Many are surprised to learn the average home burglary takes less than 10 minutes. Thieves don’t have time to search every nook and cranny of your home, and they target items they see and places valuables are usually stored. Diversion safes, designed to look like common household items, are easily overlooked
Diversion safes come in many styles and sizes. There are book safes fit in neatly on your bookshelf; others look like wall clocks, electrical outlets, beverage cans, cleaning products, and more.
Taking a hint from Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Purloined Letter,” diversion safes are designed to blend in with your surroundings. They are especially handy if away from often you’re away from home often, stay overnight in hotels, or have a lot of visitors to your home. They keep your important items hidden from thieves or even prying guests!
One of the neatest, most realistic aspects of diversion safes is that they are weighted to appear as if they are a full container of the product. Some can be shaken to sound as if they really do contain the product; e.g. Morton’s salt, Maxwell House coffee and Ajax cleaner.
To be a truly handy way to hide your valuables, a diversion safe should make sense in its surroundings, e.g. a beer can would be out of place in a house of non-drinkers, and a book safe might not work in a home that has little or no books.
Knowing yourself and your surroundings will help you make good choices.