Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Apartment Keys Stolen By Resident

Thief entering apartment.The purpose of securing things behind lock and key is to ensure that only authorized users can access them. But what happens when those keys are stolen?

Over the course of a year, an apartment complex resident managed to obtain and duplicate 150 keys and then return the originals where he found them. Using the duplicates, the man entered tenants’ apartments when he knew they weren't there to steal and then sell their valuable items. Though the thief was eventually caught, the apartment complex is now liable to replace 150 locks, which can be extremely costly.

Keep your keys secure with an electronic key control system that protects your complex’s keys in a steel cabinet or drawer. By automating the key tracking process, you can enforce authorization methods such as scanning a fingerprint and/or entering a password. When a key is checked out, a transaction is logged and recorded in reports so you can track exactly who checks out keys and when.

By securing all keys in an electronic key control system, you can prevent them from getting into the wrong hands, and also increase your tenants’ safety and peace of mind.

For more information read “The Everyday Advantages of Apartment Key Control.”

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Why Reports Are Important to Key Security

KeyTrak reports
Managers can’t always stay in their offices to monitor key transactions. Electronic key control systems offer features that allow administrators to set up remote web access to view specialized system reports and perform administrative functions. To aid the report process, administrators can also be set up to receive email and text alerts while they are away from their systems.

With web access, system administrators can view detailed reporting. Some of these include work order status and key transaction history. The email and text alert option notifies administrators of system misuse, when an unauthorized key is taken, if a key is returned by a user other than the one who checked it out, or if keys are not returned within their assigned time frame.

With remote access to automated reports, you can regularly keep up with your key activity. It is important to take advantage of the reports that are generated from the key control systems because they provide a 100 percent automatic verifiable audit trail. Knowing what your employees are doing will give you the opportunity to prevent a security breach as well as provide peace of mind.

Once you have a key control system, it is crucial to take the steps to audit these reports to make sure your employees are accountable. If you would like to read more about what types of reports to look into, read “The Top Four Key Control Reports You Should Be Running.”

Friday, January 15, 2016

Thieves Smash Lockboxes While Stealing Four Cars From Dealership

Thief smashes car window
When Marvin Motors' existing key control practice didn't stop the theft of four cars from its lot, it sent the Kissimmee, FL, dealership scrambling for a new way to keep their keys out of thieves' hands.

The dealership had its window-mounted lockboxes targeted twice in the span of a few months. The first time it happened, the thief was caught in the act and local authorities recommended that the dealership stop using the lockboxes. However the lockboxes remained, and the second time they were targeted, thieves made off with two BMWs, a Lexus and a Cadillac after breaking the lockboxes free of their mounts and smashing them to gain access to the keys.

With the thefts, Marvin Motors joined a growing list of dealerships that have learned that their existing key control practices weren't enough to stop aggressive thieves. Keys should be stored away from the cars, preferably in an electronic key control system that secures the keys in tamper-proof cabinets or drawers.

An electronic key control system should only be accessed by approved users by inputting a computer password and/or scanning a fingerprint. If a key isn't returned to a drawer in a timely manner, an electronic key control system should be able to alert management via text message, email notification or an audible alarm so that you can react quickly to a potential theft. Remote access capability is an added layer of security, as it allows you to see your system's activity even when you're not at the dealership.

When it comes to keeping your assets secure, are you doing enough to keep control of your keys?