Deputies Looking For Gate Access
A solution to slower response times in gated communities proposed.
In a world where bars over windows have been replaced by lush gated communities as the preferred method of protection, Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Deputies are finding themselves with a growing problem…the gates are keeping them out.
In all fairness, that’s what gates are supposed to do, only they’re meant for the bad guys, not the good guys.
Current code requires that gated communities have a special key for the Fire Department in case of an emergency. However, no such rule exists for Sheriff’s Deputies, who are often the first on scene because they are constantly spread out amongst the City.
The way things are being done now, if a Deputy cannot get inside of a gate, they rely on the Sheriff’s Dispatch to provide a code, which could be outdated, incorrect or missing. In addition, the act of gathering that information takes valuable time.
There is another alternative that is now being pursued by the department. “What we’re looking at is a key system by Knox Box that will allow us entry into the gates,” said Deputy Patrick Rissler of the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s Station.
The system allows gated communities to order a lock box from the Knox Box company. That box will arrive already equipped with a lock that fits the Santa Clarita Sheriff’s master key. The communities would then place either a gate key or a written code in the box, which Deputies could easily access. The system would be placed next to the Fire Department’s access point.
Aside from shaving off precious response time, Deputies are also saying that they could also conduct routine safety patrols inside the communities.
The Sheriff’s Department is actively contacting communities and businesses to gather support for the Knox Box systems.