Today I will be reviewing The Supra C500 KeySafe™, which is one of two police-preferred key safes from The Key Safe Company. Firstly, I’d like to share the benefits of having a key safe installed at your home or business property, and who would benefit from having one.
This item was received for review purposes, but rest assured that I will only feature products that I am happy to recommend.
Benefits of having a key safe
There are a variety of reasons why you might like to install a key safe at your property. We had one at home for many years and it was so useful. A key safe is a secure way to store a spare key so that others can access your home without disturbing you.
- Teenage and adult children can let themselves in without the need to carry a key. Believe me, our children lost so many keys which left me feeling concerned about security. With a key safe, they were able to use the same key and put it back in the safe once they’d opened the door. This also meant we weren’t on the receiving end of late-night phone calls or incessant door banging.
- Older, vulnerable, or disabled people can use this in conjunction with an emergency support line so that emergency services can access your property if you cannot answer the door.
- If you are going on holiday and have several neighbours checking in on your pets or your property, they can all access the same key which prevents the need to have lots of additional keys cut.
- Cleaners or other trusted work operatives can let themselves in if you are at work or asleep when they arrive.
- A key safe is ideal if you rent out a holiday home to different people. The guests can be given the code without you needing to be on call to let them in on arrival. We have stayed at an Airbnb apartment and this worked well. It also meant that we didn’t have to carry a key around if we were going to the beach.
- Leaving a key in a key safe is useful if you are going out for a quick walk and don’t want to take a bag or leave keys in your pocket. It is also handy if you have a self-locking door and don’t want to risk being locked out if you are in your garden.
- It is useful to have a spare key in a key safe if family or friends might need to get into your home to drop a parcel or shopping whilst you are at work.
My first impression of The Supra C500 KeySafe™
I was immediately impressed with the build quality and weight of the Supra C500 from The Key Safe Company. It is seriously heavy, and of far superior quality to the key safe that we had previously owned which had been purchased from a DIY store. It also has a weatherproof cover which we didn’t have on our older safe. This has the added benefit that it is not immediately identifiable as a key safe.
How to install Supra C500 KeySafe™
Our key safe came on a next day delivery service and arrived boxed with pictorial and written instructions.
It is fairly straightforward for anyone to install the Supra C500 KeySafe™ providing you have a drill and a T30 screwdriver. It comes supplied with some heavy duty screws that do not require additional wall plugs.
After setting your code, you drill your holes into the wall (it must be concrete or masonry), using the mounting template supplied in the instructions, and affix to the wall through the four pre-drilled holes on the backplate.
You can view their installation video here.
However, if you do not feel confident doing this yourself or do not have access to a drill and screwdriver, installation can be arranged directly with The Key Safe Company when making your purchase. It is currently £58 to have that service.
Code combinations for a Supra C500 KeySafe™
The code can be set with the tool supplied and changed whenever you need to. This is particularly useful if you feel that someone may know your code that shouldn’t, or you need to change it regularly in the instance of a holiday let.
There are over 4,000 different code combinations available making it far less possible for someone to guess your code, providing you don’t use personal details such as birthdays, pin numbers, house numbers, etc.
This model of key safe is police-preferred and has an independent security rating from the Loss Prevention Certification Board.
Would I recommend a Supra C500 KeySafe™?
Yes, I would be more than happy to recommend the Supra C500 model of key safe from The Key Safe Company. It is well made and far superior to any other safe I’ve owned or seen in friends’ properties. It has great reviews, great credentials, and a fast despatch.
I love that it is a push button with a twist handle to open the safe. Our older key safe had a scroll lock mechanism and you needed to choose the code by rotating a numbered dial. This could be tricky getting the numbers to line up and open, and then remember to scramble the code afterwards. With a push button key safe you don’t have to do this.
There is room for up to 6 keys, which although not needed for our family, I can see how it would be useful. It also makes it less fiddly to place the key back in the safe and lock it.
I love that The Key Safe Company provide an installation service for those who can’t fit themselves.
If in doubt or you have any more questions, head over to The Key Safe Company website which has a comprehensive list of FAQs and is easy to navigate.
Without wanting to give away anyone’s security details, have you used a key safe before?
Do you think they are a good idea?