It’s a good idea to keep a spare home key on hand in case you misplace your main keys. Is the location of your extra key, however, too convenient? Is it easy enough for a thief to find it? We beg you not to put your security at risk for the sake of convenience. The last thing you want is for a thief to discover the extra key and get access to your home—especially if you neglected to configure your security system that day.
The worst and safest places to hide your spare keys are listed below.
UNDER YOUR WELCOME MAT IS THE WORST PLACE TO HIDE A SECOND HOUSE
Because this is the first place a thief would look, you may as well be encouraging them into your house.
NEAR THE FRONT DOOR, UNDER A FLOWER POT
This hideaway is ideal for both you and a thief.
IN THE CENTER OF A POORLY PLACED FAKE ROCK
If it’s just sitting in a garden with no other rocks around, that phony rock isn’t fooling anyone.
INSIDE YOUR WALLET
If your wallet is stolen, they will have your home address (which is on your driver’s license) as well as the spare key to enter inside your house. This is a thief’s fantasy come true.
Where are the best places to keep an extra house key?
YOU CAN TRUST YOUR NEIGHBOR
Your neighbors, we feel, are your finest friends in the fight against burglars. As a result, provide your backup key to a trusted neighbor. If someone discovers the key, they’ll assume it belongs to your neighbor rather than you. Just make sure the key doesn’t include any information on it that may be used to identify you. This is the safest place to keep a key, but it’s also the most inconvenient (unless the neighbor hides they key somewhere safe outside where you can find it).
UNDER YOUR CAR IN A MAGNETIZED LOCK BOX
The majority of burglaries occur between the hours of 10 a.m. and 3 p.m., while you are not at home. As a result, it’s a good idea to keep your key hidden under your car in a car magnet key case. Because your car and the extra key aren’t with you while you’re not at home.
UNDER THE DOG KENNEL
What do burglars despise? Dogs. Especially the ones that are really loud. They are adamant about not approaching them. As a result, they’re not going near the dog house either. To keep the key safe, bury it under the dog house.
KEY HOLDER IN A FAKE SPRINKLER
Move over, fake rock; the fake sprinkler key holder has arrived. This imitation sprinkler head looks just like a real one and blends in beautifully. This is obviously only applicable to households that have sprinkler systems.