4 Really Good Ways to Hide Gold From Metal Detectors

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Cory Haasnoot

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Gold is one of the most valuable metals in the world. It is no wonder that many people try to come up with ways to stop their gold from being detected by a metal detector. Whether they plan on hiding their gold underground or in other clever places, people like to know that it will be safe from metal detectors. 

Whether you are looking to hide gold yourself or just curious about how this could be done, you can find information below to help you prevent your gold from being detected by a metal detector. 

How to Hide Gold from Metal Detectors?

When it comes to buying gold, there are two options for storing it. The first option is that you have someone else, like a bank, store it for you, or you can choose to store it yourself. If you choose to store it yourself, then you are left with the question of where to stash your gold without other people being able to find it. 

Most people decide to either get a safe or bury it in the ground. However, many thieves bring their own metal detectors which can detect gold up to 15 inches below the surface. Your best option is to bury it at least 4 feet deep and put a soda can or other metal a few feet on top. 

Unfortunately, this strategy is not perfect. Although it will definitely fool some people, there will be others that will be able to see right through the trick and find your gold anyways. Consider using this tip to stop your gold from being detected, but don’t think that your gold will be safe from everyone.

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Storing Gold in a Safe

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This might not be the fun and adventurous answer you were looking for, but it is a viable option for storing your gold. It has its flaws like every other method out there, but it also has many benefits.

First things first, for obvious reasons, you will not be avoiding metal detection by putting your gold in a metal safety box. However, you will make it really hard for someone to actually open the inside of the box and find the gold you have stored in it. 

How good an option this is will depend on how much you need to store. If you need to stash some gold jewelry or other small gold holdings, then you could just put it in a small safe somewhere in your house.

However, this doesn’t prevent your gold from being stolen. At the end of the day, it is possible for someone to know your password, break the safe open, or carry the safe out of your house. This all depends on the size and weight of the safe you purchase for storing your gold which leads to the biggest problem when it comes to storing your gold in a safe

On top of the money you have already invested in your gold, if you choose to store it in a safe, you will also need to spend money on a safe. The price range of these devices can range from a couple of hundred dollars to thousands of dollars. If you get the cheapest option you can find, then you risk the security of your gold. 

On the other hand, if you splurge on the purchase of your safe and have someone install a high-security safe in your home, there will be people that know about what you are storing at home. This could potentially attract thieves that would know you got a safe installed recently, meaning that you have valuable items within your home. 

Overall, this option is good for the common person. You will more than likely be totally fine by placing a smallholding of gold in a safe within your home. If you are someone that has enough gold to store that you would need a high-security safe installed, then you might look into some other options for your safety and the safety of your investment.

Freeze It

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As weird as it may sound, freezing your gold can actually be a great way of storing this precious metal. The cold will have some preservative effects on your gold that you will not want to miss out on. This is why some people recommend putting your gold stash inside your freezer at home. 

Your freezer at home is probably the last place someone would look in during a robbery. It is extremely unlikely that someone would ever think of putting a metal detector inside to see if you are storing any valuable metals.

This is why as silly as it may sound, many people believe that your freezer at home is a great hiding spot for your gold. Because it would be pretty hard to find and because of the preservative effects that it would have on the gold itself. 

This method would work for most people as long as the amount of gold isn’t too big. Since you would be storing it in your freezer, you won’t have too much space to work with.  The main concern is that someone would randomly stumble upon it, but as long as you stash it inside a box or container that looks like it belongs in the freezer, you should be good to go. At the end of the day, most people don’t have strangers going through their freezer on a regular basis. This idea might sound silly to you, but it is worth considering.

Bury it

Now we are talking about fun and adventure. The burying of treasure, especially gold, is a practice that is centuries old. There is an excessive amount of treasure that is still buried somewhere throughout the world that no one has ever found. You have heard of all the burying of treasure by pirates, so why not do it yourself. 

Burying your gold is another good option for storing it. There will be some logistics you will need to figure out, but it is likely a safer option than keeping it in a safe within your home. Your main worry will be strangers stumbling upon it. 

Thankfully, with careful planning, you can avoid that from happening. Many people will resort to burying their gold in their backyard. At the end of the day, it is a place where it is extremely unlikely that some stranger will stumble upon it. Unless you are someone that is being watched, you will likely never have to worry about someone searching with a metal detector.

