My house has your standard doorknob lock and a bolt lock. The windows also have those little turning locks. I, also, have a dog. While my house would keep the average thief at bay, it would not stop a determined assault. Several good shoves or kicks might break the door locks. And I have seen in a movie (I know you can’t trust everything you see in the movies.) a person slip a card between the two window frames and slide the lock open, though my window locks do not turn easy. A thief could break the window on the side of the house not readily seen by my neighbors. My dog will bark her head off but she only weighs twenty pounds and would probably be easily dealt with and I would hate for her to be hurt.
Crime statistics say that most thieves spend an average of 8 minutes in the home. They want to be in and out as quickly as possible just in case people wake up or return home. I believe hiding the items you value out in the open might put the odds in your favor.
That’s why I like Diversion Safes. These safes can look like any thing and be any where. You can have a shampoo safe in your bathroom or a food container safe in your kitchen, or a clock on the wall. My favorite is the Book Diversion Safe, I have books in every room in my house (including the bathroom) on book shelves, tables and stuck in cubby holes. I even have books holding up the corner of my bed where the leg has broken and I haven’t gotten around to replacing it. Keeping my valuable in a book shaped diversion safe, would force thieves to try to find a needle in a haystack.