Looking to find out the best way to safely store and share your keys? With a myriad of key storage solutions out there, it takes a lot of time and persistence to figure out what’s what. Let us save you the legwork by giving you a quick overview of this jargon buster.key-safe-lock-box

What’s The Best Place To Hide Your Keys?

If you’re wondering what the differences between lock boxes, key lock boxes and key safes are, you hopefully already realise that there is no such thing as a safe place for hiding keys. Not only hiding a key under a doormat is inviting trouble, but it is also very likely to invalidate your home insurance as the key is not deemed to be held securely. 

So, storing your key in a lockable key storage device is a minimum requirement. But be warned: very few boxes are safe. And shockingly, contrary to what the name suggests, not all key safes are safe either! Read on to find out how to pick a key safe that is truly safe. 

What Is An Outdoor Lock Box?

A lock box is a generic term that’s made it's way to the UK from the US. Collins dictionary defines it as ‘a box with a lock, used for securing items of value, like a safe-deposit box, a strong box, a post-office box, etc’. The key phrase has been widely adopted by the home security industry to specifically mean ‘outdoor key box’ – a lockable storage device that is mounted to the outside wall of a property to store keys in case you want to give someone access to your home when you’re not there. 

You’d be forgiven for thinking that a lockable device should keep your key well secure. Unfortunately, many lock boxes are made out of materials that cannot withstand impact, making them easy to break into.

What’s The Difference Between A Lock Box And A Key Safe?

In short, there is no difference. Many suppliers have named their product ‘key safe’ because it sounds more secure. In reality, the physical security differences between the two are often negligible. Unfortunately, there is no governing body regulating the naming.

Fortunately, there are key safes that do live up to their name and are secure. Here are some simple steps to help you identify the secure key safes from the non-secure ones.

Which Key Safes Are Safe? 

To gain peace of mind that your key is secure, make sure your chosen solution has these independent seals of approval:

‘Police Preferred’ Status To Indicate Police Approval

Police Preferred Specification from Secured by Design scheme run by UK police. The initiative independently certifies home security products to be safe and deter crime.

LPS1175 Certificate As Proof Of Vigorous Anti-Attack Testing

The LPS1175 (Loss Prevention Standard) certifications are issued by LPCB (The Loss Prevention Certification Board). Part of BRE (British Research Establishment), the LPCB has been working with the industry and insurers for over 100 years to set the standards needed to ensure that fire and security products and services perform effectively. You will find a list of all key safes which have attained the LPS1175 security standard listed in BRE’s Red Book

If you’re still wondering whether you should get a lock box or a key safe, we most certainly recommend you should opt for the latter but be sure to check that it is both LPS1175 certified and ‘police preferred’. A secure key safe will ensure your keys are kept safe and will not endanger the people or contents within the property. 

You can find out more about different types of key storage devices in our handy Key Safe Guide

Which Is The Best Key Safe To Buy? 

We recommend our Supra C500 and Supra P500 police preferred key safes – the only key safes to have attained the LPS1175 Issue 8 A5 certification to date, making them the most secure mechanical key storage devices to date.

They are easy to install by any competent DIY’er but, if you’d prefer to leave it all to us, we also offer an optional installation service. 

To find out more or to order your secure key safe today, call us on 0330 363 0303.