A thief breaks into your house, and they know they have a limited amount of time to ransack the place. Where do they go? Well, criminals know where you’re most likely to hide your most valuable possessions. But you’re smarter than that – so plan ahead by hiding your things in any one of these 40 clever locations.
40. Re-fill the dog food container
Yes, a large bin full of dog or cat food makes for the perfect hiding spot. For what thief will dig through it to find your treasure in the little time they have? So before you refill your pet’s kibble, place important papers in a bag and put them at the bottom. Then, camouflage them with the pet food you pour on top. Voila.
39. Crack open a tennis ball
It’s tough to hide valuables in your car. And the glove box and center console will likely be where thieves check first. So, toss a nondescript tennis ball into your car but only after you’ve sliced a slit into its rubber banding. The ball is now hollow, meaning you can slip cash, keys and other small items inside. Then, leave the ball on the floor of your car – no one will think to take it if they break in.
38. Crack open a window(sill)
Your home has some built in hiding places – and we’re not talking about the obvious ones, either. For the tiny piece of wood beneath your window sills can transform into the perfect safe spot for pricey valuables. You might need a contractor’s help, but you can turn the sill into a secret drawer.
37. Transform books into a box
You’ve already seen a hollowed-out book used as a hiding place – and so have thieves. So, skip the single book in favor of a line of faux covers. You’ll have to rip a few titles apart, which can be a painful process for a book lover. However, you’ll end up with a subtle safe spot with plenty of space to hide your valuables.
36. Vacuum away your valuables
You know the types of things a thief will want to steal – cash, jewelry, electronics. But they’ll probably skip out on your household appliances. So crack into your vacuum and clean out the area surrounding the dirt-collection container. In that area, you can hide important papers when you’re not cleaning the carpets.
35. Peas try this one
Thieves know that homeowners often toss cash and other valuables into the freezer. So they could do a quick check to see if the chilly space holds anything worthwhile. What they probably won’t do is go through every container you’ve stored there. For that reason, you can feel safe tossing your cash in a half-full bag of peas or any other frozen fare you have (and don’t plan on eating).
34. Cover your hideaway with carpet
Sometimes, the valuables you need to hide in your home are yourself and your family. Hopping into a crawl space seems like a good idea in case of an emergency. However, you can do even more to make your location unknown. So installing a thick shag carpet on the floor – around and above the trap door – can easily do the trick.
33. Restuff a stuffed animal toy
Many thieves steer clear of children’s rooms out of care for the little ones living there. So you can use this knowledge to your advantage by hiding valuables around your kids’ bedrooms and play areas. Take it a step further by un-stuffing a plush soft toy, placing a jar inside and filling that container with things such as loose change or cash.
32. You can’t see into CDs
When’s the last time you reached for a CD or DVD? How about those blank ones sitting on your desk? Well, a potential thief wouldn’t want them, either, and you can use their outdatedness to your advantage. Save one CD to put on top of the stack, then hollow out a hole in the middle of the remaining stack. Finally, pop your valuables in there, topping it off with the last remaining disc.
31. Get the door
A solid wood door gives you plenty of potential hiding spaces, so long as you have the tools to unlock them. So grab a cylindrically shaped container, such as a pill bottle or film container. Then drill a similarly shaped hold into the top of your wooden door. With a house full of doors to open and check, thieves will probably forego the search for hidden doortop cylinders full of cash.
30. Conceal it with cardboard
Perhaps you’ve armed your home with a safe to keep valuables locked away. Now, it’s a great resource to have – until your house gets burgled. For thieves will infer that your safe contains your most precious wares – and even if they can’t crack it open on site, they’ll take the entire thing and figure it out later. So hide your safe inside a cardboard box or amongst your basement or attic storage.
29. Add a little extra power to your battery
You don’t need much space to stash a bit of cash. Case in point – this clever trick, where you pop open a larger variety of battery, empty it and fill it with money. Just make sure you alert your loved ones as to your new hiding place. Because you don’t want anyone tossing your cash-stuffed battery in the trash.
28. No one will PVC your valuables here
It goes without saying that thieves probably won’t bash through your pipes with the hope that you’ve hidden valuables in there. So create a hiding spot by hanging a PVC pipe in your basement and fixing a cleanout plug to the end. Now you can open the plug and, from there, stuff the cylinder with all the valuables you want to tuck away.
