A decoy safe in plain sight – a ‘safe’ to fool a burglar – will enable you to store your ‘real’ emergency cash, important papers, valuable jewelry, precious metals, or other valuables in a ‘different’ (hidden) safe.
Here’s where the home burglar will look first:
The typical home burglar is looking for cash, jewelry, and guns.
Places Where A Burglar Will Look First
A burglar will usually look in the master bedroom first, in the jewelry box, dresser drawers, in the closets, under the mattress, around the bed (statistically most weapons are found next to the bed or under the mattress).
Then the burglar will look quickly around the house for computers, laptops, cameras, flat screen TV’s, and electronics.
The burglar may move on to the bathroom medicine cabinet, a quick look in the toilet tank for a wrapped up treasure (a common household hiding place), and even the kitchen refrigerator or freezer (a common hiding place for cash, etc.)
During the burgle, the burglar will be keeping an eye out for lock boxes which may hold more cash, jewelry, or firearms…
A Decoy Safe to Fool The Burglar
Knowing this, and/or if ever confronted with a home invasion, it may be effective to keep a decoy safe with just enough cash in it to convince the burglar that it’s all you have… all the while having your ‘real’ safe hidden well away with your actual valuables.
If you are confronted to reveal where your safe is, having a relatively small decoy safe or lock box ‘hidden’ somewhere fairly obvious and stashed with a bit of cash, may be enough to satisfy the thief.
Here’s an example of a cheap decoy safe for this purpose:
SentrySafe Small Cash Box