Home Security and Biometric Key Safe Cabinets for the House

Kidde AccessPoint 001795 Combination TouchPoint Entry Key Locker, Clay, 30 Key
Kidde AccessPoint 001795 Combination TouchPoint Entry Key Locker, Clay, 30 Key

* Locking wall-mount cabinet for storing keys

* Holds 30 keys; pushbutton lock with over 1,000 re-settable combinations

* More depth for larger key rings; 16-gauge heavy-duty steel construction

* Includes screw and wall anchors for easy mounting and setup

* Measures 12.04 by 8.11 by 3.19 inches; limited 5-year warranty

 

Home security or biometric key safes are really something we should consider buying. If you're anything like me, you leave your car keys lying in the kitchen or place them on a hook on the wall, for convenience.

The outhouse key is normally hanging up on a shelf, ditto the garage key. The backdoor key is normally in the door itself. The basement key I'm always losing and it's a mad search through loose paperwork sitting around, or a rummage through drawers to find it.

Apart from losing keys inside my own house, the ones that are sitting there in a handy place for convenience, are a burglar's dream.

No matter how secure you think your house is, someone always manages to get round your security system, and once in, don't let them take your keys too.

Apart from them stealing your car (and are you sure your insurance company will pay out for its loss when the thief had the keys?), they could raid your outhouse for all the expensive equipment you keep there - grass-cutters, garden implements, etc. You might not think they are worth much, but look at what it will cost you to replace them. Don't assume your insurance will cover you when there are no signs of forced entry.

Even if your raider is discovered, if he takes any keys with him when he flees, you are going to have to go the not inconsiderable expense of replacing all those locks.

What types of locks have you got?

Pin Tumbler Locks

Yale locks use the pin tumbler mechanism. Inside the lock is a series of pins of varying lengths which fit the outline of the key designed to fit it, and which turn when the key is turned to unlock the door.

While they are convenient and easy to use, they can be picked which makes them unsuitable for using if you leave your house or want to feel safe whilst in your bed at night. Better to have a dead-bolt in place for use at such times.

Lever Tumbler Locks

These are much harder to pick because they use levers that slot into place. The more levers, the safer the lock is. The Chubb Detector lock is considered to be the most secure of all, although it too can picked, it takes a long time for the thief to work out the exact combination of which lever moves when. It may take him a period of months to work it out exactly, as each mistake made when moving a lever jams the locking mechanism, which isn't then released until the true key is used to open the lock.

Did you know that with ordinary but less secure lever tumbler locks. ie the mortise key, it is relatively easy for a thief to make a wax copy of your internal locking mechanism, then go away and make a copy? Then all he has to do is watch your house to know when it is empty, and enter with his copied key and help himself.

He can use a blank key covered with wax, insert it into the lock, turn it and withdraw it. He then has the exact impression of the key.

This can be avoided by always leaving a key on the inside of the lock while you are in the house.

The safest place for your front door key is on your person. If your day-today clothing does not include pockets, consider putting this lock on a chain that you can wear round your neck.

Types of key safes

There are lock and key safes, but you don't want one of them because that is one more key for you to lose or misplace. There is no point in hanging the key next to the key-safe. A burglar would just think it was Christmas! Happy days! He gets into your safe with minimum effort and steals ALL your keys!

Electronic key safes.

Biometric key safes.

By far the best choice because you want your key-safe to be convenient above all else. If they are easy for you to access, it is easier to get into the habit of always placing your keys inside, and its so easy to get them out again.

Convenience is very important when it comes to the correct usage of key-safes, unless the only keys you want to store there are keys that you seldom use.

How many times have you gone into a cafe and have to ask at the counter for the key to use their toilets? That's inconvenient and annoying, and while you understand why they do it, you don't want to be bothered with that extra effort in your own house.

Biometric key safes recognise you. They either use fingerprint or voice technology, so one swipe or one command opens it, and it's automatically locked as soon as you close the door.

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