LaPorte considers key boxes be required for city businesses

2013-05-07T17:19:00Z 2013-05-07T20:40:05Z LaPorte considers key boxes be required for city businessesStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 07, 2013 5:19 pm  • 

LaPorte firefighters want immediate access to the keys of a building, not only in the event of a fire but also false alarms.

Officials are considering a measure requiring key boxes outside businesses, churches and other structures.

LaPorte City Councilman Steve Luscomb said the keys would be inside small metal boxes mounted to the outside of a building.

Firefighters would have a key to the box on the truck and open the box to get the key to the door Luscomb, who's also a firefighter, said the measure is brought on by many false alarms.

He said firefighters often have to wait for the owner to show up with a key before they go inside and shut off the alarm.

Sometimes, firefighters have to force their way inside causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

The LaPorte City Council will take a vote on the measure at its May 20 meeting.

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