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At The Key Safe Company, we believe that not all key safes are made equal. Cheaper products such as scroll locks and plastic push-button lock boxes are easier to break into and do not go through the same rigorous testing as high-security key safes do. Price is often a good indicator of security and quality levels. Cheaper products often do not have any independent testing security accreditation whereas high-security key safes will be SBD (Secured By Design) and LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) accredited, which you can learn more about in our recent ‘What Is A Police Preferred Key Safe’ blog. There are different levels of LPCB accreditation too. The Key Safe Company’s C500 Police Preferred KeySafe™ and P500 Police Preferred KeySafe™ are the only two mechanical key safes to have attained the LPS 1175: Issue 8, A5 accreditation from LPCB - making them the UK’s most secure mechanical key safes. 

To install the key safe securely the following rules need to be observed:

  • Always follow the manufacturer's installation guide. 
  • Be sure to use the screws supplied with the key safe. The screws used with our accredited products have undergone stringent tests as part of the independent testing process to ensure the key safe is securely affixed onto the wall. Using unapproved fixtures could compromise the key safe’s anchoring onto the wall and will invalidate the security accreditation. 
  • The masonry screws provided with our Supra C500 and Supra P500 key safes should be installed directly into brick or concrete - no rawl plugs are required. 
  • Ensure the key safe is mounted flush with the masonry surface and does not rock. 
  • Do not mount a key safe closer than 6” or 15cm to the corner o a masonry surface.
  • Masonry screws should only be installed directly into brick and never directly into the mortar as this would weaken the mounting. 
  • We recommend setting your key safe code before you install it. For guidance on how to set a code in your C500 KeySafe visit our support centre.

If you need more information on the installation of your very own police preferred key safe, please take a look at The Key Safe Company Self-installation guide.

The best position to mount your key safe 

Where you mount your key safe will depend on the product chosen: high-security products can be positioned in sight but no or low-security key boxes are an easy target and should be out of sight. Always opt for the highest security product you can afford like Supra C500 or Supra P500 – UK’s most secure police preferred mechanical key safes.

Covert Positioning

Inferior key safes or key boxes without independent testing accreditations like SBD police preferred specification or third party accreditation such as LPCB (Loss Prevention Certification Board) standard are easier to break into and should always be positioned out of sight not to attract attention. We recommend that you always opt for the highest security key safes which have been independently tested against attacks such as Supra C500 and Supra P500. If you do, however, purchase a non-secure key box or key safe, The Key Safe Company recommends that you only use them to store keys with low-value contents such as sheds or outbuildings and never to provide access to vulnerable people’s homes. 

Always check with your insurance provider to see if cheaper key sharing solutions do not invalidate your home insurance.  

Many people install lower security key boxes on the sidewall, at the back of the property or hidden out of sight on the front of the house, for example, at a lower level or behind a plant. This is not as safe you might think, particularly when the key box is not visible from the front of the house, as it presents burglars an opportunity to breach the device without being seen. At The Key Safe Company, we recommend choosing high quality, independently accredited key safes even for an ‘out of sight’ positioning, to reduce the risk of burglars breaking into your key box.

Overt Positioning

Products with a third-party accreditation like Secured by Design police-preferred specification or LPCB attack standard are safe to be placed both at the front of a house or at the back if preferred. To get the most out of your key safe, we recommend installing your Supra C500 or Supra P500 key safe in an overt position as these products have undergone vigorous anti-attack testing by independent industry bodies. 

Overt positioning offers greater ease of use and ultimate convenience as the key safe is in easy reach and in good light for quick key access and easy code changing. If your high-security key safe is used by a third party like a dog walker, cleaner or carer, positioning it by the front door will make it much more convenient for them to use, as they can open the key safe with one hand whilst holding a dog lead, cleaning products or shopping bags in the other, and proceed straight into the property. They don’t have to waste time or be inconvenienced looking for the key safe and can access it quickly and with ease.

Equally, if you’re regularly using a good quality secure, attack tested key safe yourself in order not to take the key when going on walks or to the gym, you’ll want it positioned conveniently right by the front door so you can quickly access and put back the key without having to go round the back of the property to retrieve it. This way, you will find using the key safe much more enjoyable and are likely to use it more frequently, making sure you’re getting your money’s worth. 

Positioning the key safe at a convenient level such as chest level or wheelchair access height and in a place with plenty of natural lighting will make it easier to use and will also help with code changing. We recommend you change your code on a regular basis for security reasons, particularly if you’ve shared your code with a third party outside your close circle of trust.