Fortunately, break-ins are not too common, but they do happen. If a thief visited your Montrose Square Apartment, how easy would it be for them to steal your valuables? Try it yourself by thinking like a burglar.
First, most thieves have two simple goals: One, find your valuables, and two, get out fast.
The first places you probably think about hiding your valuables will most likely be the first places searched by a thief. Under your mattress, behind the toilet tank, and at the bottom of your sock drawer are most common, so avoid these areas. So, where can I hide things?
The best place, of course, would be a safe that’s attached to the wall or floor. Of course, living in an apartment means you don’t have that option. You still have many other good places to hide things.
Remember, a thief wants to get out of your apartment as quickly as possible, so he’s not going to take a lot of time searching for your valuables. He’s certainly not going to look, for example, into everything you’ve got stored in the freezer compartment of your refrigerator. Wrap up your valuables in aluminum foil and put them in there next to the left-overs.
A thief would commonly look behind your wall hangings, but probably won’t take time to open them up and look between the picture in front and the cardboard frame behind the picture.
And what thief in his right mind would search through all of the toys strewed around your kid’s room? Hide your valuables in a toy placed in plain sight.
Remember when coffee came in a large tin can? You can still buy it in large plastic containers. Hide your valuables in the coffee, so that when anyone opens it, it just looks like a container of coffee. Aspirin bottles can work the same way if you leave the aspirin in the bottle. You can also buy cans that look like common household items that are really hollowed out little safes.
Finally, here’s an interesting idea. Give them what they want and maybe they’ll just leave. In other words, leave a $100 bill in your sock drawer, along with some fake important looking papers, or photos. Once a thief finds your stash, they want to get out of your apartment as quickly as possible.
Final suggestion: Get a safe deposit box at a nearby bank. You won’t be able to access it at night or on the weekends, but thieves will never be able to access it at all.