COMMERCIAL KEYLESS LOCKS

Local Avondale, AZ businesses that use keyless locks are “on to something!” It’s this – you can do away with many of your firm’s keys and the problems that come with them by switching to or adding keyless locks. Here at Avondale Locksmith Stars we’ve known this for a while. That’s why our licensed, bonded and insured commercial locksmiths provide this much needed hardware. Keyless locks have been providing businesses with convenience, security and ease of use for many years, not only here in Avondale, but all over the world. 

What are keyless locks? 

commercial keyless locksNo mystery here; keyless locks are just locks with no keys! At first, this seems unreal. How can you have locks with no keys? In actuality, the key is replaced by something else, like a keypad, combination dial, swipe card, remote, or even a thumbprint. So in essence; keys are done away with but in reality, the lock is still able to be opened and sealed. 

Why even bother? 

If you think about it, keys and locks have been used together for thousands of years. Even tombs and temples in ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia used various forms of locks and keys. An old adage says something to the effect “if it works; don’t fix it!” and at first glance, you might think that this is true. Upon closer look, keyless entry was invented not because the old ways of using locks and keys was ineffective; it just offered an improvement to something already working. 

Remember your primary school custodian? Like most, he could always be heard coming down the hall due to all the jingling of his many keys. You couldn’t fault him however, he needed them! If you consider that he needed keys to classrooms, closets, offices, gym, cafeteria, restrooms, front and back doors and lounges, it’s not hard to visualize (and sympathize) with him. In many schools today, this problem has been tackled by using either a master key system or various forms of keyless entry.  

Some keyless entry benefits 

Keyless entry can help local businesses whether they are here in Avondale, AZ or anywhere else in the country. Better key access and control is never a bad thing and once you dispense with actual keys altogether, you can start fresh with keyless entry and eliminate lost keys, broken keys, key extraction needs and key duplication problems all at once. 

Say that you have multiple employees and each one has a key to your office or store. If any one of them loses a key or has it stolen, your commercial location is at risk. The same reasoning also applies to desk keys, office keys and storage room keys; key control is always good to have and often hard to maintain. Now with keyless locks, all you have to do is give the employee a number sequence or badge. When this is entered into the keypad or swiped, access is granted, if valid. No more lugging around extra keys or worry about leaving them at home or in a public place. 

Disadvantages of keyless entry 

Like anything else, keyless entry has both pros and cons. One of the biggest disadvantages to not having keys is that number sequences can be forgotten or accessed by others when written down and kept track of carelessly. Keypads and keys alike share another problem – unauthorized access at times. If you want better control over who is accessing what, you will need to back up your authorization with something else, like video surveillance to make sure that the person accessing is really the one that is supposed to. 

How safe is keyless entry? 

While nothing is fool proof, keyless entry is relatively safe. Sometimes, our Avondale locksmiths are asked about number sequence security. Incidents like these involve unauthorized people finding your written-down code, codes entered into the keypad randomly by unauthorized parties, and forgotten codes that are entered by the staff member wrongly. Not to worry – there are safeguards in place for all of these things. A person just can’t stand outside your shop and enter number after number until he randomly finds the right one. Much like keyless entry on cars, commercial keyless entry systems will block access after too many tries and lock the person out. Lighted keypads are used in business applications so that users don’t hit the wrong numbers by accident due to not being able to see. If combinations or number sequences are forgotten, new ones can easily be issued with no problem. 

Badges and swipe cards 

It’s so much easier to wear your employee badge pinned to your shirt pocket or hanging around your neck as opposed to carrying around a set of keys. These badges are often also used as identification cards that can contain a computer chip with employee data contained on it. Some badges can be swiped through the card reader and others held up to it to be recognized. Many call centers and banks use these swipe cards in addition to keypad devices and number sequences. Other forms of keyless entry include biometric systems (fingerprint locks), voice recognition, card readers and FOB keys.  

Ease of use 

Upgrading to commercial keyless locks can be cost effective, convenient, and easy to do. Simply call our shop or your favorite Avondale, AZ locksmith and have your technician look over your operation fully. There are many factors to consider; inventory, staff, customers, building layout and traffic flow. Each firm is different and has unique security needs and wants. You’ll want to work with someone that offers free price quotes and round the clock emergency service if needed. Every type of local business can benefit from switching to or adding keyless entry systems to their location. A few examples include high rise luxury condos, hospitals, nursing homes, restaurants, banks, grocery stores, laundromats, car dealers, apartment rentals, medical clinics, call centers, private schools and so many more. If you are thinking of replacing some or all of your locks, why not take advantage of the opportunity to upgrade to commercial keyless entry? 

