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Installing and Using Key Safes Safely

2020-02-14

The Best Ways to Safely Install and Use Key Safes

If you have already purchased a key safe and would like to know more about how to install and use it safely, this is the guide for you! Below I cover:

  • Installing a key safe
  • The best place to put it
  • Choosing a secure code
  • How it works if you live in a block of flats

If you are looking for more information on what key safes are and whether they are right for you, please check out our guide Guide to Keysafes.

Installing a key safe

There are two options:

1. Installing a key safe yourself

It is possible to install a key safe yourself but it can be a little tricky. They are always attached to the outer wall of your home. This involves drilling 4 holes into the bricks that the backplate then screws onto. There are videos online that I would recommend viewing if you choose to go down this route.

2. Expert installation

When ordering a key safe, you can instead choose to pay for an expert to come and install it at your home. This is a reliable option that gives you the peace of mind that it has been installed correctly too. It can cost around £60 to do this.

The best place to put a key safe

The most secure place to locate your key safe is on a concealed part of the outer wall. This way, people you trust will know where to find it but it is not obvious to anyone walking by that you even have one.

Choose a concealed spot around the side

At Personal Alarm Watch, we also store the location of your key safe. This means even if it is in a well hidden location, we can always help the emergency services find it.

Choosing a secure code

It’s important to choose a code that is secure and difficult to guess. Most key safe boxes need each digit to be unique so for example, you can’t have two 1’s in your code. Here are some good rules to follow in setting a secure code:

  • Avoid typical runs of numbers such as 1,2,3,4 or 4,3,2,1.
  • Where possible, choose a code that is 5, 6 or 7 digits long.
  • Don’t use birth years as it is easy to guess that two digits are 1 and 9.

Living in a block of flats

If you live in a block, you might need permission from the management company to install a key safe to the outer wall. This could be the housing association or council. It’s always good to consult them before installing one. They may specify that the key safe is police accredited for insurance reasons. The one's I've mentioned above will be suitable in that case.

Usually, emergency services have a 'fire key' which lets them in through the front door of the building. So you need only put in the key for your home.

I hope this has given you some tips to using key safes safely and securely at home. If there is anything else you would like me to include or if you have any suggestions, please email me at adi@personalarmwatch.com. I would love to hear from you.

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