Here’s a scary statistic: according to a new survey by Keytek Locksmiths, over 20% of Britons still leave a spare key to their home in their front or back garden.
Many of the people surveyed admitted that they still keep a spare key in an easily discovered spot. 2% even admitted that they kept their spare keys under a plant pot, and 6% under a mat.
What many homeowners aren’t aware of is that should a burglar find the key and enter your home, your home insurance will be invalidated.
Alternatives to keeping that spare set of keys in the garden include leaving a key with a neighbour (as 44% of the people surveyed apparently do) or nearby friend/family member, or having a locksmith install a safebox outside your home.