Welcome guest, is this your first visit? Create Account now to join.
  • Login:

Welcome to the NZ Hunting and Shooting Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed.

Black Watch NZGR


User Tag List

+ Reply to Thread
Page 1 of 6 123456 LastLast
Results 1 to 15 of 76
Like Tree117Likes

Thread: Hiding Gun Cabinet Keys

  1. #1
    Member Beetroot's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    Morrinsville
    Posts
    1,331

    Hiding Gun Cabinet Keys

    Hi all,

    Been thinking a fair bit about my hiding spot lately, and thought it could be a good topic to bring up on here.
    It's going to be a bit difficult as we obviously don't want to tell the world where we have our keys hidden or where makes a good hiding spot, but perhaps a few of the cops on here or people in the know can warn myself and other gun owners of places to NOT put them.

    I know when keeping your firearms (or anything for that matter) safe from criminals you need to think like a criminal, but for all us non-criminal types that is easier said than done? Obviously putting the keys in a drawer right next to the cabinet is not a good idea, but perhaps throwing them in with all the other keys in your key basket may at first sound stupid, but is a opportunist thief going to try key in the key basket to see if it works?

    I suppose it then brings up the issue of an A-cat safes purpose is to stop opportunist thieves, so what is an opportunist thief likely to do?
    Are they going to spend 30 seconds looking through your undies drawer and if they aren't there give up? Or are they likely to spend 20 minutes rummaging through everything you own to find where they are hidden.
    Now if someone is intent on stealing your firearms they are likely to bring tools to either cut the safe open or rip the whole thing off the wall, so hiding your keys is going to do very little.

    As a responsible firearm owner I have taken the best precautions I can to buy a solidly built safe and have it bolted/screwed down the best I can, I also don't tell everyone and post pics to Facebook of every gun I own.
    Unfortunately were someone to break into my house it is likely they will find my safe, so realistically the final precaution I can take is hiding the keys somewhere that won't be found easily.

    Keen to here what others thoughts are, whilst I am happy with my current hiding spot I am keen to find a better one if possible.
    Cheers
    veitnamcam, Gruff and Steve123 like this.

  2. #2
    Member Beavis's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    3,454
    I have my keys on me whenever I am away from home.
    stuart, Tommy, keneff and 3 others like this.

  3. #3
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Stewart island / canterbury
    Posts
    6,370
    Quote Originally Posted by Beavis View Post
    I have my keys on me whenever I am away from home.
    This (have a set of keys like a bloody jailer, pays to be able to take them to pieces when in he ignition) , have a spare set in a vehicle.... Have thought about burying the spare in a box outside somewhere.

  4. #4
    Member Savage1's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Posts
    2,562
    Most burglaries where guns are taken that I know of, the keys have been found and safe opened. As soon as they see a safe they go all out looking for the keys. I know of a bunch of C-cat guns got stolen because the idiot thought that it was OK to hide the keys.

    If you don't want to carry your keys then put a keypad or combination lock on it. Kids are also mischievous little buggers and soon learn where you hide your keys.
    Beetroot, stuart, 10-Ring and 3 others like this.

  5. #5
    Almost literate. veitnamcam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Nelson
    Posts
    19,047
    Id recommend giving your spare set to a trusted relative or mate with a licence because.
    When the set you use is taken from your ute or you lose them or whatever and you cant find the set you put in a "safe place" 5 or 6 years ago you have to cut your way in and.
    You cark it or are no longer fit and proper at least the person you want to look after/inherit/sell etc can gain access without destroying stuff.
    As for hidey spots I am all ears.....totally impractical for me to have my keys on me all the time I would lose them once a week.
    mikee, BRADS, Gibo and 3 others like this.
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire

    Chicken Intolerant.

  6. #6
    Member Cordite's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2017
    Location
    NZ Mainland
    Posts
    1,572
    Inside the safe..

    But seriously, hide the safe in the first place, never mind the keys!
    tetawa, BRADS, Steve123 and 1 others like this.
    Guns don't kill people - drivers do.

    The Hedgehog Preservation Society

  7. #7
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2014
    Location
    CNI
    Posts
    1,207
    Put them in the girlfriends handbag. There'l be so much junk in there that no bastard will ever find them.
    308, 6x47, Sideshow and 3 others like this.

  8. #8
    Member MightyBoosh's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2016
    Location
    Whangarei
    Posts
    619
    I think that's a good question. I've tried and thought about various options, but wasn't comfortable with any of them and I'm sure the law wouldn't be to impressed if it all went wrong. I keep them on my person now, apart from when I'm home. My wife isn't a FAL holder, but you have to apply some common sense. Does the law want you to take the keys in the shower with you? I may change things when my boy gets old enough to cause mischief.

