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February 22, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 167

Time after time, burglaries have been shown to be crimes of opportunity. The burglar usually prefers unoccupied homes, unlocked doors or just plain easy entry points. Once inside, the burglar searches the home and puts small items in their pockets. Some items may be put by the door, so it will be ready to go when he is. Valuables on top of the dresser in a jewelry box, is a prime target. Guns in the closet are usually taken too. Keeping your valuables in plain sight, makes it easy for the thief. It has been estimated that more than 87% of all burglaries, go unsolved. In other words, you'll probably not get your valuables back.

What can you do? Make it hard for the thief to find your stuff. Hiding places could be a space behind a cabinet or under a floor. I recently read in a woodworking magazine about building a bookcase that had several hiding places within the bookcase. One of the drawers has a false bottom; when you remove the contents of the drawer, you wouldn't see anything. It also had a section in between the bookcases that could contain long guns; such as rifles or shotguns. Even the top has a false top. With a little thought, there can be many hiding places just within a standard piece of furniture.

Recently I was in a friend's house and he had created a wall safe or hidden storage area behind a mirror. This is a great idea for a quick access storage cabinet. If a person was to create one of these storage safes, it should be done very neatly. A sloppy job could be detected and your hidden cabinet would be ripe for the picking.

Diversion Safes or Can Safes are a great way to hide things in Plain Sight. Many Can Safes are made from product cans that are used in everyday life. From soda pop cans to dog food to bathroom products and cleaning supplies.These cans look just like the original product containers. These are weighted to feel like they are full and who would ever guess that these could hold your money or other valuables.

Diversion Safes are also available in the form of a book or flower pots. Keep all of your valuables hidden, even outside. Spare keys in the flower pots or fake rocks. A Book Safe would make a great hiding place for a small pistol.

Some of today's beds have an option for a built in safe. You have to remove the mattress, but who would think of that? The bottom of the bed or the area just below the mattress could have a slide out lockable drawer. This could be an emergency stash drawer.

No matter what or how a person decides to hide their valuables or personal property, one thing is clear; everyone should have a plan or special place to hide or stash their valuable property. There are too many choices available today to have an excuse for not doing anything.

David Coulter is a Security & Self Defense Expert and a retailer for many brands of Personal Security and Self Defense products. Visit us at our online store Personal Security Plus via http://www.PersonalSecurityPlus.com

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