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Is DH U or am I paranoid? Locking doors at night

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Spiderpigspiderpig Sun 28-Aug-16 23:00:54

We live in a bungalow. Front door and back door are on the left of the building and are opposite each other... Hallway & kitchen between them. We have another external door at the back on far right handside of building in ds room. So 2 rear external doors & 1 front one. The one in ds room is closest to all of the other bedrooms.

Before be Dh prefers to lock all door and hang keys up in kitchen.

I prefer to lock doors but leave all keys in locks.

His argument is that a burgular will smash a window and reach the key, so it's not safe to do this.

My argument is that if there's a fire we'll be trapped in the house as we won't be able to get to keys. Our windows don't open enough to climb through.

Who is bu?

Spiderpigspiderpig Sun 28-Aug-16 23:01:28

*before bed

VimFuego101 Sun 28-Aug-16 23:02:46

I'd agree with your DH tbh - don't leave your keys anywhere they could be reached if someone smashed the window. Could you keep a spare set by your bed?

gingerboy1912 Sun 28-Aug-16 23:03:58

Keys removed from locks as I agree with your Dh but a spare set left somewhere that you can get to if needed. We have spare keys on window sill on the top of the stairs window which we don't use but they are there for emergencies and then the main sets that we use day to day are in the kitchen.

Lapinlapin Sun 28-Aug-16 23:04:03

I'm with you. I like to know I can get out the house easily. Having all 3 keys in one place doesn't sound good to me. I suppose you could compromise by putting a hook near each door and hanging the relevant key on it?

Squabblesallaround Sun 28-Aug-16 23:05:15

I'm with your DH on this but see your point too. I remove all keys and keep in one place but have copies on my key ring with car keys. I keep this set next to my bed. Tbf if there was a fire I would be grabbing the kids and smashing windows (I live in a house though)

nemno Sun 28-Aug-16 23:05:17

We don't leave keys in locks but in the nearest drawer/shelf where it can't be seen but everyone in the house knows and can find it without even looking.

Amalfimamma Sun 28-Aug-16 23:06:56

Yabu , if there is a fire you can always escape from Windows. I used to leave my keys in the door after I locked them, said keys in door were somehow copied and used to oh so nicely enter house when hubby came to see me in hospital one morning (I was in the high risk pregnancy unit) and were able to justify themselves to neighbours by saying they were tradesmen and had keys.

Took everything including the pram for dd, she was due 3 weeks after the fact, she was born next day after emtc when my blood pressure went through the roof upon hearing news.

dreamingofkrispykreme Sun 28-Aug-16 23:06:57

If a burglar smashes the window to reach the key, surely they could smash the window to climb in?
We leave keys in the door.

lazyarse123 Sun 28-Aug-16 23:07:43

Crime prevention recommend taking keys out of locks. We have a key on a hook near front door that we have to pass on way to door from bedrooms but it is too far to be reached by burglars. Could you do this in son's bedroom.

molyholy Sun 28-Aug-16 23:08:18

I'm a keys out of the door. But my rational brain says if someone wants to rob you they aren't going to smash your window, feel for keys, then on finding none in the lock think 'oh best forget it'

ChoccyJules Sun 28-Aug-16 23:08:49

Overnight you'd presumably be woken by a window smashing? We've had this debate too and we now keep them in the door for ease of escape in emergency.

OrsonWellsHat Sun 28-Aug-16 23:09:25

Leave keys in doors here for fire safety.

Spiderpigspiderpig Sun 28-Aug-16 23:09:28

Thanks. It is the reason that they are all together which bothers me the most.
If the kitchen is not accessable in an emergency but ds room is then we are still screwed as keys are in kitchen.
I don't think I could break the window... Although I've heard that adrenaline makes you stronger!

A hook out of sight near each door would work

UpTownFuck Sun 28-Aug-16 23:09:29

I'm with your DH, DM was nearly broken into by someone putting their hand in the catflap and reaching the keys in the lock while she was in bed(thankfully neighbours spotted them) obviously doesn't apply if you don't have a catflap grin

CantChoose Sun 28-Aug-16 23:09:35

Maybe our windows are bigger than yours but we leave our keys in the door as once they've broken them they could easily climb in... We have motion sensors though and turn the alarm on overnight.

UmbongoUnchained Sun 28-Aug-16 23:09:41

When the place "ex proofed" my house they said to always take the keys out of the door.

I always lock my doors then take my keys to bed, on bedside table, then in any emergency I can place my hands on them in a second

UmbongoUnchained Sun 28-Aug-16 23:10:08


Ginkypig Sun 28-Aug-16 23:11:01

I'm Inbetween your dh and you.

Don't leave them in the door your dh is right but also have one close enough so you can reach a key in an emergency.

I have a spare key (out of plain sight) on a hook near my front door
I have a spare key hidden in an ornament near my back door.

So basically if I can get to the door in a fire the key will also be to hand!

Overnight guests (my sister or step kids) know where the spares "live"

My own house keys stay in my bag in case I leave house without them blush

Spiderpigspiderpig Sun 28-Aug-16 23:14:12

Argh, my gut still says in the door! But yes I have heard of official advice saying not to.
But my dh says burgulars use hooks/sticks/devices to nab keys so they should stay out of sight.
But tbh I'd rather be burgled than be stuck in a burning building.
Also, we have a dog... A placid one who wouldn't even bat an eyelid to an intruder, but a deterrent atleast

Ginkypig Sun 28-Aug-16 23:15:07

Oh and just incase I also have a window key some where in each room too!

Spiderpigspiderpig Sun 28-Aug-16 23:15:51

We need to get more spares I think.

lalalalyra Sun 28-Aug-16 23:16:03

I have a hook on the back of each door, but above the lock & out of sight of letterbox/window. That way the key is at each door, but not in the door. I wouldn't trust myself to remember to lift keys in a fire & the keys being with me would be no good to the kids if I couldn't get to the door for whatever reason.

Spiderpigspiderpig Sun 28-Aug-16 23:16:54

Yeah we have window keys ginky never used them. Windows always unlocked, but closed.
There the type of windows which just open at the top

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