A new survey carried out by Keytek® Locksmiths has revealed that more than 20% of us are still keeping up the old tradition of leaving a spare set of keys hidden in the garden. Survey participants across the UK revealed that despite years of being advised by the police and government against it, many will still leave their keys in a somewhat easily discovered hiding place. According to Tesco Compare 73% of burglars will use doors to gain entry into a property, therefore by leaving a key under the plant pot or the welcome mat, you will potentially leave your home vulnerable to a break-in and it is definitely an enticing invitation for the average burglar.
Considering this is only a small percentage of the population, it is still alarming that 20% of Britons will still leave their keys in what they feel is a secure hiding place at the risk of invalidating their home insurance by leaving their home vulnerable to a break-in; 2% said they keep a key under a plant pot, 6% under a mat, 7% elsewhere in the garden and 6% in the garage or shed. This is something that home insurers generally advise against. The AA insurance website clearly states this as a warning to all homeowners as part of their security tips, “Don’t hide a spare key outside as burglars know where to look.”
As well as exposing that a significant proportion of homeowners still hide their keys in the garden, the survey also revealed that 44% of people actually keep their spare set of keys with a neighbour; this gives an interesting new outlook on recent debate on whether modern Britons do actually know their neighbours.
Surprisingly only a small percentage of survey participants said that they use a Key Safe to store their spare set of keys. For a relatively small cost it is advisable to have a Key Safe fitted to the outside of your home by a 24 hour locksmiths. A Key Safe is a secure box where you can safely and securely store your keys without having to rely on a neighbour or family member to look after them.