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Posted on by TopLocksmith in Baltimore Locksmith, Home Safety, Locks

We at Top Locksmith understand the priority and importance of keeping one’s home and family safe. Besides making sure your deadbolted shut at night, there’s a few other successful tactics that you can implement to make sure that your family remains as safe and secure as possible.

 

The initial steps should involve an upgrade of the entire lock infrastructure in your home. Many locks in American homes can be easily picked or bumped through criminal tampering. If you install a pick proof high security lock, you can help make your family much safer as well as greatly reducing the ease with which a criminal could break into your home. Your friendly assistant at Top Locksmith will be able to help you choose the exact right lock for your particular needs – highlighting burglar resistance abilities.

 

Door Devils

 

One device that works fantastically at securing doors is known as the Door Devil. It fits inside the jamb of the door, preventing it from being able to get kicked in. This is an effective security strategy – though one might not think burglars would be dumb enough to attempt kicking in a door – since many actually do, especially if they get frustrated at their lack of ability to effectively outsmart your impervious lock system.

 

Electronic Home Security

 

Another add on device that can greatly contribute to home security is an electronic home security system. These systems have wide variety in terms of their features and offerings for families or businesses. Many of them are attached to your entry door, so that when the door is opened when the alarm is armed, a loud alarm will ring out – which works to scare away any potential intruder (as it alerts everyone nearby with its piercing sound) as well as automatically contacting local law enforcement agencies, or the security company. Other features include motion sensors which can detect any motion inside the home, door knob sensors, or window sensors. Window alarms are always a good idea as windows are a common entry method for burglars. Finally, the installation of CCTV monitoring camera systems are never a  bad idea, as they can help you make sure that nobody is tampering with or trying to enter your home at any time you feel like checking.

 

Little Known Facts about Safes

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For an item as ubiquitous and universal as safes, very few people know about their history, or the technical aspects of their construction. Here’s our primer on little known facts about safes.

The higher the price, the more quality the safe

While this equation isn’t always true with every kind of product, with safes it definitely is. The more expensive the safe is, the stronger it’s doors and body are, the thicker the metal is, and these safes contain materials that can blunt drills, cutting tools, and even disperse heat. Cheap safes, on the other hand, can be opened with the strike of a skilled hand – think about cost as a measure of how expensive the materials are, and with how much care they are constructed.

 

Safes should be Hidden

Make sure to conceal safes; by hiding it, any burglar will have to find it before even being able to attempt to enter it – making it even less likely that they will be able to steal from you. An even greater security tactic is to hide the safe in the floor or within a wall – this will cover up it’s weaker sides, and allow you to hide it in a way that most people wouldn’t be able to see.

 

The more inaccessible the safe is, the better it’s hidden

The most secure safes are the one’s that are hardest to access – any safes that are made invisible, or even inaccessible, requiring some kind of advanced exhumation are completely protected from the average thief. This is the best possible way of hiding a safe – however if it’s a safe you want regular access to, this strategy might prove inconvenient, if superiorly secure.

 

Safes can be cut

This is why adding additional layers of concealment is such a good strategy. Although a quality safe will be protected from the average criminal, if you’re handling something truly priceless, you may be dealing with a more advanced level of burglar. It’s worth it to bear in mind that even Diamonds and Steel can be cut with the right tools – so it’s important to keep your investments secure by not only investing in the highest quality safe, but by making it as hard to access as possible.

 

How Criminals can Break into Safes

We are all familiar with the cinematic trope of the burglar cracking the safe by using a stethoscope to listen for the clicks – this isn’t really that common. Most criminals aren’t lockpicking experts – they are mostly concerned with getting out of there as quickly as possible. The majority of thieves will steal the entire safe; the common approach to mitigate this risk is to bolt the safe directly to the floor. This should never be done,a s then the thief can use the floor’s leverage to pry open the door of the safe with a crowbar. Expensive safes made of strong material can be broken into using angle grinders or torches – advanced and uncommon equipment, but equipment that is surely out there in the world. Whether you have a safe in your hallway closet or in a bank, they are not completely impervious – making the importance of concealment and deterrents an even more pressing issue.

 

 

Pet Safety and Home Security

Keeping your Pets Secure

Home security doesn’t just relate to humans; it also affects our pets and animal friends. Not only is safety achieved by keeping people from breaking into your home, but it’s also achieved when certain things are kept inside your home. Different animals require different security strategies. In this blog post I’ll detail some of the essential aspects of securing your home for your pets.

