What are the benefits of keyholding services?

Professional key holding services offer several benefits to businesses and those who need secure and efficient access to properties.

A key holding agreement is typically held between a private organisation and a security company like Abbey Security Services, who will hold a full set of keys for the company’s premises for safekeeping. But the advantages of a key holding service can extend far beyond that and here are some of the top reasons why.

Emergency response

In case of an emergency, such as a security breach or system failure, key holding services can respond quickly to address the situation. They can provide access to emergency services, secure the premises and deal with alarm activations. If an alarm is triggered, a key holding service will investigate and address the situation, potentially preventing further damage or loss. And in the event of a false alarm, staff are not unnecessarily burdened, particularly outside of normal operating hours.


Abbey security’s key holding services operates during the business out of hours’ times, Providing response when required to any issues, emergencies, or access requirements 7 days a week, 365 days a year. This is a reassuring solution for many businesses who don’t have a permanent security presence.

Professional handling of situations

Your property is in safe hands with a professional keyholding service. Our security officers have undergone the appropriate training to deal with various situations including security breaches, unauthorised access, or alarm activations. Trained personnel can handle situations safely, minimising the risk of injury or property damage which reduces the risk and liability for individuals and businesses. Their experience and expertise contribute to a more efficient and effective response.

Efficient property access

Businesses that require frequent access to properties, such as maintenance workers or cleaning services, can benefit from key holding services. This streamlines the process and eliminates the need for multiple keys in circulation or complicated access arrangements. It also reassures business owners that only authorised access is granted to known individuals, ensuring there is no confusion or misunderstanding amongst staff.

Cost-effective security solution

Appointing the services of a professional security company can be cost-effective compared to training in-house personnel for the same purpose. It puts less pressure on staff, allowing them to fulfil their own role effectively, and protects resources, eliminating the need for specialist training and equipment.

Peace of mind

It’s one of the greatest benefits that can’t be measured but knowing that a professional service is responsible for key holding and emergency response can provide peace of mind for business owners or managers. This allows them to focus on their core activities without worrying about security issues.

Compliance with regulations

In some industries, compliance with security and safety regulations is crucial. Key holding services can help ensure that access and security protocols meet regulatory requirements.


Abbey Security’s key holding services can offer customised solutions based on the specific needs of your business. This flexibility allows you to tailor a security package according to your unique requirements. For key holding services throughout Suffolk and Cambridgeshire, contact the team today on 01284 768832.

Posted on March 22, 2024

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