What is a diversion safe?
Basically, a diversion safe is a disguised safe. The intention is to provide a place to store valuables in your home or office in a place no one would think to look. You can also get a diversion safe for your car – see this article.
Some of the classic examples are cutting out the middle of a large book, like an encyclopedia (because face it, who uses these anymore?), and putting cash inside. From the outside, it looks like a normal book. The point is that if someone breaks into your house, they won’t find your money.
A traditional home safe relies on a thief not being able to break in. The robber knows where what they’re looking for is, but can’t break through to get at the valuables. Of course, with enough time, pretty much any safe can be broken into with a hacksaw or cutting torch. A small, portable safe can be simply picked up and carried out by an intruder, so if you’re going this route, make sure you have something large, heavy, and securely attached to a wall or the floor.
A diversion safe relies on security through obscurity. Realistically, if someone breaks into your house, they’re not going to be looking in the pantry or cleaning supplies, they’re going to be looking in office desk drawers and grabbing electronics. No one wants to steal a can of soup, or a dictionary.
If you are going to go the camouflage diversion safe route, it’s a good idea to have some decoy valuables. Perhaps stick some money into a desk drawer, so an intruder will find it and assume they’ve found everything of value in the house. Otherwise, on finding nothing valuable, they might get suspicious and start looking through the cupboards.
Now for the real question: Is it worth it?
Is it worth it to buy a diversion safe?
There’s a tremendous variety available, and they’re generally pretty reasonably priced. You can get safes in the shape of a Mountain Dew can (or Coca-Cola or Sprite if you prefer), shaving cream, dictionaries, a candle, lip stick, a wall clock, and even my personal favorite, a hair brush.
Some of these make more sense than others. Obviously, the idea is to get something that won’t look like it’s worth stealing. It should also be something that looks natural in your house. For instance, if there’s no other soda in the house, that lonely can of Mountain Dew is going to look a bit suspicious. And of course, it could lead to awkward explanations if you have a thirsty guest!
If you don’t have a razor or any other shaving supplies, then a shaving cream safe might not be the best fit, and if you’re a Kindle fan and have no physical books around, then a dictionary will definitely stand out!
Also, some of these are so small that you can’t fit very much into one.
My other concern with these is whether it’s worth buying one as opposed to just using your own. For something like the hairbrush safe, you’d probably need to buy it. But for the coffee container safe, I guess I don’t really see the point of buying one versus just using your own empty coffee container! It’s not like the purchased one is going to provide much of any real barrier to a determined thief.
Some do have key access, but since they’re so small, someone could just take it, and again, with enough time, they’ll be able to open it and extricate the contents.
Anyway, I’m not convinced a diversion safe is completely worth it, but it is fun to see what’s available. Head over to Amazon and look at this tremendously creative selection of things you never would have thought of selling! Click here to go to Amazon and see their diversion safe collection.