Did you know that one of the safest rooms in your home for storing valuables is your bathroom? It’s true. We’ll get into the reasons in just a minute, but for now, we want to encourage you to start thinking about security in the bathroom. Not personal security, but the security of your valuables. There are quite a few creative ways you can employ in the bathroom to keep your valuables safe. With a little creativity and imagination, the one room most of us think very little of can become one of the most important rooms in your home.
Why Bathrooms Are Secure
One of the most common property crimes in the United States is burglary. Every few seconds a new burglary occurs in America; no one is immune. However, the important thing to know is that burglars want to be in and out of your home in under 10 minutes. Statistics show the first place burglars had for is the master bedroom. They are looking for jewelry, cash, small electronics, and things they can stuff in their pockets while making a hasty exit. After the master bedroom, they tend to head for offices, dens, and family rooms. The last place burglars will look for valuables is the bathroom. Why? Because bathrooms are typically located in interior spaces where quick exits are difficult. If they were rummaging around the bathroom when a homeowner entered the structure, there would be little time to react and nowhere to hide.
Taking Advantage of the Bathroom
Homeowners who understand burglars will take advantage of the bathroom space for security purposes. One of the most common ways of doing this is to install a wall safe hidden behind a picture. A wall safe can be shallow enough to fit in a bathroom wall but still large enough to accommodate a large quantity of valuables. Diversion safes that look like ordinary bathroom objects also work well. For example, what appears to be a can of ordinary bathroom disinfectant could actually have a secret compartment inside for your jewelry. Place that can under the sink and it’s likely to remain untouched. For maximum security, experts recommend utilizing the bathroom as follows:
- Install wall or floor safe in the main bathroom rather than the master bath
- Purchase costume jewelry and other fake objects to leave in the master bedroom
- Utilize the bathroom’s natural elements; don’t use things that look out of place
The thing to remember is that burglars do not want to spend an inordinate amount of time in your home. So leave some objects they can find easily and quickly. If you hide things too well, they will tear apart your home to find what they are looking for. The combination of some bathroom hiding places and decoy jewelry and electronics will thwart burglars in most cases. As for you, every time you go to use the shower or toilet you can enjoy the secret of knowing something valuable is hidden behind that art nouveau painting.