A popular UK publication has referenced a survey finding that the tradition of leaving one’s house key under a doormat is becoming extinct. This made us wonder if the same is true here across the pond and how risky this practice really is.
While you won’t find outdoor keys on every property, it is a reality. Whether it’s under a mat, a pot, a fake rock or on the molding above a door or window, we all know someone who hides a key outside. Some of our mothers did so in case we were locked out after school or as a fail safe should someone lose their keys. Either way, it seems as though some homeowners believe hiding a key from plain view will outsmart a potential burglar. Not so. Interestingly, the UK article goes on to say that four percent of those surveyed were still broken into after intruders found a key outside of their home.
The problem is no different here in the States. An American Crime Stoppers website cautions, “Never leave keys under doormats, flowerpots, mailboxes or other “secret” hiding places — burglars know where to look for hidden keys”. Thieves sometimes count on us to underestimate them. This is why Protect America never recommends leaving a key outside the home, no matter how well you think you’ve hidden it. Remember, paying a locksmith is much cheaper than replacing your valuables after a break-in.
Alternatives to Hidden Keys
- Use a mobile app like Protect America’s SMART Connect to lock and unlock your door
- Give a spare key to a trusted neighbor.
- Discuss a plan of action with your child in case they become locked out (such as walking to a neighbor’s house for help).
- If your child has a cell phone, instruct them to call you in the event they cannot enter the house, or have them unlock the door with SMART Connect.
Today’s technology provides you with simple and affordable alternatives to a hidden key. Protect America has spent more than 20 years developing and perfecting its state-of-the-art home security system while offering the lowest starting prices. Our SMART Connect and Home Automation technologies go above and beyond; giving you complete control no matter where you are. Quickly and easily lock and unlock your doors while controlling and monitoring your home security system all from your smartphone or broadband connection.
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