Securing large buildings such as factories is a complex task that requires competent skills and proper planning. It includes properly securing rooms, working spaces, and restricted areas using locks and several keys that require a lot of control to manage and regulate.
Restricting unauthorised access and securing the property includes managing not only various types of locking mechanisms but also managing the issuance of keys, replacing them when they get lost or broken, and making new ones to give out to new workers.
Managing all these aspects in a factory can be a full-time job and one that your property’s security is dependent on.
One faulty lock or one stolen key could leave your factory in a vulnerable state and give access to unauthorised individuals to restricted areas of the factory, leading to theft, among other things.
Fortunately, you can take help from a professional locksmith to secure your factory and to depend on them in your time of need.
A professional locksmith is a skilled individual who can install, repair, and maintain a wide range of locking mechanisms and help secure your factory against unwanted access. They are also there to help you during emergencies, such as when the locks or keys break and you are in a lockout situation.
Read on to find out the multitude of services a locksmith offers for factories and how they can help deter intruders and burglars from targeting your factory:
LOCKSMITHING SERVICES FOR FACTORIES
In addition to responding to lockouts, locksmiths provide a variety of services that include working with locks on doors, windows, safes, cabinets, and drawers – basically, any place you can imagine having a lock.
Some of the most common services that they provide in factories include:
Door and window lock repair
The locks on the factory’s doors and windows can break down due to general wear and tear, misuse, or accidents. While that in itself is not an issue, not having them fixed is.
The doors and windows are the first lines of physical defence against burglaries and intrusions, and the locks are what makes them difficult to bypass.
Having faulty locks is not only an inconvenience but also a huge security risk. Someone trying to break into your factory will see the broken locks as an opportunity to get in with ease.
A broken lock may not always mean that it has to be replaced. It can also be repaired, and a professional locksmith would know exactly how to. They are easily able to identify the problem and make the necessary adjustments ASAP.
New lock installation
Your factory may need new locks for a variety of reasons; the existing ones may have broken, become obsolete, or may need to be upgraded to more secure ones.
Other instances include when you move the factory to a new location and need to get all the locks changed. The reason this is done is to ensure that the previous owners of the property or any other unauthorised individuals don’t have access to the locks.
Therefore, if you are looking to upgrade the existing locks in your factory, you must call a professional locksmith who knows about the latest developments in the field and can guide you on the best locks for your factory in particular.
High-security locks are easier to control and manage and are highly durable against forced entry attacks. The best quality locks from the best brands are impossible to be tampered with and do not allow users to make copies of the keys.
Access control system installation
Locks have evolved over the years from simple padlocks to electronic access control systems that use a variety of different authentication methods to grant or deny access into an area.
Unauthorised access is when an employee or member of the public enters an area that is off-limits to them, resulting in theft, anti-social behaviour, and accidents that can harm the people inside and disrupt the flow of operations.
It can be done using various means such as entering through an unlocked door, using stolen keys, breaking down a weak door, tailgating, or convincing an authorised party to allow access.
It can wreak havoc for a business, especially in the case of factories that are usually large and where intrusions can easily go undetected until after the damage has been done.
Access control systems are electronic locking systems that eliminate the need for keys and instead rely on authentication methods such as access cards, access codes, key fobs, biometrics, and smart access.
They are a great way to simplify the entry of employees and workers into the factory, and also help in keeping track of who is entering and exiting the premises and when.
Key cutting, copying, and replacement
Key cutting, copying, and replacement are some of the primary services offered by a professional locksmith.
You may need new keys for a variety of reasons. Maybe your existing keys are damaged or jammed in the locks, you have new workers that you need to give the keys to, or you simply need a new key to be used as a spare or backup key.
Regardless of the reason, you must only hire a professional locksmith to do it since they have the experience and can work with a variety of different keys.
Key cutting is a very popular method used to make keys and can be done by either making a duplicate of an existing key or making a new one altogether.
A key cutting machine is used to get the job done within minutes and with a high level of accuracy. Some common key cutting machines that professional locksmiths use are manual, automatic, laser, tubular, cylinder, mortice, and dual key cutting machines.
Rekeying the locks in your factory refers to the process of changing the alignment of the pins inside a lock to prevent previously issued keys to work on it.
Unless the locks are completely broken and damaged beyond repair, it is always more feasible and affordable to get them rekeyed instead of replaced.
Rekeying your locks becomes mandatory if an unauthorised individual has keys to your property and may have made copies without your knowledge. Common examples include ex-staff and employees who did not turn in their keys and who you do not wish to be given access to the factory.
If you believe that the keys have been stolen, it is always best to have the locks rekeyed to be on the safe side and to prevent whoever stole them from using them to gain access.
Another instance where you would have to get the locks rekeyed is if you switch to a master key system for your factory so that you don’t have to carry around a bunch of keys for different doors around the factory.
Security safe services
Professional locksmithing services are not limited to only doors and windows but include the installation, maintenance, opening, and relocation of security safes in factories as well.
Safes are a huge part of business security and may be used in factories to protect valuables against theft, fire, and flood. For instance, they may be used to keep important documentation or confidential data inside the manager’s office.
They are designed to open using various authentication methods and prevent unauthorised access to your guarded assets.
Some common types of commercial safes include office safes, data or media safes, deposit or drop safes, and gun safes, that can be accessed using key locks, combination locks, electronic locks, biometric locks, or dual locks.
