Originally Posted by CPanther95
Thieves are easy to fool.
I hide a key under the doormat - but then I leave the door unlocked. That way when the thief finds the key and uses it, he ends up locking the door instead of unlocking it.
LOL...that works right up until he turns the key the opposite way...
You might catch him off guard if you put the lock cyliner in upside down so you have to turn it toward the door frame to unlock it, but a good theif would check the door before fussing with a key or trying to break in.
Honestly, it's probably irrelevent if your locks are more than a few years old since a bump key would get the guy in as fast as you could with your own key.
Originally Posted by keenan
Or don't use a key at all, rather something like this, I have one and never use the key to get in my front door.
In my case, I almost never go in my front door when I've been out somewhere. The only time I open the door is a) to go out to water the flowers in the front garden b) check the mail (it's on the front of the house since it's a walking route, so I can't stop and get it when I drive in) c) get some fresh air or d) when the power is out and I can't open the garage door.
The last one is the only time I actually need the key. Any other time, the door stays open until I'm back inside. When I don't have the inside door open to circulate air via the storm screen, the door stays shut and deadbolted - which is something any cop would recommend.