Yesterday I responded to an emergency lockout at a restaurant. Presumably a disgruntled former employee had shoved pieces of wood into the keyway of both locks allowing entrance to the restaurant, and the morning crew had unknowingly stuck their keys in to open the restaurant only to shove the alien materials farther into the lock.
I was able to remove these unwanted items from the lock quickly using special tools called key extractors, but most people would be hard-pressed to do this without owning the same tools and knowledge of how to use them. The way around this problem? Keyless entry!
Keyless entry is the most exciting possibility for restaurant and other business owners. Why? Because it allows you to give each employee a code to type in to enter the building. On some models, you can see an access log and align it with other data, such as when the safe was stolen or when the business was ransacked/defaced. On the same models and cheaper models, you can delete the entrance code when an employee becomes a former employee. This means that you can control access to your business without having to pay me to rekey it every time somebody with a key is terminated. And I do mean that you can control access. The instructions that come with keyless entry locks are usually about three pages and are understandable by mortals without a background in locksmithing.
Finally, you may say to yourself, “Yes, yes, this sounds all fine and dandy, but what if somebody just takes a baseball bat to this lock and beats it to a pulp?” To which I answer, your business is probably located somewhere with night security or at least people within earshot. In the big city, people can’t go around beating on doors or sawing through them with reciprocating saws without attracting attention. Furthermore, they could use these tools now against your business. For that matter, they could take a jackhammer and go through your ceiling. What keyless entry does provide is a great way to control entry access to your business with the ability to immediately adjust it for free, without the restriction of keyways that can be filled with bark or even worse, glue.
Give me a call and we’ll talk about the costs and timeframe of getting one of these on your door.