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The Most Cunning Secret Hiding Spots We’ve Ever Seen

When it comes to hiding valuables in your home, you don’t need a massive safe bolted to the floor in the bedroom—you just need to stay one step ahead of would-be thieves. All it takes is a little clever thinking. Read on for 11 wow-worthy stash spots and get some inspiration for updating your own around-the-home hiding place.

Old Vacuum Cleaner

Stop by your neighborhood tag sales this weekend and chances are you’ll come across an old canister-style vacuum cleaner. Simply remove the bag inside and clean it up to create your hidden storage. Keep it in an untidy corner of the garage or closet, and you’ll further ensure thieves pass it by.

Bottle Rock

You’ve no doubt seen those fake rocks that hide a key outside your front door. The problem with those is, well, they always look fake. Instead, glue a rock using construction adhesive to the top of an empty pill bottle. Drop your key inside and replace the rock cap. Bury in the dirt so that only the rock shows.

Air Vent

You probably wouldn’t want to store anything in your actual air vents because it could interrupt air flow. Instead, consider installing a false air vent made to stash cash and other valuables. Thieves who need to be out of your house fast likely won’t take the time to unscrew them.

Electrical Outlet

Similar to an air vent, a false electrical outlets can fit small items like gemstones and cash. Just make sure you purchase a design that matches your other outlets and that you place it in a logical location. Also, when installing, cut only the wall where it is hollow—not where there is a stud.

Bathroom Tile

If the tiles in your kitchen or bathroom measure at least 3″ by 3″, you can hide a small storage compartment behind it. Pull off one tile and cut a hole in the wall that’s slightly smaller than the tile. Then attach a small plastic bin to the back of the tile and replace. Use a suction cup to grab the tile when you need access.

Inside a Water Bottle

An innocent-looking plastic bottle can hold more than just water. Consider stocking your fridge with this one from Stun Security: With a sealed cap, you can fill it with actual water. But pull it apart, and a secret dry compartment behind the label is revealed, perfect for storing jewelry and other small items.

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Keep your prized possessions safe and hidden with these secret-hiding-place products. Got some cash or valuables to hide? Try one of these clever, simple ways to hide those items from all but the smartest, most determined crooks. Hiding our valuables is embedded into our nature – from caveman hiding a bone in an old pterodactyl’s nest to you, searching for places to hide things in your room. Fear not for your possessions, because Bored Panda, has declassified a top-secret list that will teach you how to turn everyday household items into secret hiding places. From covering your sweets in plain sight to super secret drawers, compartments, crawl spaces, and even a hornets’ nest imitation hiding spot – these tricks would fool even 007 himself.

So, do you hate people touching your stuff? Paranoid that burglars are stalking your home? Worried about that stash of questionable material on the dark red flash drive that sits haphazardly in your nightstand drawer? Whatever your reasons are for wanting to keep something completely camouflaged, we’ve got you covered. Your secrets, together with your valuables will stay safe.

A fully featured home security system (and homeowner’s insurance) is your best defense against burglars in your home. But even the best home security system may not stop a determined thief. If a burglar makes it into your home, they’ll be on a mad dash for valuables — and it’s in your best interest to make it as hard as possible for them to take off with your stuff. Burglars want to make it in and out of your home within minutes. They need to find the valuables they’re looking for and get out before a neighbor notices them or the authorities arrive. The fact is that burglars just aren’t going to go through every nook and cranny of your home to discover every hiding spot. They’ll hit the most obvious places, including your living room and bedroom, and split as soon as they’ve found what they’re looking for.

We’ve highlighted 13 of the best places to hide valuables in your home. These spots aren’t easily found by burglars, or they’re simply too much work for a thief who only has minutes to find what they want. The goal is to make finding your valuables so tedious that burglars simply give up without finding anything you truly value. Spread your valuables around these spots (don’t forget where you’ve left them) and rest easy knowing burglars aren’t likely to go to the trouble of finding them. Want to add extra assurance? Consider adding fake stashes for burglars to find and move on: we’ve included suggestions for fake stash spots as well.

A friend of mine was recently burglarized. Their place was completely ransacked in the process and several valuables were stolen. Fortunately, a few of the most precious items were left unscathed because they were hidden away in a small storage safe disguised as a book, hidden in a pile of other hardbound copies. Whether you want to protect your things or you just like having a bit of mystery in your home, these are the best items you can DIY or buy to keep your treasures hidden.

With the average burglar taking just 8 to 12 minutes inside a home or apartment, hiding away valuables in unexpected spots around the house can make the difference between losing something and losing everything of personal value.

Remember, one of the first rooms burglars will likely scour is the master bedroom, because it is generally where jewelry, cash and safes are located. Other areas such as the living room and home office will be targeted next, for easy to carry home electronics. That leaves bathrooms, the kitchen, hallways, mudrooms, and the laundry room better spots for safekeeping duties.

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