We have all done it, the front door lock clicks and we realise that we have left our keys in the house or we return from sometime away and can’t find the keys we were sure we had with us when we left. So, our solution of course is to have a spare key around the place.
However, despite this being handy, remember that the easiest way for an intruder to get into to your house is of course if they have found your spare key.
As a leading locksmith in Perth, we are asked frequently to re-key or replace locks after break-ins simply because of a spare key locations. As well as the extreme upset of having your house burgled, this work after the event can be expensive to make sure your safe going forward.
Here are some tips to make sure that your security is not compromised whilst still having the back-up spare key plan in place.
While it is handy to have a spare key hidden around the house just in case you are ever locked out, it is important that you don’t give them a gift of easy access, and of course they know that the first places to look will be around the entrance itself. Do not leave keys under doormats, flower pots, or rocks! Leaving a spare key in these places around the front door is very common, and is practically saying “come on in”.
Many of us carry spare keys in our wallet, purse or handbag. The problem with this of course is that if this does get stolen not only have they a key to your house but there is a strong chance they will find something with your address on it also. So a “here is my key and here is the house you can get into” invitation.
So, having covered the “must nots” let get into solutions.
- Leave your spare key with a neighbour. This pays dividends particularly when you are away for a few days. As you have also both got someone to intermittently check in and make sure things are ok but the activity in your house is in itself a deterrent.
- Upgrade to a key-free automated door lock system. of which there are a few we would recommend and not only offer that additional layer of security but also are now common and relatively cheap. We would be happy to discuss solutions with you if of interest. (insert link to product when page or pdf exists)
- Keep your spare key in a lock box or key safe. These can only be accessed by a code, which only you and those you choose to give it to will know. Moderns models are very durable, weather-resistant, and inexpensive. (insert link to product when page or pdf exists)
Of course, as with any “code” be vigilant in where you keep this.
It is also worth pointing out that in many case a re-key and/or lock replacement that we referenced earlier incurs a cost that would more than pay for either of the increased security solutions that our locksmith service provides.
Most importantly, in reading this we trust you will give some thought as to what you do now and make yourself that much safer, and of course if there is anything you need more information about we are always pleased to give you the benefit of our experience.
The C and C Locksmiths team