I have fielded many calls from auto dealers and auto repairers wanting a secure after hours key drop box. In actual fact there a few different reason that people want a drop box for keys. Over the last 40 years I have seen the price for car keys slowly increase. It has now got to the point where replacing a set of car keys can cost as much as $1000. If the keys are stolen the locks will also need to be changed and that can cost $2000 per car. Thus Insurance companies are forcing those who store car keys to make sure they are secure.
If a auto mechanic or panel beater has say, 20 sets of keys stolen the insurance company could easily have to pay $40 or $50K. Now if you have clients that drop off keys after hours you will be forced to keep the keys safe. It would be easy for a criminal to sit waiting and watching for a set of keys to be left and then steal the keys & the car. Its not hard to imagine how any insurance company would react. And we ALL know that Insurance companies will do their very best to deny a claim if there is fault. SO my tip is make sure its VERY hard for criminals to steal keys left unattended.
Make sure the safe or dropbox you decide upon is very secure and doesn’t use light grade steel. Cordless angle grinders are their nemesis !
Sure a Bunnings safe MAY look like it will work but I am here to tell you it wont. Sure cameras will record HOW they got the keys but the Police wont be interested. The after hours key drop box pictured below is made from 10mm thick steel. Our client has lots of car carriers dropping of cars after hours. And needed a sure fire way to stop thieves from “fishing” the keys out of the drop box using a coathanger. The safe we provided was also anchored on the wall with chemset concrete anchors.
We have designed & installed key drop boxes that have a chute that goes through the wall. The keys are then deposited inside a locked safe on the inside of the building. This makes it more difficult than installing a box on the outside of a wall. However this is not always possible. Criminals are also known to break in through the roof to steal car keys. In short the solution to keeping car keys safe can be involved. We can definitely offer many options and tailor a solution to your specific needs. Just call or email us, we ship our safes Australia wide.
This drop safe has baffles inside to stop the keys being fished out
The deposit hole has a roof and is offset to make using a wire very tricky