If you want to make sure that you are never locking yourself out of the house again, you will want to check out the following three unique places for hiding a spare key. This way, you will only have to resort to calling a locksmith for true emergencies, such as broken keys in the locks.
Under The House Siding
Take a look around the side or back of your house. Is there a small section of siding that you are able to slightly lift out away from the house? It just has to be a big enough of an opening to slide a key into. Just make sure that you are not pushing the key back too far, as it will be too difficult to retrieve when you need to use it.
Under A Rock
Do not simply stick your spare key under the rock, right on top of the ground. Your spare key is likely to get lost or ruined that way. A great thing to do is to slip your spare key into a prescription medication bottle. Super glue the top of its lid to a rock with a flat bottom and then screw the bottle back onto the lid. You can then dig a small hole that is big enough to fit the bottle when the rock is placed back onto the ground. This keeps your key hidden and safe from moisture damage.
Under A False Bottom In Your Mailbox
Do you have a mailbox that attaches to the side of your house? You simply do not want to just throw your key into the box because it can be easily spotted by other people. Instead, you will want to create a false bottom with a piece of thin sheet metal that you cut to size. Just make sure that you are keeping the size of your false bottom slightly smaller than the actually dimensions of the mailbox. This way, you will be able to stick something in along the sides to pull up the false bottom. Once you have this ready to go, place your key flat along the bottom of the mail box, without any keyring attached, and then gently lay the false bottom in place.
With all of those ideas in mind, you should have no trouble coming up with the perfect spot to hide your spare house key. Just make sure that you are letting everyone in the family know where the key is now hidden and to never tell another person.
For more help with locks and keys, contact a locksmith such as Lincoln Lock & Safe.