 

Fences

Animals are often plucky and try to push what they are able to do. Depending on what kind of pet you have, they might try to escape with more gumption than others. It’s important to analyze the size and strength of your pet. The distance between any bars of fences needs to be wide enough and narrow enough that the animal can’t simply walk through it. It also needs to be high so that animals can’t jump over it. Horses, for example, can jump over fences. Gaps under fences are also a risk for any turtles, lizards, digging animals, or even cats that can dig or crawl under it. Build up the ground under fences to prevent this from happening. The fence needs to be constructed with the trends and size of your pet in your mind.

 

Gates

Gates need to be installed by keeping the weight, height, and mind of pets in mind – some pets can even open complicated gates. Pigs have  been known to do this. Large animals can bang into gates to try to open them; you’d be surprised how much strength they have. You need to get a strong and sturdy gate with a heavy duty lock – at the proper height, because if it’s too low, pets can go over it.

 

Animal Carriers and Animal Habitats

These enclosures need to be specifically sized and constructed according to the size and tendencies of your pet. You don’t want your pet to interpret it’s home as a small cage- but when you’re training a pet, using a carrier can be incredibly helpful. Kennels are a great transportation tool for pets while you’re on the road; however they should always be fasted firmly inside moving cars so that it doesn’t get banged around. Habitats are larger spaces for animals where they can run around. They operate as a self contained safe space for animals. You want to fill these with features specific for your pet – it needs toys, heat lamps, food sources, soft surfaces, or anything that you think will make it more comfortable. This provides the stability to ensure that your pet is comfortable and won’t try to run away.

 

Doggy Doors

If you want to get one of these, you need to make sure that they are large enough for the pet, but small enough that a human can’t get through it. Animals can squeeze – but you don’t want burglars to. If you want to install a doggy door in your front door, make sure to have a double sided deadbolt installed, just in case. Also, make sure to fence off any outdoor areas in your property to help protect your pets.

 

Leashes

Dogs are legally required to be on leashes when they are in public – they are great methods of training dogs, and allows them to run around and be active while also being safe. All animals can be trained to walk on leashes – even lizards and cats! The handling of the leash has to be done firmly and tenderly, making sure not to hurt the pet. Fabric or metallic leashes work, but fabric is a much better choice, as they are lighter and much less likely to hurt the animal. Contrary to popular belief, tying animals to things to keep them in place is never a good idea.

 

ID Collars

These are amazing tools. These ensure that if your  animal escapes your home that you will be able to recover them somehow. If somebody finds your pet, it’s wearing of an ID collar mitigates the chances of it being put up for adoption or simply kept. Identification can help anyone who finds your pet return them to you, or alert them of any medical needs for the animal. You want to make it as easy as possible for people to return your pet if it does manage to get out of the house. Have your name, and address clearly printed on the Identification collar to help them know exactly where to return it.

Expert Car Lockout Advice

Car lockouts happen pretty often; when it does happen, the most important thing to do is breath and think carefully about what you’re going to do. Once you feel somewhat more relaxed (or less panicked) ask yourself if you have a spare key. I hope you do have one. Having a spare key in these sort of situations can be a total lifesaver. If you don’t have one, remind yourself to make one after this is all over. If you do have one, simply grab it and you can be back on the road.

 

The majority of cars lock all the doors at once once the lock button on the keyfob is pressed, but sometimes only the driver’s side door locks, or the stick locks can even jam. Make sure to check all your car doors to make sure they’re truly locked. Then see if the trunk is open; if you have a hatchback, you can get into the main part of your car though the trunk. If this works for you, you’re very lucky indeed.

 

DIY Approaches

If none of the solutions I just listed work, you’re going to have to implement some creative solutions. Calling a car locksmith can certainly help, but I’ll talk about that later. Right now, you can attempt this simple and cheap solutions that can get you back in your car. First, analyze your surroundings, and see if you can obtain any tools (thin rigid metal pieces) that can allow you to break into your car or unlock it. If you don’t have anything like this (even a shoelace with a loop can suffice), you might have to go to the hardware store to pick up materials. DIY tips work better than one might assume – you just need the right equipment.

 

Calling for Professional Assistance

If DIY tips aren’t working, your car is very secure indeed. The best thing to do at this time is to call a professional locksmith who provides the best in line service. They can come firectly to your location, and even make you a spare key on the spot. They are experts in broken key extraction, and can perform services in seconds that might take much longer in DIY attempts. If time is of the essence, calling a professional locksmith is the best possible thing you can do to get back inside your vehicle.

