Is your spare house key really hidden from thieves?

If you think your spare key hiding place is sneaky, chances are so does a thief. We breakdown the most common places people hide their spare keys and what you should do to secure your house from being broken into.

Breaking into houses is a largely opportunistic crime. Thieves may see something they want to steal and when they get the chance, they seize the opportunity and go for it.

One of the most effective ways of preventing this type of crime is to make it more difficult for thieves to take their chance at entering your home.

Where are people hiding their keys?

Some of the most common places people hide their spare house keys are:

  • Door mat
  • Pot plant
  • Grill/BBQ
  • Mailbox
  • Fake rocks
  • Ledge above the door

While these places may be convenient for family members or friends to use when they need to access your house, they are just as convenient for thieves to use.

So where should I hide my spare house key?

The most secure place you can hide your spare keys is with trusted neighbour, friend or family member close by. Keeping your keys away from your house takes away an opportunity for a thief to break into your house and can help protect your house from theft.

If this isn’t an option, it might be time to get creative with hiding spots.

One inventive way we have recently heard is to hide your key in a park that is 10 minutes away from your house! Although we don’t recommend this to everyone, it shows how you might start thinking outside the box for your next hiding spot.



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