This diversion safe guide will help you hide your most prized possessions valuables in plain sight.
Whether you’re looking for your first diversion safe or want to add a new one to your collection – I’ve got your back.
Because diversion safes have come a long way and for example of this, check out #9 below!
And once you find the best diversion safe for you, you’ll want to get the most out of it.
That’s exactly what this guide does.
Today we will cover the following topics:
- What Is A Diversion Safe
- Regular Safes vs Diversion Safes
- Best Diversion Safe Stash Items
- Key Features Of A Good Diversion Safe
- Best Diversion Safes
- How to Make A Diversion Safe
WHAT IS A DIVERSION SAFE
You’ve likely seen diversion safes used in Hollywood movies.
You see them in films to create mystery, intrigue and exciting plots twists.
Usually, it’s something like a book that opens up, containing guns instead of pages.
Or table tops that slide aside to reveal secret documents. Or drawers with false bottoms to conceal scandalous photos or illegal paraphernalia…
A classic example of this is in the iconic movie Shawshank Redemption.
It’s the scene when Andy Dufresne hides a small excavation hammer inside a hollowed-out Bible.
They are safes, wearing the skin of an everyday object.
And the more mundane and boring the object, the better.
A thief searching for valuables will automatically skip over a dull, everyday object.
That’s the power of a diversion safe.
Their brain will not register it as anything of value.
Soda cans, hair brushes, electrical sockets, and food jars make great diversion safes.
Because nobody’s going to take the time to search those items. 99% of the time, those objects are what they look like.
So it’s not a wise tactic for a thief to check those items on the off chance that it’s a diversion safe.
There’s no time for that during a ransack of someone’s house.
Thieves are looking for obvious targets – like jewelry drawers, closet safes, and expensive gadgets.
The idea of diversion is a simple concept, and when used correctly it’s powerful.
REGULAR SAFES vs DIVERSION SAFES
The problem with a conventional safe is – you know immediately there’s something of value inside.
It’s a treasure chest for criminals.
As soon as they see one, they know whatever’s hidden inside is probably worth stealing.
Because no sane person would put trash in an expensive safe, right?
Nope, we put $100 bills, gold coins, expensive jewelry, and family heirlooms in them.
So when presented with such a juicy opportunity – a thief won’t hesitate to nab your safe.
They’ll even pry that sucker off the wall if it’s bolted down.
And don’t fool yourself, they know how to get them open “back at the shop.”
That’s why it may be safer to hide your valuables in plain sight…
This is not to say that you shouldn’t use a conventional safe to keep your valuables securely stored at home.
Short of serious safe-cracking skills, modern safes are challenging to get into for a would-be thief.
But there are some situations where you want to hide something in a non-conventional manner.
The best way to do that is with diversion safes.
These sneaky lockboxes offer a handy way to store valuable items in unsuspecting places.
Like in a hairbrush, a boring book, a jar of peanut butter or even dirty underwear!
Diversion safes offer a different kind of security. A disguise that makes your valuables virtually invisible.
Diversion safes come in all kinds and sizes and in almost any design you can imagine.
There’s a diversion safe out there that’s the perfect fit for the job at hand.
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Of course, there’s an endless number of valuables you can use your diversion safe to hide.
But here are a few of the most common and the most popular:
Stashing Emergency Cash
Having an emergency cash stash is a valuable survival preparation step. And diversion safes are perfect for keeping a little somethin’ extra hidden away.
A bit of “mad money” you can access quickly.
Or some extra insurance for the day the financial sector collapses.
With a diversion safe, you know exactly where you can get your hands on some cold hard cash.
You can quickly grab it on the way out the door in an emergency disaster.
Because keeping all your cash in a bank and ATMs is a disaster waiting to happen.
Hiding A Spare Key
Don’t tuck your spare house-key under the doormat.
That’s only slightly better than leaving the front door wide open.
But there are plenty of diversion safes, designed to look like rocks or landscape objects.
Things that are normal to see on or around a porch.
Keeping a spare key inside one of those is a smart way to hide a key and avoid the dreaded lockout.