 

Custom Tips

  • Keep key copies in the places that you’re at the most often. Have a car key copy at your house and at your workplace. This helps make it impossible for you to suffer a lockout at work or at home – it also helps if you’re on the road, but not far from either your home or your office.
  • Always give a close friend a spare key, as this is a great thing to do if you’re nearby that person’s home, and can save you the money or time it would take to attempt a DIY entry or call a locksmith.
  • Try wearing spare keys on your body – you can wear one as a necklace, integrating it into your favorite lightweight chain, or make sure that you keep it in a specific pocket. This ensures that even if you lose your original set of keys, that you’ll always have a spare set nearby your person.
  • Even if you have an electronic key fob, try opening your car manually every now and then to make sure it’s working correctly. By testing to see if the key is operating properly, you are eliminating the chances of getting locked out due to the combination of a low key fob battery and a slightly bent key (or in incidences of extreme temperature, the bulging or shrinking of the metal key.) This is especially important for owners of somewhat older vehicles that can suffer degradation of the internal lock mechanisms.

 

It’s always important to be prepared; with a backup plan you can get back on the road instantly, rather than be frustrated trying to figure out what to do. You never know when you’re going to suffer a lockout, but by following the tips that I illustrated in this article, getting locked out won’t cause you that much trouble, even when it happens.

Solo Living Security Primer

23 Security Tips for Single Living

Since the dawn of the 20th century, the amount of people living by themselves has steadily  increased. Living alone can be exciting, lonely, organized, hedonistic, and hermetic. However living alone comes with it’s own range of safety concerns. In this blog entry I’ll detail some of the most important tips that can be of value when you’re living by yourself.

 

Network

Make sure that your closest friends know your general routine, so that they notice when you’re not around or aren’t on your usual plan. If you let your friends know if you’re going to be away or if you’re unfortunately injured it’s basically creating a security net that can step in when things go wrong. People will check in on you – even if they just do so on the phone.

 

Consider getting a House Sitter

This can be someone who sleeps at your home when you’re away or stops by every now and then while you’re absent to check if everything is OK. This is a must if you have pets in the home that will be left unattended, as they need interaction and food. However long your house is occupied by a trustworthy person is just as long as it remains safe from burglars.

 

Close your Windows

Only leave windows open a crack if you need to leave an open window at night. The majority of criminals would prefer a quick and easy entry point; the majority of them would seize the opportunity to enter through an open window. If you’re keeping a window open, let it be right near where you’re sleeping – or as far from it as possible, depending on how scared you are about potential confrontation with the criminal. Otherwise, leave all your windows closed, especially when you’re not home.

 

Close your curtains at Night

At nighttime it’s really easy to see inside homes when the lights are on. You don’t want strangers to be able to look inside your house – they might spot valuables, get tempted on the spot, or start plotting a future break-in. Many criminals scout neighborhoods looking for signs of empty homes; meaning if you’re away, keeping your blinds closed are a must.

 

Keep track of who has your Keys, and Change your Locks

When you’re first moving into a place, make sure that all locks are changed; you never know what contractors the landlord has previously given keys to, and they might have copied them. Even if the previous tenant returned all their keys, you can never be too careful, so get your locks rekeyed. Many stores will copy keys regardless of any ‘do not copy’ warnings. Rekeying is the basic level of safety, and changing your locks completely is the conservative. You can choose.

 

Upgrade with Deadbolts

If your renter’s contract allows you to upgrade your locks, do so. By upgrading the core of your existing lock with a stronger mechanism with a deadbolt, your safety and security will increase exponentially. Upgrading locks is one of the simplest and most effective ways to up your home security levels.

 

Keep Track of all Spare Keys

Spare keys are a great way of preventing lockouts, but it’s important that you’re not careless with them. Bad places to leave spare keys are under mats or conspicuously placed rocks or statues. Trust us, burglars know to look for those items. By leaving a key unattended, you are increasing the chances that your home will be broken into. It’s smartest to leave your spare key with a close friend or neighbor.

 

Light Protection

Consider getting outdoor motion sensor lights. THis is great, because it draws attention to any weird activity happening outside your home at night. Also, as a general safety rule, make sure you keep flashlights with fresh batteries in your home in case of any blackouts or if the power gets cut.

