Should Your Lockbox Be? What To Consider Before You Buy!
When you see a product being
advertised as a lockbox
(or strongbox, security
box, etc.) you assume it offers a high degree of
protection. But don't make the mistake of thinking they are all
about the same and purchase based on price alone. Missing just one
important feature could be costly.
You want to be a "smart shopper"
when you invest in protection for your valuables. When you
consider items taken during a burglary are not
recovered approximately 80 percent of the time, it only
makes sense to make the right choice when selecting a lockbox
(or strongbox) to safeguard the items you want to protect.
Do You Want To Protect?
First, what are the items you want
to protect? Your list may include valuables such as cash,
or maybe even controlled substances (medicines
and drugs). This will
help determine what size of security box you need or if you need
more than one.
Next, do a quick estimate of the
total value of the items in your list. WHY?
To help you determine how "strong" your lockbox should be and
what would be a reasonable amount to spend to protect these
When it comes to any type of security box, you
get what you pay for. Trying to protect valuables
worth a few thousand dollars (or more) with an inexpensive,
low-quality box could be dangerous to the valuables you are
trying to protect.
your valuables deserve a "High Security" Lockbox?
You may have been surprised at how quickly the value of
the assets you want to protect added up. If the
protection level you need is "strong",
you will find this list of questions useful for 1)
shopping for the "right" lockbox for your needs, or 2)
deciding if your current security box is good enough.
If you already some type of
security box and realize it is not "strong" enough for your
purposes, use it as a decoy. Put a few low-value items in it and
place it in a not-so-secret location (such as in the back of your
bedroom closet). Then shop for the real thing, looking for the
features we just discussed above.
What Is The Lockbox
You want the box to be rock solid
- top, bottom and all four sides. Look for one made of steel
(preferably heavy duty steel).
Stay away from
the tin, thin metal or non-metal boxes unless your items have
little dollar value. If the box is made of a non-metal
material, it is primarily for fire protection and will offer
very little protection from burglary or theft.
What Is The Locking
keyed, you want a high-quality 5 or 6-pin tumbler
lock that is tough to pick or otherwise defeat (most of the
cheap lock and cash boxes come with low-quality wafer locks
that can be easily picked or forced open with just a
electronic locks, make sure you have a decent length
code (at least a 5 or 6 digit code) that is user changeable
plus a key for emergency opening.
Are There Additional
By additional features, I'm
talking about safeguards such as: a recessed
lid to prevent access by a pry bar or screwdriver
that could otherwise pry the lid open; concealed/recessed
hinges which shield access to the hinge pins so they
can't be punched out (to bypass the locking mechanism).
What Stops A Burglar
From Stealing Your Lockbox?
You have to consider what is
going to stop someone from walking off with the box if
it is discovered. Look for options that allow you to
fasten the box to something solid. Some of the best security
boxes can be bolted down or attach to a steel plate that is
fastened to a solid surface. The lockdown plate allows the
lockbox to be secured for those times you want maximum
security and quickly released (made portable) when you need
access to the contents.
If you are serious about
protecting your valuables, investing in the "right"
kind of security box, whether it be a lockbox or strong box or
cash box, is one of the smartest investments you can make.
For your convenience, I have
included a sampling of lockboxes/security boxes available on
Amazon. You might be able to find just what you need for
securing your valuables. Be aware I receive a small compensation
if you buy one or more boxes through this site which does not
result in you paying more. Click on the "Go" button for a larger
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informative and helpful article on Lockboxes based on my research
and experiences. However, I make no representation or warranties
of any kind with regard to its completeness, accuracy or
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