Are you hiding a house key to your front or back door so that you’ll be able to get back in if you accidentally lock yourself out or some other mishap befalls you? Perhaps it’s there for the kids use when they get home from school or maybe its left as a way for visiting relatives, whose arrival is at a time when you won’t be at home.
The hiding of the keys is a welcome invitation to burglars should they get their mitts on one. Popular covers purchased as props to hide keys in such things as “fake rocks” and “crushed soda cans” can have a reverse affect and actually standout. Common hiding places like placing keys under rugs and above the doors aren’t wise choices either when it comes to risking the security of a home.
Finding a good hiding place for a house key should be given a great deal of thought before taking a chance on your homes security. When deciding the best place to hide a house key try to picture what kind of tricks a burglar might do to find it.
One way is to use a metal detector. Metal detectors can quickly identify what they’re passed over and can really give a burglar a hand under the guise of darkness or even in the day if no one is paying attention.
A burglar may stake out the area for a few days to several weeks to see if a hidden key is being used. They could also be an acquaintance or a good friend with nearby neighbors. They could be a walker, jogger or a bicyclist that suddenly starts making a regular appearance.
One way to fool a potential burglar or to test who may be watching your house is to set out bogus keys in common hiding places where most people would think about looking. Sit keys under the rug, above the door and under a fake rock to see if anyone disturbs them or tries to use them.
A bogus key can be any old key from a past house, car, boat etc. which is not being used. Sometimes a bogus key may come to you in the mail. Car dealerships on occasion have sent keys as advertising and promotion.
A disturbance of a bogus key could be pretty obvious. A fake rock might be turned over, moved or set in another direction, a key under a rug may be showing or a key above the door could be moved from the middle to an edge where it partially shows or it may have fallen down onto the porch.
Also check to see if the keyhole or an area around it has been scratched.
If a bogus key has been moved and there is scratches on or around the keyhole you’ll have to be triple cautious if you decide to hide a house key. Consider leaving an extra house key with a trusted and close friend instead.