We at http://www.locksecure.nl/slotenmaker-utrecht have gathered some valuable information below about keys and how to handle them:
Secure key storage
A key in the wrong hands can cause great damage. If a key is used in case of burglary, it is usually not covered by the insurance. Keys should therefore be handled as valuables. If you store your keys, we recommend that they are locked in an approved key cabinet.
It’s much cheaper to invest in an approved key cabinet than to change the entire lock system prematurely because a key is stolen from a bureau box.
Better key control with digital key management software
Once you have lost the key control in a locking system, it is difficult to recover. Good safety routines for keying and handing out keys are therefore very profitable, both for economic and security reasons.
There are digital key management programs that facilitate handling. The programs also contain a number of reports and templates for documentation.
There are key management programs for both mechanical and electronic key systems.
If you lost the key
Lost keys imply a security risk and a cost of the latches required to recover the security.
Lost main key:
A lost key is a serious incident. Should this happen, there are two options for action.
Either we can revert the locking system to you. This means that we recycle each lock cylinder throughout the system and replace the main key with a new one.
However, in an older lock system it does not usually be profitable. Then it is more cost effective to switch to a completely new locking system. You will also have the opportunity to improve and innovate in the lock system.
Locking cylinders with flex function make you unlock locks
There are lock cylinders with so-called flex function, which eliminates expensive lock changes when keys are lost. Instead of new cylinder and new keys, we only replace the keys with new ones. As soon as these are used in the lock cylinder, the old keys no longer work. Such a locking system is both simple and cost effective.
If you want to avoid the main key
Many property owners want to avoid locking systems with main keys to eliminate the risk of a master key being lost or misused. Sometimes, however, property managers or craftsmen must be allowed to perform service jobs. Delivery of keys or timekeeping with tenants can be difficult and time consuming. Then we can instead recommend key cubes or lock cylinders with service mode.
Keyball instead of main key
In multi-family houses, key cheeses are ideal for allowing craftsmen or property managers to access an apartment when the residents are not at home. It is usually mounted in the apartment doors and is a safe way of handing over keys.
Lock cylinders with service mode instead of main key
In some locking products there are cylinders with service mode. It is a reversible cylinder that gives property managers or craftsmen temporary access to an apartment. This is how it works:
Prior to a planned service visit, the resident locks his apartment door as usual, but removes the key from the lock in the oblique position, “10 o’clock”. Then the cylinder is switched to service mode.
More and more today ask for electronic solutions to avoid mechanical keys. The vulnerability of keys is lost, as electronic keys can be locked. It is also easier to control access and flexibility if you want to make changes in the future.
Visit locksecure.nl for more information regarding key solutions!