A recent study says these 5 secret hiding places are actually some of the top places burglars look first when robbing homes in Illinois.

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I'm happy to say that Illinois is NOT one of the most vulnerable states for home burglaries according to these reports from Bankrate and that the rate of residential burglaries has actually decreased the last few years, BUT this continues to be a problem all Illinois homeowners need to protect themselves from.

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Protecting Your Valuables From Robbers

If you don't have a safe to lock your valuables up in at home, you start looking for other secret places to hide your important loot, right?

When creating a hidey-hole within your home's walls isn't option, a lot of people turn to dresser drawers and freezers as places to stash cash and jewelry, but it turns out that is actually a terrible thing to do.

Here are 5 places burglars look first when breaking into your home according to a recent Reader's Digest article;

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Under Your Mattress

Sliding cash under your mattress may seem like an easy secret option, but burglars usually check bedrooms first because that is where all your good, easy to steal stuff, is usually kept. (jewelry, clothes, spare cash, etc.)

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Luggage

I honestly have never thought of hiding valuables in my luggage before, but I do store other random stuff in luggage I don't use very often, and burglars know other people do that too...especially if the luggage is kept in the bedroom.

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Office/Junk Drawers

We all have that drawer filled with random stuff which seems like a good place to hide valuables, because what burglar has the time to riffle through the junk to find the treasure? Well, they must have the time because junk drawers and office drawers are often the first places burglars will check.

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Vases

Slipping money and jewelry into a decorative vase may seem like a great idea, but remember, vases are easy to tip over and break.

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Liquor Cabinet

Hiding valuables within your liquor bottles may seem ingenious, but many home invasions are done by young criminals who tend to be after booze...don't let them get away with expensive party favors too.

Now that we know where we SHOULDN'T hide valuables in our homes, check out this article for some ideas of places where you SHOULD.

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