Common Mistakes in Hiding a Home Safe – and Our Top Solution
According to the FBI, the average burglary lasts 8-12 minutes.
Preventing significant loss requires that your home safe be kept secret during that time.
Where does a burglar look?
Many places we think are safe, might not be at all…
“Keeping items in a small, lightweight and movable safe is a bit like gift-wrapping guaranteed swag for your burglar.”
– Cammy, a security camera company
Three Keys To Hiding A Home Safe:
Now matter how secure it appears, if the wrong person finds your safe it is of limited value. With simple tools and basic knowledge, it is often quite easy for a burglar to break a safe open or take the entire steel box home. Take a look at this gentleman breaking in to a safe in just 2 minutes.
Often times homeowners find areas in their home to hide their valuables in places that are not conducive to the long term preservation of the potentially fragile items. We’ve all heard the famous story of mob leaders who found their basement cash stash being eaten by rats.
Many other commonly suggested hiding places carry similar risks. Placing valuables in disguised food containers or even vacuum cavities places precious items at risk of long term damage.
Worse than that, these items may be inadvertently thrown away. Stories abound of jewelry stored in clothing pockets being lost forever.
Instead, valuables – from critical documents to valuables jewelry – should be stored safely in a climate controlled, clean environment.
Ease of Access
Sure, cash buried in your backyard might be well hidden, but it’s not exactly convenient to go digging every time you need to make a larger purchase. Your home safe needs to be easily and conveniently accessible. If it’s not, you and your family will tend to NOT use the safe frequently, leaving valuables at risk.
Ultimate Hidden Safe Location: Behind Secret Door
Our top recommendation on hidden safes for the home is to place your safe behind a hidden door. These easily replace your standard door to create a completely hidden space. You can simply replace a closet door or even a larger room in your house – it’s up to you.
If you’re traveling or out for an extended period of time, you don’t have to limit yourself to what you can fit inside, as opposed to a standard home safe. For example, if traveling for a week, you may want to simply add any valuable paintings and vases to this secret area temporarily.
A secret door is fits the three criteria for a well hidden safe.
Why A Hidden Door Is Excellent For A Home Safe:
Secrecy: no one will know where your safe is, let alone that you have one
Durability: valuables are inside of your climate controlled home in a clean location
Easy Access: simply walk in secret door – display valuables in entire room or closet!
Our ready-to-install secret door systems start at $1,500 and fit many standard door openings!