How to Safeguard Your Valuables in Times of Crisis

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How to Safeguard Your Valuables.

During times of crisis and disaster, you should expect that your local law enforcement will be extremely busy, and will be totally unable to uphold the law in the same efficient way they normally do.  You might be wondering how to safeguard your valuables.

There’s just going to be so much happening, and there won’t be enough police officers to handle the chaos.

And as you know, when the cat’s away the mice will play.  Crime will skyrocket.  Looting, vandalism, thefts, assaults, rapes and murder will quickly be massive.  And if you think a scenario like this seems unlikely or not possible, – think again.   It WILL be like this – the new norm – and…

You MUST be ready for it.

During an emergency such as a hurricane alert where you absolutely must evacuate, chances are you’ll leave your home earlier to go somewhere safe.  During this time, most other people will be fleeing too and this is a prime opportunity for criminals to do some serious last-minute housebreaking and flee with your loot.

So, in order to prevent your valuables from being stolen, you need to adopt a few measures to safeguard them.  It would be a good idea to be prepared well ahead of time instead of scrambling to think of good hiding spots at the last minute.

 

Safes

If you thought of safes, you’d be absolutely right. These are without a doubt one of the best ways to protect your valuables. During an emergency, fleeing with all your jewelry, cash and other expensive belongings is not a good idea. You may lose them or they may get stolen.

It’s best to leave them in your safe at home. It’s important to note that not all safes are made equal. Do NOT get a small safe that can be easily carried away by just one or two people.  Ideally, your safe should be large, extremely heavy and too cumbersome for them to bother with.  Even better – bolt it to the ground!

The best safes are always going to be expensive.  They will normally be quite large and would be placed on a solid surface that can support it’s weight.  Don’t use wall safes, simply because the walls can be broken and the safes carted away by thieves.

It’s also a good idea to make sure that your safe is fire resistant like these economical examples below.

Hiding spots

While safes are excellent, the simple fact is that they can be very costly and therefore outside of many peoples’ reach.   So if you don’t have the budget for this, don’t panic as there are several ingenious ways to hide your valuables.

The first thing you should avoid doing is hiding your valuables in the master bedroom. People are creatures of habit and thieves know exactly where to look. Sealing your valuables in an airtight plastic bag and hiding them in the toilet tank is not as uncommon as you think. Thieves know where to look.

Cereal boxes, under the bed, between mattresses, laundry baskets, etc are all NOT good hiding places. Generally, when someone breaks into your home to rob it, they want to be in and out of there as fast as they can. They’ll toss just about everything upside down as they quickly grab whatever they think is of value.

To hide your valuables successfully, you need to be creative.  If you have an attic or store room where you store all your old stuff, those are the best places to hide your valuables.  Since there is already a whole load of junk there, thieves may assume that there’s nothing of value going to be hidden there.

Take a look at these perfect examples below and think about getting started on this right away while you’re thinking about it…


PVC Pipes

A great place to hide your valuables are inside PVC pipes.

You could place all your valuables inside an empty PVC pipe and run it in a place that makes it look like a regular pipe.  To the untrained eye, it’ll look just like any other water pipe and they’ll probably not even notice it.

Another way to hide your valuables is to add them in an empty flower pot and cover it halfway with soil and add a plant in it. Make it look as normal as possible and place it somewhere inside the house that’s relatively discreet.

Follow the tips in this article and your belongings will probably be safe even if there’s a break-in. Plan in advance and be ready to hide your valuables at a moment’s notice.  But a tip worth remembering is this….. be sure to remember where you hid them!

Best,

Ed Storm

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