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Diversion safes - hiding places for valuables (AKA they'll never find it here)

Updated on August 16, 2013

Safeguard your valuables in some fun and unique ways

The best hiding place for valuables is frequently right out there in plain sight - at least, that's the theory and, so far, it seems to be working for me. So, that's what this Squidoo article is about - finding hiding spots for valuables, such as cash or jewelry, that are right there yet no one will recognize the treasures hidden. These items are called Diversion Safes, Can Safes, or Stash Safes and are created to blend in with your other normal household belongings.

I was introduced to some of the most interesting diversion safe hiding spots for valuables while strolling the streets of Key West. Now, "valuables" is a relative term (depends on who your relatives are - ha ha), but these interesting and good hiding places can stash, well, your stash or anything else you plan on keeping safe. Just unscrew the top or the bottom of the diversion safe, put in your valuables, and voila - you're done!

Come along and see what items I've discovered on my quest to find the best and most secret hiding places for your valuables.

Note: the Arizona Grapeade in the left of the picture is my own personal diversion safe. See how well it hides on a kitchen counter?

Hide your valuables in plain sight inside a fake Ajax can diversion safe.

Ajax, that household staple, can be expected to be found in any home - well, at least clean ones.

Things to remember when using home diversion safes - Diversion safe musts!

Yes, that's what they're called - diversion safes. I just call them fake cans, home safes or whatever. The below are issues I thought of though before I bought my own diversion safe.

  1. Make sure that those in your family recognize not to throw away your diversion safe! I can easily see the Ajax can being tossed in the trash when spring cleaning comes along.
  2. HIdden safes for the home should be placed at the back of a cabinet, surrounded by actual items, so that the safe will be fully camouflaged.
  3. When traveling with hidden safes, such as fake soda cans, I make sure to keep them in a spot where I can easily keep my eye on them and find them again. Instead of putting my hidden soda can diversion safe in the cooler, I put it up front in a cup holder so you can keep your eye on it.
  4. In the case of a diversion safe, size matters! Diversion safes come in many different sizes and forms. Think about what you need to stash before buying the cheapest diversion coke can on the market. I've highlighted below some other types of diversion safes - such as the one that looks just like a book. I personally use this larger home diversion safe for some personal documents I want to have handy but not available to everyone.

A few diversion can safes can even be camouflaged into the trunk of your car

If you're traveling, it might not be a bad idea to get a few of these diversion can safes and throw them into ONE bag in the trunk of the car. No reason to tote all that extra cash or jewelry right on you when it will be safer stored away.

Southwest Specialty Products 40005C Liquid Wrench Diversion Can Safe

Southwest Specialty Products 40007C Big Puncture Seal Can Safe

Southwest Specialty Products 10005C ScotchGard Auto Diversion Can Safe

You might prefer a larger diversion safe

I personally love this diversion safe as it's a bit larger than the other types on the market. Just pop it right into the middle of your laundry supplies at the house.

Clorox Bleach Diversion Safe
Clorox Bleach Diversion Safe

Made from an actual Clorox bottle, this larger diversion safe is even weighted to feel full. Very very cool!


Book diversion safes

perfect for folded documents

I love my book diversion safe and keep right out in the open on the bookshelf. The binding looks like a real book and, in fact, these diversion safes are made from actual books with the inside hollowed out. They're amazing and would be a perfect Christmas or birthday gift for that special miser.

Single Book Hidden Diversion Safe

Trademark Global 72-0581 Hard-back Book Diversion Safe

Hide Your Money

2-Book Safes, Diversion Safe made with a Real Book

Then there are diversion safes for your wall

I love some of these designs. What crook is going to look HERE?

Trademark Gambler's Wall Clock Diversion Safe
Trademark Gambler's Wall Clock Diversion Safe

This wall clock is an excellent diversion safe.


If you prefer a larger and sturdier home safe, check out those below

I know a lot of people who invest in a home safe but never properly install it. Make sure to bolt it either to the floor or a wall so that a thief can't walk off with it. The below are affordable home safes on All of these personal home safes are large enough to hold a laptop and/or jewelry. The middle one can even hold your gun! Just click on any picture to see more details:

Stack-On Biometric, Extra Large Personal Safe w/Biometric Lock, Black

1.8 CF Large Electronic Digital Safe Gun Jewelry Home Secure-Paragon Lock & Safe

Stack-On Biometric, Extra Large Personal Safe w/Biometric Lock, Black

Here's some home diversion safes that work in the bathroom.

What self respecting crook is going to look for valuables in the bathroom, let alone take moments to check out a "can" of hairspray? Your valuables will be safe with these home safes, or, alternatively, throw them in a suitcase and tote them along on your next vacation:

Southwest Specialty Products 30007C Barbasol Can Safe

Southwest Specialty Products 30005C Aquanet Diversion Can Safe

Suave Hairspray Safe

Diversion Safe

Please leave me comments if you took the time to even breeze through this diversion safe article. I love to hear from my readers.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      This is a great idea for hiding small valuables all around your home.

    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 4 years ago

      What a cool idea

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      Ellen Gregory 5 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      These are great -- we all like to keep something handy in the house

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 5 years ago from Central Florida

      Nifty ideas for stashing some valuables. Everyone needs a safe place for some reserve cash or special jewelry.

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      Joan Haines 5 years ago

      These are amazing. They look SO real. I will choose a product look alike that's something I don't actually use, so it will stand out to me. "Squid Angel blessed."

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      Lauriej1 5 years ago

      Cool lens! :)