If you’re the kind of person who leaves a key under a potted plant or a rock in the yard because you’re afraid you’re going to lock yourself out of the house, a key lock box may be a smarter home security move. As clever as we’d like to think we are with our hide-a-key gadgets, real burglars know all the spots, and chances are your hide-away isn’t as unique as you think.
Instead of chancing that someone could find your hidden key, why not just install a key lock box?
For example, the Master Lock Select Access Wall-Mounted Key Storage Box can be mounted to any wall, indoors or out (it’s supposed to be weather-resistant and rust-proof), and it can hold up to five keys. You get to choose the combination when you first program it, so you can pick something you can remember.
The sturdy key lock box should hold up against some manipulation, but it’s probably a good idea to put it in a spot that is visible from the street, the neighbors’ yards, etc. Burglars are less likely to futz with something if they’re out in the open and likely to be seen.
Alternately, you could just use this lock box in the garage to keep car keys safe. Many a parent has kept their teenage children from “borrowing” the car by securing the keys behind a combination lock!
This particular key lock box is available at Amazon for less than $35: