Most people who buy a key safe do so to get some peace of mind knowing that help is always available, especially if friends, family, or loved ones live some distance away.
The reality is that many families are separated by distance and not everyone has reliable neighbours they count on when they need help. It’s unfortunate, but the truth of the matter is that many people out there, especially elderly people who live alone, do not have local support and are vulnerable as a result.
But emergencies are not the only reason to have a key safe. This is especially true in 2022 where, due to COVID-19, many elderly people who have been shielding over the last year or so have had their groceries delivered by home help, or they have had friends or loved ones visit more regularly to check in with them.
In this post, we visit a few other reasons to buy a key safe that you may not have thought of, starting with a quick reminder of what key safes are and also some tips if you are concerned about how safe and secure they are.
What is a key safe?
A Key Safe is a discreet metal lockbox that can store one or more keys to your home. It is typically secured on the wall near your front door, or another convenient location, on the outside of the home. On the front of the cabinet, you will find a keypad used to enter a code that, when correct, will unlock the safe and reveal a compartment that holds one or more keys.
Are key safes secure?
Having a key safe fitted can feel like an overwhelming prospect. After all, it holds the keys to your front door and your home! There are also many options to choose from, all with varying degrees of build quality.
Our advice is to first check that a key safe is recommended by others or is highly rated in its reviews. One example of a trusted product is the Master Lock key safe, a compact and spacious key cabinet that is sturdy, weatherproof, and offers over key code 10,000 combinations.
You should also look for signs of certification or accreditations. If you are looking for a more premium key safe, the Burton Keyguard Digital XL is accredited by Secured By Design which means it is built to a Police Preferred Specification. The Keyguard XL is also the world’s first key safe to be certified to meet the LPS1175 Issue 8 A3 standard – the highest standard available right now.
These trusted key safe products are far more secure than simply keeping a spare key under your doormat or a nearby flowerpot, and both come highly recommended at their individual price points.
Both the Master Lock and the Burton Keyguard XL can be purchased from Telecare24 when ordering a careline alarm plan.
Reasons to have a key safe in 2022
Save time and money spent on getting your key copied
Getting your keys copied can be time-consuming and expensive depending on how many copies you want to make. With a key safe, you can simply give your friends, family, and loved ones the code to your key safe instead. Whenever you want to give somebody new access to your home, you only need to give them the code.
Convenience for family, friends, carers or other home help
It’s a fact of life that at some point we may need additional help to look after ourselves or our homes. This is especially true looking back at 2020 where, due to lockdown restrictions and coronavirus, many elderly people are shielding at home and cannot simply pop to the shops to buy groceries or medication.
A key safe makes it easier for your caregivers to access the property and saves you needing to move about to let them in when the doorbell rings. Take comfort in knowing they can let themselves in when you are out in the garden and unable to hear the door.
You may also have other types of home help services who need to come in and out of the house – such as cleaners, gardeners, or meals on wheels.
Having a key safe also makes it much more convenient for your family and friends to visit you when they need to. Perhaps you’re feeling unwell and it’s a struggle to get to the door, or they need to get access to your house when you’re not at home.
While we only suggest ever giving your key safe code to a reliable person that you trust, it can be helpful if you need to let people in when you’re not there. For example, if you’re having some work done on your home. You can always change the code after the fact if you’re worried, but remember it’s imperative to let us and your keyholders know straight away.
A lifeline when you get locked out
It doesn’t happen often, but we’ve all been or come close to being locked out at one point or another, and the feeling of knowing you’ve left your keys inside the house can be anxiety-inducing. With a spare key stored in a key safe outside the property, you know you’ll always have access to your home no matter what.
For added security in the case that your keys are lost
We all lose things from time to time, and your keyholders are no exception! Having a key safe means that you don’t have to worry about those people looking after your keys or losing them – because they should never leave the property without putting them back in the box.
In case of emergencies
Ultimately, a key safe is hugely beneficial in an emergency. The last thing you want is the emergency services having to force their way into your property. It’s costly and a headache to deal with afterwards, especially if the emergency is minor.
If you have a careline alarm and have an emergency, we will inform the paramedics who are en route of your key safe’s access code, which enables easy access to your home so that they can provide all the care that you need as quickly as possible.
If you have any questions about buying a key safe when you order a careline alarm from Telecare24, why not send us a message or give us a call.