Safe Places To Hide Your Keys

So you lost your key and now you're waiting for the locksmith to come help you into your own house. Now is the perfect time to start thinking about stashing a spare key somewhere on or near your property, so this won't happen again. Follow these tips as you consider possible hiding places for your key. 

With a Family Member or Friend

Hiding your key with a trusted neighbor or friend has advantages as well as disadvantages. Giving your key to an actual living person instead of hiding it on your property could mean your key is safer than if you had hidden it in your yard. However, there are some downsides, including:

  • Access to the key is dependent on the availability of its keeper.
  • It can get awkward if this person turns out to be someone who is less trustworthy than you thought. 

Lockbox

Lockboxes are secure, safe and can be placed in plain sight of the door without worry of being compromised. The biggest downside? A good quality lockbox will cost money, and there are many other solutions that are free.  

In Fake Stuff

Scouring the Internet, you'll find a variety of "fake" landscaping features and yard items that are designed to hold keys. Fake rocks, fake sprinkler heads, fake pipes and fake logs are all perfectly acceptable options, provided that they look real enough that they won't stand out on your landscape. For example, a fake sprinkler head is only an effective hiding space if your lawn actually has a real in-ground sprinkler system. Likewise, a fake landscaping rock in a landscape that is otherwise bereft of rocks might look out of place.  

Under the Siding

On any home with vinyl siding, the siding's bottom row will stick out from the home's envelope by an inch or two. This little crevice provides just enough space that you could hide a key underneath it.

Tips

If you're hiding your key on your own property, follow these tips to ensure the key is accessible when you need it:

  • Stick it in place. Use velcro, tape or an adhesive to keep the key in place so it doesn't become lost over time.
  • Weatherproof it. Put the key in a plastic baggie to prevent it from getting rusty.
  • Be careful of spiders. Spiders like dark, hollow spaces--the kind of places where you might hide a key. Keep this in mind as you're choosing a hiding space for your key, especially if your property has a lot of spiders. 

For more ideas, speak with a locksmith, like those at Key West Locksmiths Ltd, when he or she shows up. He or she may have seen creative solutions to this problem from other customers. 

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