27. Store where you sleep
Depending on the type of bed frame you have, you could have built-in storage just inches from where you sleep. Namely, if you can unscrew the bedknobs at the corners of your four-poster bed, then you have the perfect hiding spot for small valuables. Tuck your favorite jewelry into these pockets – they’re easy to open and close when you want to wear your precious pieces.
26. Sign up for diaper duty
It’s tough to keep an eye on your valuables at the beach. Normally, you’ll bring your phone to snap pictures of your day in the sand. However, you’ll want to enjoy the coast, too. And leaving your sunbed means a thief could easily steal your phone. So tuck it and any other valuables into the most nondescript hiding place imaginable – a clean baby diaper. Needless to say, a thief won’t want to rifle through that to find anything.
25. Work with wax
Lighting a candle can really set the mood, but leaving your candle alone can give you a great hiding place, too. But you’ll need to cut into the waxy bottom of your pillar to carve out a little container for your valuables. Just make sure you tell your housemates not to light the candle, or else your goods will get a bit waxy.
24. Rely on the Great Outdoors
When was the last time you heard of a burglar grabbing a shovel and digging up a victim’s backyard? Exactly. So, stick your precious wares into containers, then shovel some holes and bury your belongings beneath the dirt. Just make sure you discreetly mark the spot so you know where to dig them up later.
23. Stick valuables on a drawer
Thieves will inevitably ransack through drawers. However, they might not think to remove the drawers and check the backs for hidden items. According to Family Handyman, “Drawers don’t go all the way to the back of the cabinet, and there’s typically a little space on the underside, too.” So, tuck cash or important papers into an envelope and tape it to one of these clandestine areas.
22. Hide away in hems
The decorative curtains you’ve hung around your house can help conceal your best bits, too. Check the bottoms to see if any of your tapestries have a hem sewn in there. Depending on the size of the loop, you can tuck electronic devices, cash and more into the fabric hiding spot.
21. Hang an extra-shadowy shadow box
Most homeowners have proudly displayed family photos, so hanging a few of your own won’t raise thieves’ suspicions. When you do, be sure to place your photos into box-style frames that stick out from the wall. With that, you’ll instantly create a small, secret storage space behind each image.
20. Make the right call
Plenty of people have given up their landlines in favor of their more convenient smartphones. If you’re one of them, you might have a disused phone jack in your house. So consider each one a built-in hiding spot – unscrew the jack and place your valuables behind the functional facade.
19. Plant your prized possessions
Houseplants make a great addition to your home’s decor – unless you lack a green thumb. But you can get the same effect with faux plants, and those come with the potential for quality hiding places, too. Namely, you can transform a fake flower and its surrounding soil into a lid, of sorts. It’ll top a pot and, underneath, you have plenty of room to hide valuables.
18. Re-think cabinet storage
You could hide your valuables behind the door of a cabinet. Or, you could climb on your counter, peer over your upper cupboards and see if there’s a bit of space between sections. There should be, and the gap between each set of doors can conceal sensitive documents. Slip envelopes into the crevasse but hang them onto the side with a binder clip so that you can easily retrieve them later.
17. Create a secretive sandal
Once again, we have a beach-ready storage spot that won’t grab thieves’ attention. If you have flip-flops with thick enough soles, slice into them to create a hidden compartment. There, you can hide your cash, cards and other valuables. Instantly, they all will be disguised as just another sandy flip-flop on the beach.
16. Make a scrapbook with a twist
Magnetic photo albums allow you to store and share your photos without gluing them down or otherwise damaging them. That’s great for your family’s archives, but it’s also an excellent resource for your foray into valuables-storage. Behind each magnetized picture frame, you can hide your biggest bills.
15. Spare a tire
You can hide your treasure just about anywhere in a garage, especially if you have a workbench or other storage space. But this idea would make your wares even more difficult to find. You can spend roughly $20 to get a spare wheelbarrow tire and wheel at your local home improvement shop. Buy one, deflate it and then stuff it with your smaller prized possessions. Then, re-inflate it to hide the shapes hidden within.
14. Try the trash
They say that one man’s trash is another’s treasure, but this doesn’t necessarily apply to thieves. For they want your most valuable possessions, which they won’t find in your trash can – or, so they would think. So place your goods in a plastic bag, then put that sealed container at the bottom of your trash can. Then, place a plastic liner bag over the top and use the bin as normal. No one will detect the second bag of valuables below.
