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The Big Book of Secret Hiding Places - Jack Luger

The Big Book of Secret Hiding Places - Jack Luger

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THE
BIG BOOK

OF
SECRET
HIDING PLACES

by Jack Luger

THE BIG BOOK

OF

SECRET

HIDING PLACES

THE BIG BOOK

OF

SECRET

HIDING PLACES

by Jack Luger

Loompanics Unlimited
Port Townsend, Washington

Neither the author nor the publisher assumes an! responsibility for the use or misuse of
information contained in this baok. It is sold for entertainment purposes only. Be Warned!

THE BIG BOOK OF SECRET HIDING PLACES

@ 1987 by Loompanics Unlimited
All Rights Reserved.
Printed in U.S.A.

Published by:

Loompanics Unlimited
PO Box Box 1197
Port Townsend, WA 98368

rsBN 0-9tst79-66-0
Library Of Congress Catalog Card Number 87-081558

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction.
A Bit Of History

......3

The Other Side of the Hilt Part I
The Searchers...

..........5

The Other Side of the Hilt Part II
The Tools andTechniques..

....10

Tools for the Job. .

. . . .. . .. .15

Looking for Hiding Places: A Way

ofThinking

........27

Simple Jobs at Home

.......31

Hiding Places in the Home: Structures
and Compartments

.......35

Hiding Places in the Home: Structures
and Compartments, Part II

.....45

Hiding Places in the Home: Structures
and Compartments, Part III.

....58

Miscellaneous Hiding Places in the Home

......66

On Your Person.

.....76

Using Vehicles

.......81

A Quick Look at Smuggling

......88

Unconventional Means ....

.......94

Concealed Weapons

........98

Tactics for Employing Concealed Weapons....

.....118

ShippingWeaponsClandestinely.....

..123

INTRODUCTION

This book will give you a flying start at the art and science of purposeful concealment. These chapters
will show you how to hide both large and small objects in both temporary and permanent locations.

This isn't just another "How To Construct Secret Hiding Places" book. It's not a text on carpentry
or excavation. This book covers the dynamics of successful concealment to an extent that no other
book in this field has yet done. Note especially the chapters on concealing weapons and on
unconventional methods of getting your material "lost" for a period of time.

Some may think that hiding things is necessarily illicit, and that anyone with a clear conscience has
literally "nothing to hide." This is untrue, as we can see by examining a few instances.
kt's look at a few people with good reasons to construct hiding places. The first will be someone
worried about burglary. He knows that no amount of locks, alarms, and police protection guarantees
against intruders ripping off his valuables, such as a coin collection.

Another example is a police officer with young children. He needs to keep his weapons and
ammunition away from their small hands, as they're yet too young to understand safe gun handling
and an admonition of "Don't touch!" leaves too much to chance.

Even without children, a police officer has to worry about other dangers. His home is as vulnerable
to burglary as any civilian's. It can be very embarrassing when an intruder makes off with his service
revolver when he's off-duty and away from home. Recently, one young patrolman was ripped off in
exactly this way. What made it worse is that his father is the local Chief of Police!

Closely related to this situation is that of a hunter and sportsman who keeps an afiay of firearms
in the house. He knows that no warnings to children below a certain age will be effective, and that
even when his children are old enough to understand safe gun handling, those of visitors may not be.
It's simpler all around to keep firearms safely out of sight and out of reach.

Another individual keeps a lot of valuables around because he doesn't trust banks. He knows that
banks can fail, in which case his assets may or may not be protected by the government. In any event,
he knows that if his bank fails, he'll have a long wait for his assets, at best. He needs a place for his
bills.

A dealer in valuables, such as stamps, coins, or precious stones may use a safe and an alarm system
to protect the bulk of his goods, but may want to handle especially valuable items in a special way,
by concealing them.

Yet another earns undeclared income in the underground economy. He has assets to hide not only
from thieves but from the government. He knows that safe-deposit boxes are not as safe as they seem,
and that even a private vault means entrusting valuables to others'honesty and convenience. He decides
that he wants his assets totally under his control.

Carrying concealed weapons is a special topic within the broader one. It's worth close study because,
while keeping material concealed is not illegal, carrying a weapon concealed is, in some jurisdictions.

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Criminals, of course, tend to carry concealed weapons, which is what gave rise to the laws pertaining
to them. What the iaw doesn't officially acknowledge is that in most instances a concealed weapon
is on the person of an otherwise law-abiding citizen who carries it as a defense against crime.
you don't need to see the film Death Wish or the TV production Outrage to understand that street

crime is widespread in this country. You need only read the daily newspaper or watch the TV news
to see that, noi only are many of Lur citizens victims of crime, but that the police don't do much to
defend them. The first, and usually the only, line of defense is the armed citizen.

Granted it's illegal, and if you live in the hostile environment of New York City, it's verrry illegal.
It comes down to the basic question: "Would you rather be tried by twelve or carried by six?"
Don't make the mistake of being too open about your hiding places. Some people brag about them,
and openly display them to friends and acquaintances. Those who carry weapons' especially, are
tempted to show ihem off. This breaks their low profile and can lead to complications. If you have

u nr.d for a hiding place, you may already have a need to be discreet. Such would be the case if younre
part of the underground etonomy. Continue this practice and you'll save yourself needless problems.

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