Everybody makes spare house keys to stow away somewhere on their property in the event that they’re unexpectedly locked out of the home or a family member, neighbor or trusted professional needs fast access to the home when nobody is home. And while we here at Great Valley Lockshop certainly recommend that you refrain from hiding keys on your property in the event that they could be accessed by someone with ill intentions, we also get that in some cases, doing so is unavoidable.
That’s because accidents and emergencies happen. And when they do occur, it’s often absolutely essential that one is able to gain access to the home. So when you absolutely have to hide a key somewhere around the premises of your home, just what are some of the best and worst places to do so? Here’s a closer look at each, as well as some tips to explore so that you’ll never have to worry about hiding a spare key around your property again:
Worst Places to Hide a Key
First up, we’ll get into the worst places to hide a key. Here are some absolute no-no’s:
Underneath a welcome mat: This is the first place that a would-be robber will look if they’re trying to gain easy entry into your home. You’ve likely seen this happen countless times in the movies, so why would you ever give it a shot in real life? Do this and you’re basically asking for someone to break in.
Under a porch flower pot: While it’s a step up from hiding a spare key underneath the welcome mat, it’s still a go-to area for a would-be thief. In fact, expect a thief to look underneath anything on the front porch, whether it’s a welcome mat, chair, flower pot, etc.
In an awkwardly placed fake rock: Fake rocks can make great hiding spots for spare keys, but all too often we see fake rock placement that’s so unnatural that it’s giving away what it is concealing. So if you’re going to hide a key in a fake rock, make sure that the rock is placed in an area where there are other rocks, so it doesn’t look out of place.
Anywhere near the front door: Possible hiding places near the front door are the first place that thieves will look if they want to gain access to your home. Don’t make it any extra easy for them.
Best Places to Hide a Key
If you have to hide a key, do so in these much less obvious placements:
Under a pavers stone: Put your key in a plastic baggie and tuck it underneath a pavers stone, preferably somewhere in your backyard, but the front yard should work for this purpose too. Just be sure that you know which stone is covering the key in case you need to direct someone to it.
In your backyard grill: You can buy a magnet key case at any local hardware store. One very crafty hiding spot for your spare key is in one of these magnet key cases, then sticking the case to the inside of one of your grill legs.
In a fake sprinkler head: This one is only applicable if your home has a sprinkler system. If it does, you can opt to purchase a fake sprinkler head for your yard, which you can then hide a spare key in. Just be sure to place the fake sprinkler head in a good area of the lawn, so it looks like it connects to your system. Generally speaking, along the edges or corners of your lawn is the best bet.
Under the dog house: Thieves hate dogs. So why not take advantage of any dog accessories you have in your yard, like a dog pen or a dog house, to stash your spare key? The only downside to this is that someone who needs to access your home may also not feel comfortable looking for a spare around where your dog is.
How to Ditch the Spare Key
Sick of having to hide a spare key? Here are a few solutions:
Home automation: Just as you can control your thermostat, your washing machine and other appliances remotely, you can do the same with your door locks if you have home automation locks. Some locks will allow you to give one-time use pass codes to guests, others will put you at the controls to lock and unlock entry doors as you see fit. Talk with a locksmith today for more information.
Key lock box: Just like the type that real estate agents use, this lock box attaches to either a front or back door and can only be opened when someone correctly enters the access code.
Use the garage: Instead of hiding a key, give guests the code to your garage (if applicable). Just make sure that the door permitting entry to the home from the garage is unlocked, so once the garage door is accessed, the individual doesn’t have another barrier regarding entry.
As you can see, hiding a spare key can be a bit of challenge. For more information on best and worst places to hide it, as well as home lock solutions that will eliminate the necessity of the spare key, contact Great Valley Lockshop today by calling 610-644-5334 or get a free estimate here!