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So im a minimalist when it comes to my keys. All three keys on one ring... what if I somehow lock it in the car. I think I remember some people attaching spare keys to the outside of their car hidden somewhere. Is this feasable? Is there a good place and method to attach the key?

This is assuming your cell phone is locked in the car. And yes, I know it is a security risk.
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I remember there was a rectangle shaped box that would stick to a frame by a magnet.Only you would know where it was.
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Yep, thats what I do. Those magnetic boxes and put it under the car on the frame, works fine and I've needed it before.
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Always, always, always have a spare key set made up for home. And keep one in your wallet or a pants pocket. It don't take up more room than a pocket knife and you know where it is.

Those little boxes fall off sometimes.
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Always, always, always have a spare key set made up for home. And keep one in your wallet or a pants pocket. It don't take up more room than a pocket knife and you know where it is.

Those little boxes fall off sometimes.
The house key can maybe fit in the wallet. But not the car key. The little box falling off is a concern so maybe I could put it somewhere it wont scrape or rattle off if anyone has any suggestions. Lastly. Where would I get one of those little boxes? I havent seen them before at the auto stores. Then again I wasnt looking.
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Ebay has everything.


^^ 3g key vs house key vs 2" pocket knife
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I got mine at the autostore but I think it was in the 90's.
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hardware stores will have the boxes or I'm sure walmart would somewhere...
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thanks, I'll check both.. still no recommendation on where to fix it? not trying to get anyone to give up their secret spots.. but I really wouldn't want it to pop off. or maybe I'll just install a finger print scanner and put up a tutorial on that (probably a nope, though it would solve this issue).
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I used to have one of those key holders mounted in the wheel well of my Hyundai. I drilled a hole thru the bottom of the case and bolted it in with a nylon lock nut. I also cut a notch out of the bottom so the key would fit cause it was like 1/2" too long. I actually saw it in my garage a few days ago... I'll take a pic of it if I can find it again or I might just need to make one for my Prelude. If I do. I'll post pictures of that. But for now, Here's an idea of what I mean:



The dotted red lines are where you'd cut it to fit. Just cut enough for it poke through and close, cause if you cut any more, then the whole blade will slide through except for the bow (head/handle).
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thanks, I'll check both.. still no recommendation on where to fix it? not trying to get anyone to give up their secret spots.. but I really wouldn't want it to pop off. or maybe I'll just install a finger print scanner and put up a tutorial on that (probably a nope, though it would solve this issue).
If we did have an ideal place for a hide-a-key box, I certainly hope no one would say where it is in a public forum like this. Creepy people love to find this type of information out, and now that you've asked about it the information would come up with a simple google search.

This thread reminds me of a few threads that have popped up over the years, on other forums (not Prelude forums), asking the best way to get into a forum specific locked car. The really scary part is that people have actually answered that one.
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I said wheel well cause that is the most obvious spot for a hide-a-key... There are FAR better places to put it...

And I wouldn't give up my spot or my #2 or #3 chooices either...
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Update: its funny because I was at home depot getting a key cut for my job and I was spacing out looking at the accessories and then I saw the black box magnetic box.

I guess it was a little silly of me to ask the spots. I guess I'll toy around with some possibilities.

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No, it's not silly to ask for suggestions. And I wasn't being 100% serious about not giving up my hiding spots... I currently don't have one hidden. And i'm SURE that a thief would already to know where the best places to look for a hidden key is.

PERSONALLY, I think the best place for a spare key is in your wallet, as long as you don't take your wallet out of your pocket when you get in your car. Also, if you have a good friend or relative that you can trust, give them a key to your car so if you get locked out, they can come open it for you. I have a spare set at home so my wife can bring them to me if I ever lock mine in the car.

And I have a statement and a question... My car won't allow me to lock my Driver's side door from the inside when the door is open. I HAVE to lock it with the key from the outside when I get out. Does your do this? If so, you REALLY don't have to worry about locking your keys in your car... Unless you go in the passenger side and lock THAT door with the keys still inside.
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And I have a statement and a question... My car won't allow me to lock my Driver's side door from the inside when the door is open. I HAVE to lock it with the key from the outside when I get out. Does your do this? If so, you REALLY don't have to worry about locking your keys in your car... Unless you go in the passenger side and lock THAT door with the keys still inside.
All 3rd gens have this feature, and I'm pretty sure most Honda's are also like that. But you can lock it with the door open if you pull the inside door handle half-way open then push the door lock. It's pretty easy to do this one handed once you figure it out. If my 3rd gen was still my daily driver, I would probably have installed keyless entry since it has power door locks. But I only drive it during nice weather now, and rarely lock the doors. Plus, I have a key stashed at work and another one at home, so there's not much chance of locking myself out of my 3rd gen.
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No, it's not silly to ask for suggestions. And I wasn't being 100% serious about not giving up my hiding spots... I currently don't have one hidden. And i'm SURE that a thief would already to know where the best places to look for a hidden key is.

