Keeping keys out of the wrong hands is a big task when running a business, coupled with ensuring they are organised.
With that in mind, below is a fast and simple ‘Key Cabinet Buyer’s Guide’.
Security Key Cabinets for Car and Vehicle Keys
Vehicle Rentals, Car Showrooms & Fleet Management
If your business revolves around a large numbers of car keys which change hands frequently, you’ll want to choose a key cabinet with wider hooks and a deeper body. This will make it easier to store larger keys or bunches of keys, which can then be accessed quickly.
Look out for cabinets with a key deposit slot – that way, any number of people can deposit keys without having access to the rest of the keys inside and/or an electronic keypad locking.
Key Cabinets for Hotels, Offices and Estate Agents
Often, a key cabinet needs to serve as a key organiser as well as a security solution.
Hoteliers, estate agents and landlords are all key examples of people who could benefit from this kind of key cabinet.
Key cabinets are used pretty much anywhere; from showrooms to schools, hotels to hospitals or pubs to police stations.
It doesn’t matter if you’re a small business or a multi-national corporation with several worksites, a wide range of key cabinets are available designed to store anything from 20 to 2000 keys.
What types of key cabinets are available?
- Key operated
- Combination lock operated
- Electronic keypad locking
- Various colours and numbered key tags
- Different sized hooks for different sized key
Holiday Homes/Apartments and Single Buildings
Not every business needs to look after a high number of keys.
If you run a holiday home or have another property at which you need to retain a key, don’t simply stick it under a flower pot, it’s the first place a burglar will look – this when you will need to use a key guard.
Key Safes are usually wall mounted and can store up to five keys.
Recommendations for choosing a key box/key guard
- A key box or key guard can store up to five keys instead of using large key cabinet. The safe key will keep your keys safe within a small, combination-guarded box or cache.
- Key guards are typically installed on exterior property walls they allow landlords to let their holiday homes or apartments for short term leases without constantly having to be present.
- The fitting of these key safes is important – they ideally need to be professionally fitted to a sturdy wall, and out of site.
- Where possible look for 3rd party approval of your Key Safe such as Sold Secure, LPS or Secured by Design