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Smart Key Security

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by ChukarBob, Sep 19, 2017.

  1. Sep 19, 2017 at 8:29 AM
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    ChukarBob

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    I do quite a bit of bird hunting in remote areas, sometimes in harsh conditions. One of my phobias in life is losing my truck key (smart key)when out in the middle of nowhere, with no cell phone reception where I'm stranded. Fortunately this hasn't happened to me yet. I did lose my keys a year or so ago (my Subaru and wife's Toyota remote entry keys) while playing golf, but fortunately had a hide-a-key on the Subaru. Otherwise, I've never lost my keys.

    Often I'll stash my key under a rock or behind a fence post nearby to where I park, esp. if I'm hunting with others and we expect to split up while hunting. If I don't do that, I carry the keys in an inside pocket that's secured with a zipper or buttons, etc.

    Without divulging that you use a hide-a-key or some other method for addressing this concern, what do you all recommend? I'm reluctant to stash my smart key in a hide-a-key container for some reason.

    Thanks.
     
  2. Sep 19, 2017 at 8:32 AM
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    shakerhood

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    I have always been leary of stashing these Chipped Keys because I think exposure to weather would ruin them.
     
  3. Sep 19, 2017 at 8:35 AM
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    ChukarBob

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    Yeah, me too. Even when I've used a hide-a-key, I would first place the key in a small zip lock plastic bag.
     
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  4. Sep 19, 2017 at 8:49 AM
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    erok81

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    When camping I've wrapped my spare key in tin foil (so it can't transmit) and then stashed it somewhere.
     
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  5. Sep 19, 2017 at 1:51 PM
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  6. Sep 19, 2017 at 2:06 PM
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    Or keep your FOB in one of the RFID pouches mentioned above and lock it in the truck.
     
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  8. Sep 19, 2017 at 4:55 PM
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    Sagebrush

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    I spend a lot of time fishing, camping and hunting in areas without cell service. I think it would be idiotic to rely on not losing my smart key in some of the places I go.

    I have the mechanical door key (that nestles inside the smart key) in a magnetic holder under the truck–along with two $20 bills in a Ziplock. Inside the truck the spare smart key is velcroed in a secure location. It's turned off. (Check your manual on how to turn it off.)

    SB
     
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  9. Sep 19, 2017 at 6:13 PM
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    Stick the key in your pocket and not worry about it? Why are pockets so bad at holding things now.

    If you're worried about the elements, get a small dry bag (Magpul Daka pouch?) or a ziplock bag.
     
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  10. Sep 19, 2017 at 6:38 PM
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    Take your smart key, hold down the lock button and hit the unlock button twice. This will deactivate the FOB allow you to lock the FOB in the truck. You can then either 1. Take the key from the FOB with you and use it to unlock the door. 2. Take the spare key and hide it on the truck somewhere to use to unlock the door. Once the door is unlocked you can hit any button on the FOB to activate it.
    I park at a lot of trail heads and this is what I do.
     
  11. Sep 19, 2017 at 6:47 PM
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    BTW, it's a fob. Not a FOB. It's not an abbreviation, it's just a thing. Like a key, or a truck.
     
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  12. Sep 19, 2017 at 6:55 PM
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    Lol someone on another forum made this exact comment today. Pretty random.
     
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    My key is in my pocket. Always.
     
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    Keep it in your pocket.

    I went with the August Home locks on my doors to my house. I did it so all I have to carry is my keyfob, nothin else. So my pockets are basically empty and my truck key never leaves my pocket!
     
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    My packs all have a leash with a hook for keys, that's where I keep them when I'm hiking.
     
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    I get that.

    When I fish in the summer, I free wade. Shorts and wading boots. Not going to carry my fob. I also camp a lot. That means undressing. If my fob ever falls out of my pants, and I can't find it, I'd be screwed without my hidden spare. No cell service, no paved road to stick my thumb out. SOL.

    SB
     
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    If I am in or around a body of water my key goes in a zip lock and gets put around a rock or other random location.
     
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