This Blog was written by: Holly Allardyce
I once attended a networking event where we all had to name an aspect of our jobs that we enjoy. I volunteered that I liked knowing I had located all of a deceased person’s valuables. The perplexed facilitator asked if I was a professional burglar.
I advised that I was a Trust Officer that when attending at a residence shortly after a client’s death, I always checked certain locations for cash, important documents and other valuables, including filing cabinets, in-home safes and dresser drawers.
In addition to these standard places, there are other, more creative spots to store one’s treasured possessions, such as:
- Air vents.
- Fake wall art that conceals shelving.
- Fake books. My mom has one of these and she gave me one as a present. This faux leather bound “book” does not blend very well with my dog-eared paperback novels.
- An old appliance such as a T.V. or vacuum cleaner. There was a story out of Barrie, Ontario in the media last week, where $100,000 was discovered inside an old T.V. at an Ontario recycling plant.
- Stash safes. My favorite is a fake head of iceberg lettuce. This unique depository is kept in the fridge and is available online for USD$99
While these ruses are likely used to thwart potential thieves, they may be overlooked. Please remember where you hid your valuables and to advise your executors and attorneys if you employ any of these special hiding places.