Getting locked out of your business is frustrating, time-consuming, and can affect your ability to perform your business operations, ultimately affecting your bottom line. If the locks are damaged, you will have to contact a professional locksmith and wait for them to inspect the locks for damage or repairs. If the locks are damaged beyond repair, they will need to be replaced immediately. Getting locked out of your business may not often happen, especially if you have several employees. Yet, as the business owner, it’s always prudent and much more cost-effective to prepare for the unexpected and prevent the likelihood of a lockout situation from happening in the first place.
What are Master Key Systems
If you own or manage a business with several supervisors or managers, the most effective way to prevent a lockout is to upgrade to a master key system. The system should include the following types of locking systems to be the most effective. A key system where several locks can be accessed using the same key. A master key system utilizes one key to access all master keyed locks and a grandmaster or skeleton key to access every lock on the premises. Your lower-level management team will be able to access all of the locks that are keyed alike; the top-level management team will use the master keys to open multiple locks within the building. Not only will this system reduce the risk of a lockout, but it will also improve security and potentially decrease employee theft.
Why are Spare Keys Important?
Make sure you have an extra set of keys and keep them in a secure location. The spare can be used in the event of a lockout situation. Still, you should also limit the number of authorized people to copy keys and limit duplication to only one or two trusted personnel. To limit and control duplication you will need to install a high security key system such as Medeco or Primus. These patented key systems have strict controls on duplication and are not available at retailers, kiosks, or big box stores. They are only available at the authorized locksmith where they were purchased. For security purposes, it’s always wise to keep concise records of anyone issued a set of keys and when they have returned them.
Good Quality Lock Installation
Losing keys is one of the most common reasons for a lockout situation, but damaged or worn locks are a very close second. Poor-quality locks often show signs of wear and fail to open after only a short period. Investing in good quality locks saves you money in the long run, or better yet, invest in a keyless system that utilizes a control system for better security. To minimize the chances of your keyless entry malfunctioning in the event of a blackout, install a regular lock as a backup. Take care to keep your locks properly maintained by scheduling your First Lock & Security Technologies cleaning, servicing, and lock repairs regularly to help prevent unexpected lockout situations.
What Causes Locks to Malfunction?
Even a tiny amount of wear and tear can lead to lockouts along with more significant issues. If you notice any wear or damage to the lock, or if the lock appears to be a little loose, contact the experts at First Lock & Security Technologies for immediate assistance. A damaged lock is an easy mark for a burglar. Don’t risk the safety of your staff or your goods. Getting locked out of your office or place of business may be frustrating, but it’s also avoidable. Contact the professionals at First Lock & Security Technologies to tackle your lockout and install quality locks to keep your building secure.