When it comes to keeping your premises secured, there are a few options you can take. Security, especially nowadays with the importance of data, should be at the forefront of every business owner’s mind, so let’s go over the options available.
Traditional Key and Lock
The traditional key and lock is the standard method of securing doors and entryways which has its upsides and downsides. The upsides are that this method has been around for a long time and it is possible to get more advanced locks if you choose to. They are also generally a lot cheaper than alternatives. Unfortunately, locks are fairly easy to break through with the right equipment and can be picked if someone is skilled enough. The other downside is having to manage keys since you will need more than one of them and they are easy to lose. This poses a large security risk to businesses if the keys are lost, and although they are easy to remake and are hard to tell what the key is for, this is not an ideal security method for valuable rooms.
ID cards are a step in the right direction from keys and provide many options to levels of security. If you wanted certain members to be able to access certain rooms, then you can arrange it so that nobody can access areas they aren’t meant to enter and “low-level” members aren’t a threat to important rooms if their card is taken. They are often harder to lose because they will usually be hanging around your neck, but the places they open are obvious considering the person’s ID is on it and you can find where they work. It is also possible to deny access to cards that are missing by disabling access from the chip in the card. This would require proper management of chip codes and their holders but isn’t difficult to set up. In terms of expense, ID cards are more expensive than keys because every door must be fitted with a chip card reader and the cards need to be made, but they are still very affordable for larger businesses and are worthwhile for saving time and allowing manageable security. For more information on ID Card Resources, visit IDSecurityOnline.
Pin-Coded Digital Locks
This method of security is often used in combination with traditional keys but for important rooms to prevent losing access. They are inexpensive to purchase and provide a new level of security for smaller businesses but can be easily broken into through observation. To counter that, it is wise to change the pin-code frequently, which is a hassle to begin with, and can easily cause disturbance and wasted time figuring it out. You may think you can simply write down the code somewhere for employees to see but then that beats the point of changing it in the first place, so it’s harder to manage.
Biometric locks are pretty exclusive for the most secure firms and can feature methods such as eye-recognition and thumbprint scanning to enter rooms. As you can imagine, these methods are pretty difficult to crack unless your thief wants to cut off someone’s thumb or head which isn’t easy! Naturally, these methods are also likely the most expensive but aren’t out of reach for larger firms.
Usually, a combination of these methods would be used along with security cameras and active security personnel to ensure optimum safety. Security is an important and worthwhile expense, so try to figure out the cost that is worth it and affordable for your business. Thanks for reading and good luck securing your premises!