Thursday, August 20, 2015

Five Cars Stolen From Mercedes Dealership

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Window-mounted lock boxes did little to stop thieves from stealing $200,000 worth of new cars from a Mercedes-Benz dealership in Fairfield, CT over a five-day span in July.

From July 16-21, the thieves apparently accessed the lock boxes — which were attached to a window to store the vehicles' keys — to steal the keys to five vehicles and then drove the five cars off the lot. The dealership wasn't aware that the cars had been stolen until they were discovered abandoned around Yonkers and Bronx, NY.

If your existing key control practice isn't enough to stop a thief, consider using an electronic key control system that stores keys in tamper-proof cabinets or drawers. Only approved users should be granted access to your key control system by inputting a computer password and/or scanning a fingerprint.

If a key goes missing or isn't returned to the drawer within a specific time frame, how will you know? Manual key control processes can't enforce time limits or accountability, so there is no way to immediately know if a key is missing, An electronic key control system sounds an audible alarm and can send a text message or email notification, allowing you to react quickly to a potential theft.

The Mercedes-Benz store wasn't the only dealership this summer to learn that its existing key control practice wasn't enough to stop a thief. To learn more, read our post "Thief Steals Vehicle at BMW Dealership."

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Why You Should Use Fingerprint Scanners With Your Key Control System

From your cell phone to your child’s lunch line, fingerprint scanners are becoming a popular addition to personal devices and payment technologies. Fingerprint readers allow users to perform functions at the touch of a finger while providing many security benefits as well.

Just as biometric fingerprint technology helps users keep their phone data safe and perform payment transactions quickly, using a fingerprint scanner as part of a key control system can help improve key checkout processes and protect keys. Here are three reasons why.

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They Improve Security

If you implement a key control system with a fingerprint scanner, you can limit the number of users who have access to keys. System administrators must authorize the addition of a new user, and each time the user logs in with a fingerprint, the system is able to verify the person’s identity, offering greater key security.

They Are Low Maintenance

Research proves that fingerprint accuracy remains persistent over time, unlike other authentication methods. When using passwords, for example, users have to meet complexity requirements and regularly change their passwords. With access cards, managers have to enforce security guidelines like preventing card sharing and retrieving cards from terminated employees.

Fingerprints don’t have to be updated, and because logging in with a fingerprint is time-efficient, users are less likely to try to bypass the login requirements.You might still choose to use passwords and access cards in combination with fingerprints, but having one low-maintenance access method still streamlines the login process and improves security.

They Are Unique

Fingerprints are like snowflakes; there are no two alike. Because they vary from person to person (even identical twins), companies and agencies worldwide use biometric fingerprint technology to identify wrongdoers and improve security. This capability is ideal for businesses using key control systems as well. It is significantly more difficult to forge a fingerprint than it is to hack a password or steal an access card, so you can know exactly who has a key and when it was taken.

For more tips on how to improve key security, check out this post.