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#74872 - 02/04/07 08:44 PM remember these?
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I had a relative call me over for an outlet that didn't work in the house they just bought... It turned out to be one of these




No, there wasn't any lucre in it

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#74873 - 02/05/07 04:32 AM Re: remember these?
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Took a moment for me to realize what I was looking at, but I'm sure I saw something like this in a (U.S.) home security book years ago.

Is that a separate keyhole to the left of the lower "receptacle" U-ground? I wonder why they couldn't use one of the other slots to avoid the extra hole.

Oh, and aren't those "receptacles" upside down? Or is that so you pick out the safe from all the real ones?

Runs & ducks for cover......
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#74874 - 02/05/07 05:28 AM Re: remember these?
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I think a simple drywall saw would make these "cash and carry". I'll stick with the hollow copy of websters dictionary on the bookshelf to hide my pearls, emeralds and rubies in.
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#74875 - 02/05/07 06:21 AM Re: remember these?
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I think a simple drywall saw would make these "cash and carry". I'll stick with the hollow copy of websters dictionary on the bookshelf to hide my pearls, emeralds and rubies in.


The whole idea here is that the thief would never know that the receptacle was actually a safe. Once the "cover is blown", as you said a few strokes with a drywall saw and away you go.

Of course, once a thief knew about your hollowed-out dictionary, taking a book off a shelf is even easier than sawing out a bit of sheetrock, right?
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#74876 - 02/05/07 07:26 AM Re: remember these?
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Damn, there goes my patent idea
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#74877 - 02/05/07 08:30 AM Re: remember these?
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Oh, and aren't those "receptacles" upside down? Or is that so you pick out the safe from all the real ones?

Runs & ducks for cover......


Ground pin UP! No DOWN! UP! DOWN! UP! DOWN!aarrgggghhh!
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#74878 - 02/05/07 11:56 AM Re: remember these?
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You might want to check that there's no cut off piece of romex (with power still on it) inside the wall near that fake outlet. Someone may have replaced a real outlet with this...
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#74879 - 02/05/07 04:11 PM Re: remember these?
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I just remembered that I've seen similar safes disguised as British outlets too. A quick search reveals that they're still available:
http://www.thesafeshop.co.uk/products/double-plug-socket-safe.html

Looks like they've already latched on to the hollowed-out dictionary too!
http://www.thesafeshop.co.uk/products/safe-book.html
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#74880 - 02/05/07 04:15 PM Re: remember these?
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Loc: Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Actually made one of those, only it was a double duplex affair ( box, receptacles, and cover) and just shoved in the wall.. All " goodies" were wrapped up and sat down in the wall cavity... worked good for the time being.
A.D
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#74881 - 02/05/07 04:36 PM Re: remember these?
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They still have those at my local locksmith shop. You don't need to cut it out of the wall, they just open up without a key. Sometimes when I abandon an old fuse box I will gut it out so the HO can use it for a hiding place.

Remember the old oil can that you could open up and hide stuff in?

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