When you think of a locksmith, there are a few services that instantly come to mind: getting you out of a jam when you lock yourself out of your home, car or workplace; and installing locks on a property. However, locksmiths offer a wide range of other services that can make your life simpler and save you money, it’s simply a matter of knowing what to ask for.
Rekeying or lock replacement
One of the most common mistakes property owners can make is to choose the wrong service when it comes to rekeying or a total lock replacement. Choosing the right one will not only ensure efficient security of your premises, but can also save you money in the long run.
So, what’s the difference?
Once we lose or keys an instant dread overtakes us. What if someone finds it? What if it is close enough that they know it is for this property and can enter when they like? Similarly, we raise concerns when we move into a new property as we are unsure how many people hold the current set of keys. But does this really mean we have to replace all of the locks? The short answer is: not always.
Rekeying is a simple and cost effective alternative that is a viable solution in many cases. Unlike lock replacements where you have to pay for the lock, the installation and any repairs needed to the door, rekeying will simply alter the hardware you already have installed to ensure your old keys no longer work and the new set will open the door.
Of course, rekeying is not always the best solution and there are some instances where a replacement will offer the best security for your premises, such as locks that are damaged or worn.
Access control or keyless entry
For companies, efficient security is a must. As the premises must be accessible to employees, there is a matter of ensuring intruders are kept out. Choosing the right security solution will not only eliminate stress and headaches, but can ensure your information, equipment and employees are kept safe.
There are a number of alternatives you can use on top of the traditional lock and key, including access control and keyless entry. Access control is a great way to give employees access as each staff member is given a swipe card that is needed to gain entry. For those looking for something even more high tech, you can get rid of stress of lost or stolen swipe cards with a keyless entry that requires fingerprints.