The Best (and Worst) Places to Hide a Spare Key
Learn the best places to hide a spare key, what you should and shouldn’t do when it comes to spares, and how Arlo can protect your home and family.
Avoid being locked out of your home while keeping your property safe with a well-hidden spare key. Learn where to hide a spare key and what you need to avoid when doing so, then discover how Arlo security cameras can complement your spares for greater all-around peace of mind.
When you hide a key outside your home, you are staying prepared in case of emergency. Whether you accidentally lock yourself out taking out the trash or you need to give a pet sitter or care giver access to your home, a spare can prove invaluable.
What’s more, a well-placed spare can provide added security and when you inevitably misplace your keys. Instead of replacing all your locks, you can conveniently create copies while avoiding hassle and saving big on locksmith fees.
It is wise to have a backup plan for when you’re locked out, but knowing how to hide a spare key outside your house so only you can access it is crucial. An improperly placed key can be disastrous, so follow these tips to get the ideal hiding spots for your spare:
Also, if you have a dog house in the backyard, a spare under your furry friend’s home or inside it can scare off potential intruders from even bothering to look.
As many places as there are for you to hide a key, there are few spots that should be avoided at all costs. Steer clear of hiding your key under a welcome mat, as this obvious and easily accessible location is too inviting for would be intruders—the same goes for under flower pots!
You may also be tempted to hide a key in your wallet. But when you lose your wallet—including your spare and your driver’s license—you’d be replacing locks throughout your home at great expense.
Apartments may not have as much outdoor space as a home to hide a spare key. But though you may not have access to a doghouse in the backyard or a fake rock looks too suspicious at your front door, you still have many opportunities to store a spare even when you live in an apartment.
Additionally, if your apartment building has a manager or a super, consider asking them to hold on to your spare in case of emergencies.
A spare key is part of a comprehensive security plan to help keep your loved ones and home safe and secure. Pairing spare keys, good neighborly relations and the right technology can help you earn even greater peace of mind.
Arlo cameras and doorbell cameras are always recommended, but are especially important if you are trusting strangers into your home to watch your pets or care for a loved one. Combine these products with outdoor cameras to scare off would be intruders and record any unwanted developments, and you’ll be well on your way to forming a comprehensive security system.