Master key systems can be a valuable security feature that helps limit the problem of requiring your employees to carry multiple keys. With master key locks, you can determine which locks in your building each key will open, allowing you to give some employees the ability to open as few as one lock or all locks on the property with a single key.
The tricky part is keying the various locks to allow this type of diversity in function. While you may want all employees to have the ability to open the front door, you may want to limit some employees to only open other specific doors, such as their office or the supply closet. Other employees may need a wider range of access to the facilities, while some may require the ability to open every lock in the building, such as your security personnel and janitorial staff, for example.
A master key system can allow you to do exactly that, but with each employee only needing a single key.
As we said, installing and setting up a master key system is not a simple task, and requires attention to many details. Fast Austin Locksmith has staff trained in the proper installation of master key systems, with experience in making sure the job is done correctly the first time.
Some of the factors that must be decided include the types of keys needed, which doors each key should be able to open, the type of master key cylinder required for the job (of which there are several), and whether you have the need for some doors to be excluded from the master list.
The last category may seem like it would defeat the purpose of master keying your building, but there are many reasons why you wouldn’t want some locks on the master list. A good example of this is in medical practices and offices. Some federal information laws might be violated by having rooms where patient records are kept secured with a master key system and would require a single keyed lock.
Another use for a master key system is in apartment buildings. You may want a true master key system for the convenience of staff and management, allowing every tenant and employee access to the front door, but only being able to open their own apartment door once inside the building. A master key system for apartment buildings can accomplish this with ease.
A master key system is complicated to set up, which is why you should only trust it to a locksmith company that has the experience and training to get it right the first time. Fast Austin Locksmith has that experience and training. We also offer 24-7 service to ensure that we’re always available for the job when you need us. Contact our office today to find out how to start the process of master keying your business or apartment complex.
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