YOU Magazine - February 2018 - Good (and Not-So-Good) Places to Hide Spare House Keys
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Good (and Not-So-Good) Places to Hide Spare House Keys

Good (and Not-So-Good) Places to Hide Spare House Keys

A common way to avoid the frustration of locking yourself out of your house is to hide a spare key. The problem is burglars often know the most commonly considered hiding places. Here are the best and worst places to hide a house key.

The Good:

A trustworthy neighbor
is a great place to keep an extra key. But if you get locked out during the day while your neighbor is at work, or at night when the household is asleep, you could still end up in a predicament. Have a backup plan.

Properly placed faux rock key hiders and other garden décor are inexpensive and simple solutions. They come in various styles and sizes, and they can easily blend in with many types of landscaping. Just don't forget where you put it!

The seams of exterior siding sometimes have room for a key. Tie a fishing line loop to the end of your spare key and then slide the key between the seams, leaving a bit of the fishing line exposed. If you get locked out, give the line a tug.

The Not-So-Good:

Under the welcome mat
or a flower pot near the front door. Not only are these the most convenient hiding places, they are also the first places a burglar will check.

Improperly placed faux rocks or other garden key hiders are a dead giveaway. Unless they blend into the surrounding landscape, they'll stick out like a sore thumb to burglars, who often know many of these devices by sight.

Your wallet might seem like a safe place at first thought. But if your wallet is lost or stolen, a thief will have your house key and your home address.

These tips can spare you the aggravation of being locked out of your home and keep you from becoming a victim of robbery.

Sources: Good Housekeeping, Ackerman Security

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