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Keep it Safe in a Diversion Safe

Updated on October 7, 2014

Protect your valuables by keeping them in plain sight

Diversion safes, or hidden safes, are a unique home security item that allows you to keep your valuables hidden by keeping them in what appears to be an innocent and common household product. These decoys are easily overlooked when a burglar is searching for your most valuable items. While a jewelry box is likely a target, a can of shaving cream most likely is not.

If you have cash, jewelry, or other small items that you would like keep hidden, a diversion safe just might be the way to go.

Soda Can Diversion Safes

Diversion Safes For Home and Office

Take a look at how these cans open:

Make a Book with a Secret Compartment

Wall Clock with Hidden Place

Embassy JB4985 Wall Clock With Hidden Safe
Embassy JB4985 Wall Clock With Hidden Safe

Hang your valuables right on the wall.


Surge Protector Diversion Safe

Surge Protector Hidden Can Diversion Safe by StreetWise
Surge Protector Hidden Can Diversion Safe by StreetWise

Store your jewelry, cash, thumb drives, or other valuables in clever diversion safe that will make a thief walk right on by it. While it doesn't function as a surge protector, it does plug into the wall and features a red on off switch that lights up, just like a normal surge protector would.


False Outlet Safe

1 X Hidden Wall Safe
1 X Hidden Wall Safe

No one will know that the innocent looking outlet in the wall is actually a hiding place for your valuables.

Keep in mind, though, that this requires cutting into the wall, which a landlord may not like, so I would suggest this for homeowners only.


Diversion Safe in CD Cases

Although I suspect the CD case safe is more vulnerable to burglaries than other types (since stereo and media are often targeted), it may be appropriate for your needs. It all depends on your situation: what would look out of place and what you are trying to hide...and from whom.

The FBI Reports:

A burglary occurs every 15 seconds.

A Hanger Safe !

Travel Safe - Diversion Safe
Travel Safe - Diversion Safe

No one would suspect that your cash is hidden inside the hanger that holds your blue sweater, would they?

This hanger is a great spot to keep your valuables safe.


Burglary Stats

  • A burglary results in a dollar loss of about $1,600 on average.
  • Only 13% of reported burglaries are solved, or cleared, by the police.
  • Of the nation's reported burglaries:

    45% occur in the South

    11% occur in the Northeast

    20% occur in the Midwest

    24% occur in the West

  • Renters are more likely to be the victims of property crime than homeowners.
  • The highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer months of July and August. At this time, many are away on vacation, many have left windows open, and many have put a window air conditioner in (which are easily pulled out). Also, school's out.
  • Arrest records reported to the FBI indicate that about 70% of all burglary arrestees are white and 86 percent are male.

Do you have anything in a hidden spot in your home?

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Do you have anything hidden?

Ho you have anything hidden in your home? Whether it be money, jewelry, notes, small electronics, or anything else, is there anything that you keep in a secret spot?

Around the Kitchen

A coffee can is a traditional place to hide a little extra money, but perhaps you wish to go a bit more stealth.

Ladies - The baking powder can is a great place to keep something hidden from your guy. He'll never look there! (And neither will a burglar!)

Safe and the Bathroom

Foot spray or Ajax are items a burglar will likely not touch. In fact, there is not much in the bathroom that would bring the burglar in there at all (with the exception perhaps of prescription drugs).

Instructions for making your own diversion safe

If you don't have the cash to buy a professionally made diversion safe, then you could make your own...

Diversion Safes for the Garage

Guys - what are the chances you girl is going to go for your can of liquid wrench? I think it's pretty safe there.

The FBI Reports:

Over 1.4 million home invasions occurred in 2005.

Hide it in the Laundry Room

Use your laundry room or linen closet to keep your valuables safe. It is an unlikely place for a burglar to target.

What do you have hidden in your house (don't be TOO specific)?

What kind of safe do you think would keep your roommate, kids, or parents away from it?

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      Didge 5 years ago

      I seriously enjoyed your lenses kab

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      Maurice Glaude 5 years ago from Mobile, AL

      Wow! these are incredible.

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      SlidingDoorLocks 6 years ago

      Instead of protecting your things after a burglar gets in, stop them from getting inside at all! has affordable and effective door locks that have been rigorously and keep burglars out of your house.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      These diversion safes are weighted down to feel like the real thing, yet they open from the top and bottom to hide whatever small items you want to hide. I guess the only thing you have to worry about is someone in your family thinking it is the real thing and trying to open that can of dog food for Fido. Check out fireproof safe.


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      Nancy Tate Hellams 6 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      I was getting ready to make a lens about Diversion Safes when I discovered this great one by you. I am now linking to this page from my Graduation Gift Ideas lens.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Wow, they are making a lot more product labeled safes.... I think that is great, the thieves are too smart and catch on to the hiding places pretty quick. Nice lens

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      WriterBuzz 7 years ago

      Very cool lens. Informative and fun. Thanks for sharing. Thumbs Up given.

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      Dianne Loomos 9 years ago

      In these troubled financial times it would be nice to have a little something hidden away. Great ideas!

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      teamlane 9 years ago

      Never heard of a diversion safe before. Nice lens kab! :o) Blessed, starred, and faved today!

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      kab 9 years ago from Upstate, NY

      Squidpoint, if I had a cleaner I would look more to the books, candles, and the wall socket safes - or frankly a real (non a diversion) safe.

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      SquidPoint 9 years ago

      What happens when the cleaner throws out what he/she thinks is an old can?

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      Joan4 9 years ago

      Years ago, I had a book that would be classified as a "diversion safe". The idea is not new to me, but the term certainly is! How interesting! And practical!