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How can a Key Safe help the Emergency Services?

In the event of an emergency, our range of key safes are the perfect solution to grant immediate and controlled access for the emergency services. Installing a secure key safe to your home eliminates the need for doors or windows to be forced open. Healthcare providers no longer must wait for family or friends to grant access to the property.

Providing a guaranteed means of access reduces delays for vital assessment and treatment. Our key safes have been proven to reduce response time and ensure access to vulnerable people.

The Key Safe Company is a member of the Telecare Services Association (TSA), and our products are recognised and endorsed by leading Telecare service providers.

 Our work with industry experts and the emergency services guarantees products such as our Supra C500 KeySafe™ are suitable and essential to the delivery of emergency care.

 

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Key safes enable controlled access for emergency services and prevent forced entry, saving you hundreds of pounds

If the emergency services need to gain access to your property, they could break open doors or windows if they believe there is a risk to the patient. They are unlikely to pay for any damage if they have justifiable reason to force entry into your premises.

If you install a key safe, we advise you to pass the code to your local emergency services, as healthcare providers can gain access to your property quickly and without forced entry.

Case Study: Bedfordshire Bobby Vans

The Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust Bobby Scheme was created to support elderly and vulnerable victims of crime and domestic abuse. The scheme provides free home security checks and deals with immediate security issues. 

As part of an evaluation, team members visit the home to improve security and safety features. The fitters install a range of security enhancements such as the Supra C500 KeySafe™ to allow controlled access to the house for users without the need for multiple keys and the risk of losing them.

Martin Darlow, Chief Executive at the Bedfordshire Police Partnership Trust, commented that “The scheme was set up a number of years ago to plug the gap for elderly and vulnerable people who were unable to afford to protect themselves in the home. Many people we see have already been victims of crime and do not have the means to prevent themselves from further risks. The scheme has proven beneficial to the community as we found the chances of an elderly person becoming a repeat victim of crime, in the first six months after an incident, drops from 14% to just 1% if they have had a visit from us.”

The organisation depends on charitable donations and receives referrals from emergency services, local authorities and loved ones of vulnerable people who feel they could profit from the evaluation. Martin added that “As well as installing security measures, we fit key safes as requested as we feel they are a vital addition to the homes of elderly and vulnerable people as they may often have care workers visit the house throughout the day. It ensures that numerous people aren’t holding keys and gives people the peace of mind that their keys are safely locked away. “We’ve fitted other key safes but currently use The Key Safe Company, which are the best on the market. What was really important to us was that the Supra C500 was police accredited, which gives us the confidence to further recommend.”

The partnership between the scheme and The Key Safe Company ensures that each fitter is taken through a training course with the company to receive a key safe accreditation. The Supra C500 KeySafe™ has certification from The Loss Prevention Certification Board (LPCB), the leading international Certification Body in the fields of security and fire protection. David Ogden, Managing Director for The Key Safe Company, commented that “Key safes provide a vital resource for elderly and vulnerable members of our society and we’re keen to ensure we’re assisting schemes such as the Bobby Vans to help reach those who may be more susceptible to crime. We recommend anyone who knows someone who could benefit from our service to get in touch.” 

The C500 is recognised by the Secured By Design initiative and leading home insurance companies. 

Additionally, the product has undergone rigorous testing devised by security experts to demonstrate an equivalent attack resistance to as a residential front door. 

Case Study: Oldham Mountain Rescue

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Oldham Mountain Rescue Team provides a search and rescue service for people in difficulty in wild and remote places. The organisation covers Peak District National Park and rural areas of Greater Manchester

Due to the outstanding work that has done over the past 55 years, the group has recently received The Queens Award For Voluntary Service, the highest recognition that is awarded to a voluntary organisation.

Equipment and vehicles must always be easily accessible, as volunteers are on call 24 hours a day. The Key Safe Company donated a range of key safe products to the service, such as the police-accredited Supra P500 KeySafe. Our products provide volunteers with controlled access to the resources and equipment required to carry out search                                       and rescue operations.

To access the rescue vehicle quickly, the team have had a customised housing mount manufactured to the roll bars of the vehicle to house the S7 Big Box KeySafe.

Throughout busy times of the year, the Oldham Mountain Rescue Team also work with the emergency services by utilising their specialist skills. The installation of our key safes enables the team to reach those in need of help quickly, which is vital in the event of an emergency.

Justin Parkinson, Chair of Oldham Mountain Rescue Team, commented that "We have over 50 volunteers and rely on donations to help us carry out our work, so we are extremely grateful for the support from The Key Safe Company. Since installing the key safes, we no longer must rely on key holders to access the building, which has certainly saved us a significant amount of time and allows us to get to those in danger in difficult areas much more quickly."

"Oldham Mountain Rescue Team was formed in 1964 and has grown significantly over the years. Despite dealing with difficult and often harrowing situations, there is a strong ethos within the team, and we have become a family unit, both inside and outside of work."

The company's police accredited Supra P500 Key Safe is accredited by Secured by Design. The P500 is one of the most reliable key safes on the market, with the equivalent security attack standard as a residential front door.

The Key Safe Company's additional products include the S7 Big Box KeySafe, which is suitable when needing to store multiple keys. The S7 implements a practical means of storing car keys and fobs.

 David Ogden, Managing Director of The Key Safe Company, emphasised that "Oldham Mountain Rescue Team provide a vital service and it is great to see that our products can make such a difference. As well as providing a safe and secure method of storing keys, key safes also offer a convenient and time-saving solution, which is particularly important for services like Oldham Mountain Rescue Team."