Where Should I Hide Spare Keys?

Keeping your spare keys safe.


September 25, 2020

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Whether you put your spare keys under a mat, a pot, a garden gnome, or on the molding above a door or window, we all know someone who hides a key outside. Sometimes, it seems as though some homeowners believe hiding a key from plain view will outsmart a potential burglar. This is not the case. Any place you might think to hide a key outside, your average burglar has probably thought of it. In fact, burglars count on us to underestimate them. So then where should you hide your spare key? This post will address some alternative places to leave a key while keeping your safety in mind.

Spare key no-no’s

As we have established, hiding your spare key under a mat or a rock outside is never a good idea – no matter how safe your neighborhood might seem. Some people may insist on hiding a key outside. If you must hide a spare key somewhere outside, here’s what you want to avoid doing:

  • Never put your name, number, address, or personal information on a key. If you were ever to lose this key, a thief would not have a hard time tracing the key back to your home. If you do end up misplacing a key, then get the locks changed immediately.

  • Never hide your spare key in your wallet. They have your home address (since it’s on your driver’s license) and the spare key to get inside your home. 

  • Never advertise the fact that you’ve chosen to hide a key outside your home. If you do this and tell someone about it, relocate the key.

Alternatives to hiding a key outside

Instead of hiding your key under the mat, consider the following suggestions for a safer place to keep your spare key:

  • A programmable door lock is by far the safest way to remedy the need for a spare key. With a programmable smart lock, you no longer need a key. You’ll be able to program different codes for different users as well as lock and unlock your door straight from your phone with your home security company’s mobile app. 

  • You could also put a spare key into a combination lockbox and hide that somewhere outside.

  • One of the best options if you lose your keys regularly is to keep your spare with a trusted neighbor or a nearby family member. Discuss a plan of action with your child in case they get locked out.

Spare keys are both handy and hazardous and should be used with caution. Today’s technology provides you with simple and affordable alternatives to a hidden key. Brinks Home™ has spent years developing and perfecting its state-of-the-art home security system while offering the lowest starting prices. Contact Brinks Home, today.

Krista Bruton is a DFW-based writer who covers smart home security and consumer protection.

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