Need an Extra Level of Protection for Your Valuables?

During my first year at college, I lived in a dorm room with two other guys whom I have never met before. The friends I had initially picked to live with got separated from me somehow. Still, I was a very lucky person because these roommates were some of the coolest, honest people I have ever met. I also say lucky because I was very trusting of others at the time. I lived in a safe community practically my whole life prior to starting college so it all worked out for me. However, this isn’t always the case for others.

I have cousins and even friends in other dorm complexes who were also too trusting of others (I guess coming out of high school, we were still naïve). However, because of that high trust with others, some unfortunate things ended up happening to them. Everyone has some sort of valuables that they truly cherish. Due to that high trust, they can become a little too laid back with protecting those items. This ultimately led to their valuables being stolen.

What can be done?

As someone who was a very inexperienced person entering the real world, I really had to learn things the hard way. Eventually, I encountered thieves breaking into my car, individuals “borrowing” money and never paying back, people cheating off you and getting the better end of the stick, and the list goes on.

Sometimes we may feel that there is just something wrong with our personalities. But, there is NOTHING wrong with it at all. In fact, this innocent quality is very pure and very much needed especially today. (Imagine if everyone was a little more like that…the world would actually be a significantly better place!).

However, because of life’s troubles and circumstances, people sometimes lose that valuable quality. This is not to say that everyone else should conform and immediately give up that personality. Rather, it would be good to train the self to put on a certain level of security and protection. It’s the same concept as locking up your home before leaving it, you won’t be a different person for taking that necessary precaution.

A Tool that Can Help

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Especially for first year college students, something that I recommend getting at the minimum for some protection of valuables would be: a dictionary lockbox. This is essentially a safety lockbox that looks just like a dictionary. (I mean who still uses a physical dictionary these days?). There is a 3-digit numeric code that you can set up as a password combination.

In it, you can put your valued possessions. There is a 9.5 x 6.2 x 2.2 inch dimension of space which is quite roomy. The only limitation for this tool is that the items have to be small (Sorry, can’t quite fit your laptop in here…). But some things that you can put in here include:

  • Important documents
  • Cash/Checks
  • Gadgets
  • Jewelry
  • And the list goes on…

Once you have your items stored with the lock secured, you can blend in this “dictionary” with your other textbooks.


In a perfect world, everyone would be honest, and one can truly trust another. Unfortunately, in the real world, that has not yet been the case. Therefore, as those who are inexperienced with the real world, it is always good to be prepared ahead of time to prevent such negative events from occurring.

You will not have to give up your character, but it would still be good to take necessary steps for that extra security and protection with your valuables and one of those measures being a dictionary lockbox. Who knows, perhaps that ideal world where everyone will no longer have to put their guard up, may manifest itself someday.

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20 thoughts on “Need an Extra Level of Protection for Your Valuables?”

  1. That is so awesome, a dictionary safe. Hardly anyone uses a dictionary anymore anyway so that is the perfect disguise. Plus if in the unfortunate event your house is broken into, the burgulars wouldn’t want to steal a dictionary. Thank you for providing this great and interesting review. It was helpful

    • Hello there! I am glad to hear that this article was helpful! I also agree with you that burglars typically would not go for the “dictionary” when stealing items in the unfortunate event of the house being broken into.

  2. The dictionary lockbox is quite a novelty and interesting item. This is the first time I came across this. While it helps to keep your valuable small things locked, I suppose if there is an intention to steal, then the thief will just take away the whole box if he/she finds out. A 3 digit numeric code is very easy to break actually. I know this from experience with my luggage bag where I once forgot the code and tried it digit by digit. Took me just less than an hour to break. But still, I think this can be a good gift to buy for friends or loved ones. 

    • Hello Richard! Totally agree with you that this is not the ultimate security lockbox. Just something small to conceal something personal that is of value. If the item is something with extreme valuable, then I would recommend using a bank safe (the one with the thick steel doors). 

