Here in Phoenix, 1 in 27 people will fall victim to property crime. Although this may sound alarming, there are a few simple home security tips that you can take to prevent this from happening to you. Below, you will find intelligent storage ideas for your valuables so that they never end up in Phoenix’s black market.
Where NOT to Store Valuables
- Display Cabinets: People love to show off their nice dinner sets and porcelain valuables in their display cabinets and drawers. Not only do these cabinets serve as a nice attraction for guests, but they draw the attention of unwanted visitors as well. Even if you lock your cabinets, thieves will often pry them open with tools, resulting in stolen and damaged property!
- Handbags: Women tend to keep far more than just cash in their purses. There could be an expensive perfume, small jewelry or an expensive pair of sunglasses along with that full wallet. Not only that, but nice handbags have high resale values on the black market, especially if they are brand named. They are also easy to carry which makes them a convenient target for burglars.
- Under the Bed: This is a very common and highly popularized hiding spot, so even thieves will think to look under here. Such a hiding place might have worked when you were a kid, but not anymore.
Where TO Store Valuables
- The Bank: It might cost a little extra to rent a safe out, but the chances of someone getting through those welded steel doors are slim. Also, keeping your money in your bank accounts rather than as tangible cash will prevent it from being snatched away. Try to minimize the amount of cash you use and convert to cards instead, which can be deactivated if stolen.
- The Garage: Storage units have so many boxes in them that having an extra with a generic label, such as “Xmas Ornaments”, will keep your valuables safe. Even you feel overwhelmed at times when you see the amount of junk you have in the garage or attic, so the probability of a thief taking the time to look through these boxes is very low.
- Inside a Picture Frame: Place your valuables in between the picture and the cardboard backing of the frame. This place will only work for very thin assets, such as documents, cash or chains. Burglars will usually take a picture frame down to see what’s behind it, but few will ever actually take the time to open the frame up.
Taking Precautions from the Onset
The best way to avoid being robbed is to protect your home from the onset. Install a good security system, be aware of what’s happening in the neighborhood and pay attention to who enters and leaves the house. You can control who you invite in, so take care so that you won’t have to deal with uninvited guests later. By following these simple tips, you can live a safer life in Phoenix.