The Best Key Safe Box for Airbnb Properties

The demand for staycations has surged since the discovery of the Omicron variant and the reintroduction of travel restrictions. Those who may have been looking forward to a holiday abroad are now considering a staycation and booking an Airbnb. In fact, 76% of Britons have said they don't plan to book a trip abroad over the next 12 months, and 85% have no plans to travel to a foreign destination over Christmas[1]

Due to the requirement for social distancing and keeping transactions as remote as possible, the holiday rental industry utilises key safe boxes for holidaymakers and service providers to pick up keys, rather than meeting face to face. 

When you come across a holiday home, you are also likely to encounter a key safe. Airbnb self-check-in lockboxes save time, which is especially useful with staycations on the rise again. With new anxiety following the outbreak of the Omicron variant, key safes offer visitors reassurance by facilitating a safer way of collecting keys. 

As an Airbnb owner, you want to offer your guest the best possible experience. After all, excellent reviews mean more business! And that doesn't just mean the luxuries found inside. Wouldn't it be great if you could ensure a quick and secure check-in so your guests can make the most of their stay? With a secure key safe, you can. 

But which secure key box will benefit you and your guests the most? 

Key safes for airbnbs

What is an Airbnb lock box?

This is a lock box that stores the keys to your holiday rental. Rather than handing out multiple sets of keys to guests, which can be easily lost, these boxes store the spare key externally. You just need the correct code to access the key, giving you entry to the Airbnb property. 

There are many key boxes that suit a range of needs. Each can offer various levels of security and have different mechanisms.  

How does a lock box for keys work?

The two most common external key boxes on Airbnb properties are wheel-dial and pushbutton boxes.  

A wheel dial key box: This product usually has four scrolling wheels with numbers or letters on to form a combination. You usually set the code next to an arrow on the safe, which will trigger the locking mechanism to open. You may have considered purchasing these products in the past, as they usually sell cheaper than pushbutton key safes. Very tempting if you have several Airbnb properties and are keen to save some money. However, we would always urge you to focus more on the security of your device rather than the price tag. 

A pushbutton key safe:  With these devices, you will need to press numbered or lettered buttons and then usually press down a switch or twist a dial to open the key safe door. Many of these key safes also come with a "clear" button that you press before entering your combination to prevent any incorrect digits from being accidentally included. 

The most significant difference between wheel-dial and pushbutton key safes is that you don't have to scramble the code on the pushbuttons after every use. That means there is no risk of the code being accidentally visible which would compromise the security of your spare key.  

Which outdoor key safe is best?

It's fair to say that not all key boxes are secure, regardless of their mechanism. When it comes to choosing the right key safe for your property, security is key. To ensure the durability of your device, you should look for any third-party certifications or high attack ratings. Don't just pick a key storage device because it's cheap or you like how it looks, no matter how tempting it may be! At the end of the day, you want to keep your property as secure as possible to ensure your guests have a wonderful experience without worrying about their belongings. With a secure key safe box, you also don't have to experience the hassle and stress of a break-in or theft.  

So, which key safe box is best for you, as an Airbnb owner?  

Our police preferred range includes the Supra C500 KeySafe™ and Supra P500 KeySafe™, offering you unbeatable security, and with that comes peace of mind. These police preferred devices are certified by the Loss Prevention Certification Board and Secured by Design. Thanks to their unbeatable attack standard, they are recognised as the most secure mechanical key safes in the UK. Now, that's something no other key safe box can boast!  

The Supra P500 KeySafe™ is the perfect key holding solution for Airbnb owners. It includes additional safety features such as an anti-drill insert and an anti-tamper plate. Security is a priority, with numerous guests coming and going from your property. The anti-tamper plate is especially useful as it prevents accidental code changes by holidaymakers or their curious children. No other manufacturer of pushbutton key safes offers this feature, making this device completely unique.  

If you do not require all the features of the Supra P500 KeySafe™, then the Supra C500 KeySafe™ is a fantastic alternative. It has the same security rating as its counterpart, so you know you aren't scrimping when it comes to durability. The anti-tamper plate can also be an optional feature with the Supra C500 KeySafe™, if you decide to amp up your code security later.  

Find out more about the differences between the Supra C500 KeySafe™ and Supra P500 KeySafe™ here

With so many guests visiting your property because of travel restrictions, you need a reliable outdoor key safe. You can find all sorts of lock boxes online that are selling cheaply. However, this does not mean they will last very long. Eventually, the cost of replacing these key boxes and re-installing them is likely to exceed the price of a sturdy and reliable key safe, which you can find from our police preferred range. We are so confident about the durability of these devices, that it comes with a 5-year warranty. These are wall-mounted key safes that are built to last. 

Like the early part of 2021, you will need to think even more about the cleanliness of your Airbnb, and the safety of your guests. This will likely mean that you will have professional cleaners visit the property to ensure that it is hygienic for your next guests and does not put them at unnecessary risk of being exposed to Covid. Service providers can remotely access the holiday let by using the key safe and without you having to be at the premises to let them in.  

What is also useful about our key safe boxes is that you can easily change the code as many times as you need to, especially as you have so many people coming and going. 

Decided one of our police preferred key safes is right for you?

We offer next-working-day delivery with dispatch running until the 23rd of December, so you can have one of our outside key safes delivered to your Airbnb just in time for Christmas.  

One of the benefits of our key safes is that you can easily install the device yourself. To ensure that your device remains police preferred, just follow the instructions included with the key safe and use the fixings provided with the device. We have also created a handy key safe installation video guide to talk you through the process. 


If you have any questions about our key storage solutions, give our team a call on 0330 363 0303