If you are a Fallbrook business owner with employees and a brick-and-mortar office or retail space, key control has probably entered your mind at one time or another, and if it hasn’t, it should! Key control means you know who is in possession of all the copies of keys to your building at any given time. This allows you to limit access to your building to only those who have been approved to be in possession of a key.
“Do Not Duplicate” Keys versus Restricted Keyways for Fallbrook Businesses
You’ve probably seen keys that are stamped “Do Not Duplicate,” or something similar, right on the key. Any reputable Fallbrook locksmith will honor the stamp, but there is the risk that the key could be taken to an automated key-copying machine or to a Fallbrook locksmith that does not honor the stamp, and be copied anyway. In truth, there is actually no law on the books in the state of California prohibiting the duplication of keys, even those containing the stamp. Do Not Duplicate keys make it more inconvenient to get the keys copied, but definitely not impossible.
Consider this situation, which is all too common: An employee loses his or her key to your building. Rather than fessing up, they go to another employee with a key and ask to borrow it so they can have a copy made. They find a place that will make a copy, despite the Do Not Duplicate stamp, and think they have solved the problem. However, they probably haven’t considered the problem they have now created for you, the building owner—the key they have misplaced is still out there somewhere, creating a very real security issue.
For those looking for more security and a better way to restrict who has access to a building, you should consider what is called a restricted keyway. A restricted keyway is basically a system that uses a special cylinder in each lock. The cylinder accepts only keys made by a specific locksmith, and only those people on file with the locksmith can get duplicate keys. At Fallbrook Local Locksmith, we take your business’s security very seriously and will never give a copy to anyone without your permission.
A restricted keyway is going to cost more upfront (although not as much as you might think), but it eliminates the need to rekey the entire building and the hassle of distributing new keys to all employees, should one person lose his or her key. In some cases, restricted keyways can be installed into your building’s existing locks, saving you money.
If you have been thinking about a more secure system of key control for your Fallbrook business, or if you have questions about restricted keyways, contact us at Fallbrook Local Locksmith.