Below are 7 great tips that will help you to come up with great hiding locations/disguises to protect your cash or valuables.
The location should be not obvious nor easily visible for thieves
The first places thieves would look for is easily reachable areas. Any place where thieves can put their hands on, they can check. They will look at desks, refrigerators, under mattresses, closets, television cabinets and spots where they believe the owner will hide money. One thing they will check for is a safe, which is a giveaway that you have something valuable to hide. Unless your safe is bolted and secured, the thieves will find a way to steal your safe, given enough time.
The location should be a place you will remember in the long term
A very important thing to keep in mind is that, the location should be a place that you will not forget over time. Otherwise, you not only beat the thieves’ intelligence, you also beat yours. For example, a very safe place would be in your backyard, several feet down the ground. If you bury your money there and leave it there for years, it is very likely that you would forget about it, unless you write it down somewhere, but you risk your notes might be seen by someone else.
The location should be convenient for access
Another key to find a great location is that, the place should be accessible for you. Yes, you can create a safe box underneath the floor or bury your money several feet down in your backyard, but it would be very inconvenient for you to take out or put in more cash.
The disguise should be something that cannot be easily recognized
The object that you placed your money in should be something that does not draw attention. For example, a piggy bank is a terrible disguise, because everyone knows that is an object people put money in.
The disguise should be an object that you or your family members would not throw away
The object that you placed your money in should be something that your family members does not have the tendency to throw away. For example, many people consider putting money in an empty medicine bottle or an old shoebox. These objects carry a high probability that someone in your house may unknowingly throw away. Sometimes it could be that you forget about having left money inside the object and discard it years later before checking the inside of the object.
The disguise should be something that cannot be easily destroyed or taken
The object that you placed your money in should be something that a thief can not easily break. For example, you may think of putting money in a vase and that nobody would care about a vase. However, a vase can be easily broken and that would reveal anything inside the vase. Another example is, you may think of concealing money inside photo frames that are placed on the wall. Those photo frames can be easily smashed on the ground to reveal anything hidden in them. Also, do not hide money in an object that can be easily taken away. Say, you hide the money inside a home telephone unit. The thief may find the telephone as valuable item that can be sold and steal the telephone unit, along with the money inside.
The cash or valuables should be wrapped with paper or plastic to prevent from damage.
You want to make sure that your cash or valuables do not get damage or destroyed. A good thing to do may be to wrap it in some sort of protection, like paper, plastic, cling wrap, etc. For example, if you bury your money underneath the ground in your backyard, you want to make sure that your cash does not get wet from water.
For examples of great hiding spots at your home, read The Best Places To Hide Cash At Home.