Should You Disguise Your Outdoor Key Safe?

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A key safe is a clever way to hide a key, offering more security than leaving your spare key under a doormat or plant pot. You may be wondering whether you need to hide your key safe from view too, or whether it needs to be hidden at all. 

Not all key safes out there have equal security standards. Luckily, there is an easy way to tell which product is truly safe and secure by checking its security credentials. If an external accrediting body approves your key safe, such as the Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB) and police initiative “Secured by Design”, you can be sure that your device has been certified to withstand an attack and will keep your key and possessions secure. If a key safe does not have any third-party accreditations, you are right to be suspicious, as this could mean that it had not undergone the same levels of testing and could therefore be easily compromised. We advise you always to be safe than sorry and only opt for products with both of these badges. 

Where to put an outdoor key safe?

Where you install your key safe is down to personal preference and the level of security your device holds. For example, our police preferred Supra C500 and P500 key safes to be positioned by the front door for ease of access. They also hold the highest LPCB accreditation that a mechanical key safe has achieved in the UK. As well as convenience, having a key safe in a prominent position is particularly useful if a trusted third party such as emergency services need access to your property, as they can spot your key safe easily.
However, if you’re not sure if the key safe has been tested against physical attack, placing it by the front door may not be a good idea. In fact, we don’t recommend using such devices on any buildings holding valuable items, your home being first and foremost. If you have assessed the risk and decide to buy an uncertified key holder, you may want to position it in a discreet location.

How to disguise a key safe?

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If you prefer to have your key safe out of plain sight, then you can use one of our key safe water-resistant covers that come with your purchase. As well as providing essential protection against the elements and keeping your key safe in good working order, outdoor weather covers obscure your device from passers-by, offering you more options on where you can install it. 

The key safe cover has the added benefit of being water-resistant, protecting your safe from the elements, keeping it working for longer. Access is always easier when the key safe is close to your front door, particularly if used regularly or by a third-party service provider. 

However, if you want to have your key safe away from your front door, you can fix it onto the side of your house or lower down on the property, so it is hidden by shrubbery or a wall. 

Nevertheless, there is a risk that tucking your key safe away does give potential intruders an excellent place to hide away while they try to crack open the key box. If your key safe has a lower attack standard, then it could be broken into quite quickly, meaning that hiding your key safe away was futile. Access solutions such as hidden key holders disguised as rocks and key safes with a poor security rating could not only put your property and possessions at risk, but it could run the risk of invalidating your home insurance. 

Conversely, installing a high-security key safe in a prominent and visible location could provide added security. Burglars are typically opportunist thieves who like to act fast and unnoticed. Trying to attack a secure key safe right by the front door is undoubtedly likely to attract unwanted attention, which is the last thing burglars want. Front of house positioning could work particularly well when coupled with external sensor lights, which any unwelcome night-time movement would trigger. 

Therefore, when thinking of where to position your key safe, it is far more essential to consider the security and durability of your key safe. We recommend that you only opt for the best quality products such as the Supra C500 Keysafe™ and Supra P500 Keysafe™, which are as secure as your front door, having recently undergone independent attack testing to achieve the LPS 1175 Issue 8 A5 attack standard. This new rating has secured their joint position as the most secure mechanical key safes on the UK market.

How to hide a key outside of your apartment.

If you live in an apartment complex, we recommend prioritising the level of key safe security over the device positioning. A secure outdoor key safe near your front door can provide peace of mind.

Final thoughts.

Where you put your key safe depends on its level of security rating, as well as your personal preference. However, there are a few simple things you can do to protect your spare key and, therefore, your property:

  • Only purchase a secure key safe which has been attack-tested by an external accrediting body.
  • Install your key safe close to your front door for ease of use and higher visibility to deter burglars, particularly if your property has an outdoor wall light with a movement sensor 
  • If you still prefer to hide your key safe, ensure it is not in a place where potential intruders could hide too!