A safety deposit box, also known as a safe deposit box, is a type of safe usually located in groups inside a bank vault or in the back of a bank or post office. It usually holds things such as valuable gemstones, precious metals, currency, or important documents such as wills or property deeds that a person might feel afraid to leave at home due to fear of theft, fire, or flood. In the typical arrangement, a renter pays the bank a fee for the use of the box, which can be opened only with production of the assigned key, the bank's master key, the proper signature, or perhaps a code of some sort.
In Lost, a safety deposit box appears in:
- "Whatever the Case May Be" - Kate engineered a robbery of a bank to access its safety deposit box #815, containing her toy airplane. The location used was Honolulu's Chinatown branch of First Hawaiian Bank.
- "Lockdown" - Anthony Cooper revealed to John Locke that he was keeping $700,000 in cash from a scam in safety deposit box #1516 in a bank.