Whether you are sick and tired of being stuck outside after locking yourself out of the house, or you simply want to avoid such situations from happening to you, you will want to keep reading. The following suggestions can serve as excellent outdoor hiding spots for your spare house key.
Under A Rock
Skip the fake rocks that you sit by your front door. Many of these look like obvious spare key holders, which means strangers can easily stumble upon them. You have to get a little more creative than that. Find a nice rock that has a flat bottom to it. Then, using industrial strength super glue, glue the bottom of the rock to the top of a prescription bottle lid. These bottles are generally the perfect size for storing a single key and they are water proof which protects the key. Once the glue has dried, you can slip the key into the bottle, attach the lid, and then place the bottle into a small hole in your flower garden. Simply leave the rock above ground. To help you remember which rock has the hidden key under it, you can place a little outdoor decoration next to that rock, such as a garden gnome or solar light.
In The Bird Feeder
Take any old bird feeder and empty out any feed that might be in it at the moment. Place a single spare house key in a small plastic sandwich bag and seal it tightly so that moisture will not enter the bag. Use strong tape to attach the bagged key to the bottom of the feeder where the bird seed will go. Once you have done that, you can fill it back up with bird seed so that the key is perfectly covered. You will simply have to make sure that you are always keeping an eye on the level of bird seed so that you can replenish it as necessary. This will ensure that your key is never exposed to wandering eyes.
In The Attached Mail Box
If you have a mail box that attaches directly to your home, this might be a great option for you. After all, mailboxes that are lined up along the road are more accessible to people passing by. Take measurements of the inside bottom of your mail box. Then, cut a piece of tin or aluminum to fit those dimensions. You might want to trim the size down by a half an inch so that it easily slides into place in the box and is effortlessly lifted when needed. After checking to make sure that it is a good fit, you will want to lay a single spare key in the bottom of your mail box. Then you can place your new fake bottom on top of the key. Anyone that casually sticks their hand into the mail box to place outgoing mail or to retrieve mail will never notice the fake bottom that is hiding your spare house key.
With those few ideas in mind, you should have no trouble ensuring that you will be able to hide your key in a spot that you will remember, but no one else will accidentally stumble upon. For assistance, talk to a locksmith like Action Lock & Safe.