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13 Best Diversion Safes That Will Fool Burglars

An investment of a few dollars could save you from a major theft!

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Code lock on the safe door.Alexsander Ovsyannikov/Shutterstock

What are diversion safes?

The movie scene is all too familiar: The lead character walks over to a bookshelf and pulls out a Bible, only the object is more hole-y than holy. Out of the hallowed book comes a gun! “A diversion safe is a place to hide small valuables or cash disguised as ordinary household products or objects,” explains Chris E. McGoey, CPP, CSP, CAM, founder of the “Crime School” podcast. Diversion safes serve a variety of purposes, ranging from a place to hide valuables from criminals to one where parents can keep their children from finding things. Because they are meant as a “diversion,” the cool thing about these sorts of safes is that you can use almost anything within reason. “The choices are unlimited for those with imagination, creativity, and craft skills,” explains McGoey. You’ll also want to know the 21 secrets a burglar won’t tell you.

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brush safevia amazon.com

Southern Homewares Hair Brush Diversion Safe

Got some money or jewelry to stash? This diversion safe doesn’t just look like a hairbrush, it functions as one! “The whole idea is to have the container blend into its natural environment, like on a shelf of books, laundry supplies, bottles of olive oil, or cake mix,” McGoey says. Seeing how a brush can fit in almost anywhere—especially in the bathroom—this is a great option for anyone with a head of hair. How safe is your home? Here are 42 home security nightmares possibly lurking around your home.

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clock safevia amazon.com

Mantle Clock Safe Concealment Hidden Storage Compartment

To visitors—both invited and uninvited—it looks and functions like a boring old mantle clock with a rich walnut finish. Little do they know that it may house anything from jewelry or money to important documents. However, if you are hiding valuables or anything that may be dangerous, be incredibly cautious. “I do not recommend hiding anything of significant value in a diversion safe, because it’s not really a safe or vault,” says McGoey. “If your kids know where the diversion safe is, you can bet they already showed their friends.”

Plus, learn these 20 secret hiding places you haven’t thought of before.

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water bottle safevia amazon.com

Diversion Water Bottle Safe by Stash It

This aluminum water bottle diversion safe is perfect for the person on the go. Whether you just want something to store in your car to keep important documents, like your registration and car insurance, in or you need something to bring on a trip, this is definitely an incognito diversion that burglars or nosy house cleaners probably won’t look twice at. These are the 20 secrets car thieves won’t tell you.

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frame safevia amazon.com

Picture Frame Storage Container

Everyone has picture frames scattered around their home. Since most burglars aren’t going to look closely at your family photos, this picture frame with a removable back is a great option for stashing your valuables in plain sight. These are the 10 places burglars look first.

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book safevia amazon.com

Book Safe with Combination Lock

If you have a lot of books filling your shelves, then a diversion safe in literary form isn’t a bad idea. This version, a dupe of “The New English Dictionary,” even features a three-number combination lockbox. Worst-case scenario, someone figures out your dictionary is a decoy—but at least they can’t get it open! In addition to diversion safes, here are some other inexpensive ways to theft-proof your home.

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bleach container safevia amazon.com

Clorox Bleach Large Diversion Safe

If you have some large items you need to keep safe, this Clorox Bleach bottle will blend in nicely in your laundry room. You could also make one of these diversion safes yourself, suggests McGoey. Simply cut out the bottom of a Clorox bottle (after rinsing it thoroughly of course!), place your items inside, and tape the bottom back on.

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soup safevia amazon.com

Campbell’s Chicken Soup Can Safe

Almost everyone in the country has at least one can of Campbell’s soup in their pantry. Considering most burglars won’t be going through your canned goods (unless they are seriously hungry), hiding your stash of cash and other valuables in a can of chicken soup isn’t the worst idea. Did you know that most burglars don’t strike at night? Find out the most popular times for break-ins.

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deodorant safevia amazon.com

Men’s Speed Stick Diversion Safe

Gym locker rooms are hot spots for theft. If you leave your wallet in a locker and a thief manages to break in, consider your belongings history. However, try putting your stuff in a faux deodorant container and placing it at the top of your locker. Seriously, who wants to steal your Speed Stick?

Here are 8 ways to fool burglars and make it look like you’re home.

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spam can safevia amazon.com

SPAM Can Safe

Canned ham lovers rejoice! We have the perfect diversion safe for you. This mini stash can is perfect for your pantry and features the exact same label and dimension sizes of the old classic. It also makes a cute housewarming gift. Did you know that your safe deposit box isn’t really safe?

These things make your home a target for burglars and you don’t even know it.

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can safevia amazon.com

Barbasol Diversion Safe

What is one place a burglar is never going to look for your stash? Inside your shower. This perfect replica of the classic Barbasol shaving cream can features a screw-off bottom. As to whether it is waterproof, that you will have to figure out on your own.

This woman thought there was a burglar in her home until the police checked the bathroom.

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rock safevia amazon.com

Hide-a-Spare-Key Fake Rock

If you are looking for the perfect place to stash a spare key, don’t even think about hiding it under a rock—hide it in one. This faux rock looks and feels real but splits in half to house your keys. According to Amazon, it is their best-selling diversion safe. Don’t hide your key in any of these spots because that’s where burglars will look.

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hanger safevia amazon.com

“Stash-It” Hanger Diversion Safe

This unique diversion safe cleverly fits underneath your hanging garments, staying hidden from sight in your closet among your other hidden clothes. It is a great option for travelers who want to keep their personal belongings out of the hands of hotel employees. It is also made out of flexible material and offers lots of storage space with a 17″ wide zipper opening. Do these things before leaving for vacation to keep things safe on the home front.

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lint roller safevia amazon.com

3M Scotch Brite Lint Roller Diversion Safe

If this Scotch Brite lint roller looks real to you, it’s because it actually functions like one. All you have to do is unscrew the top and stash your goodies in there. However, keep in mind that if you are stashing jewelry or other items that will rattle around, whoever uses the lint roller may get suspicious. Also, make sure your significant other knows about it, and that neither of you forgets it exists! “There are thousands of stories of how people have forgotten about hidden items and mistakenly thrown away or donated valuables,” points out McGoey. Diversion safes like these are just some of the most ingenious hiding places for your valuables.

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Originally Published on Reader's Digest

Leah Groth
Leah is a Philadelphia-based writer, editor, mother and product junkie. Her obsessions include old houses, home design, fashion, beauty, books and anything that makes her life — which includes working full-time and taking care of two "spirited" children and a Vizsla puppy — a little bit easier. Her work has appeared on a variety of publications and websites, including Glamour, Prevention, Business Insider, Livestrong, Mindbodygreen, Fatherly, Scary Mommy, Wonderwall and Cosmopolitan.