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Protect your valuables

Choose a good hiding spot before you leave on holiday

If you’ve thought of a clever place to hide your valuables, you can bet burglars have thought of it too. Don’t make it easy for them by leaving a spare key under the doormat or expensive jewellery in the top drawer of your bedside table.

 

  • To protect your valuables from criminals, you have to think like them. Look around your home and eliminate all the obvious hiding places. Try to think of less predictable spots.
  • If you have a safe, keep it in a place where snoops would never think to look, in your children’s room, for example. The main bedroom is always one of the first rooms burglars target, so try not to hide anything there. The office is another soft target. Rather leave important documents with your lawyer or at your bank.
  • Never stash all your valuables in one place. Split money and jewellery, and hide them in various spots. This way, if burglars do find one of your hiding spots, they’re less likely to look further and you will lose less.
  • If you keep a gun, the best option is to get a fireproof safe that can be bolted to the floor and wall. Have the safe installed in a well-concealed area.
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