How to Hide a Spare House Key

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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.

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    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.



  • In addition to the methods above, there are a couple of “hiding places” that can be purchased online, such as pretend rocks and pretend┬ásprinkler 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.



    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