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HOW BEST TO MAINTAIN YOUR LOCKS

Most of the time we don’t give our locks and keys a second thought, but the fact is ~ whether residential, automotive, or commercial ~ they play a major part in our personal and business lives, day in and day out. There will be times when an emergency arises, whether it’s a lockout emergency or something more complicated ~ at your home, with your car, or at your place of business. It can certainly be infuriating, but you don’t have to let it stress you out. There are many good ways to keep yourself secure. It’s important to keep your locks well maintained so you can prevent most of the issues that could arise when it comes to locks and keys.

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Preventive maintenance will help you avoid future lockouts. If you make the effort to maintain your locks, you might never need to call a locksmith. Watch for:

  • wear & tear
  • difficulty turning the key in the lock mechanism
  • rust
  • trouble sticking your key in the lock mechanism

Should you encounter any of these problems, it’s often best to change your locks, because worn-out locks usually get stuck or break, meaning it’s more likely you’ll get locked out. Old and failing locks also make you more vulnerable to robbery.

Take extra security measures. Depending upon your living situation, if you’re feeling at risk at your home or at your commercial property, there are numerous ways to give yourself peace of mind.

Lengthen the life of your locks.

  • General lubrication. At least twice a year, or anytime you observe excess grinding or friction in the lock mechanism, apply a silicone-based lubricant spray to the keyhole.
  • If the key won’t turn, don’t fret. Sometimes the pins jam up. Spray the lock mechanism with WD-40 or silicone spray, and this will typically solve the problem.
  • Periodically replace your keys. Keys take a lot of abuse. We use them day and night, many times per day, we store them who knows where, and we throw them anywhere. So if you notice your keys are beginning to wear down, or if your key is bent or otherwise damaged, then make a new key. Throw out any old keys or take them to a recycling center.

Additional ways to feel more secure and safe:

  • keypad systems
  • safes for home & business
  • magnetic locks
  • choose a local, dependable professional locksmith who’s bonded, licensed, insured, certified, and background-checked.
  • keyless remote entries
  • use only reputable top-quality brand locks, at least a grade 2
  • combination locks
  • alarm systems

Most professional locksmiths recommend deadbolts. Deadbolts are a very effective way to augment your security and safety. Make sure your deadbolts are installed correctly. A deadbolt should have at least a one-inch throw. On the strike side, there must be a security plate with screws at least three inches long, going all the way into the wood frame of the door. If you have a window nearby, or glass as part of your door, a thumbturn deadbolt won’t be totally secure, since an intruder could break the glass, reach a hand in, and turn. To stop this from happening, install a double-cylinder type of deadbolt lock, because it requires a key on the inside to open.

When should you change your locks?

  • Lost keys. If you really know you’ve lost your keys, then it’s time to change your locks. You don’t want to risk the possibility of a stranger gaining access to your property.
  • A new home. When you move into a new place, change the locks immediately. You never know, there might be former residents out there who still have their old keys.
  • New roommates or tenants. The same rules that apply to your home apply to your rentals. If you rent out space in your house or your apartment, then replace your locks every time you change tenants. Even if the previous occupants turned in their keys, you can’t be sure that there aren’t still extra spare keys floating around.
  • After a robbery. If there’s been a break-in, replace all exterior locks. Also replace any interior locks in order of your personal security priorities.

Do you have a stuck or broken key? Haste makes waste. If you rush with your key, you may find yourself in a tight spot, because your key could break off in the lock mechanism! If you take an extra few seconds to be patient with your key, you’ll save yourself a lot of grief.

If you are unlucky enough to have your key break inside the lock before you shut the door, then you won’t be able to lock it, which of course leaves your place susceptible to theft. If you break the key off in the lock after you’ve closed the door, then you likely won’t be able to open the door again. A broken key can cause damage to a lock.

Is part of the key stuck in the lock? If there’s a tiny amount of the key sticking out, you may be able to get it out by yourself. If there’s enough of the key showing, you might be able to pull it out with your fingers or with needle-nose pliers. You’re risking doing damage, but if you decide that it’s worth a try, use a flathead screwdriver ~ one that’s small enough to fit inside the keyhole. Pry the key inside, to the point where it slightly comes out of the lock. If there’s any lock damage, call a professional locksmith.

Yes indeed, there will still be instances when you really will have to hire a professional locksmith. If you’re located any place in Avondale, Arizona, then you ought to call a legitimate locksmith company, such as Avondale Locksmith Stars, which is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The staff mobile locksmith technicians there are perpetually prepared to get you out of trouble.