      If the thief does end up stealing the lockbox and if he is patient enough, he can potentially input anywhere between 000 and 999 (maximum: 1000 attempts). If at the time for your luggage that you do happen to remember at least one of the numbers, then you would have about 100 attempts and if you remember 2, then 10 attempts. If not patient enough, I’m sure he can always break it with a crowbar too. Where there’s a will, there’s a way.

  3. Hi Mike, it’s happened to us all at some point but I like this Dictionary Safe though, would blend in nicely to any book case and would not be obvious to any opportunists. Any advice to help others protect their belongings is a good thing in my view. Thanks for the advice.

  4. This is a great idea! I never would have thought of it. I will be getting this for my niece when she goes off to college. How large is the area to hide valuables?

    • Hello Alyse! The dimensions are about 9.5 x 6.1 x 2.2 inches which about the size of a small notebook. Only about 2 inches smaller on each side when compared to a standard sheet of paper (11 x 8.5 inches) and with the added 2 inches of depth.

  5. Great idea for the safety of valuables.  This is a product that I have never heard of and I’m so glad you have shared it here.  I will definitely buy it for my niece when she goes off to college.  I like that the book will just blend in with all the other books.

    How large is the opening where you can hide valuables?

    • Hello AlyseS! Thank you for your comment. I am glad that you liked it and thinking of getting one for your niece. The dimensions are about 9.5 x 6.1 x 2.2 inches which is quite roomy. Can be a bit hard to imagine but if you compare it with the size of a piece of paper 8.5 x 11 inch, the dictionary is slightly smaller than that (~2 inches shed off) and there is a 2 inch thickness. 

  6. This is amazing because I have been looking for extra layers of protection on my possessed valuables. I think it is very good to have as much protection on them as possible for the time being so crazy right now! Even though COVID is passing, a lot of people continue to act crazy and I want to make sure my things are safe

    • Hello Misael! It is a good idea to have as much protection as possible for our valuables. It just so happens that things tend to be stolen when we let our guard down most. Like what you mentioned with even though COVID-19 seems to be passing, a lot of people continue to act crazy so we should always take necessary precautions. Praying and hoping that one day, things can quickly return back to normal 🙂

  7. In a perfect world, everyone would be honest, and one can truly trust another. – if only this were true. Wow! I will definitely check out the product. Life has a way of jolting us to reality when things like ‘thievery’ happens. it makes one lose balance and train of thought for a while. thank you for this life hack. 

    • Hello there, Chika! A lot of problems in the world would definitely be resolved if everyone somehow became more honest and can trust one another! These people do exist as do a fair share of those may not be so. It is definitely a work in progress but until that time comes, it would be good to take some precautionary measures to protect oneself.

  8. Thanks for a great suggestion on how to store your valuables. This is really very useful advice especially for those who live with different people in different communities, such as students in dormitories and workers who work in other cities or countries and live with other workers in the same apartments or houses.
    In a perfect world, we would all really be honest, but unfortunately, we don’t live in a perfect world, so it’s better to prevent than to regret it.
    This dictionary lockbox is an excellent product for the above examples.
    I wish you all the best

    • Hi there, Nina! Happy to hear you found this article useful! Definitely a great tool for those living with different people in different communities. Wish you the best also!

  9. Hey, I’m pleased to meet you once again. Well, the world we live in isn’t really perfect at all, that’s a well-known fact, I agree with you hundred percent. We really need to secure our valuables, I am so happy to know about this dictionary lockbox, which I did not know before, it’s interesting. I find this piece of writing so helpful, thank you so much for equipping us with such an important tool. 

  10. Hey, first of all, thanks for sharing this incredible product. I finished my study couple of a years ago but I’m sure that most of the students will find it very useful. Hopefully, our world will become safer in the near future, but it defiantly will take time until that point, lucky us we have the technology to save us from not honest people. I wish all of us will live safely, with a lot of free love and giveness.

    • Hi there, Yana! Thank you for your comment! I agree that it will definitely take time to reach that point of a safer world. Until that time comes, we will need to do what we can to protect ourselves and those around us.


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