It’s always a good idea to have a spare key for your home hidden in case of an emergency. And while this might pose a security threat, it can also help you gain entry into your home should you lose or forget your house key. Calling Locksmith New England, your New Hampshire locksmith service, is always an option, and a good one at that. But nobody wants to be locked out of their home in the middle of the night and be forced to call a locksmith.

A spare key that is too easy to find is a danger to you and your family should it fall into the wrong hands. A key that is very well hidden is not a good thing if nobody can find it, including yourself. Basically, you want your spare key hidden in a place that a stranger or intruder won’t find but you and other family members will.

As a general rule of thumb, you don’t want to hide your spare key too close to your front door, it is just too obvious. Here are a few places not to hide your spare key.

Pots and Plants

We hate to be the bearer of bad news, but if you have a spare key in a plant pot or empty pot, you had better go home now and move it. Hiding keys under pots or in pots is so obvious that it is the first place a would-be intruder is going to look. You might as well just place a sign next to the pot that there is a key poorly hidden here.


Please don’t hide your key under the doormat, don’t even take it into consideration. The old hidden-key-under-the-doormat is so old and obvious is is the butt of many jokes. If you hide your spare key under the doormat, you will be the butt of many jokes.

Door Frames

Again, this is an old standby and way too obvious to be taken seriously. What would be amazing is if this tactic actually worked.

Fake Rocks

Homeowners love the idea of a rock that is not really a rock but rather a place to hide their spare key. If you were to throw your fake rock into a pile of real rocks and make a comparison, in all likelihood you would be able to pick out the fake rock with ease. And if you can tell the difference between a fake rock and a real rock, so can that guy who wants to break into your home and rip you off.

Your Wallet

At first glance, you might wonder why we include this on our list of places not to hide a spare key. We get it, you want to know are reasons why we think you should avoid this. You see, you keep a lot of things in your wallet, like your driver’s license and other information that gives away your address. So if you lose your wallet, whoever finds it not only has your address, but the very key that will let them into your home.

If you lost your wallet and your spare key was in it, you need to give Locksmith New England a call.