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Gold Storage in Home Safes.. Do burglars have metal detectors that can find hidden metal safes?

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I was watching a random home burglary video (below), where the thieves ran off with a home safe.

So I'm wondering, do modern burglars have metal detector devices that can find metal safes that have been hidden behind walls, under floor boards, etc?

www.youtube.com/watch?v=3MzVRpMPtxI

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For example, police now have "Range-R" radar devices that let them scan a building for any human beings.



http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/2015/01/19/police-radar-see-through-walls/22007615/

So given the metal density of a home safe (with gold coins inside), I'm wondering if there are any metal detection devices that burglars might be using to scan homes for hidden safes.
 

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"Metal" being the key word a detector would find a Metal safe.
Even John Wick's wooden safe buried in just a few inches of concrete. I'd say the Gold n' Guns would give it away squealing like baby pig.
 

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Thieves don't have access to anything more exotic in the way of detectors than you or I do. They just exploit the ones they have- their ears. The best defense against them is the hardest for some people. And that is to keep their mouth shut.

But if thieves are able to run off with a 'safe' then it's not really a safe after all.
 

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At the 12 sec. mark looks like thief #3 is checking his cell phone.
Can't even pull a decent burglary without texting.
 

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One approach is a decoy safe. Don't hide it well, but keep it in a place that is easy to find. Put a few pieces of cheap jewelry and some coins that look good but have little value (like 40% halves from 1965-1969). This works best if the safe is easy to haul off to open elsewhere. The idea is that the crooks will think they found something, and hopefully they will take the safe away without tearing up the house so much.
 

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Local PD evaluated that Range-R system. It works great with drywall based buildings but sucks when the house has plaster and lathe. The metal lathe acts almost like a faraday cage and degrades the signals almost instantaneously.
 

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A good safe SHOULD be BOLTED Down into the /a cement slab too.
 

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I like @Weatherman idea of a decoy safe, except instead of even just 40% halves, fill it full of bricks and a few random pieces of copper to make some metallic sounds when its moved. Have it of a size that's reasonably easy to carry away.

Oh, and don't forget to include a note that says, Ha Ha, F'you!
 

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Metal detectors will find any mass of metal. Anything like a safe or a heating duct is just going to scream an overload signal.
And that wasn't a safe it was a lunchbox. Nice of the homeowners to gather their valuables up like that for easy transport.
Looks like a choreographed insurance scam to me.

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There is NO SAFE safe! Be inventive !!
 

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There is NO SAFE safe! ...
And the vast majority of Prisons are designed to SLOW DOWN an escapee.

What one man designs another man can defeat.
 

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wonder how many burglars come to houses with metal detectors...

... if you know how to fix a hole in sheetrock, your house is full of empty partitions...
 

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I like @Weatherman idea of a decoy safe, except instead of even just 40% halves, fill it full of bricks and a few random pieces of copper to make some metallic sounds when its moved. Have it of a size that's reasonably easy to carry away.

Oh, and don't forget to include a note that says, Ha Ha, F'you!
Nice big bag of pre-1982 copper pennies, rolls of quarters... all the good stuff that weighs so much, why not.
 

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How far can a metal detector work through dirt, concrete, and air? I'm thinking a length of plastic pipe buried vertically in the ground for a storage spot to get metal valuables as far away from a detector as possible.

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