Masterkey Systems Atlanta, Georgia
Master Key systems in Atlanta, GA by Armor Lock & Security. We have designed, implemented and maintained keying systems in Atlanta for over 50 years. We can handle all your keying needs, from simple Schlage systems to the more difficult removable core systems like Sargent, Best and Corbin/Russwin.
Master Key systems are designed to limit access to designated areas for some people while allowing certain authorized persons to maintain access. An example of a simple master key system is the following: the manager has a key that works all locks in a building but the employees only have keys to their particular office.
These systems can be as simple as the above example or much more complex to designate access to departments, floors, buildings, etc. Below are some suggested guidelines for key control systems:
Key Control Best Practices
A key is worth more than its purchase price, it is worth everything it protects. Establishing good key control practices will provide:
- Loss prevention
Designate Keys (Accountability)
1. Have all keys properly labeled and identified, this is often done by stamping a code onto the key. To maintain security this number should not easily identify which door the key allows access to in case it is misplaced. For example, instead of the label "Office 412", use a blind label such as "A2" that can be cross referenced using the master key records.
2. If you have undistributed keys, keep them secure in a key cabinet. Key cabinets are a very useful tool in helping to keep a master key system in order.
3. A goog practice is to keep original code cut keys in the key cabinet. This ensures you always have an original key from which to make duplicates. All key duplicates should be made from original keys when possible.
Establish Records (Authorization)
4. One person should be designated accoutable for key distribution and authorization.
5. Establish a policy that all keys are company property and not personal property. All keys must be returned to the employer when the employer deems is necessary. Keys are no different than a company laptop or telephone.
6. Maintain permanent key control records that contain the following: the key number, door/suite number, the persons name, and any other relevant information.
7. Keep the key control records locked in a fireproof safe or filing cabinet with access only provided to authorized system controllers.
8. To aid in record keeping, there is computer software available or let a professional locksmith do the work.
Emphasize Security (Loss Prevention)
9. If unauthorized duplications become a problem, speak with your locksmith professional about implementing a restricted key system using high security locks and keys made by companies such as ASSA or Medeco.
10. Limit distribution of keys to high turnover positions, this includes temporary workers. Issue a key only at the beginning of their shift, to be returned at the end of their shift.
11. Never issue the master key to visiting employees, regardless of their position in the company. It can be difficult to get that master key back and this creates a security concern. The only exception would be a professional locksmith or security professional onsite to do lock work.
12. It is important to perform key audits periodically to check on the status of your master key system.
Don't Forget Maintenance!
Don't force it - fix it! Every lock is designed to work smoothly the first time. If it doesn't, there is likely a problem. Address the problem immediately before it becomes and emergency.
A growing trend we are seeing in Atlanta is the use of Access Control Card Systems. These systems are more flexible allowing changes to be made to the complete system by simply entering a few commands on a computer screen. The installation price is often higher but the recurring costs are often lower than maintaining a master key system.