The day has finally arrived for you to go on vacation. You've already booked a hotel, set up travel arrangements and hired a house sitter. But don't forget the most important step-securing your home and valuables.

The last thing you want to worry about while traveling is whether or not your home is properly protected. One of your biggest considerations should be the hiding location of your spare key. If it is hidden in an obvious location, you could be vulnerable to theft. Follow the tips below when choosing the best place to hide a key:

 

Best place to hide a key

In addition to setting up an alarm system , evaluate the hiding place of your spare key. To avoid potential unwanted guests, you need to be a little crafty with your key's placement. 1 Here are some good hiding spots:

  • In a hollow, fake rock that blends in with its surroundings
  • In a small lock box under the porch
  • In a key hider/magnetic key holder
  • In the barbeque grill in the backyard
  • Under the foot of a chair on the patio
  • Under a loose brick in the walkway
  • Inside or under a children's toy or bird house in the front yard
  • In the dog house

 

The worst place to hide a spare house key

Choosing the right hiding spot is essential in protecting your home. Burglars will check the obvious spots first, so avoid hiding your extra key in plain sight or in one of these common locations:

  • Under your door mat
  • Under a potted plant or in a flower pot by the door
  • Under a garden statue
  • On the doorjamb
  • In the mailbox

While your hidden key may not be in plain sight in these hiding places, they are the first places a would-be thief might look when trying to gain entry into your home.

 

Get to know your neighbors

When you leave your home, it's easy to worry about the "what if's". That's why getting to know and having a trusted neighbor is an invaluable tool in your home security arsenal.

Leaving a spare key with a neighbor can ensure to prevent:

  1. Getting locked out of your home
  2. An extra set of eyes on your property while you're away
  3. A quick line of communication if something goes wrong

A neighbor can help spot a burglar or suspicious activity at times when you can't.

 

Eliminate the need for a spare key

If you feel uneasy keeping a spare key, smart door locks are a better solution. Benefits include keyless entry, with text notifications each time the door is unlocked. With an ADT-connected home, you can unlock and lock your doors remotely with the ADT mobile app.

If you're concerned about giving your house sitter the code to your smart lock, you can easily change the codes after you return home.

 

Put your mind at ease

If you're hiding a spare key, make sure it is in one of the well-hidden locations listed above. However, even the best hiding places aren't foolproof; take it a step further and install security camera or doorbell camera that allow you to monitor your property from your smartphone. ADT connected home sends you notifications when motion is detected in your home or on your property, providing you with confidence in your home's security.

 

Resources

1. Velez, Adriana. "Stash Your Spare Keys Safely With These 7 Ideas." Real Estate News and Advice | Realtor.com®. March 03, 2017. Accessed March 28, 2018. https://www.realtor.com/advice/home-improvement/places-to-hide-spare-keys/.

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