PERSONALLY, I think the best place for a spare key is in your wallet, as long as you don't take your wallet out of your pocket when you get in your car. Also, if you have a good friend or relative that you can trust, give them a key to your car so if you get locked out, they can come open it for you. I have a spare set at home so my wife can bring them to me if I ever lock mine in the car.

And I have a statement and a question... My car won't allow me to lock my Driver's side door from the inside when the door is open. I HAVE to lock it with the key from the outside when I get out. Does your do this? If so, you REALLY don't have to worry about locking your keys in your car... Unless you go in the passenger side and lock THAT door with the keys still inside.

Im glad you said that because I was thinking the same. A theif to worry about would already know. Sometimes my wallet is pulled out my pocket and becuase of the position of this car, I'd rather walk to the passenger side to do my shuffle of things rather then twisted sideways. My keys are sometimes in my hand which I try to avoid because I think its easy to toss it in with everything else in a rush and slam the door shut.

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All 3rd gens have this feature, and I'm pretty sure most Honda's are also like that. But you can lock it with the door open if you pull the inside door handle half-way open then push the door lock. It's pretty easy to do this one handed once you figure it out. If my 3rd gen was still my daily driver, I would probably have installed keyless entry since it has power door locks. But I only drive it during nice weather now, and rarely lock the doors. Plus, I have a key stashed at work and another one at home, so there's not much chance of locking myself out of my 3rd gen.
How much does it cost to have another key made?
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Im glad you said that because I was thinking the same. A theif to worry about would already know.
Actually, a car thief probably wouldn't be aware of good hiding places for specific models of cars. They would be aware of the most common places to hide a key. The two are significantly different.

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How much does it cost to have another key made?
I paid less than 3 bucks to have a spare key made. There is no "chip" in our keys, so all you need is the correct blank. Most hardware stores will have them. I had mine made at Ace Hardware.
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I paid less than 3 bucks to have a spare key made. There is no "chip" in our keys, so all you need is the correct blank. Most hardware stores will have them. I had mine made at Ace Hardware.
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How much does it cost to have another key made?
It can't be more than a couple dollars. I just bought some OEM Blanks for a couple bucks and will probably have them cut this weekend. I usually go to the Ace Hardware cause the guy behind the counter ACTUALLY know how to cut keys. If the Home Depot has a dedicated "lock & key" person then they might be competent enough to cut them. The Lowe's near me went to an automatic key cutting machine. I wouldn't trust it.

They still have the blanks on eBay if you need some. I am going to also look for a "Valet" key to have cut. From what I have read, They are pretty much like a regular key but they are thicker so they don't fit in the trunk, glove box, or back seat locks...

Someone please correct me if I am wrong.
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update:

got my key cut and my magnetic little box. for whatever reason they decided to put a picture of a key on the covert box is beyond me. so i put some tape over it.

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Yeah, Let's draw attention to the "Hide-A-Key" box... They should have made it out of dayglow yellow plastic...

I think you can use a spritze of brake cleaner on a paper towel and rub that lettering (paint) right off.

Does the key fit in there?

And what is your address and where are you going to hide they key??

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I think you can use a spritze of brake cleaner on a paper towel and rub that lettering (paint) right off.

Does the key fit in there?

And what is your address and where are you going to hide they key??

JUST KIDDING!!!
I always hide my hide-a-key on a car parked next to mine in the parking lot. Nobody every thinks of looking there, but I do have to buy a lot of keys for some reason.
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Yeah, Let's draw attention to the "Hide-A-Key" box... They should have made it out of dayglow yellow plastic...

I think you can use a spritze of brake cleaner on a paper towel and rub that lettering (paint) right off.

Does the key fit in there?

And what is your address and where are you going to hide they key??

