Hiding spots revealed: The places burglars look first

By Amy Davis - Reporter/Consumer Expert

ORLANDO, Fla. - More than 2 million home burglaries are reported each year in the United States. Police usually only solve 13 percent of all reported burglaries due to lack of witnesses or physical evidence. Below are some of the places burglars always look first.

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At some point, you may fall victim to a burglary, so it’s better to be prepared and keep your valuables safe. Where do you keep your treasures?

Hiding things under the mattress is one of the oldest tricks in the book, so it’s best not to hide anything of value there. Another spot is the bedroom closet. Experts at McGoey Security Company suggest you store your items in a box that is purposely mislabeled with a boring name, like college textbooks.

Crooks want to make quick cash, so they’ll be sure to browse your medicine cabinet looking for prescription pills they can sell. An empty vase may seem like a good place to hide your treasures, but chances are if you’ve thought about it, a burglar probably has, too. Try adding flowers to the vase to throw them off. A spot you may not have thought of is your freezer. If you hide something in there, try making it blend in by wrapping it in an empty frozen vegetables bag. Another tip is to always use a lock on your office drawers and never use a portable safe. Thieves will likely run off with it even if they can’t get it open right away.

If you’re going out of town, make sure to put your mail on hold or get someone to stop in every day to pick it up. Your house may seem like an easy target if newspapers and mail keep piling up at your door.

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