Where to Hide a Key

How to Hide a Spare House Key

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For all spare keys, contact Big Valley Lock and Key at (209)483-4096

For many people, having a spare key for emergency situations is a must. Whatever the reason as a backup in the event you lose you primary key, so that your children don’t need to keep a key with them, or for emergency entrance by others, the important things to consider are location, disguise, and protection.

  1. Consider where you want to keep the spare key. Some of the more common ideas are:

    • In the dog house (where the Pit Bull hangs out).
    • In a flower pot.
    • Inside the zipper of patio furniture cushions (if they have zippers).
    • Somewhere hidden in your landscaping (inside a plastic bag buried in the mulch, taped to the base of a bush, etc.).
    • Nailed to a tree.
  2. Choose a place that will be difficult for others to find. This hiding place should not be highly visible to others. The last thing you want is reach into your secret bush and have a dozen people watching you. For areas near a metal structure, a magnetic key case can provide storage and some protection from the elements. This particular one is made of plastic, so it won’t rust like the ones you can find at the local hardware store.

  3. Disguise the location of the key to decreases the chances that a burglar will find it. Most disguises involve burying the key in something or taping the key behind or underneath something. Examples of burying include hiding the key in the soil in a flower pot and under mulch in flower beds. Examples of taping include securing the key under the barbecue grill, inside the gutter downspout, and behind/underneath a part of a deck.

  4. Consider restricting access to the key with some sort of a combination lock, either in a lock box, in the garage, or both.

  5. 5

    One additional way that you can protect your spare key is to keep it at a trusted neighbor’s house. This is the the best choice for many people. Your spare key is locked inside someone else’s home (hopefully not labeled with your address). If you ever need the key, a cell phone call is all you need to access the spare, provided your neighbor is at home. The downside is that you must find a neighbor that you trust and who will usually be home during the times that you may need to drop by and pick up the spare key.

 

EditTips

  • In addition to the methods above, there are a couple of “hiding places” that can be purchased online, such as pretend rocks and pretend sprinkler heads.
  • An alternative to a garage can be a tool shed that is secured by a combination padlock.
  • Change your hiding place for your spare key every now and then, because once someone sees you retrieving your key, your secret hiding place is no longer reliable.

 

EditWarnings

    1. Don’t hide your key under a doormat. Even if it is just for five minutes. It is probably the first place that comes to mind when someone thinks of hiding a key and the first place that a burglar will look. Choose a place that isn’t obvious to potential thieves.
    2. The pretend rock is a bit old, it won’t fool everyone. However, if you have lots of rocks on your property, then a fake rock may be a great choice.
    3. The sprinkler head is a great idea, but only if you have an in-ground sprinkler system. If not, it may look odd to have only one sprinkler head for your entire lawn

How to Safely Hide a Key

How to Hide a Spare House Key

Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Hide-a-Spare-House-Key

For all spare keys, contact Big Valley Lock and Key at (209)483-4096

For many people, having a spare key for emergency situations is a must. Whatever the reason as a backup in the event you lose you primary key, so that your children don’t need to keep a key with them, or for emergency entrance by others, the important things to consider are location, disguise, and protection.

  1. Consider where you want to keep the spare key. Some of the more common ideas are:

    • In the dog house (where the Pit Bull hangs out).
    • In a flower pot.
    • Inside the zipper of patio furniture cushions (if they have zippers).
    • Somewhere hidden in your landscaping (inside a plastic bag buried in the mulch, taped to the base of a bush, etc.).
    • Nailed to a tree.
  2. Choose a place that will be difficult for others to find. This hiding place should not be highly visible to others. The last thing you want is reach into your secret bush and have a dozen people watching you. For areas near a metal structure, a magnetic key case can provide storage and some protection from the elements. This particular one is made of plastic, so it won’t rust like the ones you can find at the local hardware store.

