I came across this post that came from Schlage.com’s News and Events page called, Locked Out In St. Louis. It says, “In St. Louis, many residents are getting locked out of their homes and they’re also out of luck when it comes to finding a hidden emergency key to get in, according to a new “Key Hiding Habits” [The “Key Hiding Habits” public opinion survey was conducted by Russell Research an independent survey research firm, on behalf of Schlage.] survey of local residents.” The survey shows the percentage of people in St. Louis that get locked out in one year and also how many times per year, and a few funny surveys like men vs. women – who holds more keys, who’s more likely to hold a mystery key and where the traditional hiding spot of the spare key would be. I have to admit I laughed a little through the men vs. women surveys.
Getting locked out of the house happens more than one might think. According to the survey, over the past 12 months, 1/4 of those polled have been locked out at lease one time, 12 percent have been locked out twice and 9 percent have been locked out over 5 times! It says that some of the home owners hide an emergency key around the house to prevent this, but out of those that do, 20 percent indicated they forgot where they had hidden the key – and that could lead to another lock out situation.
“A Lost Key can be a real problem for homeowners, especially if they have children who need to gain entrance to the home after school or activities, or if homeowners need to provide access to anyone else while they’re not home,” said Chris DeSchamp, Schlage Portfolio Leader, Electronic Security. “instead of hiding a key and hoping it can be found, a safe easy solution is to upgrade to an electronic keypad lock. It can be installed in just minutes and solves security headaches for families.”
This next part of the survey is the percentage of people and where they find their lost keys. 58 percent of women most often find the lost keys in their purse. I am guilty of this, and it’s been more than once for sure. Can you guess where the men most likely find missing keys? 18 percent – in their pocket, 17 percent – in a drawer, and 15 percent – in their car.
Men vs. Women:
On an average, men carry more keys than women. Almost all respondents say they carry multiple keys.
1/5 of the respondents carry at least one key they don’t even use. Men were more likely than women to carry the useless mystery key.
Where do you think most people would hide their emergency key when growing up? 1/2 of respondents remember the hidden spare key and where they hid it. Most often were hidden under a flowerpot, doormat, bush or inside a fake rock. A good side note to all of you would be not to use any of these hiding spots.