Diversion safes are growing increasingly popular, and they typically feature fun designs. Using a diversion safe, you can hide your cash and small valuables in a faux soft drinks can, a pretend jar of mayo in the fridge, or even in what appears to be a dirty pair of underpants.
At first glance, these safes look genius. Who is going to look for money or valuables in groceries or dirty laundry? In many cases, these fun safes may keep your valuables safe. However, they don't measure up to a traditional safe. Here are some points to consider:
Traditional safes have locks. You can choose between keyed, coded or biometric locks, but when it comes to diversion safes, they don't usually have a lock. This means that if a thief finds your diversion safe and becomes curious, he or she can easily open it, look inside and see your stash. With a traditional locked safe, this option isn't available.
However, one of the main benefits of a diversion safe is that a thief shouldn't be able to find it. Rather, it should hide successfully in plain sight, but unfortunately, even this attribute isn't necessarily true in all cases.
2. Relationship to metal detectors
Thieves are always looking for ways to innovate their craft, and worldwide, metal detectors have recently appeared on the burglary scene. If a thief comes to your home when you aren't there, he or she can use a metal detector to look for your loot.
These tools guide the thief toward precious metal, coins or jewellery. Once he or she finds your valuables, he or she simply needs to open the diversion safe and take them. If you have a traditional safe with thick walls, a metal detector may not be able to find metal in it, and even if the thief finds the safe, he or she won't be able to open or move it.
Many traditional safes cannot be moved easily, and to make them even more secure, you can bolt them to the floor, making them almost totally immobile. In contrast, if a thief finds your diversion safe, he can slip it into his pocket and run. Luckily, this is not possible with a traditional safe.
If you are ready to learn more about the differences between diversion safes and traditional safes, contact a home safe expert today. In some cases, you may even opt to have both types in your home.