I remember how inconvenient it was before we installed an access control system for our office. Staff waited at the front door for the manager to open the office door, even in freezing temperatures, and key staff had to stay or return to the office so the janitor could clean. Managers had to stay until all staff were gone so they could lock the door.
Those were the old days, and we are very pleased with our access control system. Not only have we installed access control for ourselves, we see many of our clients adapting and enjoying the benefits of access control. They notice how efficient their operations have become. A great example is a commercial mixed used building with 12 doors. With an access control system, they easily control doors for residents and the public, even controlling elevator access to certain floors.
If you’re a property manager, building owner, board member or a concerned unit owner, here are a few ways an Access Control System can make your life easier…
7 Top Reasons Why Your Property Needs Access Control:
1. Difficult to Duplicate
Physical keys can easily be duplicated, while duplicating electronic keys requires a much higher degree of sophistication. This makes your access system much more secure than it could ever be with physical keys.
2. Never, Ever Change A Lock.
Lost or stolen keys almost always create a breach in your physical security; replacing padlocks can be expensive & inconvenient. With electronic access control software, you never have to change locks at your sites. If a key card or key fob is ever lost, it can be removed from the database and a new one issued. If a janitor or building maintenance person is dismissed, his or her access rights can be deleted within seconds. This greatly lowers your overall exposure to risk and theft.
3. One Key. That’s it.
With electronic entry, one single key or code grants you access to every door you’re permitted to access, so there’s no chance of forgetting the key for a particular door.
4. Know the History.
With access control, every entry to your site is logged for later review. This can be an invaluable tool when investigating vandalism and theft, or tracking response times or technical activities internally.
5. Any Project. Customizable.
Electronic access control gives you the ability to set user-level access rights all the way down to individual doors and times. This minimizes your exposure to risk by granting no more site access than necessary. With access control we can customize the software to cater to any size project or development, including the elevator!
6. Let it “Buzz In”
If a technician or outside contractor needs access to a locked site, an authorized operator/manager can open that door remotely. This gives you an extra degree of flexibility and security while making sure you know who enters your site. Combining security cameras allows you to see if that’s the real contractor- you’d know you’re not authorizing access to the wrong person.
7. Faster. Safer. Fewer Keys.
Access Control is faster and safer than using locks and keys. You’ll never have to look through a ring of keys to find the right one, and you won’t waste space in your pocket or briefcase carrying bulky rings of keys. If you own several properties, you’ll never stress over loose keys again!
In today’s world we need layers of protection to make our life as secure as possible. Condominiums and high-rise apartment buildings offer burglars and other criminals a multitude of crime opportunities. In each case, an apartment tenant becomes an unwilling victim. That is why these structures must be equipped with quality security surveillance, alarm monitoring and access control systems to deter a criminal’s entry. People are lazy and so are criminals. They don’t like the hassle of uncovering layers of security. At the same time, these systems must remain friendly to the people who live and work there.
When our clients reach out to us to express concerns about security on their property, we offer the best solutions to keep their residents and tenants safe. Customizing a project to their property needs and making sure we address their concerns is our priority. Being a great property manager or building owner starts by ensuring security to your residents, tenants and staff. Covering every perimeter of your property and taking the proper steps towards layers of protection will make your property and its tenant’s safe, giving you a peaceful life.