We recently moved to Chile, and locals have warned us that everyone steals here, especially from 'gringos'. Therefore, we would like to hide our valuables during the winter months when we are not on our property. Our first idea is to hide them in the ground, as they won't go looking there. Our valuables would include: camera, laptop, clothes, tools, maybe some kitchen/house appliances. We live in Patagonia, it snows and freezes in the winter, but not too extreme. Any suggestions what would be a good way to hide our stuff? :)
That is interesting, I lived there in Chile for almost two years and found them to be very honest, but south Chile is its own animal. And the only issue I had was in Puerto Montt.
I would think your best bet would be to have a false stash and a real stash. Two different types of hiding places. The real stash should be pretty tough to get to.
Waterproof boxes are good, but humidity can be a problem for electronics.
Overall if you are developing a location, I think you are better served finding a local person from whom you can rent storage. Even if it is a bit of a trek. That makes that person answerable for the items.
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