A key safe is a secure metal box which can be secured next to your door. A single copy of your key/s are placed inside but can only be retrieved by someone who knows the correct code to open the box. It is up to you who you give the code to and you can change the code as often as you like.
Units can be wall-mounted, have a locking shackle or be or attached to the top of a door and kept in place by closing the door.
Installing a key safe may be an alternative to having multiple copies of your house keys cut. For example, even if you have three carers visiting each day and daily visits from two relatives you still only need one extra set of keys, which you place in the key safe and let the relatives and care agency know the code. If your needs change and you cancel or change the carers you could change the code and let your relatives know the new code.
Key safes should be installed covertly (e.g on the wall, near the door they hold a key for, but obscured from view by a bin or shrub) to avoid attracting unnecessary attention to your property. Tests have shown that some key safes are more secure than others which may determine whether they are approved by home insurance providers. One relevant standard that some keysafes meet is LPS, a specification for testing and classifying the burglary resistance of building components, strong points and security enclosures.1View references and sources of further information ›
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