Queensland is one of the most popular states in Australia to live, thanks to its beaches and tourist attractions; however, this piece of paradise has to deal with crime just like other parts of the country. While crime rates have dropped overall in the past ten years, the 2014-2015 reporting year showed a small increase in criminal activity, which is a timely reminder to residents that you must remain vigilant about protecting yourself and your property. Your decision to buy home safes for your belongings is a wise one, but where you place the safe is just as important. Keep these thoughts in mind before you buy your new home safe.
Burglars Want Easy Targets
One study conducted by the Edith Cowan University revealed criminals are looking for easy home targets where they don't spend more than 15 minutes inside. Hiding your valuable possessions in a home safe, and then making the safe very difficult to find, means the burglar will leave frustrated and empty-handed.
Which brings up a very interesting question: when was the last time you saw a burglar with a spade?
Bury Your Safe Outside
Burying your safe outside makes a lot of sense, but it also has two main hurdles you need to overcome before you put this plan of attack into action.
- The location spot of the buried safe has to be easily found, even in the dark. While you don't want a burglar to locate it easily, you don't want it to be so difficult you can't find it in a hurry either.
- You need to do the burying at a time when you won't be noticed by neighbours. For example, if all of your neighbours are daytime workers, take a morning off work, and get digging after they have left home for the day.
Of course, if you are going to put your safe outdoors, you need to choose one that will stand up to the elements.
Choose The Right Safe
Not all safes are going to work well with your underground storage plan. In particular, safes that use batteries could stop working quickly when the moisture content in the soil makes the battery terminals corrode and rust. There are two main ways you can get around this.
- After you have placed your belongings into the safe and closed it, remove the batteries from the safe. Next, wrap it up tightly with a thick sheet of plastic you have purchased from your hardware store. This will protect the battery compartment from moisture once you put it in the ground.
- Buy a safe which is key operated, rather than an electronic one. The key lock can be covered with a piece of duct tape before the burial, and this will keep moisture out of the lock mechanism.
A burglar does not have time to hunt for the treasure you have buried in your back garden and will move on to easier targets. This leaves your belongings nicely safe, but they are still easily accessible by you any time you need them.