Sent To All Ada County Realtors Last Week
If you’re a seller who’s setting your lockbox out vs. securing it to your home, you are at risk!
There are roughly 2,300 Boise homes for sale now and many sellers opt to set their lockbox out for showings vs. securing it to their home.
Our Intermountain MLS Supra lockboxes are amazingly strong, but they can be defeated by those with criminal intent, especially when they can take the lockbox with them.
If you’re a seller who thinks you’re limiting access to your home by setting out your lockbox for showings, you’re actually creating additional risk by not securing the lockbox to your home.
Setting your lockbox out for showings make it easy for those with criminal intent because they can simply take your lockbox with them, crush it at their leisure, and gain access to your keys.
Here’s the notice from the Ada County Sheriff’s Office:
Dear Idaho REALTORS®;
Detectives with the Property Crime Division of the Ada County Sheriff’s Office have recently encountered a security issue with houses for sale we’d like to bring to your attention.
We are finding people are stealing key lock boxes that aren’t properly secured to unoccupied homes. That makes it much easier for those thieves to break into the boxes and get the keys out. They then enter the homes.
A good way for REALTORS® to help fight back and prevent similar crimes in the future is to make sure they secure the lock boxes to the residence by the use of a cable lock or direct attachment to the home. This isn’t a cure-all but we suspect it will make it much harder for criminals to break in to the homes of your clients.
Thank you for taking this into consideration. Please don’t hesitate to call if you have questions.
Detective J. Lloyd #4464
Ada County Sheriff’s Office
7200 Barrister Drive
Boise, Idaho 83704