Plumstead Cops Looking To Continue Residential Lock Box Program

by Alex Lloyd Gross

Most businesses are not open 24 hours a day. During the times they are closed and there is an emergency at the building, emergency responders have a lock box key , which will give them access to the building.  That way the incident that required emergency response can be mitigated or investigated in a timely manner.  A lock box is a secure box that is fastened to the exterior of a building with a key for the door inside.

Plumstead Twp. (Bucks County PA) has a novel idea.  Many senor citizens live alone and could use this.  That way, if they are incapacitated or call an ambulance, entry into the dwelling can be done easily and without breaking the door down.  Police said that the requirements to participate in this program are: residents who are either live alone or must be left alone on a regular basis and are either age 65 and above or under 65 with a major medical issue that could render them incapacitated or unconscious.

The program started in June of this year. Eight lock boxes were donated by Wehrung’s Lumber and Home center.  Six boxes have been installed.  The police department is looking for donations from the community to purchase additional lock boxes, so that seniors do not have to pay for this service.

If you can help, contact You may contact Plumstead Township Police Department 215-766-8741. Contact Officer: Cpl. Michael Johnson, mj******@pl*******.gov