Concealing Illegal Drugs
I’m NOT advocating for drug use here…
But if you happen to have an illegal substance, there’s no better place to hide it than a diversion safe.
Obviously, they’ll hide the contents from looters, roommates, spouses, and curious kids. But they’ll also protect your stash from snoopy authorities.
Just be aware, even the best diversion safe won’t keep a drug-sniffing dog from finding your stash.
Protecting Special Documents
Perhaps you have some “special” documents you want to keep close at hand but also safe.
If have such a document but it’s worth stealing, storing them inside of a diversion safe is a sneaky way to protect them.
Most diversion safes are large enough to keep a USB thumb drive, inside of them.
So, you could store a small library of information in your diversion safe.
Sending Secret Messages
Need to deliver a message in secret? Need to send some critical information to someone you CANNOT meet in person?
Stash your message inside of a diversion safe, and leave it in a pre-specified location.
A message delivery system without creating a digital footprint.
Just remember to end the message with a p.s.:
“destroy after reading!”
Sneaking Weapons Around
Something unsuspecting like a book or a clock can work for weapon concealment.
Now we’re not encouraging you to sneak guns or knives into places where they’re illegal.
But the option is there with the right type of diversion safe.
KEY FEATURES OF A GOOD DIVERSION SAFE
Just like well-designed survival gear, there are key features in any good diversion safe.
When you’re looking at all your options online, keep these particular qualities in mind.
Ordinary, Mundane, and Boring
A quality diversion safe is like using camouflage, it blends in with its environment.
But the environment you’re working with is in a forest, it’s a household.
So avoid anything flashy and fancy.
That would defeat the entire purpose of the diversion safe.
That is why diversion safes often take on the appearance of items that people want nothing to do with:
- cleaning supplies
- lengthy books
- personal hygiene items
- there are even some disguised as dirty laundry
The more mundane the object, the better.
Some diversion safes have the right idea in mind, but miss the mark on authenticity.
A diversion safe has to be believable.
If it sticks out like a sore thumb as a fake book or a fake can of soda, it is much more likely to attract unwanted attention.
A well-designed diversion safe should be able to fool you.
If you can tell it’s a dupe, so can other people.
Do not protect your valuables on the chance the person trying to take them isn’t observant.
Just because someone is a criminal doesn’t mean their not smart. Heck, the best criminals are the smartest ones.
Many diversion safes rely too heavily on their disguise as a deterrent, and not security.
If you’re hiding real valuables, get a diversion safe with a sturdy locking mechanism.
A key lock or a combination lock enhance the effectiveness of any diversion safe.
No, a professional thief will take the diversion safe with them and use tools to break into it.
But a lock will deter curious kids and roommates, etc. from opening the diversion safe – should they happen to find it.
Has Some Keepsake Value
The problem with “low value” diversion safes is those items often get tossed out, moved, or lost.
Nobody thinks twice about tossing out an empty bottle of laundry detergent – that’s actually your safe!
Of course, you’d never accidentally do that, right?
But a helpful neat freak friend or your busy beaver mother-in-law might.
Safes made to resemble items with a bit of keepsake value are at a lower risk of being accidentally tossed or lost.
Think items that are memorable (like a potted plant) or holds some long-term valuable (like a book).
13 BEST DIVERSION SAFES
With a market as broad as the internet, there’s an endless number of styles, shapes, and sizes available.
It’s tricky to know what exactly what you’re getting.
Especially since diversion safes don’t really have recognizable brands. Because branding one would betray the purpose of the disguise.
That’s not to say the diversion safes are not using well-known brands for their disguise – they are.
They just cannot add their own brands and logos to the safe without ruining the diversion effect.
That’s why we put together a list of some of the highest rated, most widely acclaimed, best diversion safes.
The list is diverse, to give you a taste for the vast range of choices.
Some are simple, some are clever, and still, others are outright devious.
But they are all high quality, intelligently designed diversion safes. Ones explicitly designed to disguise your personal valuables.
This classic diversion safe looks like a plain old rock.
It will blend in perfectly with its natural habitat right outside your door.
Or hide it further away from your house for even more diversion confidence.
Perfect for hiding those spare keys!
