from Burglars and are Inexpensive to Buy
If you’re worried about losing your valuables in a home
break-in, you can purchase some measure of security in
the form of a diversion safe. A diversion safe is one
way to hide your favorite possessions in plain sight: it
acts like a safe, but looks like soda cans, a candle or
maybe even a rock.
The psychology of burglary works like
this: when a thief breaks in, his goal is to get as many
expensive items as possible, as quickly as possible, and
get out and away without being seen. By hiding your
valuables in an innocuous, everyday looking household
object, you thwart the thief, who is looking in dresser
drawers, under the bed or in the freezer for your
diamonds and pearls.
Aside from the fact that he’ll have a much harder time
finding the objects you care about, he will be all too
aware of the clock ticking the moments away, making a
fast getaway less achievable. A nervous thief will tend
to beat a hasty retreat before finding your treasures,
seeking a house where the owners aren’t as prepared.
Some people rely on expensive, hidden wall or floor
safes to store their cash and jewelry, but installing a
safe can cost thousands of dollars. For most people, a
diversion safe—a 7-Up can in the box with the others or
a can of shaving cream on the bathroom shelf is an easy
and cheap way to hide important household items.
Place a diversion safe on a crowded kitchen shelf, in
the garage or in the medicine cabinet—wherever the
object it mimics would normally be found. And if you
worry about locking yourself out of your house, try a
hide-a-key safe. These clever devices, often in the form
of rocks or garden statuary, can help you keep a key
safe from outsiders but right where you can find it if
you need it.