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81 FBI L. Enforcement Bull. 8 (2012)
Characteristics and Implications of Diversion Safes

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D      uring investigations and other daily op-
       erations, law enforcement  personnel fre-
quently conduct extensive searches of individuals'
residences, offices, and other personal spaces when
authorized by law. As a result, criminals strive to
conceal illegal items in case of such a  search,
and they may  hide this material inside containers
known  as diversion safe s. 
    Manufacturers  advertise diversion safes for
their legal purpose-as  a wiay to protect one's
valuables. However, diversion safes disguised as
common   household items also can provide crimi-
nals a convenient hiding place for incriminating
items, such as narcotics, weapons, and cash. The

Naval  Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) first
reported on diversion safes in 1997, and the product
lines have expanded even further since that time.
    Law enforcement  personnel must remain aware
of the variety of safes available and the vwide ar-
ray of Internet and  retail stores that sell them.
This knowledge  can help investigators identify the
containers and, thus, discover illegal material that
otherwise might have passed undetected through a
routine search. Law  enforcement personnel must
become  educated  about the popularity of this di-
version technique, the types and characteristics of
available products, and the possible impact on of-
ficers' efforts.

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