Diversion safes are among the most unconventional of security measures. They are essentially safes disguised to appear as everyday objects. Since burglars have a short time frame to pilfer homes and leave before anyone notices that a burglary had taken place, they tend to look in the most obvious places to steal valuables, overlooking ordinary household items.
Types of Diversion Safes
Creative enterprises have succeeded in transforming almost any household object into a small safe. Examples include:
- Bottles of household cleaner
- Wall sockets
- Coffee mugs
- Soda cans
- Lighting fixtures
The products are intentionally designed to look and even feel like genuine products. Some of the products may actually double as genuine products and can even be labeled with commonly known brands like Heinz Ketchup.
Diversion safes vary in price, which is mainly determined by the size of the safe. Basic, smaller diversion safes can be found for as little as $10, but cost as much as $50 or more.
Rationale Behind These Home Safes
The Chicago Crime Commission had found that a burglar spends an average of eight minutes robbing a home. This amount of time does not afford the burglar much time to meticulously search a home for valuables. He/she must find items quickly and leave or risk discovery. Since a household may contain hundreds of everyday goods a burglar cannot search them all.
Diversion safes allow your valuables to blend in rather than stand out for burglars to easily identify in their 8 minute window of opportunity.
Other Advantages of a Diversion Safe
As diversion safes are not manufactured from expensive, heavy materials such as thick steel, nor with complex security devices such as electronic locks, they are quite inexpensive as noted above. This also means they aren't very cumbersome to keep in your home either - no installation, no figuring out where you can put them.
The low cost of diversion safes also permits the consumer to buy many different safes that he/she may spread throughout the household and not concentrate valuables in one location. Thus, in the event that a burglar does discover one of these safes the total number of safes limits losses.