How To Keep Your Car Keys Safe When Visiting The Beach
We've compiled a short list of great tips to keep your car keys safe at the beach.
Even though you can leave valuables back at home, you will still need to find a way to hide your car keys from opportunistic thieves after you have driven to the beach.
Moreover, being a local doesn't mean anything to burglars. In the worst-case scenario, you can even be robbed by a fellow beachgoer.
If you are worried about what to do with your car keys, we've compiled a list of valuable tips:
1. Keep Them With You
Possibly the best option of protecting your car key while enjoying the beach is to keep it on you. The only risk is that it could come off and end up lost in the water.
Invest in a Surfer Key
If your car keys are 100 percent electronic, it's not a good idea to get them to the waves - water and electronics don't mix. A surfer key is a simple mechanical version of your car key that can get wet while enjoying the beach. You safely keep the electronic key fob inside the car and enjoy the beach, then unlock your car with the surfer key to retrieve your complete set.
Swimwear with Zipped Pockets
It is worth investing in a bathing suit with pockets, or even better, waterproof pockets. If you have standard zipped pockets and are worried about your keys, put them into a small zip-lock bag and then secure them in your pocket.
Wearable, Waterproof Key Containers
If you're still using the traditional combined door and ignition key, you may try putting it inside a waterproof case. There are a variety of products available.
2. Hide Your Car Keys
There are many options and products on how to hide your keys safely. Just remember, thieves know the most common hiding spots, so be cautious and imaginative.
Key Hiding Products
One option is a magnetic box (often known as a hide-a-key box) that will securely attach itself to part of the vehicle, typically beneath the car.
Just remember that you should never hide your car keys under the bumper or wheel - thieves know the trick, or they might have spotted you doing it.
Re-Use Empty Containers
If you are heading to the beach, one essential that you will need is sunscreen. A clever tip for hiding your car keys and other small valuables is to store them inside an old sunscreen bottle or container. Don't forget to clean it out first. Nobody would think twice about looking into a sunscreen container left on a towel.
Hide Them Under a Rock or Towel
If the previous options are not valid, take the risk.
Hiding your car keys when you're out in the water is the least safe option, but it could work in a remote location. You can bury them in the sand or camouflage them under a plastic bag, towel, or rock. There are also fake rocks custom-designed to hide your keys. (add link and pictures)
Ideally, you should be able to spot your car keys from the waves to make sure no one steals them.
3. Leave Them with Someone You Trust
It may not always be an available option, but it is the safest.
The most trustworthy choice is to give your car key to a friend, girlfriend, or boyfriend that might be nearby while you get your share of waves.
If they're enjoying the sun at the beach, they'll undoubtedly do it for you.
If you're enjoying yourself at your local beach, try your luck at the nearest seaside coffee shop, surf shop, or restaurant.
Ask them to keep your car keys in a secured place while you have fun. After all, a loyal customer deserves a special treat. It's a win-win situation.
Arriving at the beach with your car on a beautiful day and having no idea what to do with your keys can be disheartening.
You can hide your car key in various locations, including in the water with you, in your car, and in different places around your area.
Whichever option you chose, remember that the more secure you feel about your decision, the more enjoyable your time in the water will be.
Stay safe out there!