The first place a burglar will look for a spare key is underneath door mat. Once inside, they're free to take all your valuables. Hiding your important things in unusual places will help deter theft, even if someone has to break in to get them.

Most criminals already know some of the most popular places people hide things including under the mattress, the freezer, or in the back or bottom of a drawer or closet.

Hiding things in plain site adds confusion and significantly more time, which most burglars don't have, to locate money, jewelry, credit cards and other valuables.

Sure, you can't hide the big screen TV or your computer this way, but the less things someone can steal means the less you'll have to replace.