When it comes to keeping a safe in your home, you essentially want two things -- you want to be able to open the safe when needed and you don't want it taken in the event of a break-in. You can greatly increase the odds of success in the former category by hiring a safe technician to perform some maintenance tasks on your safe every two or three years. This appointment will ensure that the moving mechanisms are properly cleaned and lubricated. Regarding the safe being undetected during a break-in, it's important to be vigilant about finding a perfect spot to hide it in your home. Here are some ideas.
In A Child's Room
When a burglar breaks into your home, they know that they have a limited amount of time to look for valuables. As such, they'll often grab electrical components from your TV room or home office and seek valuables such as cash and jewelry from the master bedroom. Many burglars won't waste time accessing a child's room, which makes this an ideal spot to store your safe. In the back of a child's cupboard behind a pile of stuffed animals, for example, is one place that should be safe from anyone who has entered your home.
Behind A Wall
If you have a small safe, an effective hiding place is behind a wall. You don't need to be particularly handy and build a framed area on which to store it. Instead, provided the wall is thick enough, you can simply cut a rectangular hole, set the safe in behind the hole and cover it with an air vent that you can inexpensively buy at your local home supply store. When you need to get your safe maintained or otherwise access it, you just need to unscrew the air vent plate.
The Rear Of A Clothing Drawer
A small safe can easily fit in the rear of a deep clothing drawer and be carefully disguised with several layers of clothing stacked in front of it. While a burglar might quickly open one of the smaller drawers at the top of your dresser to look for jewelry, it's unlikely that he or she would take the same approach with a lower drawer that appears full of clothing.
In The Garage
Although a burglar might enter your garage in the hopes of finding tools that he or she can quickly sell, the overcrowded nature of many people's garages makes this area an ideal spot for storing your safe. Place it in an area that's crowded or messy -- at the bottom of a cupboard behind several bottles of engine oil or washer fluid or behind old sporting gear in the crawlspace above the garage are two choices.