As a well known locksmith company based in Charlotte, NC, we strongly advise against keeping a spare key outside your house as thieves and intruders are skilled at identifying these hiding spots which makes it easier for them to easily enter your home.
If you still choose to keep a spare key outside your house it’s important to be very thoughtful about it as finding the right hiding spot is like a work of art and it should be accessible but not obvious or or easily to be discovered.
Here are the worst places to stash a spare key:
Beneath your doormat
This is perhaps the most predictable hiding spot and almost everyone thinks to look over there making it a poor choice.
Fake rock that looks obviously not real
While the idea of a fake rock can be clever many of these products don’t blend well with natural surroundings.
Under a flowerpot or in it
Similar to the doormat a flowerpot is also a common hiding spot and burglars often check under pots or in the soil for your spare key.
Inside your own mailbox
This location is not only predictable but also legally risky as tampering with mailboxes is a federal offense and placing a key inside can lead to legal complications.
Anywhere within a 10-feet radius of your front door
Keeping the key close to the entrance makes it easier for burglars to find it during a quick search and It’s better to think outside the box and choose a spot that isn’t nearby the door.
Here are the best places to stash a key:
Take a container like a medicine bottle put your spare key inside and bury it in your yard in a spot that is not too close to the entrance but still a spot that you can recall and find.
Rain gutter trick
Securely attach your key inside the rain gutter using silver masking tape ensuring it won’t get wet, tape it deep inside as much as your hand can reach.
Place your key inside a combination lockbox and and place it discretely somewhere only you can find around your house.
Backyard hiding spot
The backyard offers multiple hiding places and most thieves are often deterred to cross into your backyard and search for them especially if they suspect you have a dog, even if you don’t have a dog putting up a sign is also a great idea to keep intruders away!
Dog house stash
If you have a dog stashing a spare key inside or under the dog house can be a great strategy since intruders generally try to avoid provoking potentially aggressive dogs.
Another great option is to exchange keys with a trusted neighbor which allowing each other to hide them on their properties.