Most people have a few hiding spots for their spare house keys. Maybe it’s taped under the porch, or hidden in the garden behind some bushes. But what if you’re one of the unlucky ones whose home is targeted by thieves? What if they know where to look for your key? Here are five places you should never hide your keys.
Hiding your keys under rocks can cause problems. This is because genuinely, the rocks will be close to your front door and possibly the first place a burglar will look when approaching your home. They are also easy to spot, and if you have a lot of them, it will be difficult to remember which rock the key is hidden under. This could mean that you are at risk of losing them as well as being broken into.
In Your Purse or Wallet
Putting your keys in your wallet or purse is also a bad idea. This is because, if you get robbed in the street and the burglar knows where you live, not only have you lost your money and cards etc, you have also given a burglar access to your home. If you must carry your house keys with you, make sure they are in a safe place, such as a zipped compartment, or separate from your other valuables.
Hiding your keys in a plant pot is not a good idea for a number of reasons. Firstly, it’s very easy for a thief to spot them, especially if you have more than one pot and they’re positioned close to your front door. Secondly, it’s likely that the pots will be moved around or turned upside down in order to find the key, which means you run the risk of losing them or even having your plants stolen! Finally, if you have a key hidden in a pot outdoors, it could corrode in the rain or be damaged by frost.
Under a Doormat
The Doormat can often be a thief’s first point of entry when looking for spare house keys! Putting your key under the mat may seem like an ingenious idea at the time; however, it could end up costing you more than expected. Not only will you have to replace your mat, but you may also need to change your locks if the burglar manages to find your key and gain access to your home.
Underneath Wheelie Bins
The wheelie bin is the last place you should ever hide your key. Not only does a bin with a padlock and thief-proof lid provide an obvious hiding place for keys, but it’s also risky because burglars are likely to search through or move bins and containers before going in search of the house itself. This means that there is a chance your key could be lost or stolen in the process.
The bottom line is, if you’re worried about hiding your keys, it’s best to keep them on your person or in a safe place inside your home. By doing this, you’ll minimize the chances of them being lost or stolen and ensure that your home stays secure. Contact us today for a free quote on our locksmith services.