Posted May 4th, 2023 by SimpliSafe
Have you ever wondered where burglars turn to first if they successfully attempt a break-in? If you’re away for a long time, or you’re worried about crime in your area, you may want to take some extra precautions to keep valuables safe in your home. From peculiar hiding spots to adding home security systems, we’ll dive into some of the most stolen items from homes, where you could hide your valuables at home, and other ways to protect your possessions.
What are the top stolen items during home break-ins?
The best places to hide valuables at home
Other ways to protect valuables at home
Burglars tend to know what they’re looking for and may attempt to break in on the assumption that you’re out of your home. They’ll usually look for “quick wins”, but might also steal items of high value to pawn later on. You may be surprised to hear that things like prescription medications can sometimes also get stolen - which could again be sold illegally elsewhere or used recreationally.
The items burglars are most likely to steal upon breaking into a home include (but are not limited to):
Cash and wallets. These have “quick” value
Watches and jewellery
…even your grand 65” TV isn’t safe!
Prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications
Cars on driveways
Financial and personal documents
Bicycles and motorbikes
Hiding your valuables in clever places won’t completely protect your valuables, but you may be able to trick burglars by popping them in less-obvious hiding places. Here are some of the best places to hide valuables at home
Safes are designed to be hard to crack by burglars, and in most cases, heavy to lift. Consider storing your safe in places that may seem less obvious, like the kitchen, bookshelves or a loft. Speaking of lofts…
Lofts are hard-to-reach places. Even if gaining access is straightforward, burglars will want to complete their in-and-out job quickly. Use your loft to its advantage by storing valuable items up there. Just be sure to reinforce valuables stored in a loft by using the correct containers to protect against unwanted moisture and creepy crawlies.
Think cereal boxes, empty drink cartons or packets of rice and pasta. It’s easy to hide, say, a set of spare house keys in a ‘bits and bobs’ drawer full of takeaway handouts and other miscellaneous items - but this can be an obvious area to look through. Instead, consider hiding them in food containers where burglars are less likely to rummage through.
Drawers are likely to be rummaged through upon a break-in. Opt to build a false bottom in your drawers so that you can store your valuables within.
This is especially useful for drawers on a drawer slide that require tilting and lifting out of carefully. If there is space at the back of the drawer, you could attach valuables to the back of it.
Have you given your walls a lick of paint recently? Don’t throw out the tin, and instead, use it as a place to store some valuables. Be sure not to store everything in there in case the whole lot is stolen by chance.
Not real ones, of course! If you have exposed piping or an airing cupboard where your boiler is, installing a fake plumbing pipe can also double up as additional storage for valuable items. Try to match the look and colour of your existing pipes so that they’re less easy to spot.
Whilst every precaution can be taken to prevent break-ins, motivated burglars could still find a way. That’s why it’s important to be aware of what burglars look for, so that you can store your valuables in safe and inconspicuous places.
However, there are other ways you can protect your valuables at home, even after you’ve hidden them.
It’s important to build a home security system that can cover areas of entry, suspicious behaviour outside of your property and any vulnerabilities that burglars could take advantage of to sneak into your home. Plus, they can also trigger alerts when activity is suspected, which can allow you to view footage in real-time, record it for evidence and even alert the surrounding area and local authorities.
With home delivery now easier than ever before, your home can be prone to having a pile-up of parcels which could attract the wrong attention. Instead, opt for a Click and Collect option so you know your parcels are in a secure location. If you’ve opted for Royal Mail delivery, then utilise Royal Mail Keepsafe’s service to keep your parcels safe. Alternatively, if you’re able to, select a delivery option for when you know you’ll be at home to receive your parcels.
Video doorbells are great for seeing who’s at your front door - be it a postman, friends, family, or a stranger. If you suspect someone is prying through any windows in your front door, then you can record this as evidence, particularly if the stranger shows up again to peer through other entry points to your home.
Burglars know full well that they may be more likely to get away with more damage if you’re out of the house. Instead, opt to time your lights to give the illusion of someone being at home. This can act as a deterrent in itself, and a burglar may think twice before attempting to break into your home.
In the event burglars do make it into your home, a bell box can omit a loud siren to cause a panic and alert your neighbours of a break-in. The sight of one may just be enough to deter a burglar, but a rookie may not know what this device is, and they’ll be in for quite the shock.
Adding a doggy door or cat flap is a great way for your furry friends to make it in and out of your home. However, installing them can automatically add a weakness to your door, by giving burglars an entry point where they may be able to hook around it and open the door from the inside. If your pets are microchipped, you can install a sensor that only allows the flap to open when your pet approaches it. Finally, be sure to keep valuables away from this area too, like backdoor keys, so burglars can’t attempt to snatch them.
Now you know how to hide valuables at home - you may want to consider additional home security to keep them extra safe. Contact SimpliSafe today to find out about our home security systems.