Maybe you need to secure sensitive items in a cupboard or closet because there is a curious toddler underfoot. If so, remember you are not only protecting your belongings, you are protecting the child.

Or maybe you own a small business and you need to make sure customers aren't walking out the front door with high value, small items without paying for them. Preventing or not preventing theft, fraud, waste and abuse can be the difference between a profitable business and a dead business.

Either way, a good quality lock can be a very small investment in securing things. These days, you have options beyond standard lock-and-key security. One option is RFID technology.

One of the benefits of an RFID lock is that it is possible to place it invisibly. If you choose a cabinet or closet door with a flat surface and no obvious handle, it may not even be apparent that there is storage right there. Your storage can be hidden in plain sight, masquerading as a wall or solid piece of furniture that lacks storage.

In some situations, just not letting on that there is anything to steal is the single best way to deter an unhealthy interest.

Toddlers that only come visit occasionally because you share custody or you are the grandparent or the childcare provider don't necessarily need to have their curiosity piqued. Just install your storage and security system while they are away and don't ever let them see you open it.

Would-be thieves at your place of business can also be similarly deterred. Nothing screams "Steal this first" more than obvious, expensive security. The best security involves the art of deception.

If you convince everyone there simply isn't anything of value on the premises, then the battle is nearly won. Of course, don't stop there. You should still install locks and other security.

But RFID locks can help you take your security to the next level by hiding or downplaying the fact that there is any security. The more invisible you make your security, the more effective it is likely to be. People cannot readily bypass something they don't even know is there.

You can even find DIY RFID devices. Do-It-Yourself options are often thought of as a means to save money, but that's not their only value. If you are installing security and you install it yourself, you don't have to wonder if you can trust the people who installed it.

If you really want good security, making it invisible and installing it yourself are both best practices. After that, just keep your mouth shut and don't tell anyone.

As they said during World War II, "Loose lips sink ships." If you really want your stuff secured, don't share your security secrets with anyone. This applies equally well to potential criminal interest in your valuables and toddlers or other relatives who can be a headache without meaning to be, like that elderly aunt who is beginning to be a little forgetful lately.