The Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and Sheriff Jeff Doran are pleased to announce the Lock Box Program, a new countywide community program for emergency responders of medical emergencies and welfare checks.
When emergency personnel respond to a call, the elderly and disabled may be in a situation where they are unable to unlock their door. A locked door leaves responders searching for a key holder or forcing the door open causing damage to the door.
In a cooperative effort the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department and the Carroll County TRIAD have created the Lock Box Program. A Lock Box Program participant will keep a lock box outside their home with the keys to their home securely locked inside the lock box. Participants will register the lock box code and the location of the lock box with the Sheriff’s Department.
Sheriff Doran recommends that the lock box be hidden from public view, but still reachable for emergency responders. When emergency responders arrive they will obtain the code and location of the lock box from the Sheriff’s Department and can quickly enter the home.
This voluntary program can reduce valuable time that could save a life. Participants must purchase the lock box. But there is no fee to register the information with the Sheriff’s Department. The following building centers and hardware stores in Carroll County are aware of this program and are looking forward to assisting participants in the purchase of a lock box:
True Value Home and Building Center
115 Main Street
Mt. Carroll Home Center
903 South Clay Street
Mt. Carroll, IL
McKee & Son Lumber Co.
901 West Main Street
Carroll Service Building Center
213 West Carroll Street
Milledgeville Do It Best Home Center
324 North Cochrane Avenue
For more information please contact the Carroll County Sheriff’s Department at 815-244-2635 or Sgt. Randy Craft of the Lanark Police Department at 815-493-6931.