Widespread raids on key safes in Victoria
Key safes are popular across Victoria for renters and homeowners who need to allow third parties into their homes, whether for care, chores or simply when they forget their own keys. But are they truly safe?
Earlier this year, St Kilda resident Peter Matthews answered a call from his apartment building’s regular cleaner. The key safe that the cleaner had gone to fetch their keys from had been smashed open, and the keys were gone.
Matthews investigated by watching his building’s CCTV footage and quickly spotted the culprit. “The thief used a hammer,” he recalled. “We could see him striking furiously down on to it [the key safe].”
Luckily the keys only gave the burglar access to common facility areas in the building and not private apartments. But had the cleaner been employed to clean Matthews’ apartment instead, his valuables could easily have been stolen. “We’ve been told by our access control contractor that this is widespread,” Matthews said.
Here’s everything you need to know about increasing key safe theft, and how you can protect your home.