The idea that your keys could somehow invalidate your home insurance may seem extreme – but it’s a sad truth.
Some people think that if they leave their keys externally ‘hidden’ away, their home will still be safe and secure. However, thieves are alert to these ‘safe’ places, such as under plant pots or a mat, in hanging baskets or in a fake stone, and they are highly likely to take a chance if they stumble across your not-so-secret hiding place. Almost a third of Britons (29 per cent) admit leaving a spare key hidden on their property, despite the security risks.
It’s important to avoid giving burglars easy access to your home; if a thief is letting himself in with a set of your keys, then there will be no signs of forced entry - which means that your insurer may not pay out. Theft by ‘unforced entry’ is typically excluded, so don’t get caught out - check your policy!
If you must leave a key outside, use a police accredited key safe - and only give the code to people you trust. Whether your key box is for emergency purposes to help a forgetful member of the family or to ensure the safety of an elderly or vulnerable relative - secure key storage is the common-sense alternative to leaving a key under a doormat or gnome.
The Supra C500 Keysafe™ is the UK's only mechanical key safe that is police accredited through the Secured by Design initiative due to achieving the LPS1175: Issue 6, security rating 1. The product has an accredited certification from The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection.
Recognised by Secured By Design, as well as leading home insurance companies, the product has undergone rigorous tests devised by security experts to demonstrate a comparable attack resistance to a domestic front door.
We do, of course, recommend that you inform your insurers before any new installation. Insurance companies recognise the security benefits of The Key Safe Company’s products - with a recommendation that they are installed properly and securely!