  3. Disguise the location of the key to decreases the chances that a burglar will find it. Most disguises involve burying the key in something or taping the key behind or underneath something. Examples of burying include hiding the key in the soil in a flower pot and under mulch in flower beds. Examples of taping include securing the key under the barbecue grill, inside the gutter downspout, and behind/underneath a part of a deck.

  4. Consider restricting access to the key with some sort of a combination lock, either in a lock box, in the garage, or both.

  5. 5

    One additional way that you can protect your spare key is to keep it at a trusted neighbor’s house. This is the the best choice for many people. Your spare key is locked inside someone else’s home (hopefully not labeled with your address). If you ever need the key, a cell phone call is all you need to access the spare, provided your neighbor is at home. The downside is that you must find a neighbor that you trust and who will usually be home during the times that you may need to drop by and pick up the spare key.

 

EditTips

  • In addition to the methods above, there are a couple of “hiding places” that can be purchased online, such as pretend rocks and pretend sprinkler heads.
  • An alternative to a garage can be a tool shed that is secured by a combination padlock.
  • Change your hiding place for your spare key every now and then, because once someone sees you retrieving your key, your secret hiding place is no longer reliable.

 

EditWarnings

    1. Don’t hide your key under a doormat. Even if it is just for five minutes. It is probably the first place that comes to mind when someone thinks of hiding a key and the first place that a burglar will look. Choose a place that isn’t obvious to potential thieves.
    2. The pretend rock is a bit old, it won’t fool everyone. However, if you have lots of rocks on your property, then a fake rock may be a great choice.
    3. The sprinkler head is a great idea, but only if you have an in-ground sprinkler system. If not, it may look odd to have only one sprinkler head for your entire lawn

Spare Keys

How to Hide a Spare House Key

Retrieved from http://www.wikihow.com/Hide-a-Spare-House-Key

For all spare keys, contact Big Valley Lock and Key at (209)483-4096

For many people, having a spare key for emergency situations is a must. Whatever the reason as a backup in the event you lose you primary key, so that your children don’t need to keep a key with them, or for emergency entrance by others, the important things to consider are location, disguise, and protection.

  1. Consider where you want to keep the spare key. Some of the more common ideas are:

    • In the dog house (where the Pit Bull hangs out).
    • In a flower pot.
    • Inside the zipper of patio furniture cushions (if they have zippers).
    • Somewhere hidden in your landscaping (inside a plastic bag buried in the mulch, taped to the base of a bush, etc.).
    • Nailed to a tree.
  2. Choose a place that will be difficult for others to find. This hiding place should not be highly visible to others. The last thing you want is reach into your secret bush and have a dozen people watching you. For areas near a metal structure, a magnetic key case can provide storage and some protection from the elements. This particular one is made of plastic, so it won’t rust like the ones you can find at the local hardware store.

  3. Disguise the location of the key to decreases the chances that a burglar will find it. Most disguises involve burying the key in something or taping the key behind or underneath something. Examples of burying include hiding the key in the soil in a flower pot and under mulch in flower beds. Examples of taping include securing the key under the barbecue grill, inside the gutter downspout, and behind/underneath a part of a deck.

  4. Consider restricting access to the key with some sort of a combination lock, either in a lock box, in the garage, or both.

  5. 5

    One additional way that you can protect your spare key is to keep it at a trusted neighbor’s house. This is the the best choice for many people. Your spare key is locked inside someone else’s home (hopefully not labeled with your address). If you ever need the key, a cell phone call is all you need to access the spare, provided your neighbor is at home. The downside is that you must find a neighbor that you trust and who will usually be home during the times that you may need to drop by and pick up the spare key.

 

EditTips

  • In addition to the methods above, there are a couple of “hiding places” that can be purchased online, such as pretend rocks and pretend sprinkler heads.
  • An alternative to a garage can be a tool shed that is secured by a combination padlock.
  • Change your hiding place for your spare key every now and then, because once someone sees you retrieving your key, your secret hiding place is no longer reliable.

