There is a right way and a wrong way to hide a spare key for your home. A key that is easy for you or your kids to find is also easy for a burglar to find. To keep your home secure and your family safe, you need a great hiding place.
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Things you need
- a combination key box
- some creativity
- a trustworthy neighbor
Avoid the obvious: under the doormat, on top of the door frame, under a fake rock or in the mailbox. Experienced burglars know where to check for spare keys. If you've seen someone do it in a movie or seen a friend do it, don't do it yourself.
Get a key holder that doesn't look like a key holder. The fake dog turd is cute but sadly, very predictable (don't think a burglar won't go rummaging through Fido's business). Someone could recognize a key holder disguised as a lawn ornament from an advertisement and know exactly where to look.
Buy a key box with a combination lock. That way you won't even have to hide it. Shop around for a secure key box that can be opened without a key, but can't be opened by someone who has no business getting in.
Put a key in your garage. Set up your garage to be opened only by the remote control or a keypad. You can also get magnetic key holders to place on the track of your garage door opener.
One of the safest options is to give your spare key to a neighbor you can trust and simply knock on their door the next time you lock yourself out.
Be completely original in your hiding place. If you must hide a key on your own property, put it somewhere inconvenient (nowhere near your door) and possibly outrageous ... use your imagination!
Tips and warnings
- Have your locks changed every now and then, especially when you first move in. The previous tenant may have given a key to an unscrupulous acquaintance years ago.
- If you want to play mind games with a potential burglar, you could plant fake keys around your property. He might find them, get frustrated and leave your house alone.
- Don't write your name on the key you give to your neighbor, just in case it falls into the wrong hands.
- If you lose a spare key, change your locks immediately.