Picture this: You left the house in a hurry this morning. In the middle of the day, you get a call from your grandfather telling you that he accidentally locked himself out. You rush back home and as you put your hand in the pocket to take out the keys, you realize it’s not there.
You pat all your pockets and then remember that you left the keys on the side table. As a result, the two of you are standing on the porch trying to figure out how to get into your house. The only way to open the door is to call a locksmith and until he arrives, you and your grandfather are practically stranded on the sidewalk.
Has this ever happened to you? With a senior living in your house, you will likely encounter something similar. Older adults tend to be a little forgetful, and things like this happen to everyone all too often.
Gone are the days when people used to leave their house keys under a pot or mat or buried in the soil. Today, these tactics practically lay down a “WELCOME” mat for burglars. So, what can you do?
Get a key safe!
What Is a Key Safe?
A key safe is a box that requires a combination lock number key to open. It is a small box in which you can store important keys, such as for the front and back door. The best thing about a key safe is that it presents a secure option to store your house key other than placing it “under the pot”.
The box is usually made from a strong metal alloy. Some boxes are fixed into the wall and others are bolted. It has a weather-resistant cover, which prevents the box from rusting. You can also attach it to your alarm system to prevent anyone from tampering with the box.
The question now is — what is the best place to put a key safe?
Some people think that having a key safe is actually a problem because it clears the pathway for the burglar to enter the house easily. The key safe is right there for everyone to see, so why wouldn’t someone try their luck to break it, right? We beg to differ!
Let’s assume that your neighbor has a key safe. Before you install yours in the same location, ask yourself:
- Can the key safe be seen from afar, while you are standing on the opposite side of the street?
- Is it installed near the door?
- Do you have a clear view of it, at eye level?
- Can the box be recognized as a key safe?
If you answered “yes” to all these questions then you need to install your key safe in some other place.
Now, to answer the question of the best location, there are two things you need to consider:
- A blind spot for the key safe.
- An open location so others can notice if an unknown someone is tampering with the key safe.
You can hide the key safe in such a way that its view is obstructed by a mailbox, drainpipe, window box, or plants. The main thing to remember here is that the key box should be in a location where it is not easily seen but if someone is trying to tamper with it, they will have a hard time. If you do happen to arrive at the right time, you will immediately see the perp.
Hide it Well – The Best Place to Put a Key Safe
Here are a couple of ideas on where you can hide the key safe:
This will remove the key safe from eye level. You can bolt the box to the base of the porch railing and then hide it behind potted plants.
This will put the box in a discreet place and it will be extremely hard to find. Moreover, if you see someone crouching down, you will immediately know that someone is trying to break into your house.
Beside the Wall-Mounted Mail Box
If you want to hide the key safe in plain sight and still want to fool a burglar, then you need to take an artistic approach. Hang potted plants beside the main door, mount the mailbox, and install a shelf for knick-knacks.
You can install the key safe in all this décor and hide it in plain view. You can make the shelves big and bolt the key safe to an exterior wall, and then cover it with colorful pots.
Disguise It as a Garage Door Opener
If you have a garage, then its switch box will make a great hiding place. What you can do is buy a simple-looking key safe that has a switch box feel to it.
Most burglars like to enter through the windows and back door. With the doors secure and the alarm system in place, the burglar will not think about looking at the box mounted on the wall beside the garage door.
When choosing a security access code for the key safe, go for a 6 digit combination. Most people like to keep it simple with 4 digits so that they can easily remember it.
However, this doesn’t present a challenge for burglars. If you are out of the house for a long time, chances are that the burglar might be successful in figuring out the code.
In conclusion, we would like to say that a key safe is a great backup plan when you have a senior living in the house. It will give you the peace of mind that if they forget their keys in the house or lose it, the safe box will come to the rescue.
All you have to do is find a secure and secret place that will keep the key safe away from plain sight and you will no longer have to wait for a locksmith to help you break in your own house. Make sure everyone can rest easy by employing this easy solution yet keeping your home safe and sound