 

EditWarnings

    1. Don’t hide your key under a doormat. Even if it is just for five minutes. It is probably the first place that comes to mind when someone thinks of hiding a key and the first place that a burglar will look. Choose a place that isn’t obvious to potential thieves.
    2. The pretend rock is a bit old, it won’t fool everyone. However, if you have lots of rocks on your property, then a fake rock may be a great choice.
    3. The sprinkler head is a great idea, but only if you have an in-ground sprinkler system. If not, it may look odd to have only one sprinkler head for your entire lawn

Locked out of your house?

 

How to Get Into a House When Locked Out

(Information gathered from http://www.ehow.com/how_2240493_house-locked-out.html)

Many of us have gotten locked out of the house, and many parents have experienced the sick feeling of being locked out while your baby or toddler is inside alone. It only has to happen once to remind us that we need a backup plan in the event that we’re accidentally locked out of our house. Use the following suggestions to learn how to get into your house when you’re locked out.

Instructions

    • Install an electronic security entry system outside your garage door or your front entry door. This entails pressing a code onto a keypad to gain entry to the house or property. This is an expensive option, but well worth every penny if your baby is in the house alone. Another option is to have the security pad on your garage door with a key hidden somewhere inside your garage to then unlock the door from the garage to the house.

    • 2

      Leave a duplicate key with a neighbor you completely trust. You may even exchange keys so that you can help them out in a similar situation. Of course, this person will need to be home when the time comes to request your key.

    • 3

      Carry an extra key to your house or apartment in your wallet, purse or hidden in your car somewhere.

    • 4

      Hide an extra key outside, and not in an obvious place such as under the doormat. Have different locks on your front door and your back door. Then, you can hide a front-door key in the backyard and a back-door key somewhere in the front yard.

    • 5

      Call your spouse, roommate or Big Valley Lock and Key to come home to help you get back into the house that you’re locked out of.

    • 6

      Contact your security alarm company with help in accessing your home. You could also call 9-1-1, if it’s an emergency that you get into your house.

    • 7

      Break a window to get in if you really have to get inside the house in a hurry.

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Lost car keys?

How to Replace Lost Car Keys

(information gathered from http://www.ehow.com/how_5722036_replace-lost-car-keys.html)

You’re not going anywhere without these.

Losing your keys can be one of the most frustrating moments of vehicle ownership. You are stuck with a 4,000-pound piece of metal that will not move for lack of a 6-ounce key. To replace your lost car keys, it is best to start with a locksmith such as Big Valley Lock and Key, because they are typically far less expensive than dealerships. In some cases, however, a trip to the dealership is necessary. If the vehicle is locked, you will need to have a lock-out service performed. In many cases, you will also need to replace your remote key fob.

Instructions

  1. Lost Keys

    • 1

      Gather all of the important information regarding the vehicle, including vehicle identification number; year, make and model; vehicle registration and insurance information. Have your driver’s license or state-issued identification card handy also.

    • 2

      Contact the vehicle’s registered owner if the vehicle is not registered in your name, and ask him to come to where the vehicle is located, because the locksmith will require the registered owner’s permission for this service.

    • 3

      Call three to five locksmiths regarding the price of a key replacement service and lock-out service, if needed, for your year, make and model vehicle. Answer all of the questions the locksmith has about the vehicle. Ask the operator whether the locksmith is bonded and insured, for your protection. The operator may ask about the security system, and whether the vehicle has keyless entry and a starter inhibitor. For certain vehicles, the locksmith will not be able to replace your vehicle’s keys and you will have to call the dealership. Mercedes, Volkswagen and Jaguar are examples of cars that only the dealership can make keys for. If the locksmith advises you of this, call the dealership and arrange to have the vehicle towed there via a flatbed truck.

    • 4

      Choose the locksmith from the group you called that best suits your budget and time constraints, as some locksmiths may take several hours to get to your vehicle.

