Hiding Stuff? Try a Diversion Safe

hiding money under a mattress instead of using a diversion safe

Hiding Stuff? Try a Diversion Safe.

In 2019, hiding valuables in a bulky, conspicuous safe is firmly a relic of the past – relevant only for bank tellers and heist movies. According to the Chicago Police Department, burglars tend to spend less than 10 min looking for small valuable items they can easily carry away.

Having things in a diversion safe will minimize the chances that your treasures will be taken if you do get robbed.

Whether you’re a mom just trying to tuck away some candy where her ravenous brood can’t find it or an international thief smuggling diamonds on the run, a portable diversion safe is one solution to your problem.

There are hundreds of stash-can styles to fit all of your camouflage needs – from mundane cleaning supplies to classic hollow books or soda pop cans. The options are endless. In fact, some of these dupes are so good, we bet you’ll forget you’ve hidden anything in them at all!

We’ve compiled a list seven of the best stash cans on Amazon to help you hide small things like cash, jewelry, phones, USB sticks, herbal remedies or any other minutiae that you’d like to tuck away.

Blackbear Paint Can

This Paint Can looks and feels authentic because it is! Made from a real one-gallon can, this diversion safe is weighted to feel like it’s full of paint – even if you haven’t put anything inside it yet.

Blackbear Paint Can

The hidden compartment is extra roomy and is only accessible by unscrewing the bottom aluminum lid. It also comes with a small bag to keep hard items from making noise inside the can.

No one would ever suspect that this homely can contains buried treasure, making it the perfect spot to stow away your goods. Store this diversion can in your garage for instant piece of mind. Add this paint can to your arsenal of safe containers.

3M Scotch Brite Lint Roller

lint roller diversion safe

Honestly, this 3M Scotch Brite Lint Roller is a master class in both deception and utility. In addition to being the perfect vessel for disguising things in plain sight, it’s also a working lint roller!

You can protect your valuables AND make sure your clothes aren’t full of pet hair – a real win-win situation. The hidden compartment is about the size of a tall pill bottle, ideal for smaller items. Check it out here. 

Marker Stash Can – It Writes!

Black Marker opens as a small safe

What this Marker Stash Can lacks in size it makes up for with ingenious design and portable security. This inconspicuous writing utensil is a real working marker with an inside safe that measure ¾ inch wide by 4.5 inches deep.

You’ll love how undetectable this decoy safe is – it blends right in and fits perfectly in your backpack, purse, glove compartment or even your pocket.

Just remember not to lend this particular marker to a friend – otherwise, your valuables may be lost forever! This decoy safe comes with a money back guarantee so that you can try it out for yourself risk-free. Check it out here.

Book as Diversion Safe

The New English Dictionary

We’re super impressed with this Diversion Book Safe with Combination Lock that features TWO layers of protection. First of all, it’s a book – and we all know nobody reads paper books anymore.

Secondly, it has a high-quality combination lock, ensuring that even if a Nosey Nellie does ransack your bookshelf, they won’t be able to access your valuables inside.

The book comes in seven designs so you can find the one that best blends into your book collection and the seller offers an 18-month warranty, 30-day money back guarantee and 24/7 customer support (in case you forget your lock code). Check it out here.

Secret Hair Brush as a Diversion Safe

Diversion safe hairbrush

This hair brush is so big because it’s full of secrets. Actually, it’s a perfectly normal size brush- we just really wanted to fit that Mean Girls reference in this article.

This stash can is a truly convincing hidey-hole for any small item you’d like to disguise. The small stash compartment inside fits 30 rolled dollar bills and comes with a smell proof bag, perfect for storing odorous items.

Take this brush with you wherever you go, and you’ll be sure to have perfectly coiffed tresses AND confidence that your secret trinkets will stay on the down low. Check it out here.

Del Monte Fruit Cocktail Stash Hider

Safe disguized asfFruit cocktail can

Honestly, we can’t think of a better place to camouflage classified chattel than a Fruit Cocktail Can.

No offense to the good folks at Del Monte, but there is a “fruit cocktail in extra light syrup” can at the wayyyy back of every cupboard in America for a reason.

This diversion safe is made from an authentic tin can and the bottom screws off to reveal a tiny hiding place that literally no one would suspect.

Hide your goodies in this receptacle and revel in the quiet contentment of knowing your valuables are safe.

Ajax Can Diversion Safe

Ajax can as a diversion safe

Is there anything more ubiquitous than Ajax can under the sink? We think not. This authentic 21 oz Ajax Powder Stash Can is optimal for storing secret items away from prying eyes.

The can looks 100% authentic and is cleverly constructed – if you were to pick it up and give it a shake, it feels and smells like the classic bleach powder.

Access the secret container by unscrewing the false bottom lid, and enjoy the squeaky clean feeling of confident concealment. Check it out here.

Need a diversion safe to protect a few items?  There’s plenty to choose from.  Think about hiding some of your valuables in one of these diversion safes.  Now the only problem will be telling them APART.

For other ideas on how to improve safety in your home, check out our review of 12 Emergency Essentials for your home.  

By Susan McCahan

"Of all the paths you take in life make sure a few of them are dirt." ~ John Muir, Father of the National Parks

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