Danvers Lock Box Program
What Is a Lock Box?
Lock Boxes are small key safes installed on the exterior of the home, usually at the top of the front door, of Danvers residents by the Danvers Fire Department. The program allows the Fire Department, the only ones with access to the key for the box, to enter a home if necessary, without resorting to breaking down doors or smashing windows.
Who Benefits From This Program?
The Lock Box Program is designed for the safety of isolated, frail, disabled, or otherwise vulnerable individuals, who live alone in Danvers. However, any Danvers resident who would like to purchase a LockBox may do so (see note 1). Knowing that emergency personnel can respond quickly can help to ease concerns of long-distance family members.
How Does It Work?
- Requests/Referrals to have a LockBox installed can be made through Lisa Westrate at the Danvers Senior Center or Fire Captain Jim Brooks at the Danvers Fire Department
- The applicant must sign a Waiver of Liability (PDF) and provide an emergency contact number.
- The applicant should have a spare key ready to be secured in the LockBox at the time of the installation.
- Jim Brooks, or another representative from the Danvers Fire Department, will come to your home to install the LockBox, he will put the small 3x4x4 lockbox over the top of a door or another agreed upon location. The installation process takes less than 15 minutes.
How Much Does It Cost?
The LockBox is free for any Danvers resident who is either a Senior Citizen (60+) or Disabled. (see note 1)
Note 1: For Danvers Residents, who do not meet the age or Disability criteria, A lockbox can be purchased at the reduced rate of $85. Payment, in the form of a check, should be made out to the Town of Danvers.
Where Can I Call to Learn More?
To request more information, contact:
Note 2: The Danvers LockBox Program was initiated by Danvers Fire Chief Kevin Farrell in 2011 with funds donated to the Town of Danvers by St. Mary's School. Children from the School raised the money by participating in a Walkathon, an annual event to raise funds for a worthy cause.