 

Be private with your self-living status

This doesn’t mean become a social recluse, rather it simply means don’t constantly proclaim throughout the neighborhood that you live by yourself. It makes it much more likely that a criminal will overhear you and target you as a potential burglary victim. In apartment buildings, it’s wise to not have overt signs on display that refer to your living arrangement – for example on mailboxes or buzzers list your “Surname Residence” rather than just your full name. This way anyone inside your building won’t be able to know off the bat that you live in your apartment alone.

 

Adopt a Dog

There’s a reason dogs have a fantastic reputation as  guards. Dogs are both territorial and protective – they are basically like a roommate that’s always home. Having a dog in your home greatly decreases the chances that you’ll get broken into. Not only will it make you feel like you have companionship – but they will provide great protection at discouraging any criminals from messing with you – so if you have the time and responsibility level to take care of a dog, you should consider adopting one from an animal shelter. Never buy dogs at pet stores, as these procur animals from puppy mills that are run in horrible conditions, treating the dogs horribly.

Cold Weather Lock Tips

There’s no doubt about it – this is one of the coldest winters on record. Although we’ve gotten the odd pleasant day, I’m sure you’ve all noticed the nighttime lows – whether there’s frost on your windows or not. Did you know that dropping mercury poses a serious risk to your lock performance as well?

 

As your local Maryland lock experts, we at Top Locksmiths always work hard to provide our customers with the most accurate information regarding your home, business, or automobile lock. Here’s our brief science briefing to explain the effects of super cold temperatures to locks. Thermal expansion is the term that describes the movements of the molecules inside any object due to temperature change. If a metal object is heated, it will expand because it’s internal molecules are moving, expanding away from each other. The opposite is also true. When an object is exposed to super cold temperatures, the molecules will gather closer together and eventually stop moving, causing the object to contract or shrink.

 

Because of the expansion and contraction of molecules, your locks may have been treated rough by the weather lately., You may have noticed locks sticking or posing trouble when you’re trying to turn them. Locks can freeze overnight (or on particularly cold days) because of any condensation or internal moisture. When this moisture freezes onto the tumbler, it can make it impossible to use a key inside the lock. You don’t want to try to force the lock open, because that’s likely to cause even more damage. You can call your trustworthy local Maryland locksmiths, who will be there in a jiffy to assist you, or you can try these tips:

 

  1. Use WD-40 or a de-icer to melt any ice around the lock. Spray in WD40 as a lubricant. Always be sure to have these items handy.
  2. Try using a lighter to heat up your key before putting it in the lock – don’t hold the flame directly onto it, but rather slightly below it. This might require a few attempts to work, but if it does it will melt any ice that’s sealed onto the lock tumblers.
  3. Try dipping your key in Vaseline and turning it in the lock – this might need some repeat attempts, but can be an excellent lubrication method on short term notice.
  4. You can pre-treat your locks with antifreeze to prevent it from being frozen in advance.
  5. Don’t ever pour hot water on a lock because it’s only going to increase the internal moisture already present and cause even more extreme freezing problems when the temperature drops in the future.

We hope that these tips serve you well in taking care of your locks during these winter months.

 

Safety Barricades

Due to the macabre increase in school based invasions and shootings, there has been a national demand for schools to increase their security and safety features. A strifeful debate has emerged between parents who demand barricade devices should be placed inside schools and administrators who protest this addition. Barricades offer a fantastic secondary line of defense for schools or other institutions in the case of active shooters, and have the potential to save many lives if they are used correctly.

 

Barricades are available in many kinds of sizes and shapes – from compact locks that bolt directly into the floor to wide bars that run along the center of the door. These locks are made custom to be used in the event of crisis in order to protectively seal doors. For example, a barricade could bar a hinge from being able to expand, sealing the door shut, while another can insert heavy bolts into the ground, providing another layer of solid protection. Another design barricades across the entire doors center and bolts into the wall.

 

Some officials protest the wide installation of barricades in classrooms because they are afraid that they will be misused- with the argument that if used incorrectly, barricades could cause more negative than good impacts. The primary worry is that in the event of a fire or natural disaster, barricades could potentially trap people inside the building, preventing their ability to safely escape. Another possibility is the chance of an active shooter barricading themselves inside a locked classroom and causing more harm than they would be able to otherwise if the students weren’t barricaded inside.

 

Although these official concerns have valid logic, there’s no use in trying to imply that they trump the security benefits barricades add to students and workers inside schools – not to mention the psychological impact of barricades putting forward a sense of ease and security to both children and teachers who know that, in case there is a problem, they can simply stay in the classroom and be protected. What do you think?

