One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to secure your home is to have the locks re-keyed. Many people think that to change the keys to their home it’s necessary to change the locks. This is not the case. Re-pinning or re-keying the locks will do the same task and is a simple procedure. We change the pins inside the lock so that the current keys will not open them but a new key provided by us will.
Reasons for re-keying can vary- the most important being the loss of your keys. Even if you have a spare set, it is possible that the person who finds your keys can trace them back to you. You should have your home rekeyed if you have just moved in, whether you’re renting or buying.
You may know the person you bought from quite well and feel comfortable that they gave you all the keys. But you will never know who else had those keys in their possession long enough to have a copy made.
You may also choose to have the locks rekeyed so that they all operate on a single key. To do this, it’s necessary to have all the locks on the same keyway. The keyway is the slot in the lock that the key fits into. Usually different brands have different keyways. The keys made for some locks won’t fit into others. We can inspect your existing locks to determine if any need replacement to allow for keying alike.
Security and Life Safety Code compliance can often seem to work at cross-purposes. However, there are ways to secure any door and stay within code mandates.
Because each exterior door in your building is a fire exit, each of those doors are required to meet certain criteria in order to comply with local Life Safety Codes. Since designated exits (interior or exterior) cannot blocked, locked, barred, chained or padlocked to prevent unauthorized use; a code compliant means must be found to secure the doors in question.
Basically, the law states that a person – employee, customer or the thief that just ripped off some merchandise – must be able to exit the premises quickly, easily and with “no prior knowledge” of how the door hardware operates. Which means: you have to install “panic hardware” that will allow “one motion egress” in the event of an emergency.
The drawback to standard panic hardware is that anyone can, at any time, exit your premises without your knowledge. To combat unauthorized egress, various manufacturers have developed alarmed exit devices that sound a loud, piercing, high-decibel horn when someone pushes on the bar. Code approved delayed exit hardware is also available. When an individual pushes on the bar, the alarm sounds but the device does not release for fifteen seconds. Which gives you a chance to respond to the security breach.
Although Life Safety Codes and solid door security can seem to be at odds with each other, there are ways to secure any door and stay within the mandates of your local code requirements. We have the experience to help you find a workable solution to your door security needs that will not land you on the wrong side of the local fire marshal.
Padlocks come in a variety of sizes, strengths and designs to fill a multitude of security requirements. Padlock use is as varied as your needs and, padlocks are portable. Which means you can safely secure whatever you need to, wherever it is located. Talk about convenience!
Because of their versatility, padlocks – properly matched, and installed for the job you want them to perform – can frequently solve the trickiest security problem for you. And, with padlocks, those problems can frequently be resolved at a fraction of the cost of other security hardware.
You can buy padlocks that are virtually impervious to saws, bolt cutters and sledgehammers. Or, you can buy specialty padlocks without visible shackles and padlocks that you open with the same key you open the front door to your business.
Padlocks can be used to lock storage sheds, tool boxes, electrical panels, roof access hatches, cabinets, truck bodies, cupboards, employee lockers, gates, equipment rooms, utility trailers and dozens upon dozens of applications where normal locking hardware is simply impractical.
Padlocks can be an important part of your physical security program, give us a call for practical advice on portable security. We know how to use padlocks as an effective and proven security solution.
Although the thought of being able to carry one key that would allow you to access every door in your business sounds like the ultimate in convenience – you must recognize what a masterkey system is and weigh the advantages against the disadvantages normally found in masterkey systems.
A masterkey allows management, maintenance and security personnel to carry a single key to access designated groups of doors (or the entire building) while keys issued to non-management employees will open only single doors.
A big disadvantage is: more than one key will open a single lock. That means it is possible that a key, not intended to open a specific lock, might do so. Such a key is called a “Ghost Key”. Consequently, the masterkey system that is designed for your facility must be properly crafted to eliminate that possibility.
Once the system is in place, key control is the secret to the integrity of the system. Key records should be audited regularly and no keys duplicated without your specific authorization.
Should you masterkey? That’s a decision you should make after a careful analysis of your requirements. We can help you design, implement and monitor a masterkey system that won’t give you nightmares. How’s that for convenience?
Door closers on entrance doors prevent injuries to clients and employee alike by controlling the closing of the door on even the windiest of days. Closers on kitchen or service doors help control the intrusion of insects, vermin and even would-be crooks. Door closers on rest room doors provide privacy and prevent the migration of odors and germs to other areas of the premises.
Which means; door closers must be considered an integral part of the overall health and safety considerations of your business.
Door closers should be considered an essential part of your overall energy conservation program since they automatically and firmly close doors helping to prevent cooling or heating losses since the doors stay open for long periods of time.
But! Door closers are mechanical devices. And, like all mechanical devices, they need periodic servicing, adjustment and, occasionally, replacement. Since Life Safety codes, National Building Codes and The Americans With Disabilities Act all mandate specific door closer performance, yours need to be in top form.
For adjustment, repair or replacement – call us. We’ll find a secure solution to your door closer problems.