Having a master key is important but what is more important is to keep the master key in an accessible and safe area for you to retrieve it during times of emergency. It has to be accessible for someone arriving for your help as well during such times, like the fire department team. Having no access to the keys in your unit can prevent them from doing their job adequately and can prevent them from saving key parts of your building, belongings and other items from severe damage. During such times, having a key safe around would be really very handy as the fire department team or whoever, can reach to accessing your unit as soon as possible.
However, having these external key safes have their own dangers as well. If they get into the hands of thieves or robbers, then they gain access to the whole of your unit easily to perform their robbery later on. It is important to manage this fine line of safety versus easy access during times of danger. There are some tips to go about this problem and in this article we will run them through for you to ensure that your key safe is placed in the right and safe way.
The location of your key safe
Where to place your key safe is an important question. You should never keep your key safe mounted directly on a wall of your building’s façade. Doing as such can allow your key safe to be in danger of being ripped off any anyone who walks past. If you do keep your key safe in the exterior of the building, make sure you leave it in a nice cavity made of its storage.
Also it is important to secure it in somewhere where there is a good flow of people traffic. Having people around makes it less likely for someone to go up to your key safe to rip it apart. Also, even if they do so, having people around gives you witnesses for such an event. If you keep your key safe in a secluded area, then make sure that there are security cameras around the area and that the area is well lit so that you can keep an eye on it all the time.
Cost of installing a key safe
The last thing you want to do is to try to cut cost and budget around with your key safe installation. The better constructed and mounted the key safe is, the less likely it is going to be removed and stolen.
Securing it safely involves the generous use of bolts to secure the structure to the wall which is the main structure holding your key safe. A self-tapping screw will not do the job as it is not sturdy and strong enough. You would need machine bolts to complete the job and also you have to ensure that machine bolts are around the premise to be used so that you can carry out regular maintenance works on the key safe mount.
What to keep in the key safe
This is where a discussion with the fire department might come in handy. Consult them on which areas are those that you would need to cover with access in your key safe. Discuss with them about having a grand master key in the key safe. This is a risky idea to carry out so you might find alternatives like having another key safe inside your unit for the grand master key. This area can be one that can only be accessed with the keys inside the key safe. This is done so that the risk of losing a grand master key is minimized, as it would take a lot of money and effort to get that replaced.
If under any circumstance one should lose their keys, they should consider replacing that particular padlock as soon as possible. At Eagle’s Locksmith Cincinnati, we understand that urgency and can get the replacement done in a short span of time.