    I keep a spare set of keys away from home in a safe place.
    rewa likes this.

  9. #9
    Almost literate. veitnamcam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Nelson
    Posts
    19,047
    Quote Originally Posted by Cordite View Post
    Inside the safe..

    But seriously, hide the safe in the first place, never mind the keys!
    Unless you are building a new house how exactly do you even do that?
    One would need a rather large house custom built not to notice a extra thick gunsafe room wall between the bathroom and shitter for instance....spos you could buy an ex drug growing house with all the foundations taken out for the grow room underneath...be cheap but most of the crims would already know about it
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire

    Chicken Intolerant.

  10. #10
    Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2016
    Location
    Stewart island / canterbury
    Posts
    6,370
    Quote Originally Posted by veitnamcam View Post
    Id recommend giving your spare set to a trusted relative or mate with a licence because.
    When the set you use is taken from your ute or you lose them or whatever and you cant find the set you put in a "safe place" 5 or 6 years ago you have to cut your way in and.
    You cark it or are no longer fit and proper at least the person you want to look after/inherit/sell etc can gain access without destroying stuff.
    As for hidey spots I am all ears.....totally impractical for me to have my keys on me all the time I would lose them once a week.
    Good idea, might just do this with my spare...

    Great thread topic, as said we don't want to let people know but gives everyone so e ideas

  11. #11
    Almost literate. veitnamcam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Nelson
    Posts
    19,047
    Quote Originally Posted by MightyBoosh View Post
    I think that's a good question. I've tried and thought about various options, but wasn't comfortable with any of them and I'm sure the law wouldn't be to impressed if it all went wrong. I keep them on my person now, apart from when I'm home. My wife isn't a FAL holder, but you have to apply some common sense. Does the law want you to take the keys in the shower with you? I may change things when my boy gets old enough to cause mischief.

    I keep a spare set of keys away from home in a safe place.
    where do you put them in your wetsuit?
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire

    Chicken Intolerant.

  12. #12
    Member Tommy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2014
    Location
    Auckland
    Posts
    4,473
    Always have them on me. Car and front door key are a separate set so they aren't a total pain and don't smash around everywhere when hanging from ignition or trying to get in the front door with shit in my hands.
    rewa likes this.
    Identify your target beyond all doubt

  13. #13
    Member
    Join Date
    Jun 2015
    Location
    christchurch
    Posts
    3,985
    got my safe on a electronic keypad lock, no keys needed
    nor-west likes this.

  14. #14
    Almost literate. veitnamcam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Nelson
    Posts
    19,047
    Quote Originally Posted by Tommy View Post
    Always have them on me. Car and front door key are a separate set so they aren't a total pain and don't smash around everywhere when hanging from ignition or trying to get in the front door with shit in my hands.
    Feed the spit ring around the Prince Albert when goin for that new years skinny dip with a few friends or doing a few laps at the pool ?
    Savage1, ANOTHERHUNTER and rewa like this.
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire

    Chicken Intolerant.

  15. #15
    Almost literate. veitnamcam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2011
    Location
    Nelson
    Posts
    19,047
    Quote Originally Posted by gonetropo View Post
    got my safe on a electronic keypad lock, no keys needed
    What do you do when the electronic lock runs out of sparks?
    Cordite and rewa like this.
    Rule 3: Load a firearm only when ready to fire

    Chicken Intolerant.

 

 

Similar Threads

  1. WTB: Gun Cabinet
    By JamesF in forum Buy, Sell or Swap
    Replies: 1
    Last Post: 25-01-2017, 08:27 PM
  2. What to do with safe keys/spare
    By square1 in forum Firearm Safety
    Replies: 85
    Last Post: 13-02-2014, 10:12 PM
  3. copy/cut transponder car keys?
    By Splash in forum Outdoor Transport
    Replies: 6
    Last Post: 12-02-2014, 01:19 PM
  4. New Cabinet Member
    By Roy Lehndorf in forum Firearms, Optics and Accessories
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 31-10-2013, 10:05 PM
  5. Ply cabinet f/s
    By big_foot in forum Buy, Sell or Swap
    Replies: 0
    Last Post: 13-07-2013, 10:39 PM

Tags for this Thread

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
Welcome to NZ Hunting and Shooting Forums! We see you're new here, or arn't logged in. Create an account, and Login for full access including our FREE BUY and SELL section Register NOW!!