Keep Your Collection Safe-Not In A Safe
One of the simplest ways that you can keep your whole collection from being stolen is to not showcase your collection as a flashy desirable piece behind glass or in a clearly marked safe. The second is to not brag about it (and if someone asks where you keep it all make a joke that: “These things are generally stored offshore or in a safety deposit box”). We all have nice things that we want to hide, but we still want to own them, we also still want to show them to our favorite friends, but there are ways to be smart about it. Keeping your collection stored in various places around your home is a great way to keep it and you safe.
Let’s say that you have a collection of items #1, through #10. If you want them stolen, put them in a big glass case in your man-cave. If you want people to try to steal them, get a safe and then talk to lots of people about your cool collection and post all about it everywhere. Or here is an alternative, store your treasures the way that you invest: in a diversified portfolio of hiding places. You can protect them with RFID plastic key cards, or you can protect them with keypad codes. Most thieves are not walking into a house and trying to break apart hardwood furniture to see if there might be something inside. Our furniture does not look like a safe. It just blends into the background. Thieves are only spending a few quick minutes to find the fast-grab items and will walk right past our furniture looking for the safe or rummaging through your top dresser-drawer.
So back to your collection: You could store #1 in your back bedroom in the back of your dresser, #2 could be in the bathroom in your mirror, #3 could be in the nightstand on your side of the bed, #4 could be on your spouse’s side of the bed. #5, #6 and #7 could all be stored in your headboard. #8 could be in the coffee table in the living room, #9 could be next to the doorway in the entryway table. #10 could be in a side table in the den or the kitchen or by the back door. Even if you knew where all of those hiding places were ahead of time and had the keys and codes lined up, it would take much longer than most thieves will ever spend in a home to go through and gather them all.
If you really want to keep your things safe, keep them out of sight, out of mind and spread throughout your home in inconspicuous places. Consider storing things that you don’t need access to at another location, other than your home. If you have an office or an outbuilding, a summer home or an attic somewhere, our furniture could be a great place to hide things that you want to store long-term without worrying about others finding them or accessing them. When you keep things in your home, hide the hiding places, don’t show your kids how the locks work. Resist the temptation to show your friends your cool hiding places, don’t even tell them what room things are in. If you are ever storing something that is dangerous or valuable, keep it secret and let our furniture do the hard work. Our furniture will faithfully keep your secrets and guard your treasures all while sitting there looking like a lamp holder, clothes drawer or hanging picture of your family.
We recommend adding one of our fireproof bags to a secret compartment piece of furniture to help protect your valuables from fire, sunlight, UV radiation, humidity and temperature changes, accidental damage and theft. Whether you have a painting, wood, metal, electronics, or valuable metals, coins, stamps, papers, books or other collectibles, our fireproof bags can help them retain their value and stay in mint condition.
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If you can insure your collectibles as part of your home-owner’s insurance, this is a great way to add peace of mind to your safety plan for your family. The chances are pretty small of a thief taking the time to go through and bash up all of your furniture in case there might be something inside of each piece. The key to staying safe is to remove your worry that an item might get damaged or stolen and you not be able to recover your item. It is better to put anything really valuable, somewhere away from your family. If you still want to have access to your valuables, it makes sense to store them closer to you, if you put in an insurance claim for your old collectible that cannot be bought new for any amount of money, the loss may not be something that money will fix. The key is to make a choice ahead of time to protect your people first and to just not worry about your stuff. The key goal is to have thieves not see the irreplaceable items. Most robberies are going to start and finish within a couple of minutes. It might be a bit of a pain to replace your computer or your tablet or your watch or jewelry that you left out on the counter, but with good insurance and a good hiding place, at least the thieves have got something that they can sell and you get to stay safe, file the insurance claim and move on with life. Put the items that you don’t want discovered into one of our Secret Compartment Furniture pieces and you will know that you won’t ever have to protect those ones.
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