Don’t Hide Your Spare House Key Here



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Hiding a spare house key is a time-honored tradition in America, and a rare opportunity to express your creativity in a way that can actually pay off – unlike last year’s Halloween costume.

But where should you put it? Well, naturally we can’t tell you that, because then everyone would know where to look. What we can do, though, is tell you where we’d look for it, which should give you a pretty good idea about where not to put it.

So, you could call this list the Top 5 Worst Places to Hide Your House Key. Here we go:

Under the Doormat

This is the first place anyone is going to look. Burglars rely on you to be this uninspired when you’re hiding your key. It makes things so much easier.

In the Mailbox

This is almost as bad as the doormat, and can end up being twice as bad if the would-be thieves look in there and find postmarked goodies they can also steal. Don’t give ‘em the pleasure.

Under a Rock / Yard Ornament / Porch Decoration

These hiding places are so obvious! The only way this works is if you have a ton of things lying around. Are you cultivating a rock garden in the forecourt? Collecting a family of gnomes? If so … let’s call it a “maybe.”

On the Doorsill

This trick is too old to fool even the greenest crook these days, but may be enough to foil the vertically challenged. So, that puts it a step above these other ideas, so to speak.

In the Flowerpot

Again, unless you have so many pots it would make going through all of them a form of torture, skip the idea and go for something a little more unpredictable.


Your natural inclination will be to make it convenient, and this is usually where things go sideways when it comes to hiding a key: If it’s easy for you to grab, it makes it easier for everyone else to grab.

You don’t have to turn it into an epic quest worthy of an "Indiana Jones" sequel – as long as you avoid these obvious spots your house key will remain well-hidden. Good luck!

Worry less about losing (or hiding) your spare key with a biometric lock from Actuator Systems that allows you to unlock your door with your fingerprint. 

Lockstate's electronic keypad deadbolt is a great backup for when your spare key goes missing, and comes in three different finish options. 

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