Now we know that sharing these kinds of tips and tricks are kind of paradoxical, meaning that the more people who get to see these the less likely they would work because almost everyone (including the bad guys) becomes aware of these hiding places. Substantially, that brings us to the fact that these should not always be replicated as is; you can and should add a little twist to it so now the whole world, including the one who’s trick you’ve borrowed wouldn’t be able to recognize your stash haven!
So here are 7 easy ways to hide your valuables with the highest probability of them not being discovered:
7. Fake Pipes
Put in a fake PVC pipe complete with a cleanout plug somewhere in your basement. Unscrew the plug and there are the goods.
6. Right Out in the Open
It doesn’t have to be an old vacuum cleaner. Any common household item that has a cavity will work. Think old printers, computer towers, children’s toys, etc. (Just be sure family members know about it so your valuables don’t get donated or tossed!) For easy access, choose an item that opens instantly, like a vacuum cleaner bag compartment. For more security, choose an item with a cover that screws shut.
5. Hide a Key In Plain Sight
Say you want to hide a key—other than under the rug or over the door. How about mounting a phony plastic LB fitting? Screw it to the wall and run a bit of 1/2-in. conduit to the ground so it looks official. Cut the head off the bottom screw and glue it in place. That’s it. Swing the cover aside and there’s the key.
4. Hide a Safe in the Wall or Floor
Install a wall safe or cylinder floor safe (a SentrySafe Floor Safe is available at amazon.com) by bolting it to the floor (most safes have holes inside for just that purpose). Hide it in the corner of a closet or other inconspicuous area. Or mount the wall safe inside a wall and cover it with a picture. Or chip out a hole in your concrete slab and stick in the floor safe, then pour new concrete around it.
3. Spread Your Wealth
Use lots of hiding places. You could keep cash between pages in books, tape an envelope behind your headboard or put cash behind the false panel in your dishwasher.
Well, be careful with that one so you don’t wash away your wealth at the push of a button! ;0
2. Which Paint Can Contains the Gold?
Next time you use up a can of paint, save the empty can and fill it up with valuables. Then put it back on the shelf with all your other cans.
1. The Old Hollowed-Out-Book Trick
Like we said before, you can even take a very common hiding technique and tweak it enough to gain more and make it a more concealed.
We’ve all seen the hollowed-out book, but there’s not much room in one of those. Instead, use several books with a plywood box attached to the back. If you have a band saw for cutting out the pages, great. If not, you can use a jigsaw. (After all, books are just a form of wood.)
If the sides of the books will be visible, fold back the covers of the books on the left and right sides of the assembly before cutting. Build a plywood box to fit the opening and glue the book parts to the box with construction adhesive. The disadvantage? You can see inside the box on low shelves, so you need to display it so the opening is above eye level.
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