Even if, for whatever reason, some stranger brought a metal detector with them and searched through your backyard, you can use methods like the one mentioned above to stop it from being detected. 

This is a good option for people that are looking to hide their gold somewhere safe for quite some time. This isn’t as practical as storing it in a safe, so it is better to leave it alone for a while after you bury it. 

Something you should consider if you choose to do this is that you will eventually need to let someone else know where it is buried. The last thing you would want is for something to happen to you and leave no one behind with knowledge of where the gold is hidden. Obviously, this would need to be someone that you can fully trust.

If you want your gold to just sit somewhere without anyone touching it, this might be your best option. It is not 100% reliable, but it is pretty close to it. The downsides to this method are some that you can control fairly easily. 

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Hide it in Plain Sight

As briefly mentioned before, there are some people that believe that the best way to hide their gold is to do so in plain sight. This might mean that they put it inside of a can or box somewhere visible. They might also decide to put it on the frame of a painting or many other places.

In the event of a robbery, thieves will more than likely be looking for hiding spots and safety boxes. They would not be checking the cans of soup in your pantry to see if they are stash cans of gold. They also wouldn’t think to look at the frames of the paintings in your house. 

The point is that there are many different places and ways that you can hide your gold in plain sight without other people noticing. This also means that it would be hard for it to be found by metal detectors since people won’t think to use their metal detector near the object. 

Even if they used the metal detector in the example of the soup can, it would be clear that the can is metal; therefore, the detector would go off. This is what makes this method a good option for some people. It is discrete and secret even though it is in plain sight. It is also fun to think about the fact that you are storing gold in plain sight, and no one knows.

However, there are some downsides to using this method. Despite the fact that many people will overlook your hiding place since it would be in plain sight, the chances that someone stumbles upon it are much higher than if you buried it. 

The last thing you would want is for someone to casually stumble upon the place where you are storing your gold. You will need to think very carefully of where you want to store it to make sure that it is in plain sight, but also in a place where people won’t be able to find it by accident. 

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How to Hide Gold From Metal Detectors at Home?

When deciding on whether to bury their gold or not, many people decide that the best place to bury it is in their backyard. This is an almost obvious choice since it is within your property, and you can ensure that random people don’t go digging around. 

However, you should still take some precautions. Following the tip of burying it 4 feet deep and placing some other metal on top is strongly advised. Another thing that you can do is stash your gold in something that is already metal, for example, a soup can. 

It might sound really silly to stash your gold in a soup can, but the truth is that it is something that will not raise any eyebrows if a metal detector is used. However, if you plan on using this or any other form of metal can, you should consider where you place this can.

There would be no point in putting your gold in a can and then burying it in your backyard. If someone were to use a metal detector, they would find the can and wonder why someone would bury a soup can in their backyard. At the same time, you don’t want to have it in a place where a lot of people will have access to it either. 

This strategy is something that requires a lot of thought in order to find the perfect balance between finding a secret hiding spot and also being able to hide it in plain sight. 

Conclusion – How to Hide Gold From Metal Detectors

How effective these methods are will depend on the amount of gold you are trying to hide from others. They also depend on how good you are at keeping things secret and remembering where you put things. For the most part, any of these methods would work to hide your gold and avoid it from being detected by a metal detector. 

There are multiple ways of hiding your gold and avoiding others to detect it using a metal detector. Unfortunately, none of these methods are perfect, and they all have their risks and downsides. At the end of the day, it is up to you to decide which method you think would work best for your needs.

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Author: Cory Haasnoot

Cory Haasnoot is an author, entrepreneur, metal detecting enthusiast, antique, coin collector, and founder of Treasure Seekr.

1 thought on “4 Really Good Ways to Hide Gold From Metal Detectors”

  1. There wasn’t one single suggestion as to how to defeat a search by metal detectors. In fact, the suggestion of burying gold “four feet deep” in a soup can in my backyard would not only seem to be stupid… but counterproductive as well. If you’re gonna write an article on a topic such as this you should at least read up on it enough to plagiarize some decent ideas or suggestions… instead of calling your article something it most definitely is not and does not accomplish.


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