A spare key can be a lifesaver when you’re locked out of the house. However, you don’t want to hide it in a spot that creates a security risk. Here are the five best places to hide a spare house key:

With a neighbor you trust

This is definitely the most secure place to hide a key. Even an intelligent would-be burglar who goes through familiar hiding spots will get nowhere. So leave your spare key with a trusted neighbor.

Before handing it over, double-check there’s no information on the key that would identify it with you. The last thing you want is for the key to wind up in the hands of someone you don’t know and trust. If you aren’t completely comfortable leaving your house key with a neighbor, then move on to these other ideas.

Under the dog house

Burglars need quiet around them to be successful. The noisier it is, the more likely they are to be caught. With that in mind, burglars tend to be skeptical of houses with dogs and dog houses.

Use this to your advantage and hide your spare key under the dog house to keep it safe. Concerned that Fido wouldn’t scare away a potential burglar? Frankly, a dog house should be enough of a deterrent.

In a fake sprinkler head  

Now we’re really starting to think outside the box. While others in the neighborhood use the same fake rock for their spare key, you can opt for something that’s much more inconspicuous. As long as you have a sprinkler system at home, this is absolutely a possibility for you and your family.

There’s no way a burglar can tell a fake sprinkler head from a real one.

Somewhere in an outdoor grill

A grill has many hidden locations you can use for a spare key. Just make sure the key is out of plain sight. You can even use a magnet to stick the key to a well-hidden surface.

Don’t have a grill? An alternative hiding spot is in your air conditioner.

In a magnetized lock box under your car

Most burglaries occur from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. So then why not put your spare key in a magnetized lock box under your car? This way, when you’re not home, neither is the key.

Even a burglar who has several hours to gain access to your home will leave frustrated and empty-handed.

Dependable Residential Locksmith Service

Safeway Lock and Key is more than happy to assist with your home security efforts. Whether you’re in need of lost key replacement, high-security locks, or something different, you can count on the expertise of our Baltimore residential locksmith.

At Safeway Lock and Key, your safety is our No. 1 priority. Maybe you just bought a house and want to check out available security options. On the other hand, it could be that a neighbor’s residence was recently burglarized and you want to be proactive. In any case, our local locksmith is here to help.

Contact us now to speak with an emergency locksmith.