Thanks, @Van_Dweller! That makes sense.
I was thinking a safe might deter thieves in most places, like parking lots or any heavily trafficked area …where they would need to get in and out before being noticed.
But, I guess if I’m parked at a trailhead or away from public view, they definitely can take their time. I was thinking that most thieves are opportunistic and probably won’t have the kind of tools required to open or remove a safe …or the power source to run those tools. But, I think you are right that it is possible if they’re determined enough …and maybe hiding spots are a better option. You’ve given me something to think about.
One idea I’ve been kicking around is designing removable toekicks under my cabinetry. That would give me enough space to fit almost all of my valuables (like laptop, hard drives, & documents), and it could be built so that it takes some effort to remove and seem to be permanently affixed. I guess I would also want a slightly raised platform in case there’s a water leak.
Do you see a flaw in that idea?