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Jana Wang Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 1:44 p.m. PST

I keep my house key on a separate ring from my car keys, so that when I drop the cars for an oil change or repairs all they have is the car key. I don't need some punk deciding to come give our house a look-over, especially as we often leave the car for work when we go on vacation.

My husband thinks I'm being paranoid. I think it only has to happen once to really ruin our week.

What do you guys think?

Personal logo Waco Joe Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2011 1:56 p.m. PST

I always take the car key off the ring to give to the service desk. No way I would leave all me keys with anyone.

kyoteblue Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 1:58 p.m. PST

I keep my keys separate.

average joe Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 2:12 p.m. PST

I keep my keys separate also. Aside from the valet or mechanic not needing my house key, if I lock myself out of my car, I am not locked out of my house – and vice versa

quidveritas Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 2:18 p.m. PST

I remove my car key when I drop off the car. I NEVER give them all my keys. Only an idiot would do that.

Yes you may quote me.


Regrebnelle Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 2:34 p.m. PST

I take them off as well. I also am a spoil sport and take my work keys for the pharmacy off. No use inviting trouble and tempting someone to be stupid.

Eclectic Wave Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 2:37 p.m. PST

The question isn't "Am I paraniod?:, it's "Am I paraniod enough?". What's the worst that can happen if you keep your house/car on dfferent rings? What's the worst if you don't? Think of it as INSURANCE.

I have my house/car keys on one of those quick release dohickies, so I can only leave the car keys.

Cold Steel Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 3:08 p.m. PST

I always give them just the car key, but not because I'm paranoid about them having the house key. Anyone stupid enough to enter my house uninvited gets their choice of being shot first or just eaten by the critters. I use the other keys for the other vehicles and work.

Streitax Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 3:17 p.m. PST

They only get my car key.

Roderick Robertson Fezian22 Jun 2011 3:36 p.m. PST

They're on the same ring, but I separate them if I have to drop off the truck. The PO Box keys are on the ring as well, so while the truck is being serviced, I may as well pick up the mail (the PO is just down the hill from the truck place)…

Neotacha Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 3:46 p.m. PST

They get my car key. Even the guy that I really, really trust only gets the key to my car.

With the Altima, I'll even lock the glove box and keep that key sometimes.

Personal logo Saginaw Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 4:00 p.m. PST

I also just give the car key, but you're not being paranoid, Jana. It's always good to play it safe.

mweaver Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 4:40 p.m. PST

Seems a sensible precaution to me, too.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2011 5:18 p.m. PST

It's not paranoid.

My garage says "do you want your home garage key off the key ring?" when I drop the car off for a service. They don't need, or expect to have, the keys to get into my house with. Not to change the oil.

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2011 5:19 p.m. PST

And it'd probably ruin more than a week if anything did go wrong.

galvinm Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 5:28 p.m. PST

I also have a quick release, and have a seperate ring for each set of keys. One ring for house keys, one for car keys, one for the toys (m/c, tractor, etc). They don't even get MY truck keys. I give them the spare.

Lord Hypnogogue Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 6:04 p.m. PST

"Paranoia" is "Good Thinking" when folks are out to get ya!

Better safe than sorry.

Jay Arnold Inactive Member22 Jun 2011 7:50 p.m. PST

I keep my house key in my wallet and my DL has the PO Box on it, not my physical address. The car key has nothing else attached. It's one of them smart key thingamabobs, so stays in my pocket anyway.

Personal logo Gungnir Supporting Member of TMP22 Jun 2011 10:45 p.m. PST

Two key rings, one for the house, the other for the car.

They live in seperate pants pockets, even.

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP23 Jun 2011 3:28 a.m. PST

Cars/truck keys on one ring, house/barns/tractor-mowers
on another ring.

Delta Vee Inactive Member23 Jun 2011 3:41 a.m. PST

seperate here, and not for paranoia, i figure the extra weight on the barrel of the ignition isnt going to do it any good over the long run.

OldGrenadier at work23 Jun 2011 4:50 a.m. PST

I keep my car keys separate from my house keys as well. Drives my wife nuts :)

Klebert L Hall Inactive Member23 Jun 2011 5:04 a.m. PST

I have one keyring that is all car keys to various cars, then I have another one with mostly house keys and keys to commerical structures, with a spare set of keys to my Polara on it. I carry both those rings pretty much all the time.

I have another key ring with just car keys on it that I give to mechanics, so I still have the keys to whatever other car I'm going to drive. Life is too short to be taking keys off rings and putting them back on all the time.

OTOH, I'm friends with my regular mechanics, and have known them for decades – I would give them my house keys in an instant if there were some reason to do so.

OTOOH, if you think locking your doors and keeping control of your house keys will keep a determined criminal out of your house you are deluding yourself, unless you live in a very unusual house, indeed.

stenicplus Inactive Member23 Jun 2011 5:39 a.m. PST

Two set of keys, car and house. Nor do I leave house keys in the car when getting out of the car. One thing to lose your car to the unscrupulous but another for them to get your address details and pop round your house whilst you are out…

Mapleleaf Inactive Member23 Jun 2011 6:23 a.m. PST

No makes sense

just make sure you do mot have an address label on your house keys. I have seen people do this so if someone finds your keys they know where to go

richarDISNEY Inactive Member23 Jun 2011 8:40 a.m. PST

Nope. I do the same.
Not that I am suspicious…
Its more that I hate carrying more stuff in my pockets than I need to.

DalyDR Inactive Member23 Jun 2011 3:43 p.m. PST

Not at all paranoid, I do the same.

I get grief for always locking my car, even when it is in my locked garage. I don't know why anyone would offer some crook a free handout…


zoneofcontrol23 Jun 2011 6:02 p.m. PST

I haven't even given my wife of 22 years a key to our house. Heck, she was dumb enough to marry me. That woman just can't be trusted.

Seriously, my wife and I both keep our car keys on a separate ring from all our other keys.

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member25 Jun 2011 9:56 a.m. PST

my brother in law is a HR person for a big chain of Oil change shops and 80% of the workers are just out of jail so would you give your house keys to a prolie (sp) working for $7.50 USD per hour??

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP26 Jun 2011 4:05 p.m. PST

I get grief for always locking my car

I always thought that "not locking the cars" was a US TV/Movie thing.

I would never leave my car unlocked – anywhere.

skinkmasterreturns21 Jul 2011 7:43 p.m. PST

I seperate my keys as well.I am always amazed when I read the police blog in the paper about the stuff that people have stolen out of their cars.There was one tonight where a woman reported her wallet stolen out of her car after leaving it at a park and ride for a week.Who leaves several hundred dollars in their car for that long?

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