Under the doormat
You don't need to be a genius to know that this is possibly the worst thing you can do. This also includes hiding it in hanging baskets or under pots - just don't do it!
Security Rating 1/10
the fake rock
Whilst this solution is quite innovative, it isn't much better than hiding it under a real rock. It may be a bit more secure if your garden is full of similar looking rocks, but we wouldn't recommend it!
Security Rating: 3/10
The hornet's nest
This is a new one for us here at Recover-Key, and we quite like the ingenuity! To those of you that have ever seen a hornet's nest in real life, will know that they are not to be messed with. Real hornet's usually make a nest in crevices of buildings and will be using it to provide safety for eggs until they hatch. This makes hornets very aggressive and will attack intruders at any opportunity.
So, why not get a fake - but real looking - hornet's nest to install with a spare key inside. It will certainly take a brave thief to try their luck!
Security Rating: 7/10
the dog poo
Yes, you read that right, hide your spare key in dog poo. Similar to the hornet's nest, it is about hiding a key in a 'pretend' item. You might have seen the fake plastic dog poo before, and it is just the same as that!
How many thieves are going to think twice about picking the dog poo up to see if it's fake or not? However, it may raise suspicion if it is constantly in the same place or if you don't have a dog, but it may be a good temporary solution.
Security Rating: 6/10
The bird house
This is a good one if you have a bird house or considering getting one. By putting a spare key in a place hidden from plain sight, it can be a good solution. Whilst many people may not think of looking there to start with, no burglar is going to want to attract attention by sending a flock of birds away in a hurry. You can even purchase specially made bird houses for this job!
Security Rating: 7/10
The thermometer is a simple but effective solution to the spare key solution. Simply hang up a thermometer on a wall, and enclose a spare key behind it.
However, if a burglar is looking for a place to store a spare key, this may be one of the first places to look. Alternatively, this may blow off in gusty weather, so may not be the best solution.
Security Rating: 5/10
the key box
This is the most conventional spare key solution, and probably the most commonly used solution on the list. If you don't know what it is, it is a metal box that attaches to the wall, and can be opened by using the right pin number. These are industrially made products and are designed to be as secure as possible.
The only problem with these boxes is that they strongly advertise that a key is inside and anyone that is determined enough to get in, may well succeed.
Security Rating: 9/10
So there you have it, 7 different solutions, some conventional, some less so. Whilst having a spare key is a good back-up solution, it can compromise your house security if you don't have a proper plan.
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