Milwaukee man comes up with a way to lock thieves out

Posted: 5:53 PM, Apr 23, 2018
Updated: 2018-04-23 20:09:03-04

A local man is garnering attention for an invention that could prevent thieves from targeting your home.

Jason LeGear has a job in higher education, but he loves woodworking. He and his wife, in fact, have a side business called Variegated Goods MKE where they make home goods. 

His latest creation, however, could prevent porch pirates from taking your stuff.

“I had a client come to me a couple months ago with a custom job to make a box for his porch,” said LeGear.

So LeGear went to work in his basement building a custom made wooden lock box with a spring lock. 

“I came up with the idea of using a spring-loaded locking system, where all the delivery guy has to do is push it closed after he’s done dropping off the package,” he said.

LeGear explains that homeowners are the only ones with a key. If they want, they can leave a note for the delivery person telling them to put the package in the box.

A standard box is 2 ft. by 2 ft. It’s waterproofed and painted and priced at $250. It’s custom-made, so you can order them smaller or larger.

For those who argue thieves will just break open the box with a hammer or drill, or steal the whole thing, here’s LeGear’s thoughts:

“You can probably put some hinges on the side and drill it into concrete or drill it into wood,” he said.

“If they’re going to take the entire box, make them work for it.” 

LeGear applied for a patent for the lock box. He says he expects a response in six to eight weeks.