The story of a Calgary man whose pickup truck was stolen after he dropped his keys through the night drop slot of a repair shop has sparked a discussion among shop owners about their liability is such a situation.
The Canadian Independent Automotive Association (CIAA) sent a notice to its members asking them to view a news report about the incident with a request for input on a standard approach to key drop boxes.
"There is no industry standard for key drop boxes but perhaps we should start talking about what a minimum standard would look like," CIAA’s executive director Art Wilderman said. "Your thoughts are always appreciated."
The new story, by Tony Tighe at Global News in Calgary, details how one Andreas Sofocleous dropped the keys for his pickup truck at a Blaskin & Lane shop in Calgary. Later that night, the shop was broken into and his truck was stolen. The shop has denied any liability in the theft and the case may wind up in Alberta courts.
Night drop boxes come in a wide range of styles – some more secure than others. We’d like to know what you use, and if you’ve ever had a problem with it.
Leave your comments here or send them to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll pass them on the CIAA.