    • 5

      Wait for the locksmith to arrive and give him all of the vehicle information and documentation he asks for.

    • 6

      Watch as the locksmith uses a “Slim Jim” or other tool to unlock your doors, if needed, and key-like tool to obtain the key pattern so he may cut a new key. Once he has cut the key, the locksmith will attempt to mate the key to the vehicle’s passive anti-theft system. On most vehicles, a locksmith can perform this task, but in some cases you may have to visit the dealership. The vehicle will not start without the key mated to the PATS, so you will need to set up a tow truck. There is no need for a flatbed, unless your vehicle requires one, because the tow truck driver can still use the cut key to unlock the steering wheel and perform other pre-towing procedures.

    Lost Remote Fob

    • 7

      Purchase an appropriate replacement remote fob from a local dealership or automotive parts store.

    • 8

      Logon to the Internet and navigate your browser to the “Program Your Remote” homepage. Click on the maker of your vehicle on the sidebar on the left of the screen.

    • 9

      Click on the model of your vehicle on the following page.

    • 10

      Find the model year of your vehicle on the following page and click the link that reads “Programming Instructions” next to your vehicle’s model year. If your vehicle is not listed, contact your local dealership’s service department for programming instructions.

    • 11

      Follow the instructions on your vehicle’s page to program the remote.

 

Stockton Lockouts

Stockton Lockouts

Locksmiths in Stockton

Stockton Lock and Key

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Big Valley Lock and Key!

If you are looking for a first-class locksmith service, you have come to the right place! We aim to be friendly and approachable.

We are here to serve you and answer any questions you may have.

Call us today: 1.209.483.5096

We put our customers first. We listen to you and help you find what you need. Come visit to see what we are all about:

  • Industry Leading Products
  • Quick Turnaround
  • Friendly and Approachable
  • And much, much more!

Our Services

Here is a small list of the services we provide. Need specialty work performed? No Problem!

Call us today: 1.209.483.5096

  • Lockouts – We specialize in residential locksmith, commercial locksmith and car door unlocking services – covering everything from key cutting to lockpicking and much more.
  • Hardware and Access Control Specialist
  • Master and Registered Key Systems
  • Roadside Assistance – Although we are primarily locksmiths, we are always here to help you with emergency services including lockouts.
  • Car Locksmith – When it comes to unlocking a car, we provide the fastest, most reliable lockout service 12 hours a day, every day of the year – all at low rates and fully insured.
  • Emergency Door Unlocking – Big Valley offers full unlocking services for you and your family, with reputable service.

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Lodi’s Best Lock, Rekey, and Locksmith Team

Lodi’s Big Valley Lock and Key Locksmith Service

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Our mission is to be the best locksmith and unlocking mobile technical services company for you and yours.

Big Valley Lock and Key is a full feature mobile locksmith company. As a result of years of dedication to pride in service and customer satisfaction, we have developed a reputation for fulfilling customer needs quickly and professionally. Today, Big Valley Lock and Key is home to Lodi’s most trusted locksmiths.

 

Our feature locksmith services at Big Valley include:

Locksmithing – We specialize in residential locksmith, commercial locksmith and car door unlocking services – covering everything from key cutting to lockpicking and much more.

Car Locksmith – When it comes to unlocking a car, we provide the fastest, most reliable lockout service 24 hours a day, every day of the year – all at low rates and fully insured.

Roadside Assistance – Although we are primarily locksmiths, we are always here to help you with emergency services including lockouts.

Emergency Door Unlocking – Big Valley offers full unlocking services for you and your family, with reputable service.

In addition to providing standard locksmithing and unlock services like lock repaircar keystransponder keys and key cutting, Big Valley Lock and Key offers a number of specialized services and products for corporations and businesses to increase employee safety and security while decreasing employee theft. Our certified technicians can even assist you in ensuring the safety and security of your home with a security audit, installing high security lockslock re-key service, or new lock installation.

