While a good lockbox would be very difficult to open without a combination or code, you still shouldn’t call attention to the fact that there’s a key stored outside your house.
Find a spot to install it that’s not easily visible to people passing by. Consider putting your lockbox behind a post or plant or on the side of your home instead of next to the front door.
A lockbox is a cheap, secure storage option if you aren’t ready to spring for a pricey smart door lock
, but even the best lockbox isn’t a foolproof security solution. A skilled and dedicated burglar may still be able to crack the code or break the box.
If you use a lockbox to store keys outside your house, we strongly recommend installing motion sensor security lights
and a doorbell camera
so you can see who is coming and going while you’re away—most doorbell cameras even let you communicate with visitors. This will ease your mind, deter potential burglars, and make it easier for guests who are checking on your home.
Do you store keys outside your house for yourself or visitors? Share your advice in the comments below!