How to choose the perfect key system for your premises

21 December 2017
 Categories: Construction & Contractors, Blog

Are you looking for a new key system for your office, commercial building, or HMO? With a growing number of threats every day, it is vital to adopt a security system that is flexible enough to meet your needs, but robust enough to provide the security you need. If you have large number of people who all require different levels of access, then it is worth talking to a locksmith about the advantages of different key systems. Commercial locksmiths will be able to advise you on the particular benefits of individual systems. One system they should certainly recommend is a master key system. Master key systems involve a series of locks that are individually keyed, but which can also be opened with an overriding master key.

Advantages of the master key system

The chief benefit of a master key system is that it can grant individual access to particular rooms or parts of your building without the need to allow unrestricted access to all areas. If you run a business, you can use a master key system to allow your senior managers access to all areas on your site and your department heads access to every room in their particular department, while junior employees will only have access to their individual offices.

What are the options?

There are a variety of master key systems available, and each of them has their own advantages and disadvantages. The most basic system is a simple multi-occupancy locking system where the tenant (or employee) has a key that allows them to open the main door and their own home or office, but not any of the other doors in the building. In this scenario, the senior manager or landlord would possess a master key that grants access to every room in the building.

If the privacy needs of your site are more complex, then it may be that you will need a system that requires a grand master key, and then a number of lesser master keys. Each master key will grant access to a different part of the building, while excluding the key holder from other sections of the building. Plan out your access requirements carefully before you approach your locksmith. Once you know what you want, the locksmith will be able to find the right solution for you. No matter how complex or sensitive the security needs of your business, a commercial locksmith will be able to design and install the right solution for your premises.