Gnome security


Keys hidden in predictable nooks and crannies make a fifth of homes an easy target for burglars.

Despite leaving a key to the door close by, 45 per cent of people surveyed were unsure as to whether their chosen spot was actually safe or a good idea.

Yale, found nearly a quarter of the 2,000 homeowners studied didn’t actually feel their local area was safe and a third had reason not to trust their neighbours.

David Herbert, Head of Marketing for Yale said: ‘’There’s a long-honoured tradition of hiding a key under the mat and it’s something many of us still do in this country. 

‘’The range of quirky hiding spots shows plenty of imagination goes into choosing a place for our spare keys but it still means that properties could potentially be exposed rather easily.

‘’It’s always worth considering how good a hiding spot is or if there’s a better way of providing easy access to those who need it, without taking risks.

‘’Whether it’s reassessing the choice of hiding spot or keeping track of just how many spare keys to your home are out there or even having great neighbours you can trust one with, taking measures to ensure peace of mind around your home is important.’’

 ‘’It’s so easy to get keys cut and handed out and, whether it’s family members, neighbours or even previous tenants, it’s hard to keep track of how many people actually have easy access to your home.

‘’Taking steps to consider your home security and whether it’s as good as it could be can help to ensure that the only people with access to your property are family or friends, not opportunistic criminals.”


1. Under a plant pot
2. Under a brick
3. Under the front door mat
4. Under a statue
5. In the garden shed
6. In a flower bed
7. In the garage
8. In a nook in the garden wall
9. In a tree
10. The door frame