At Primal Survivor, I've talked about protecting your home from theft and intruders before. If you haven’t already, I encourage you to read this article about the 5 pinnacles of home defense, and how to set up an all-points home security system. Even if you take these proactive steps, there is still a chance that burglars could get into your home. As an added layer of caution, keep your valuables and cache in these secret hiding places in your home.
Three Questions to Ask When Choosing a Hiding Place
There are a lot of places to hide things in your home. But not all of these hiding spots are going to be suited to your needs. To narrow down a good hiding spots, you’ve got to ask yourself these 3 questions:
1. What are you trying to hide?
The main thing to consider here is SIZE. It is a lot easier to hide a roll of money or some jewelry than it is to hide your guns.
2. How accessible does it need to be?
If you rely on your gun for home defense, then it is stupid to hide it someplace like in a mattress safe. Good luck getting to it in time if an intruder enters! The same also applies to things like jewelry. If it is a big hassle to put the jewelry back in its secret hiding spot, your wife probably won’t do it, meaning it will be there in her jewelry box waiting to be found they thieves.
3. Does it need to be safeguarded against fire and flooding?
If you are going to hide a lot of money in your home, then this is something that you’ve really got to consider. Do you really want to risk all of your hard-earned money going up in smoke because it was someplace like a secret wall compartment?
Secret Containers for Hiding Money and Small Valuables
Use these hiding places for small items and when you aren’t worried about fire or flood damage.
There are a lot of soda can safes you can buy or make, and a lot of people use things like shampoo bottles for hiding their cache. I’ve even seen a lettuce safe that you keep in your fridge. But I DO NOT like these food-type safes. What if someone comes over and wants to drink a coke? They are going to find your secret cache instead!
But I do love the idea of a deodorant safe. Absolutely no one is going to borrow your deodorant!
This secret safe is really good for hiding money, jewelry, or other small valuables that you need to access frequently.
Wall Outlet Safe
It is pretty easy to make this yourself. In case you don’t want to, you can just buy one online.
Secret Drawers and Compartments for Your Hidden Cache
Back in the 1800s and 1900s (before people used banks), it was common for furniture to have secret compartments like hidden drawers. Now, this trend is coming back and you can find a lot of furniture online which has built-in secret hiding places. There are especially some good ones for guns.
When choosing furniture with secret compartments, pay attention to how accessible it is. Some of these, like the sofa bunker, are great – but it would take a while to get to your cache. That could be critical if you are using it to hide your guns and need them quickly.
Under-Table Hidden Compartment
This is a great place to hide your gun in case an intruder comes. The great thing about it is that it is so accessible, which isn’t something that can be said about most hiding places for guns.
Tea Caddy Secret Drawer
I can imagine my wife using this as a jewelry box. Then she wouldn’t have to worry about annoyingly hiding her valuable jewelry in some inaccessible spot each time she takes it off. I’ve never heard of a thief taking an entire jewelry box, so he’d be rifling through it without even realizing that the good stuff was below his nose!
This friggin’ awesome hidden safe is built into a bed and can hold up to 60 rifles. They’ve got a twin bed option too. You can also take out the gun rack and use the BedBunker to store other things too. It is made by the company Safety and Security, and you can check them out here.
The CouchBunker is also made by Safety and Security. I’ve never tried it out, so don’t know if it is actually comfortable. If you have, let us know!
You can now find all sorts of plans online on how to make hidden stair drawers. But I like this idea for a secret hiding spot in your home best. The “secret stairs” are made by Smart Product Technology and are good for hiding guns or other large caches. It can also serve as a safe room for your family in event of a home invasion. See more at the Smart Product Technology website here.
Curio Cabinet Hidden Gun Cache
A very observant person might notice that the cabinet is a lot deeper than its interior shelves. However, I doubt a thief is going to realize that while burglarizing your home. Plus, the slide-out door means your guns are quickly accessible.
Waterproof Underground PVC Cache
If you need to hide a lot of money or valuables which could get destroyed by fire or flooding, then the PVC cache is one of the best options. With some sealant, it can easily be made waterproof. The PVC isn’t fireproof, but you can always bury it in the backyard somewhere where fire won’t get to it.
I’ve seen people who have done cool things with the PVC cache – like “installing” it in their basement or under the bathroom sink so it looks like part of their normal plumbing. The only downside to this secret hiding place is that your cache isn’t readily accessible, but it will be there when you need it. You can check out this YouTube video to find out how to make a PVC cache.
Which of these hiding places for your cache do you think is best? Let us know in the comments.