Locked out of your home? A spare key can be a real lifesaver if you misplace or lose your main set. But hey, keeping a spare key for those unexpected situations comes with the responsibility of making sure it’s not easily accessible to any potential burglars. Don’t compromise your home’s security for convenience, my friends. Leaving your key in an obvious spot is like giving an open invitation to any thief, take some extra precautions and find a secure hiding place for your spare key. It will definitely give you peace of mind and keep your home safe at the same time.
Here are the locations you should avoid when hiding your back-up keys:
UNDER THE WELCOME MAT IS THE WORST PLASE TO HIDE YOUR SPARE KEY
By default, it’s the first spot burglars would check for a key. It’s almost like rolling out the red carpet for them.
IN OR UNDER YOUR FRONT DOOR FLOWER POT
The second best place a burglar would check, this ‘clever’ hiding spot serves you and a burglar the same.
IN A POORLY PLACED FAKE ROCK
Actually a fake rock is not a bad idea, but placing it in an obvious place in your garden without any similar-looking rocks doesn’t fool anyone, and it will stand off, screaming ‘Come And Get Me’ to all thieves.
INSIDE YOUR WALLET
With an unfortunate event that your wallet gets stolen, the thief not only has your key now, but also your address – from your driver’s license. It’s a dream comes true to any criminal.
Here are some ideal locations to store a spare house key:
A TRUSTED NEIGHBOR
Your neighbors can be your ‘brother in arm’ fighting robbers. Handing them your spare key is absolutely a smart thing to do. Though this might be the safest option, it could be inconvenient if the neighbor isn’t home when you need the key (unless they have it hidden somewhere safe for you to find it).
IN A FAKE SPRINKLER THAT HOLDS A KEY
The fake rock has met its match with the fake sprinkler key holder. This decoy sprinkler head looks exactly the same as a real one and blends in perfectly. This option, however, keep in mind this hiding place only works for homes with an existing sprinkler system.
UNDER YOUR CAR IN A MAGNETIC LOCK BOX
Most break-ins happen between 10 am and 3 pm, when you are likely to be out. Therefore, hiding your key in a magnetic lock box under your car makes absolute sense, because both you and your car won’t be at home.
BENEATH THE DOG’S HOUSE
What do thieves hate the most? Dogs. Especially big and loud ones. They would avoid them in any possible way. So, they will avoid the dog’s house as well. To secure the key, bury under the dog house.