JUST KIDDING!!!
I keep a tablet by my desk at work. I normally read the first reply I get emailed about before I click the link and look to read more replies. Im sitting at my desk on lunch and the office is sparse but there are still a few people here. When I got to the part about dayglow plastic I had to laugh loud at that one. Kinda of like when you startle people idleing at a magazine rack when you read that one thing that is too funny. Lmao. Dayglow plastic... ha

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I always hide my hide-a-key on a car parked next to mine in the parking lot. Nobody every thinks of looking there, but I do have to buy a lot of keys for some reason.
Lmao. It would almost work a litte better with a neighbors car.
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Lmao. It would almost work a litte better with a neighbors car.
Well now you're just talkin' crazy.
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Re: spare key

I just don't lock my doors.
Fact is, if they want it, they'll take it. Then you have all that dang glass to clean up. Don't let 'em see what you don't want stolen.
Door locks on older cars are pretty useless imo.

Summer of 013 a thief took some tools from my unlocked truck one Saturday night. Cops didn't want to take finger prints saying "eh, if it woulda been locked" and all that. I told 'em I leave it unlocked so I don't have to vacuum up all the glass.
Next morning I called them back to inventory the stuff they'd taken Sunday night from my other truck, which was locked. They also broke into my locked van. I'm still finding glass shards.
My preludes were under cover. And not locked. And loaded with goodies. But lesson is, they don't want what they don't see. Neither were touched.

So avoid the smash n grab by using your trunk or glove box for stuff you leave in the car. Stop the clepto by not tempting him/her.
And install a kill switch to stop the car stealing folks who can rig the ignition.

My brother watched from 100 yards folks taking his stereo and wheels from his locked truck while his alarm was blasting in a crowded mall parking lot. By the time he'd reached his truck they had skee-daddled. And all that tinted glass to clean.

Like I said before, I carry a spare key in me pocket. But that's so in case I lose my keys or if leaving the car running and step out briefly with it running (like during warm up) and somehow the lock button was pushed or activated.
Hey, it happens.
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Re: spare key

Honestly I rarely lock my doors either, at least on the lude. I park it in a locked garage when it's at home, so no need to lock any of my cars there. I do lock it on the rare occasion that I drive it to work though. My WRX gets locked anytime I park away from home.
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That is one thing that boils my blood... Thieves...

I had a group of teens "hanging out" outside my house one day... they walked up the street, they walked down the street. I was in the garage cleaning and organizing it. I had parked my car on the street and my XM radio in it. I was keeping an eye on them, but was also into what I was doing. After I was done and brought my car into the driveway, I noticed that the XM was missing... I looked all over for it. Then it dawned on me... THOSE TEENS! I called the cops and they asked if I had "seen" any of them physically take it, I said no, cause if so, I'd be calling you AND an ambulance... And I was told that it was MY fault for leaving my windows open and my car on the street...

Fast forward a few months... My wife and I go out for dinner and drinks and come home right around 2am. I happen to leave my cell phone in the truck and the doors unlocked. The next morning, I go outside and it's not there. So I do the smart thing... I go online and see if any calls are made from it. Dumba55es called a bunch of their friends with my phone! LOL!

So I take down the numbers, cross reference them to addresses, and start making calls. Bunch of hood-rat punks... They would smart off, say too bad so sad, I shouldn't have left it in the truck or left the truck unlocked... You should have heard the silence when I said, "How would YOU like it if I came to your house at 1234 Main St and took your stuff, smashed your windows, shot up your house and your family with an AK??"

Of course I'm not like that, but intimidation goes a LONG way. I don't have a lot of faith in the enforcement or judicial system due to several major life events that I have gone through. So I felt that since probably next to nothing would be done to them, I had to take matters into my own hands. (With threats) I also spoke to a few parents who happened to answer a couple of the numbers I called. A few were surprised, but most had a comment similar to "they're at it again?" I wouldn't have been able to sit down for MONTHS if I had done something like that and my parents found out.

Anyways, I sent a mass text to all the hood-rats, saying that they had 15 minutes to tell me where and when I could pick up my cell phone... Or else. (See above)

I got a call in like 2 minutes. I arranged a meet at the corner gas station, and there is usually a Constable there so I knew it was safe enough. A group of like 12 kids showed up and their "leader/spokeperson" and a couple others came to my truck with me and my wife. She had her phone and ready to call the Constable dispatch if they tried anything... Anyways, the head guy told me that the phone was "sold to them by a crack head for a few bucks". I told them BS. And that I didn't spend 4 years in the middle east, fighting terrorists, to have some punk-a55 hood rat kids take my stuff... That they are lucky that I didn't catch them in my car cause whoever it was, wouldn't be alive to make ANY calls ever again. I told them that I have ALL of their names, numbers, addresses and will be saving that info (And I STILL have it) so if ANYTHING gets stolen, vandalized, or any kind of BS happens to me, my property, or even my neighbors property, that I will have only one choice to be convinced that it is them, and will take matters into my own hands. I said I know where you all live, NONE of you live on my street, so you have no business being on my street, so don't come by my house.

