You’ve got changed, you’re ready to start surfing but you realise you’ve got a problem. What should you do with your car keys? There are different solutions varying in terms of how effective they are.
The more wary surfers won’t use the same methods as the more confident and, in general, they’ll have a fairly large number of strategies in proportion to the extent to which they are cautious.
The techniques used will also depend on the type of key you have.
THE SHOCK ABSORBER: SIMPLE BUT DOESN’T WORK
Of course, there’s the classic hiding place : on the shock absorber behind one of the car’s wheels. It’s such a classic that most thieves are aware of it so it’s not recommended even though it’s a way of hiding all types of keys.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH A KEY WITHOUT AN ELECTRONIC CIRCUIT WHEN SURFING?
For this type of key, there’s rarely a problem; there are solutions and the fact they’re not electronic is a real bonus as you can take it with you in the water.
These little pockets can be found on most surfing wetsuits and a large number of leashes. You can put your key attached to an elastic safety cord to be really sure you won’t lose it.
That way, your car key will be with you and you can leave your clothes in your locked car and consequently avoid the thought of having them stolen ruining your surf session. However, don’t use this technique if you have an electronic key.
You just attach your key to a bit of string, shoelace or fishing net long enough to be able to tie it round your neck. By sliding it under your wetsuit, you’ll be sure not to lose it.
It goes without saying that this technique can’t be used for an electronic key.
WHAT SHOULD YOU DO WITH ELECTRONIC KEYS WHEN YOU GO SURFING?
It’s pretty obvious that you can’t take a key fitted with an electronic circuit into the water.
Subterfuge from kite surf and sailing, consisting of sliding your key inside a waterproof pouch that you then put round your neck and tuck inside your suit in case the cord breaks.
ON THE BEACH:
Simple and dissuasive in that you put your key in your bag full of your clothes that you leave on the sand with your towel stretched out in such a way as to make a potential thief think the towel belongs to someone who has just gone for a quick dip.
Only consider this option in the summer when the beach is crowded.
IN THE OPEN AIR:
At the foot of a tree, in a bush, in gravel, at the foot of a barrier, under a rock…there are lots of options to choose from when you decide to hide your keys in the open air. It’s just very important to put a marker (preferably fixed) at the exact place where the key is.
If, for example, you use a leaf as a marker you must be sure that the wind won’t blow it away. This marker is all the more important if your session continues until it gets dark...
A PADLOCK WITH A CODE FOR KEYS
A padlock with a code for keys enables you to put your key inside a mini-safe with a code and put it on your car door handle or another place on your car where it’s possible.
But if you think about it, this padlock indicates to a thief that the key is in this little safe. So, if you tend to be on the wary side, you’d need to attach it somewhere else instead of your car e.g. to a nearby barrier.