February 7, 2007

Burglar: Hide Your Money In The Kid's Room

A reformed burglar gave PFAdvice some tips on where to hide your money and valuables at home. The first tip: have a plausible-looking decoy stash with some stuff in it [in NYC, they used to call this your 'mugger money'], so the burglar'll leave without trashing the place. His other advice was to hide money inside a stuffed animal in a pile of other stuffed animals:

His number one recommendation for money was in toys in a young child’s room. As he explained, young children don’t have money, they have an abundance of toys and most parents don’t trust a child around money. Therefore, parents will rarely hide money there. In addition, when money is hidden, it is usually hidden away neatly and securely — a child’s room is rarely a neat place making it an unlikely place for money to be hidden. Plus with all the stuff in a child’s room, it is not someplace that a burglar can search quickly and get out (rule #2).
Then, lash the stuffed animals together to form a chair...

The Best Place To Hide Money: Conversation With A Burglar [pfadvice via consumerist]


ha! friends just had their house broken into. they didn't find much to take, just a digital camera and about 20 bucks from their bedroom. the next week she took the change in the kids piggy banks to the coin sorter and it was over $150.

Before we had our kid someone broke into the house and ripped off all the paper backings on the artwork, looking for our secret wad of cash. I remember thinking that would have been a great place to hide money, if we had had money to hide that is. Except it wouldn't have been so great, because they would have found it.

[that's so specific, I wonder if they were watching a movie on meth and decided to re-enact it -ed.]

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