5 Disguised Safes

The Tinned Food Safe

Traditional hiding places for small amounts of money or valuables have always been the tea caddy or biscuit tin, two of the first places a burglar will investigate. A screw top metal safe that looks identical to a well known brand of baked beans or tomato soup can mingle with others on the shelf and go unnoticed. An alternative is to wrap items in foil and hide them in the freezer.

The Hollow Book

A mini safe that is disguised as a book can easily sit with others on a shelf and the more untidy the books are arranged, the less noticeable it will be. A small wall safe hidden in a recess at the back of a book shelf can be disguised by surrounding it with books. Choose titles that complement your reading taste or assuming that a burglar might have a sense of humour opt for a series on Raffles, the gentleman thief.

The Pot Plant

Hiding a waterproof container in the soil of a pot plant is ideal for small quantities of cash or credit cards. Similarly, the position of a safe set beneath floor level can be disguised by placing the heaviest ceramic pot available on top. Don’t forget to keep the plants watered as dead foliage is sure to make an observant burglar suspicious. Placing valuables in a watertight tin and burying them in the garden is another method, but remember to mark the spot.

The Cuddly Toy

Take inspiration from the vintage film noir classic, “The Night Of The Hunter” starring Robert Mitchum and hide a wad of money inside a doll or cuddly toy. Burglars inevitably head for expensive electrical gadgets, overlooking inexpensive early learning toys. Alternatively, disguise a small safe with the exterior of a doll’s house or place it at the bottom of a large toy box.

The False Seat

A popular place for hiding money in days of old was inside a mattress. Today, a cleverly constructed recess beneath the seat of an armchair or sofa can easily accommodate a small safe. Another hiding place could be behind a supposedly immoveable plinth at the base of a cupboard. It takes only a little imagination to think of how to disguise a safe as a household item, relying on a burglar’s haste to prevent it being discovered. However, for expert advice on the most effective way to disguise your home safe, contact Secure Safe.

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