Owning a business comes with several responsibilities, including keeping your assets and employees safe. Not only do you have to think about keeping the exterior of the property secure, but you also have to keep the items inside safe as well. Depending on the type of business you own or operate, this could include expensive machinery, electronics, and any number of other high ticket items. Your first line of defense comprises properly securing your exterior doors, and correctly securing your building relies on the integrity of the locking mechanisms on your exterior doors and windows. Your second line of defense depends on securing your internal doors, filing cabinets, and safes. One of the most common questions security-conscious business owners ask is how often do I need to change my locks to keep my business secure and employees safe?
When Should I Change My Locks?
Changing your locks every time you or one of your staff misplace their keys is time-consuming. It can also be expensive, particularly if you operate a business with 100+ employees or more. One solution is to change your locks regularly to ensure that you have peace of mind and an extra level of protection. Rekeying your locks every six to twelve months may be prudent. Some considerations regarding how often this needs to be done include employee turnover, the number of misplaced or lost keys, and the value of the contents within the building. Several scenarios require immediate lock replacement, including the following.
Fix Damaged or Broken Door Locks
Your exterior door locks are used constantly throughout the day, and even with the best maintenance plan, they are prone to general wear and tear. If your locks are malfunctioning or broken, it is recommended that you replace them immediately to ensure that the security of the building is not compromised.
Secure Commercial Premises After a Break In
If you were the victim of an attempted break-in or an actual break-in, for that matter, you should change your locks immediately. Even if the lock appears to be in working order, it may have sustained internal damage, which could decrease the integrity and effectiveness of the lock.
When a Former Employee Does Not Return Keys
If you have a former employee or hired a company to perform a job on the premises and either party failed to return the keys, they can still access your building. Instead, be proactive and rekey or replace your locks as soon as possible to avoid a significant security risk.
It is Better to Rekey or Buy New Locks?
Changing your locks can be achieved in a couple of different ways; you can rekey your locks or replace them entirely. Either way, the original keys can longer be used to open the locks. Rekeying involves realigning the pins and springs inside the original lock to fit a new key. Your First Lock & Security Technologies expert will evaluate your locks and advise you on the best way to keep your building secure, including rekeying or installing a new traditional lock, keyless entry options, or automatic locking mechanisms.