other lightweight and non-bulky items. Chances are that this is the last place that someone would think about looking if they are quickly scouring your home for loot.
Another trick that may be worth considering is to make a cut along the seam at the edge of a firm pillow or cushion. Insert a cardboard box or line the borders with some firm fabric. Place your valuables inside, sew the seam back together and cover the pillow with the case. Put the pillow or cushion in a place where it is unlikely that someone will ruffle or sit on it.
These are just a few more examples of a limitless amount of possible hiding places that can be created out of common items around the home. Try them out for yourself, and use them as inspiration to find other options as well. Remember, the name of the game is to make it difficult or impossible for someone to run off with all of your valuables, and diversifying your hiding places is your first and best line of defense.