This helps it blend seamlessly with any kitchen setting.
It’s also larger than most, so it offers a bit more in the way of storage space.
Just be careful not to throw this one out by mistake.
This diversion safe is perfect for hiding cash, spare keys, notes, or documents.
What I really like about this safe is it’s a hairbrush you can actually use.
Most other diversion safes are just replicas.
And it makes sense to take with you when traveling. I’m sorry but traveling with a canister of salt might put you in the loony bin.
But just be aware, it’s too small to fit any larger valuables.
This can safe uses a certified, licensed SPAM label.
This helps to conceal its true identity as a diversion safe.
Just make sure you don’t pack it in your prepper food with the intent to eat what’s inside…
The hidden compartment is behind the water label making it very difficult to detect – brilliant!
It’s a book but it’s an insanely boring one – a New English Dictionary.
A book like this one has a believable cover, and a lockbox built in.
So it is extra secure.
Add this “book” to your bookshelf and it’s virtually impossible to tell it’s a diversion safe.
There’s no visual difference between it and the ones it’s pressed between.
Plus, with a combination lock, there’s no worry about losing keys.
This actual WD40 can opens up so you can access the inside through the bottom of the cannister.
Stuff this thing full of valuables and tuck it on a shelf with other such hardware supplies.
It virtually disappears – a safe in plain sight!
Although it not a working surge protector, it has an on/off switch which glows red.
However, you can plug devices into the surge protector and the protector into the wall to add to the realism.
This helps to keep the illusion as real as possible.
What thief in their right mind is going to sift through your filthy soiled laundry?
Not even the most desperate thief would touch soiled undies in hopes of finding valuables.
They really went out of their way to make this pair of tightie-whities as nasty as hell!
This tiny, portable diversion safe is perfect for sneaking small items around…
This is by no means a large diversion safe!
You might be able to sneak “something” into a concert or venue that prohibits that “something.” If you know what I mean…
It disguises your valuables with little to no danger of being thrown out or destroyed.
Mother-in-law’s don’t throw out flower pots!
It comes with a locking mechanism for security, and it is easy to remember.
Because sometimes a tiny safe just isn’t enough.
For example, you can’t fit a handgun and some ammo in book safe.
But an air vent is a large diversion safe – one where you can stash bigger valuables inside of it.
Or even better yet, invest in a gun safe!
So you can sleep with your “precious” under your head – if that’s your thing.
Note: If you looking for even bigger diversion safes – take a look at our “How To Hide Guns In Plain Sight“. This post will give you lots of hidden storage furniture and locations.
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MAKING YOUR OWN DIVERSION SAFE
Obviously, with a concept as simple as the diversion safe, you can make your own.
It can be as simple as converting an old product into a container with a hidden compartment.
Boom, you have yourself a diversion safe! And it will probably cost you a lot less, too.
To give you some ideas on what’s possible – check out these 3 simple to make DIY diversion safes:
The question of security becomes a double-edged sword, though.
Because, if you are lazy about making your diversion safe it might not be effective.
You shouldn’t cut a mountain dew bottle in half, stuff it full of cash and call it a diversion safe.
You won’t be doing yourself any favors.
Buying a pre-made diversion safe means that you have a guaranteed level of security. Especially if you get a diversion safe with a lockbox inside of it.
By that same token, though, in making your own, you can make sure that it is extra secure.
If you go the extra mile and design a good diversion safe, you could create a hyper-secure diversion safe.
Heck if it’s good enough, you might even be able to sell to others…
So what kinds of things make for good diversion safes?
Well, the list of highly rated diversion safes above has some good examples.
But here’s a short list of other items that might work well, too:
- Liquor or wine bottles
- Food cans/boxes
- Condiment bottles
You get the idea.
And, a “diversion safe” doesn’t have to be a mundane object, gutted and turned into a storage compartment.
It can be something as simple as a false bottom in a drawer. Or a hidden gun safe behind a painting, or a safe disguised in a brick wall…
The possibilities are endless when you get creative with diversion safes.
Because the concept is so clever and simple, the sky is the limit.
Diversify your diversions!
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