The number of break-ins in Germany has been rising steadily for years. Many people are therefore afraid for their belongings. Ground floor apartments in urban areas are particularly at risk. This is where burglars strike particularly often. But what options are there to keep valuables safe?
Germans like to hide their cash at home
In the course of the financial crisis in particular, many Germans withdrew their savings from their accounts and stored them at home. But even today, many savers hide large amounts of cash at home for fear of another banking crisis. Another reason they usually state is that they simply feel safer with a certain amount of cash in their own four walls.
Burglars know the common hiding places
Experts generally advise against hiding a lot of cash or very valuable items at home. Because the burglars are usually professionals who know the common hiding places in the toilet box, under the mattress or in the sugar bowl. Classic hiding places from films, such as the cavity behind a picture, in the freezer or in a hollowed-out book, are also known, so that thieves are very likely to find these hiding spots. One should definitely not underestimate burglars. They too have the opportunity to find out about new hiding methods via the Internet. Electrical devices should also be taboo as hiding places, for example in the fan of a computer. Since these are easy to sell in the market, thieves usually take these items with them first.
If you want to hide valuables, you should therefore look for a hiding place that is very difficult to discover. For example, a non-transparent mason jar that is hidden under a stack of other jars is a fairly safe hiding place. The same applies to valuables that in a full milk carton are hidden.
Bury valuables in the garden?
A hiding place that no thief is likely to find is a buried treasure in the garden. The buried property is too expensive and difficult to find. The valuables should then be buried in such a way that they really cannot be found under any circumstances, so preferably not in a conspicuous place such as a tree or a statue. Nevertheless, the owner must always be sure where his hiding place is so that he can then find his treasure again himself. It is also important that nobody finds out that valuables are buried in the garden. On the one hand, this means that no neighbor is allowed to watch the digger and, on the other hand, that the hiding place must be well camouflaged afterwards. Because a brown spot in the middle of an otherwise impeccable lawn is sure to attract attention. The hiding place should be at least 50 centimeters deep so that it is protected from moisture and cold. In addition, it is advisable to weld money and valuables in an airtight film so that they are protected from decay etc. While this method is relatively safe if done correctly, it is also less recommended. On the one hand, it is very expensive, on the other hand, the money is not available in this way.
The safe in your own house
A good solution is a safe like this one Security technology experts to buy there. It has the advantage that it can not only protect against break-ins, but also against damage caused by fire or water. However, the safe should have a total weight of at least 200 kilograms so that the thieves do not simply take it with them. Another option is to firmly anchor the safe in the foundation. This is possible, for example, with a floor or wall safe. These have the advantage that they can also be hidden with the help of a picture or carpet.
Experts do not recommend safes that can be opened with a key, as otherwise the burglar will turn the entire apartment upside down in order to find it. Above all, the safety cabinet should be selected according to its security level. It indicates how difficult it is to crack it. The amount with which an insurance company will insure the content is also based on the security level, as the table in this guide shows.
Money is safest at the bank
Even if the banking crisis has caused uncertainty across the country, money is still the safest place to go to a bank. The same also applies to valuables such as gold, jewelry or securities. Banks have lockers in which customers can deposit valuables for a fee. Many gold dealers also offer customers to keep valuables in their high-security vaults for them.
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