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Rentals pave way for home security boxes with app control

With the new year season approaching, you may be considering renting out your home or an extra room to get a bit of extra cash, but have you considered security for the guests?

While it can be nice to stay at a home away from home, storage of keys or valuables can be a bit of a hassle, especially if you’re a part of the Airbnb world.

One question we’ve heard from folks curious on dabbling in the extra bit of security temporary rentals can provide is “do you have to be there to give those keys over?”

The answer may usually be yes, but with the assistance of technology, it can be no, trusting that your guests have a phone or tablet to get those keys, since that’s how they found you in the first place.

One way to make it so you don’t have to pop down is to set up a small lock box with those keys inside, providing a bit of safety for your home in a portable security box. That’s all well and good, but how do you deal with the key to that box, and how do you escape what is essentially inception but for keys (keyception)?

Master Lock may have the answer with a specialty portable box that can also be wall mounted, arriving in the Bluetooth Lock Box, a small security box for keys and other valuables that can be opened using an app made for both Android and iOS (iPhone), making it possible to get hard physical keys out using a phone app.

In case they don’t have a phone, the Master Lock Bluetooth Lock Box still arrives with a traditional keypad, because typing in numerical passcodes never goes out of style, but the app is really the way to go.

For home owners, the box can send tamper alerts, ensuring you know when someone is trying to break in, so you can tell the neighbours to check it out if you happen to be away from home.

Pricing of the box isn’t awkward, either, bringing that bit of security home for around $220 at Bunnings stores across the country.

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