At least that's what our key boxes SHOULD read...
I had never thought twice about the strength and design of the mls key boxes we use. I would assume that realtors across the country use the same thing, but here in suburban Seattle we use the typical electronic key box with the little back holding cartridge that pops out of the bottom. They're pretty heavy and seem sturdy enough to protect the key inside, but apparently that is not the case.
Even though we hardly hear about them, home burglaries are not uncommon (especially with the current economic conditions). A large number of model homes in the area have been broken in to and have been stripped of EVERYTHING from the staging items to the appliances. From what I've been told, the key boxes have been broken open in many of these cases so the thieves do not need to force their way in at all.
Last friday night, a burglar broke in to the model home at a development I have listed. The home is 2,335 square feet and is FULLY FURNISHED with additional staging decorations as well as the fancy stainless steel appliances.
Here is the bizzare part...
The thieves did not vandalize a thing, they did not make a mess and they stole only three items. An inexpensive mirror, an inexpensive picture and a coffee pot.
Can you say "what the..."???
The key box is missing obviously as they took it with them, but I am STILL scratching my head as to why they took the risk for such random (and inexpensive) items!