Spare keys are very handy. They are used in case of emergencies, or when you lock yourself out of your home. However, for them to be most effective you want to keep your keys and lock box in a well hidden spot.

Hidden keys should not be in a place where thieves will want to look. Don't place them in hide-a-rocks, above doorways, or under mats. You do not want to risk the safety of your home and family.The best option for keeping your spare keys safe is to put them in a lock box. A lock box is a great option because your key will be locked away in a box. A thief can't just lift up a potted plant and have your key.

Lock boxes can fit one key or be made to fit more. They come in a variety of sizes. Lock boxes can also come in different colors so you can hide them more effectively in different areas of your home.

You can actually mount a lock box to your home as an additional safety measure. This is not a bad option, since it ensures that a thief can't take the box with them and try to open it later. Wall-mounted lock boxes can still be placed in well-hidden areas around your home.

Lock boxes might also have combination or key locks. A combination lock is the more sensible option. When you have a combination lock you can change the combination every so often. That way you are in control of who has access to your spare keys at all times. If you don't want someone to have access any more all you have to do is change the combination.

If you are worried about people breaking in to your home because they have duplicate keys, try using bonded keys instead. Bonded keys are keys that cannot be duplicated. When going with bonded keys, brand names, such as Medeco, offer much better home security options.