What is a KeySafe ?

q1 - Keysafe - keys A KeySafe is a strong mechanical metal box designed to securely store keys or access cards. Installed onto a suitable fixed surface, your keys are accessed by a combination code set by the owner. This code is easy to set and can be changed as many times as required.

Why do I need a KeySafe ?

A KeySafe represents a much safer method of allowing authorised persons entry into your property that the 'traditional' keys under the mat, leaving the door 'on the latch' or issuing lots of keys.

If you have children, if you have difficulty getting to the door, if you are running a business with employees requiring infrequent access to a property or secure room, if you have a home help who needs independent access ... for a host of scenarios a keysafe offers a convenient and inexpensive solution to allowing authorised people access.
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How easy is the KeySafe to use ?

The key safe is easy to use. They are often used by young children and the elderly.

Depending on the model, there is either a 4-digit wheel combination or a push-button combination that contains between 1 and 12 digits (4 or 5 digits is recommended).

If someone forgets the combination, just call the owner to get the code.

Does it need a power supply for the KeySafe ?

The key box is a purely mechanical device. It therefore needs neither a power supply nor a battery.

This is important for two reasons.
  • Power outages or a flat battery will have no effect the key box. There are no batteries to change and If the key safe is used once a year or once in 5 years, no problem ! It waits until it is needed, however long that takes.
  • Installation is simple as there are no requirements to provide power. The installation remains a simple DIY job.

Will a KeySafe reduce the security of my property ?

Police statistics suggest that a large proportion of burglaries are committed by opportunist thieves at properties that have less than satisfactory security arrangements.

Leaving a key under the mat, under the flower pot or through the letter box tied to a piece of string all create an opportunity for burglars to exploit. Leaving the door on the latch to allow visitors access will also dramatically increase the vulnerability of the property to unauthorised entry, as will issuing lots of keys which may be lost of stolen .

Using a KeySafe reduces the opportunity for opportunistic thieves as there is but a single key, stored securely and protected by an access code which you can change at any time.

How secure is a KeySafe ?

q6 - magnetic keysafe -  postbox keysafe All Keysafes are designed to securely store keys and to resist attempts to remove those keys without the correct code being entered. Within the range of products available, there exists budget models, mid range models and premium models.

The most secure premium model is the Supra / GE 500 KeySafe. This keysafe has undergone vigorous attack tests to achieve an independent UK security rating LPS 1175 Level 1. This security rating demonstrates that the C500 provides the same security as a domestic front door.

Are KeySafes easy to install ?

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In a word, yes. As a key box does not require a power supply, there is no need for an electrician or othe professional.

Traditionally the key box is attached to a wall or post. Any DIY enthusiaste can do this using a drill, a screw driver and a spanner.

More freuently people are choosing to installt their key box within their letter box. This requires strong glue and again is a very simple task.

Should I fit the KeySafe by my front door ?

No. It is a common misconception that because the KeySafe generally stores the front door key, that it should be installed next to the front door.

As a KeySafe doesn't require a power supply and does not operate the door, it can be located anywhere - meter boxes, bin bays, letter boxes, porches, the side or rear of the property or even bolted to the floor - the options are unlimited.

We recommend that you always use the recommended fixings to ensure a secure fit, and always fit the cover where provided. The latter not only protects the keys from rain, it also disguises the box, leaving it looking similar to an electrical junction box.

How many potential combinations are there for a KeySafe ?

This depends upon the make / model selected :
MasterLock 4 wheel keysafe - 10,000 potential codes
Yale 4 Wheel keysafe - 10,000 potential codes
Supra 'clasic' keysafes - 362,880+ codes or 1024 potential 5-7 digit codes.
Supra police approved C500 key safe - 362,880+ codes or 4096 potential 5-7 codes.

Can a KeySafe be broken into ?

For the opportunistic burglar, which accounts for the vast majority of home break ins, the answer is that this is very unlikely.

Assuming that the opportunist finds the key safe in the first place, he then has to decide to try and remove the key. At this point he has two basic options :
  • He can try and quess the code. Before he can do this he would first needs to know how many digits are there in the code. This is why push button key boxes are often seen as being more secure. Having said that, even with a 4 wheel combination safe, he would still have 10,000 possible codes ! Standing outside of a property in view of those passing by ... it is unlikely he will want to spend the time and will move on to see other opportunities.
  • The other option is to try and knock the key box off the wall and then to smash it. This is not only noisy and time consuming, but the opportunist would need very specific tools such as a large hammer, a chisel etc. In most countries, carrying the equipment to commit a burglary increases the scale of the offence , so most opportunist thieves do not risk carrying such equipment.
In practice, and as clearly shown in statistics, an opportunist thief is much more likely to break a door or a window. This allows them to enter and leave the house in a much less time then it would take to remove a key from a key safe.

We are not aware of any property being broken into as a direct result of having a key box fitted. As demonstrated above, a burlar can find much quicker and easier ways of breaking into a house.

I have forgotten my code, how can I open my keysafe ?

The only way that you will be able to access the unit is via the code, that is the nature of the product. There is NO over-riding code as this is a mechanical product.

Without the code the only way to open the safe is by breaking it. I once had this very problem with a Supra S5. When trying to break in I learned first hand how difficult it is to break in to a secure key box, even with all of the tools I had available.



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Brendan Collis
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