Five Ways to Keep Track of Your Keys
Last year, the Telegraph released a report stating that each and every year wanton thieves access empty homes using poorly hidden spare keys. Duly, whether you choose to hide your key under a well-placed plant pot or behind an inconspicuous (yet somehow overtly conspicuous) garden gnome; you could be leaving your home open to the wrong kind of access. In fact, it’s thought that almost a third of us leave a ‘hidden’ key somewhere on our property. So, with this in mind, what else can we do to keep our keys safe and secure?
Try a Tracking Device
Wireless key finders are compact and affordable tracking devices that can be effortlessly attached to your keys. No bigger than a standard keychain, they are easy to use and can be linked to your Smartphone or android via Bluetooth. Simply download an app that connects to your key finder and – hey presto! You can keep track of your keys, from the back of the sofa to the fridge. In fact, many key finders now have a two way finding feature, whereby you can locate your phone through the finder as well as your keys – perfect for the forgetful!
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To ensure that care of your keys becomes habitual, craft a key routine and stick to it. Try placing a decorative bowl or brightly coloured hook by the front (and back) door, to present a perfect spot to leave your keys when you get home. This will encourage you to put your keys where they belong each and every day and over time, it will become second nature. It will also make your set easier to find in a state of panic – like getting the kids off to school on time!
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Decorate and Accentuate
Why not add a bold and bright accessory to your keys to make them easier and quicker to find. From fluffy pom-poms (very now) to good luck charms and pictures of loved ones – there’s myriad ways to liven up your set. All you need to do is find what works for you! Not only will it make your keys hard to misplace but it will allow you an opportunity to express personal character and to have fun with something that is otherwise pretty boring. Remember; try to choose something that is easy to hold, with some weight to it, for added effect.
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Use a Belt or Bag Hook
In terms of accessories; it may be that you choose to add a colourful, long loop to your keys that will help you to locate and lift them. Alternatively, you could go as far as acquiring a belt hook or carabiner clip that you can attach to your own person or bag. Both a hook and clip will work exceedingly well to keep your keys safe on the move or at the gym. Plus, durable carabiner clips can be found in a variety of shapes and colours – perfect to mix and match as required!
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Entrust a Friend
If you tend to misplace your keys a lot, you may want to consider leaving a spare set with a trusted neighbour, a good friend or perhaps even nearby family. After all, this is always good insurance against an emergency or crisis – but be sure to fully trust the individual you choose to depend on.
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