It’s convenient to keep a spare house key in case you lose your regular keys. But is your spare key’s hiding place too convenient? Convenient enough for a burglar to easily find it? Under a welcome mat, a rock or flower pot near the front door are easy marks for a cunning burglar. Your wallet is also another terrible place to hide a spare key – not only do they have the key if your wallet is stolen, but they have the address, as well. We provide you some great options below:
Best places to hide a spare house key
1) With a neighbor you trust
We believe that your neighbors are your best allies against burglars. So give a trusted neighbor your spare key. If anyone finds the key, they’ll just assume it’s the neighbor’s, not yours. Just make sure there’s no information on the key that would identify it with you. This is the most secure place to hide a key, but also the least convenient (unless they neighbor hides they key somewhere safe outside where you can find it).
2) In a magnetized lock box under your car
Most burglaries occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.—when you’re not home. So it makes sense to hide your key in a car magnet key case under your car. Because when you’re not home, neither is your car—or the spare key.
3) Under the dog house
You know what burglars hate? Dogs. Especially loud ones. They don’t want to go near them. So that means they’re not going to go near the dog house either. Hide the key under the dog house to keep it safe.
4) Fake sprinkler key holder
Move over fake rock, here comes the fake sprinkler key holder. This fake sprinkler head is indistinguishable from a real one and blends in nicely. Obviously, this is only for homeowners who have sprinkler systems.
How to never need a spare key ever again
Instead of fumbling with where to hide spare keys, upgrade to home automation door locks instead. These locks allow you to lock and unlock your doors remotely from your smartphone, laptop, or other web-enabled device. This helps not only if you lose your keys but also if you forget to lock your doors when you leave home. In other words, you get peace of mind.