 

Guide to Home Security Hardware

Everyone wants a life free from the risk of burglary or home invasion. At this point in 2016, years of labor have been spent perfecting the various types of security hardware that can protect your home. No amount of well-wishing or camouflaging can replace the essentials of home security, and there’s a wide range of devices that can give you the security you need – from cameras and alarms to keypad locks and biometric scanners. In this blog entry I’ll provide some detail to the various types of security hardware and illustrate some of their benefits and drawbacks.

 

Keypad Locks

Safeguarding your home has never been easier – with the wide range of technological advancements made in recent years, your family and business can enjoy heightened security, and you can rest soundly. A fantastic tool to ensure the security of your home is a keypad lock. This will prevent any possibility of the lock getting bumped or picked, since these common break-in methods don’t work on these kinds of these keyless locks.

Pros of Keypads

The chief advantage of these locks is that they are 100% bump proof. By using a keypad lock, you can drop the need of having to carry keys everywhere with you, kindly replaced by advanced technology. Simply come up with your own numerical code and you can enter your home easily after entering in the code that you choose. This high end technology is a top choice for major businesses and institutions to protect their own assets.

Cons of Keypads

The biggest disadvantage of using a keypad is that the code can easily be given to other people – this is a risk with children or employees who have access to the code. Another possibility is that burglars can videotape or watch the code from your hand gestures – this can be avoided by employing two keyless locks – like a biometric scanner pared with a keypad.

 

Home Security Control Panels

There’s many makes and designs for home security control panels that you can choose – they operate as the central communicator and control port for home security systems. This hardware is used in homes as well as businesses, banks, or government institutions. By uniformly controlling alarms, lights, locks and all other systems, control panels ensure that all systems are working in check to avoid any anomalies that might pop up. Many control panels feature sirens and alarms to maintain the private security of any users.

 

Alarm Sirens

This system sounds a loud alarm in the event of any detected forced entry within the vicinity of the system – many alarm sirens are wired through control panels, but you can also instal seperate ones that run on their own.

 

Heat Sensors

Most people have smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. For those who want to be extra careful to avoid any sort of fire, a heat-detector would be a great pairing with an existing smoke detector. It can quickly and accurately pick up great fluctuations in heat within your home or business (stoves won’t set it off) and automatically sends notification to local firefighters for immediate response. Freeze sensors help monitor the coldness level in a space – in case a window breaks during a snowstorm and you want to be notified so that you can avoid property damage.

 

Flood Detector

Floods can cause massive property damage. If your home or business is in a flood risk zone, it may pay to install flood detectors in specifically vulnerable areas of your space – This device will notify you if it detects great moisture fluctuations in that area, giving you advanced warning of a flood or leak so that you can minimize any possible property damages.

 

Outdoor Wireless Cameras

Home motoring shouldn’t be relegated to only the inside of the house. By monitoring any outdoor activities, surveillance cameras can catch, record – as well as discourage any attempted entry – any shifty behavior from trespassers – this can both work to help alert you in safe advance, as well as recording proof to verify damages with any insurance companies after a crime.

 

Indoor cameras

Many of these cameras are installed via wireless internet connection and allow you to hook into a live camera feed so that you can monitor the inside of your home using your cell phone. Even if you’re hundreds of miles away, you can have a real-time view into your home, allowing you to catch any potential burglars in the at. Since most home invasion crimes occur when inhabitants are on vacation, it’s wise to install indoor cameras to avoid any of these sort of problems.

Brief History of Locksmiths

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Just as soon as humans assigned importance and value to material objects, they realized the need to keep these objects safe, secure, and protected. This cultural and monetary need allowed for the advent of the invention of locks and keys. The profession of locksmiths, master of the arts of designing, creating, and installing locks and keys, is one of the earliest forms of engineering of security devices and instruments or history.

Beginnings of Locksmiths

In Ancient Babylon and Egypt, around 4000 years ago, locksmiths created wooden tools that utilized the essential principles of pin tumblrs to prevent free movement of the large wooden bar that would hold doors shut. The pins could only be shifted with the use of a very large wooden key (which was made in the shape of a modern toothbrush) that was placed inside the lock and moved upwards, unlocking the door. One of these ancient locks was discovered in an excavation site of the Assyrian Empire, in Khorsabad City near the biblical city of Nineveh. This lock is estimated to have been created around the year 704 BC.

