We have keys for everything, our home, our garage, our windows, padlocks, work, car, motorcycle and much more. We all have lots and lots of keys and to make matters worse we have duplicate spare keys for everything, including our neighbour’s homes and family member’s homes.
Keys are the easiest, quickest and quietest way into a home which makes them a real target for any potential intruder. Here are some dos and don’ts when it comes to your keys and securing your home:
- It is always a good idea to keep a spare set of keys with a family member, friend or neighbour just in case you lock yourself out of your home.
- Ensure that all of your spare keys are kept in a safe place or are well hidden.
- Keep your car keys in your bedroom when you are sleeping, to reduce the chance of your car being stolen should your home get burgled during the night.
- Never put a spare key under a plant pot or mat outside your front door. This is the first place burglars look.
- Don’t leave your keys in your hallway near the front door as it has been known for people to “fish” through letter boxes with fishing rods for keys.
- If you have a set of spare keys for a neighbor don’t mark them with their house number. If your home is burgled and the keys are found by the burglar it very easy for them to identify that this is a neighbors key and to gain access to their house and burgle them also.
- Leading on from the last point, don’t mark any of your spare keys as to what they unlock. This way you won’t be helping burglars to gain access to your shed, garage or outhouse easily and steal your lawn mower, tools or bicycles etc.
- Keep your windows locked and never leave the keys in the locks or in sight near the windows.
- When your car is being serviced, take your house keys with you and don’t leave them with the garage attendant. You never know if they will get a spare key cut. Would you give your keys to a stranger?
Keep these tips in mind and you can keep your home and possessions safe. Remember, common sense is always your best weapon against crime.