Memorial Day is the official kick-off to summer vacation and travel season. If you’re one of millions planning a trip this season, before you pack your bags spend some time thinking about how to secure your valuables while you’re away.
Summertime accounts for the highest percentage of break-ins and thefts in the U.S. However, the good news is you don’t need a high tech alarm system to protect your stuff. There are a lot of simple and affordable options for hiding your prized possessions. Here’s some tips and tricks.
What to Hide
Figuring out where to hide something starts with asking, “What should I hide?” Most people immediately think of important documents, jewelry, and high-priced valuables. Chances are, however, that goods like prescription medication, spare keys, or hard drives (things thieves look for) would be devastating to lose, but aren’t necessarily top-of-mind.
Make a list of all the things of financial or personal value to you. Walk through each room in your home or apartment to get started and pay close attention to valuables stored in plain sight.
Where to Hide
Where you stash things has a lot to do with how much space you have and how often you access it. If you’re like most people, you stash your stuff in obvious locations: jewelry in the bedroom, prescriptions in the medicine cabinet, and so on. Simply stowing goods in unexpected places, like a hollowed-out book or false vent, can be enough to thwart a thief in a crunch.
However, if you want to keep your stuff secure year-round, consider something more permanent like a safe. Models range from tiny lock boxes for your nightstand to custom safes with upholstery for the office or bedroom.
Is Hiding Enough?
Most homeowners follow the “out of sight, out of mind” philosophy to home security. If it’s in a shoe box, the freezer, or anywhere we can’t see it, then it must be safe. However, the worst kind of home security threat isn’t human: it’s a natural disaster.
If you live in a location prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, or other natural disasters, you may want to consider a hiding place that can withstand water, wind, or fire. Again, a home safe is a great option. Many come with fire protection ranging from 30 to 90 minutes and are protected with rugged, steel-hard plates
Products That Conceal and Protect
There are a lot of clever (or just plain odd: see lettuce head) products on the market today for quickly and easily stashing valuables. However, a home safe is still one of the best and only ways to ensure your valuables are organized and secure.
Safes have come a long way in design and protection. Models like Cannon Safe’s Home Series and Home Essentials lines come equipped with custom upholstery, built-in organizational features, LED lighting, and are available in a variety of colors. Additionally, most come with a built-in media port so you can remotely access electronics behind secure doors.
Some new products don’t even look like a traditional safe. Take for instance the TV Mount Wall Vault. It’s a wall safe that fits between two studs with a fully extendable TV mount that can hold up to an 80-pound or 80-inch flat screen TV.
Additionally, the Radio Vault is a sound system and iPhone charger with a hidden drawer accessed with a biometric lock that matches your unique fingerprint.
Protecting your home and valuables is an important step when planning time away from home. While it may not rank as highly as choosing a hotel or the right airplane read, stashing your stuff can provide you peace of mind. And that’s priceless.
Pasquale Murena is the Marketing Manager for Cannon Safe Inc.®, the leader in home safe design and technology. Follow Cannon Safe on Twitter (@CannonSafe) and Facebook (facebook.com/CannonSafe) or visit CannonSafe.com to purchase or locate a retailer near you.