I haven't had any problems out of them, nothing has been messed with... I have only seen them once and I gave them the dirtiest look and they actually looked away when I did...

Ok, sorry for the long story... Maybe it belongs somewhere else in the Forum. Didn't mean to jack your thread AlleyWay...
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I lock all my cars all the time. Not to sound like an old guy but kids have really sticky fingers these days...

We had a couple kids walking down the street one night after midnight or so and they were trying door handles and walking up driveways, scoping them out along the way. My wife and I saw them as we drove my and they were walking towards our house. Our neighbors had just gotten home so we were standing there BS-ing and these fools went and tried the door handles on our neighbors car who lives across the street! As we were standing there! I yelled out Hey... HEYYY!! The kid was like whut? I said is that your car? "Huh?" IS THAT YOUR F**KING CAR?? "No" Then why the F**K are youpulling on the handle?

Don't you know they just kept walking? I'm going to keep this one short and tell you that my neighbor WORKS at the courthouse in our neighborhood, personally knows the judge and all the constables... So she gets on the phone and calls the constables, me and my buddy get in my truck, also call the constables while following these punks down the street, and witness them taking stuff out of cars. We direct the cops to them, they get arrested, both are minors, but my neighbor lady friend testifies and tells the judge that she thinks they should get the maximum penalties and sentence she can give them...

Man, they got it GOOD!

And our neighborhood isn't a bad neighborhood! Just think a bunch of parents don't discipline their kids well enough.
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Re: spare key

Way to handle it Tony!!!

I put out a $150 reward for my tools. Double if a name is attached.
Got a name but tools had been 'craigs-listed. Got the name from a hood-lum who I had once upon a time fixed his little brothers bike for no charge.

The clepto is in and outta jail for dumb stuff but looks over his shoulder these days if ya know what I mean.
Now the neighbors all have security cameras and yard signs indicating Mr. Kimber and Mr. Colt are watching. I still don't lock my doors. I just remove stuff I don't want stolen and keep stuff outta site. I am required to lock the company truck.

My crazy rebel neighbor set out a 'free' bike near his porch. No sign, just left it in hopes the clepto returned. It had fishing hooks at various locations, each tied to line tied to his porch. There were no takers.
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Way to handle it Tony!!!

I put out a $150 reward for my tools. Double if a name is attached.
Got a name but tools had been 'craigs-listed. Got the name from a hood-lum who I had once upon a time fixed his little brothers bike for no charge.

The clepto is in and outta jail for dumb stuff but looks over his shoulder these days if ya know what I mean.
Now the neighbors all have security cameras and yard signs indicating Mr. Kimber and Mr. Colt are watching. I still don't lock my doors. I just remove stuff I don't want stolen and keep stuff outta site. I am required to lock the company truck.

My crazy rebel neighbor set out a 'free' bike near his porch. No sign, just left it in hopes the clepto returned. It had fishing hooks at various locations, each tied to line tied to his porch. There were no takers.
OUCH! I can just imagine the outcome of that one! Did he have little bells that would ring if it was disturbed?

I have an alarm sensor on my roll up garage door and a padlock on the inside in addition to the lock on the cross-bar handle. Too many tools to have to replace if they are stolen. My wife was opposed to guns before we got married but the other day, she said she wanted to learn to shoot. She said she's kool with getting a gun or two, but I have to make sure that they stay totally secured away. We have small kids and a couple teens so reachability and access are a concern. The teens know better, but the kiddos are curious so trying to figure out a compromise between the two.

Probably going to get a small safe with a push button combo for 2 hand guns and put it on the shelf we have in the closet in our room. It's about 4 foot high so the kiddos couldn't see it, much less reach it, but we could "easy enough" if you know what I mean.

We are lucky to be so close to the constable depot. We had our alarm go off accidentally and the security co called me to tell me as we rolled around the corner and the cops got there right after we did. I had to show my ID cause they "suspected" that I caused the alarm to go off. Thank god no "tazing was involved!
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