Medieval Metalwork

The origins of locksmithing can be linked to the profession of blacksmithing. Blacksmiths are engineers that work with metallurgy, forging devices out of steel and iron. During the Middle Ages, blacksmiths were tasked with military manufacturing- making tools of war (weaponry, defense items) for their monarch and leaders. As time passed, some blacksmiths with great skill regarding locks and keys decided to specialize in such – this is when locksmithing, as a specific profession, was born. Locksmiths were skilled metalworkers, blessed with the knowledge of shaping metal to their choosing, and the ability to create by hand a wide variety of original pieces to be included in keys, locks – or tools for filing keys and locks.

Industrial Perfection

As the industrial revolution occurred, locksmiths became a absolutely priceless and necessary fixture in society.  After advanced metallurgy was mastered, locks and keys were created to be much more durable and lasting. Many locksmiths were able to customize, and improve on, designs that hadn’t been changed for countless generations, ages. As industrial mass production became mastered, the field of locksmithing began to change. Cheaply manufactured industrial locks took away the business from skilled individual artisans – splitting the profession into three fields – those who repair industrial locks (twiddling with individual pieces or repairing aspects of factory manufactured locks, those who copy keys for civilians who need more of them for personal use, and those who are contracted out for large security companies who design and manufacture massive security vaults for banks, museums, and governments.

Today, most locksmiths work out of a shop – a central studio where they complete all or most of their work. They utilize hardware meant to interact with doors – hinges, frame repairs, closers, etc) as well as making customized security layers for institutions (creating many layers of locks that protect against forced entry,) or work in specialty fields – such as forensic locksmithing (those who determine methods of entry for police investigations,) or automobile lock experts, who specialize in designing and repairing car locks. It’s pretty amazing to consider how much variety, skill, and expertise exists in locksmithing today – it’s been a long ride since Ancient Assyria, but locksmiths remain a necessary staple of any functioning society.

The Top Places to Hide Spare House Keys (and where you should NEVER hide them)

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Keeping a spare house key can be very convenient in case you misplace your main set of keys. Convenience is good – we can all agree on that. However, you might want to ask yourself if the hiding place where you’re placing your spare key is too convenient, meaning that it can be easily found by any criminal or burglar. Please, don’t sacrifice the safety of your home or business for convenience. The last thing that you want is for a criminal to find the spare and easily enter your home whenever they choose. Here’s the best (and worst) places to secure your spare keys.

Best Places to Leave Spare Keys

With a trusted Neighbor or Friend

Your neighbors are fantastic allies to help prevent burglaries. Give your neighbor your spare key. Make sure there’s no information printed on the key that’s linked to your home address. This is one of the most secure spots that you can hide your keys at, as it’s safe inside someone else’s house. However it’s not the most convenient, as you’re going to need to be able to get in contact with the neighbor if you need the key at the spur of the moment.

In a magnetized lock box placed under your car.

The wide majority of burglaries occur during the day, from 10am to 3pm – usually when people are at work. Try hiding your spare key in a magnetized lockable box that’s stuck to the underside of your car. That way, when you’re away from home with your car, so is the spare key.

Under a dog house.

Burglars loathe dogs. The natural protective instincts (and fantastic sense of detective level smell) in dogs have made them an ideal guarding companion for generations of humans. No sane burglar is going to want to go near any sort of dog house. By utilizing the deterrent nature of this fact, you can hide your spare key under the dog house to evade the possibility of it being picked up by a criminal.

Fake Sprinkler

The competent alternative to a fake rock, a fake sprinkler system looks exactly like a real one, and can match any real one already at your house to look like a part of a functioning system. It’s rare that any burglar would assume to look here.

 

Worst places to leave Spare Keys

Wallet

This is such an awful spot to keep your spare keys. If your wallet is lost or stolen, anyone who finds it can likely find your home address (often on driving licences) as well as a key to enter your house as smoothly as you ever do when you come home from work. Simply put: Don’t. Do. It.

Under your Welcome Mat

This is the very very very very stupid mistake that people do, over and over again. Don’t hide your key here. Ever. We promise, this is the first spot that everyone looks.

Under a fake rock.

OK. We don’t understand why these fake rocks are continued to be made. They almost never look real, and stand out like a sore thumb in an otherwise bare lawn or facade. Burglars love these fake rocks.

Under a flower pot right by your door

Again, the convenience that this spot poses to you, can be equally enjoyed by a burglar, who will be extremely happy about how easy and quickly they can enter your home.