13. Would you like a piece of money?
Slipping your wallet into your pocket is easy enough. However, if someone robs you they know exactly what such an accessory looks like. So to keep your cash and cards safe, try fitting all of the essentials into an empty chewing gum box. Keep it separate from your wallet, and no one will know the difference.
12. Slide it under your seat
Two, four, six, eight – how many chairs do you have surrounding your table? If they’re traditional dining chairs, then you can use the upholstered cushion beneath you to your advantage. Install hinges underneath the seat so you can flip the cushion up and down, thus giving you an easy-to-open, easy-to-hide place for sensitive documents.
11. Spread it on thick
The last place you’d put your jewelry, cash and important paperwork? Probably into a jar of mayonnaise – and that’s why this tip works. Grab an empty mayonnaise jar and paint the inside white. Once dry, the container will appear full from the outside but, really, you’re just seeing white paint. And that will be enough to enshroud what’s actually inside of the jar.
10. Hiding? It’s on the rocks
In the old days, leaving a key under the doormat was quite common. These days, we have to be a bit smarter. So, hot glue a pill bottle to the underside of a garden rock. Then, stick said rock back into the garden landscape with its attached container concealed. No one will ever suspect that a real rock has something to hide.
9. Increase your sun protection factor
An empty bottle of sunscreen makes the perfect hiding place in your car or beach bag. Clean the bottle out, then cut a slit into its side. Use the makeshift trap door to hide things inside of your former sunscreen bottle. Depending on the size of the container, you can stick your phone, wallet, keys and more inside.
8. Kick thievery in the can
Common sense tells us to hold onto old paint cans – for you never know when you’re going to need a touchup. However, over time, these cans can dry out, leaving you with the perfect hiding spot for your best belongings. To avoid any paint staining, place your possessions into plastic bags first before dropping them into the cans.
7. No beans about it
Your perfectly organized pantry can hide a secret or two, you know. So grab a few empty jars and place an empty paper roll in the center. Surround the space outside of the roll with beans, grains or another nondescript dry food. Then, you can place valuables in the center of the roll – a thief would be hard-pressed to find such a hiding place.
6. Steal it at your own risk
We can’t think of too many thieves would dare dig into a hornets’ nest to nick a valuable item. So give the illusion that your home has a few of the winged stingers floating around. Install a faux nest in the corner of an outdoor area. No one will touch it, which means you can stuff it with your prized possessions.
5. Don’t shower thieves in goodies
Bathrooms don’t have too many places where you can hide valuables while preserving them from the steamy air. But this clever hack keeps your belongings safe and dry behind shower tiles. Push the right one, and it’ll open to reveal a hidden drawer full of good stuff. No thief will attempt to press every single bathroom tile to find which one’s the secret container. Just remember, though, that this solution does require a little DIY.
4. This one’s the balm
If you’re a lip balm fan, you probably have tons of the tubes stuffed into various pockets, purses and drawers. Find one that’s almost empty and use it all the way up. Then clean out the cylinder and remove the balm-pushing mechanism. With that, you’ve got the perfect tiny tube to hide your cash when you’re on the go.
3. Make it a page-turner
If you have a shelf or box full of books, try this hack to hide your cash well. Crack open a few of your favorite titles and tuck bills in between some of the pages – that’s it. You’ll remember where you put the dough because you chose the titles in the first place. Better yet, a thief won’t have enough time to flip through your entire bookshelf in search of cash.
2. Don’t empty your pockets
On the list of things that are easy and worthwhile for a thief, “your entire wardrobe” is probably low on the list. As such, you can feel safe using various pockets and sleeves to your advantage. Just make sure you’re vigilant when you donate clothes down the line – you don’t want someone else ending up with that pocket full of your cash.
1. Divert thieves’ attention from the real thing
Thieves have an idea of where people tend to hide their valuables. They’ll look there first and, if they can’t find anything, they’ll continue to tear up your home in search of stuff. So try thinking like a thief to throw them off your trail. Put a bit of cash in your underwear drawer or store faux jewelry in the freezer. That way, they’ll stop once they have your “valuables,” without realizing how much more you’ve got hidden around the house.