Don’t Hide Them Here – 12 Worst Places to Hide Spare House Keys

According to SafeWise, in 2023, burglaries occurred at a rate of 2 per minute. In 2022, 57% of burglaries were to residential homes. While that number is lower than in past years, according to Bankrate’s website, it’s still far too many and very concerning to homeowners.

You may think thieves only strike at night, but that isn’t the case. Most home burglaries happen in broad daylight when most people are working, and kids are in school. Access to a home happens through an unlocked first-floor window or simply by turning the door knob and walking right into a home.

Figuring out where to place a spare house key can be difficult. You don’t want it to be somewhere obvious that could give someone unauthorized access to your home. Here are 12 common and worst places to hide a spare house key.

1. Inside a Fake Rock

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You may think a fake rock is an excellent place to hide a spare house key, but this one is as old as time. Your grandparents and parents did this, and burglars know it. It’s the first place they’ll look for a key to get into your house. No matter how real it looks, a fake rock will stick out like a sore thumb; don’t hide your key in one.

2. Under a Doormat

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Under the doormat is the first place someone will look for a spare house key. It’s another one of those obvious places that people have used for decades. Not to mention, doormats are susceptible to being blown out of place by wind. It’s one of the worst places to hide your spare key.

3. Under a Flower Pot

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A flower pot is easy to pick up and move; even when it’s not close to your door, it’s an obvious place to look for a spare key to your home. Your insurance company may not cover losses if they discover you used an unsecured place to hide a key.

4. Behind an Outdoor Thermometer

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Although a little less obvious than other places on this list, if it’s near your front door, an intruder will look for a key behind a thermometer.

5. Inside a Mailbox

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Mailboxes are often targeted for identity theft by thieves. Hiding a spare key in your mailbox would allow them to steal more than just your identity. While it may seem like an inconspicuous hiding spot, it’s one of the first places someone will look.

6. In a Porch Light

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Porch lights next to the door are a poor choice for hiding a spare key. They are a common and easily noticeable location. Most porch lights are made simple in design and can be opened with simple tools, making it easy for a burglar to gain access to your home.

7. Inside a Garden Gnome

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Like any other piece of yard art, hiding a key inside a garden gnome is a big mistake. It’s one of the first places a burglar will look.

8. Top of the Door

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Hiding a spare house key above the door is a common hiding place. It’s easy for anyone to run their hand along your door and find it, making it one of the worst places to hide a spare key. It’s exposed to the elements and may rust over time and could be dislodged by the slamming of the door or even a good storm.

9. In a Plant Pot

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Like under a flower pot, a plant pot is another bad choice to hide a spare key. You may think that hiding it under the potting soil will keep it safe and secure, but a burglar won’t hesitate to dig when looking for a way to access your home easily.

10. Rain Gutter

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While you may think a rain gutter would be the last place someone would look for a key, you’re mistaken. It’s a common hiding place and not a good choice for securing your spare house key. Your key could also be washed out of the gutter with the next rain storm, leaving it even less secured.

11. Tucked Under Outdoor Furniture Cushions

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Anywhere close to your front door will be the first place someone looks for your spare key. Furniture cushions are easily flung out of the way when looking for something underneath them.

12. In a Birdhouse

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An intruder may not check a birdhouse for your spare key, but you may have trouble if you ever need to retrieve it. Birds are territorial and may not like you poking around inside their house, especially if they have babies.

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