Losing our keys is something that most of us have done at some point. Often, they are just down the back of the sofa, but sometimes their disappearance is more sinister. But there are plenty of ways of keeping your keys safe and finding them if they do get lost.
It’s a feeling that many of us will know – that rising sense of panic when your house or car keys aren’t where you think they were – be that in your pocket, handbag or on a table. With 37% of homeowners admitting to losing at least one set of house keys in their lifetime, it shows it is a common occurrence. But there are numerous things you can do to avoid losing your keys – here are our top tips on how.
Key trackers are small devices that fit onto your keyring. Today, they are generally paired with smartphones to enable the user to track where their keys are. So if you have misplaced your keys, you can go through the app and get the tracker to emit an alarm so you can hunt it down.
Generally, these have a range of up to about 100 metres so if you have misplaced them in your home or workplace you will easily be able to find it.
Amazon Tile is one of the biggest names in this market. This device can fit to your keyring, purse or anything else you keep your keys in. Not only will it play a tune if you have misplaced your keys, it can also track and pinpoint previous locations they have been in. In addition, if you report your keys missing to the Tile community and if it is nearby one of the 5 million plus Tile users, they can report the location to you.
Prices for Amazon Tile start at £19.99 for the basic Tile Mate.
Chipolo is another well-known name in the key tracker market and its products work in much the same was as the Amazon ones, and cost roughly the same too.
There are now a wide range of key trackers available on the market, with a similarly wide range of prices and specs but they all perform the same basic function. A quick internet search will bring these up.
But there are plenty of other more traditional low-tech ways to keep your keys safe too.
One of the easiest ways to make sure you know where your keys are is to keep them in a specific place in your house. For instance, you could keep them on a set of hooks or in a decorative bowl. Get into the habit of putting them on the hook in or in the bowl when you get home, and it means that you won’t have the problem of scrabbling around trying to find them at a later point.
A word of warning through – if you do go for this method, make sure the hooks or bowl your use isn’t close to or can be seen through the front or back doors – if they are this could make them attractive to burglars. Things like fishing, where the burglar feeds a rod or something like that through a door with a hook on the end to hook the keys with, are still common in the UK. Keep them somewhere out of sight of prying eyes.
One reason keys can be difficult to find is if they are dull in colour. If this is the case, then try painting them with glow-in-the-dark paint. Not only does this make them easy to see in the dark, but they can’t be missed in the daytime either!
Adding things like brightly coloured fluffy charms or pictures of family or novelty items to a keyring can also help them to stand out around the house. They also make them easier to identify, so if they do get lost while you are out and about and are handed in to a shop manager or the police you can easily describe what they look like to prove they are your own.
On the hook
Another low-cost way of keeping keys safe, especially when you are out and about, is to clip them to a belt or bag hook.
These hooks, usually made of metal, are hard-wearing and offer great security as they can be screwed shut and are therefore difficult to break and aren’t easy to open without being seen or felt by the wearer. They are available in a range of sizes, shapes and colours so they can be matched with a bag or outfit so they can barely be seen, if at all.
A common way for keys to be stolen while people are out and about is by pickpockets diving into open bags or wide pockets and snatching them. It might sound obvious but keeping keys in a zipped pocket in a handbag, or a zipped or poppered pocket in trousers or a coat makes things much more difficult for any would-be thief – yet many people still don’t do this. Keeping them zipped up also means the keys cannot accidentally fall out of a pocket or bag, which is easily done and often not noticed at the time.
If you have lost your keys but none of the above tips have worked to find them, then you will need to replace them. If you live in Peterborough or the surrounding area, give Inta-lock Locksmiths a call; one of our qualified professionals will be able to come out to your home or business and cut new keys for you while you wait, thanks to the specialist equipment they carry with them in their vans. Inta-lock Locksmiths in Peterborough offer prices that are competitive with any other locksmith in the area. For more information and to book a locksmith to come out to you.