Whether you need lock picking, a vehicle locksmith, a residential locksmith or any other unlocking or security service, you can rely on our team of certified professionals to be reliable, efficient and able to handle any locksmithing job or lockout situation in a timely manner. Big Valley Lock and Key is committed to providing customers across the nation with fast and reliable professional services at a competitive rate.

 

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Mobile Locksmith Services in Manteca

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Manteca’s Best Lock, Rekey, and Locksmith Team

Manteca’s Big Valley Lock and Key Locksmith Service

                         (209)483-5096

 

Our mission is to be the best locksmith and unlocking mobile technical services company for you and yours.

Big Valley Lock and Key is a full feature mobile locksmith company. As a result of years of dedication to pride in service and customer satisfaction, we have developed a reputation for fulfilling customer needs quickly and professionally. Today, Big Valley Lock and Key is home to Manteca’s most trusted locksmiths.

 

Our feature locksmith services at Big Valley include:

Locksmithing – We specialize in residential locksmith, commercial locksmith and car door unlocking services – covering everything from key cutting to lockpicking and much more.

Car Locksmith – When it comes to unlocking a car, we provide the fastest, most reliable lockout service 24 hours a day, every day of the year – all at low rates and fully insured.

Roadside Assistance – Although we are primarily locksmiths, we are always here to help you with emergency services including lockouts.

Emergency Door Unlocking – Big Valley offers full unlocking services for you and your family, with reputable service.

In addition to providing standard locksmithing and unlock services like lock repaircar keystransponder keys and key cutting, Big Valley Lock and Key offers a number of specialized services and products for corporations and businesses to increase employee safety and security while decreasing employee theft. Our certified technicians can even assist you in ensuring the safety and security of your home with a security audit, installing high security lockslock re-key service, or new lock installation.

Whether you need lock picking, a vehicle locksmith, a residential locksmith or any other unlocking or security service, you can rely on our team of certified professionals to be reliable, efficient and able to handle any locksmithing job or lockout situation in a timely manner. Big Valley Lock and Key is committed to providing customers across the nation with fast and reliable professional services at a competitive rate.

 

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Stockton Mobile Locksmith Services

Stockton’s Best Lock, Rekey, and Locksmith Team

Stockton’s Big Valley Lock and Key Locksmith Service

                         (209)483-5096

 

Our mission is to be the best locksmith and unlocking mobile technical services company for you and yours.

Big Valley Lock and Key is a full feature mobile locksmith company. As a result of years of dedication to pride in service and customer satisfaction, we have developed a reputation for fulfilling customer needs quickly and professionally. Today, Big Valley Lock and Key is home to Stockton’s most trusted locksmiths.

 

Our feature locksmith services at Big Valley include:

Locksmithing – We specialize in residential locksmith, commercial locksmith and car door unlocking services – covering everything from key cutting to lockpicking and much more.

Car Locksmith – When it comes to unlocking a car, we provide the fastest, most reliable lockout service 24 hours a day, every day of the year – all at low rates and fully insured.

Roadside Assistance – Although we are primarily locksmiths, we are always here to help you with emergency services including lockouts.

Emergency Door Unlocking – Big Valley offers full unlocking services for you and your family, with reputable service.

In addition to providing standard locksmithing and unlock services like lock repaircar keystransponder keys and key cutting, Big Valley Lock and Key offers a number of specialized services and products for corporations and businesses to increase employee safety and security while decreasing employee theft. Our certified technicians can even assist you in ensuring the safety and security of your home with a security audit, installing high security lockslock re-key service, or new lock installation.

Whether you need lock picking, a vehicle locksmith, a residential locksmith or any other unlocking or security service, you can rely on our team of certified professionals to be reliable, efficient and able to handle any locksmithing job or lockout situation in a timely manner. Big Valley Lock and Key is committed to providing customers across the nation with fast and reliable professional services at a competitive rate.

 

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