What Is the Knox-Box Rapid Entry System?


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The Knox-Box Rapid Entry System is a small safe mounted on the exterior wall of a residential or commercial building that contains keys for first responders to gain access in the event of an emergency. The first responders have a master key.

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Local emergency services have lists of area Knox-Box codes for crews to use with the master key. This prevents firefighters and EMTs from needing to use force to enter a building.

There is some controversy surrounding Knox-Boxes. If a thief gained access to the area's codes, all local businesses would be at risk for burglary. Additionally, a key can be made through disassembling a new Knox-Box.

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