When it comes to hiding and protecting the valuables in your home, one of the best ways to do that is with a fireproof safe. The problem is, most people have no idea where to hide a safe.
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Choosing the right place to hide your safe is extremely important. Any decent burglar will know the most common hiding spots. When they break into a home one of the first things they do is search in areas where safes are usually stored.
Why is this you ask? Because burglars know people keep their most valuable possessions in their safes. If they can find your safe, it’s very possible they make off with thousands of dollars in valuables.
That’s why it’s so important you find a place burglars wouldn’t think to look. This of course is not as easy as it sounds.
To help you out we’ve put together a short list of some of the best spots in your home to put your fireproof safe.
Hide It In The Kitchen
Hiding a safe in the kitchen can be a little tricky. You have to find the perfect spot. A spot that a burglar would be less likely to look. Your best option is to put inside an actual cabinet. You will need to anchor the safe to the wood of the cabinet.
While this won’t be the most secure location, it will be hidden and easy enough for you to access the safe whenever you need to.
In a Wall If You Have a Wall Safe
As long as your safe is not too deep it can be safely embedded in a wall. The wall has to be thick enough and the hole has to be big enough.
If you opt to have your safe installed in a wall, make sure it is done by a professional. If not done properly you run the risk of damaging both your home and the safe.
In a Piece of Furniture or On a Shelf Anchored To a Wall
A shelf against a wall is probably one of the best places to put a safe. The key is to make sure it’s a concrete wall. By anchoring your safe to a concrete wall, it will be very difficult for a burglar to remove it from the home.
If you put it inside a piece of furniture, which by the way is a great place, make sure that piece of furniture is against a wall. For security reasons you will need to anchor the safe to a wall.
Bear in mind you will need to cut a hole in the back of the furniture for this to work.
In The Children’s Playroom
Most burglars will head straight to the master bedroom as they believe that’s where all the valuables are. Placing the safe in the children’s playroom is therefore a great alternative.
Under The Floor If You Have a Floor Safe
If you have a small safe it might be a good idea to install it under the floor. If you have a wood floor this will not work. The floor must be cement or concrete in order for this option to be effective. Even still, there is a chance water or dust gets inside the safe and ruins its contents. So think twice before installing a safe under the floor.
Anchored To The Floor
If you have a big enough safe, and the wall is not one of the main walls in your home, you can place your safe on the floor and anchor it to the wall.
While you will have to lean down to open the door, the safe as a whole will be secured. If you have a small safe this will not be a good option.
Because the safe is so big it won’t be easy to hide. A simple fix is to put something over it and disguise it as a shelf.
In The Garage or Attic
There are several advantages to putting a safe in the garage. The first is of course how convenient it is. You usually go in your garage at least once per day. And depending on how your garage is layed out, it shouldn’t be too difficult to find a good place to hide the safe.
Just be careful as the garage is one of the places burglars tend to look first. If you choose the garage, make sure you have a good way to keep it out of plain sight.
The attic is also a good place as most burglars don’t want to climb up in the attic. The problem with the attic, and the garage as well, is that they can be humid spaces. Humidity may damage the safe.
Where Not To Place a Safe
Experienced burglars know the usual hiding spots. That’s why it is so important you avoid putting your safe in certain places.
Some of the places you should avoid putting your safe includes drawers, closets, boxes that haven’t been modified, under the kitchen counter, in the freezer, under the mattress, inside a pot, or in a purse.
No matter where you choose to hide your safe, make sure that no one other than the few people you trust, knows where you put it. You should also make sure no one sees you while you are accessing it.