An excerpt from Access Control News Portal
Locksmiths, a good article to share with your customers who may fear a similar situation at their facility that happened at the Olympics
How to Ensure Security Isn’t Compromised If A Key Is Lost
Justin Freeman, Technical Manager of the Master Locksmiths Association (MLA) comments on how you can ensure security isn’t compromised if a key is lost:
“We all know how stressful it is to lose a key – whether it’s your front door key or a master key giving access to office or commercial premises. It’s not just a hassle, it’s also unsettling to think there’s a copy of the key in circulation which in theory anyone could use to gain access until your locks have been changed. No matter how careful you are, it can happen to anyone, at any time – even during the Olympics, as the loss of internal keys to Wembley stadium last week proved.
“However, if you have a patented system installed you can breathe a sigh of relief. Patented keys can’t be copied without proof of ownership, meaning that whoever has your key can’t be making copies of it for themselves. This is particularly useful when working with contractors – with patented keys, security is maintained when lending keys to contractors or tradespeople for limited periods because they can’t get copies. If a contractor loses a key it can be deleted from the system.
When a patented key is lost, rather than having to change your locks, a locksmith can also easily reconfigure the cylinder to exclude the lost key from the system and set up a new key. It’s likely that the laser-cut system in place at Wembley allows for reconfiguration, enabling the locks to be changed in record time and the security breach to be minimized. Most systems can be reconfigured many times – saving you both time and money. ”