In Toms River, NJ, police have recently charged a maintenance man, Nicholas Bradley, with two counts of theft and one count of theft by deception.
During a routine pawn shop database check, police discovered Bradley had made over 100 pawn sales in the last two years. After investigating the questionable behavior, they found that Bradley was the maintenance man at a local apartment complex and used the master key — which he was given to perform maintenance duties — to steal small amounts of jewelry and money from tenants. He would then sell the jewelry at pawn shops, making quite a profit on the stolen items.
The apartment complex’s current system of simply giving maintenance workers a master key is unsafe for tenants and provides workers easy access to apartments with no form of accountability. A method that could have prevented these thefts is an electronic key control system.
With electronic key control, apartments can keep all of their keys in locked metal drawers or cabinets. The only way to unlock the system is with an authorized proximity card, fingerprint and/or password.
Then the user will request a key and provide a reason for checking it out, creating an automatic record of the transaction. The system keeps these transactions on file along with the time the key is returned. If thefts occur, you’ll be able to check your transaction records to see the employee who last accessed a specific key.
If you manage apartments want to protect your tenants and reputation, try using an electronic key control system to monitor and manage your keys and your staff.