When you inadvertently lock yourself out of the house, we know some of you still think it’s most convenient to hide a key somewhere near your front door. We know this because 23% of American homeowners still do it. If you’re among this group, you may as well leave your doors unlocked! Because nobody’s buying the look of that fake rock or that too-close-to-your-front-door flowerpot, especially home intruders.
Here are the worst places to hide a spare house key.
- Under your welcome mat: This really is the first place a burglar will look. For a burglar to find a key under it could literally be like welcoming him/her into your home.
- Under or inside a flower pot near the front door: There’s really only one reason to have a potted flower near your front door, and everybody knows it, even a burglar.
- Inside a fake rock: That fake rock isn’t fooling anyone if it’s just sitting in a garden and there are no other rocks around.
The last thing you want or need is for someone to have easy access into your home. The best place to leave a spare key is with a neighbor. If that’s not an option, here are some more original ideas …
- Wedged between two brick pavers: If you’ve got a lose paver, put it to good use and wedge a key in there. Just make sure the key is both inconspicuous and easy-to-remove.
Inside a wind chime: What attracts a lot of attention when you’re trying to be discreet? Noise! That means that if a robber is searching for a spare key, your wind chimes is the last place he’ll go.