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At a loss, any advice would be gratefully received.

Jaric

Registered User
Jun 8, 2018
23
On a very practical level regarding issues with keys, we installed a key safe at Mums house, in a very discreet place that mum never spotted. We then sneakily had a locksmith change the barrels in all doors ( front, back and patio) for the same one so one key opened all doors. This was done when I took mum out for lunch! We popped a key on all her key rings.

This meant that it did not matter which key ring mum used nor which door she was opening, mum could still get in or lock up. But more than that it meant there was a good chance that we would still be able to get in if she left the key on the inside of a lock as it was unlikely that mum would leave a key in all three locks.

I know it seems over the top but we used a lot of techniques, including technology, that mum was unaware of but enabled her to live safely as home for a long time.. We never addressed the accusations of stealing from her but luckily mum blamed the local school children for breaking into her house rather than me!
Thanks for that info, I’ll look into a keysafe. It’s a really good idea to change the barrels. She is blaming kids for some things (started smoking again and miraculously finds a way to get cigarettes), kids are sneaking in and stealing them though.
 

nae sporran

Volunteer Host
Oct 29, 2014
7,223
Bristol
Thanks for that info, I’ll look into a keysafe. It’s a really good idea to change the barrels. She is blaming kids for some things (started smoking again and miraculously finds a way to get cigarettes), kids are sneaking in and stealing them though.

This was the one we had before moving into extra care housing. It was recommended by Social Services and comes with Police recommendation too. I can't remember if we actually bought it from this website or from a shop like B&Q or Screwfix.
 

Lynmax

Registered User
Nov 1, 2016
592
We also bought a key safe that was accredited by the police. we were advised to fit it out of direct sight from the road but where users could be seen so put it on the side wall, close to the back door but tucked between two down pipes. There have been cases in mums area of people trying to force open key safes.

Yesterday a plasterer was visiting mums house to repair some flood damage. The house empty as mum is living in a care home and there was a major water leak a few weeks ago which caused thousands of pounds of damage - fortunately covered by insurance! He had to phone me to ask where the key safe was as he could not find it! We obviously chose the best spot for it!
 

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