You can hire a professional locksmith to recommend the best one for your needs and can call them in case you lose the safe’s keys, forget the code, or experience malfunction, all of which can lead you to be unable to access its contents.
A professional locksmith has the expertise and skill to gain access to most safes without damaging them and restoring them to full working order.
Installing alarm systems
Many alarm systems such as burglar alarms and fire alarms are linked with door locks and their installation requires useful help and insight from professional locksmiths.
A burglar alarm detects any unusual activity around the factory and raises an alarm to scare away the intruders and get people’s attention. Some systems can be programmed to automatically lock all the unlocked doors and windows to ensure the intruders stay away and find no way to break in.
With fire alarm systems, a professional locksmith can link all the digital door locks to the fire alarm so that as soon as the fire alarm is activated, all the main exits are automatically unlocked to speed up the evacuation process.
MASTER KEY SYSTEM IN FACTORIES
It is not uncommon for large facilities such as factories to have a hard time trying to manage the locks and keys around the property.
It can be costly to manage it all and to make new keys, rekey the locks, and maintain the distribution and ownership of the physical keys as the factory employees come and go, especially if you face a high employee turnover rate.
If you are having a hard time keeping track of all the keys, you can switch to a master key system for your factory to make the process much easier.
A master key system helps regulate and control the various levels of access among the factory staff and employees by simply reducing the number of keys you have to manage.
As compared to the typical one-key one-lock systems, a master key system allows different locks to be opened by multiple unique keys. The system is made to meet the specific security needs of a commercial property, such as a factory, allowing various levels of access to all or specific areas of the factory.
A professional locksmith can guide and help you with the process, making it easier for you to increase efficiency, security, and control.
A master key system eliminates the need for you to carry around a bunch of keys for the many doors in the factory. Instead, there’s one key that does all the work, offering great convenience, comfort, and ease of handling.
Also, since keys get stolen and misplaced very easily, it takes off the burden of being responsible for so many keys. Master keying also saves a lot of time since you don’t have to go through all the keys to find the one that you’re looking for, which can be especially beneficial during emergencies.
A master key system prevents the risk of unauthorised access and security breaches by giving only the factory owners and the highest-level employees the power to lock or unlock all the doors on the property.
It also allows you to design the key distribution hierarchy to give employees access to only certain areas that they need access to. Restricted areas with confidential information remain locked and inaccessible for unauthorised individuals.
Since master keying limits the number of keys being distributed, it allows you to keep track of them and the employees who possess them.
This can come especially handy in case of a security breach since you can easily track down the people who have access to the area in question and take the necessary action.
It also makes duplication of keys very difficult, giving the factory owners more control over the keys and the keyholders.
You may also opt for a restricted master key system that has a registered design and only lets a specific locksmith duplicate the keys, that too after permission and verification.
WHY HIRE A PROFESSIONAL LOCKSMITH?
Certain jobs, such as the locking mechanism of a property such as a factory, must be left in the hands of professionals who are trained and experienced to carry it out.
You certainly wouldn’t want to risk your and your property’s security by hiring someone who is neither trained nor qualified for the job.
Here are all the reasons why you must hire a professional locksmith for your factory:
- They have the necessary skill, expertise, and experience to work with all kinds of locking mechanisms.
- They can run a risk assessment on your existing locks and security measures and have adequate knowledge to recommend tailored solutions for your needs.
- They stay up-to-date with the latest lock technologies and are familiar with quality products.
- They provide a holistic package that includes not just installation but a variety of other services as well, including maintenance and repair.
- They are quick at what they do, offer emergency callout services, and can be counted on to respond during emergencies.
- They carry specialised tools needed to carry out the job in the least amount of time with no or minimal damage to existing locks, doors, or windows.
- All their services are insured, which means that any damages done to your locks or doors will be covered.
- They have clear prices and quotes and will always give invoices with the cost breakdown according to the labour, material, and time.
- They provide services of the highest standards because they have a professional reputation to protect.
CONTACT CALDER SECURITY
You need to be able to trust the locks you have on your property but you also need to be able to trust whoever installs them. You need to know that they are skilled in the task and that they are honest and trustworthy tradesmen.
We at Calder Security are members of the Master Locksmith Association (MLA) since 1976 and can work on a wide range of locking mechanisms.
We are specialists in wooden, UPVC, and aluminium doors and the official suppliers for leading lock brands including Chubb, Yale, Securikey, and Garrison. Our team of experienced professionals can advise on the best types of locks for your residential and commercial needs.
In addition to installation services, our professional locksmiths offer repair services for when the locks become damaged or develop faults, and are also fully conversant in business master key systems.
Our qualified locksmiths have an in-depth knowledge of all kinds of locks and can often repair them on site. We can also access locks that have become jammed, including safes, and can respond to your calls quickly which can be very useful if you’ve locked yourself out.
We also offer expert key cutting services from our Lock & Safe Shop in Wakefield where you can get your keys cut while you wait.
Using our state-of-the-art digital equipment, we can cut virtually any key including cylinder keys, mortice keys, dimple keys, Mul-T-Lock keys, padlock keys, locker keys, and safe keys to a high degree of accuracy without having to send them away to be cut.
Contact us here or call us at 0800 612 9799 to talk to our professional locksmiths right away!