Rental Access Control

The Benefits of Electronic Access Control for Property Owners

If you own or manage a multi-family property or oversee one or more single-family properties, maintaining security is likely a key concern. However, eliminating the need for keys entirely with an electronic access control system can actually be a simple solution for this ‘key’ issue and several others that landlords and property managers routinely face. These modern keyless access systems increase efficiency overall, ease the management process, and can help streamline access to private entries and common areas on the property while keeping them secure. Read on to explore these vast benefits.

Duplication of Access Cards is Difficult

Duplicating traditional metal keys is simple, but it requires quite a bit of skill and sophistication to duplicate electronic access key cards. Replacing physical keyed entries with an electronic access system throughout the property immediately improves security. Residents will enjoy greater peace of mind, and landlords or management can take immediate action at any time to grant or revoke card access in situations of tenant or staff changes without the need to re-key multiple locks.

One ‘Key’ Can Do It All

Residents can use one card that allows them to gain entry into their private unit that also them access to shared areas such as pools or fitness rooms amid multi-family properties. The same card can also be utilized by property managers to gather data concerning the usage of amenities like laundry facilities that may incur surcharges to residents. Staff members entering and exiting areas for employees only can use a single key that is programed to let them inside every door they have permission to enter and can even be set to allow access during specific hours.

Eliminate the Need for Lock Changes

Changing locks every time a tenant loses their entry key gets costly fast. Not only is a new lock required, but someone’s going to have to pay someone to install it. This can be especially cumbersome if a staff member loses a set of keys that can require re-keying dozens of doors. This also can give a miscreant access to secure areas about the property, making it’s a serious breach of security that can present major risks for management, owners and residents alike.

Electronic access software means that you’ll rarely find the need to change onsite locks due to key issues. Anytime a key card is misplaced, it’s access can be removed from the system’s database and a new card can be issued immediately. As an additional benefit to property managers, if the need arises to eliminate specific access points to certain individuals such as dismissed staff or evicted tenants, their rights can be terminated right away via the database.

Know Who’s Accessing What and When

While it may sound Orwellian to be a ‘Big Brother’ of sorts by keeping track of who’s entering specific access points, it’s actually a very sound and wise security measure for large properties. Electronic access systems create a database that can create a log that documents the time a specific card is utilized to enter and exit a space such as supply closets, mailrooms, and other areas about the property. This can be a huge asset in identifying and apprehending responsible parties in situations where vandalism or theft has occurred.

Buzz Contractors and Staff in Remotely

Another feature of electronic access control is that property managers or landlords can use a system that is integrated with security cameras to provide remote access to individuals such as contractors, housekeepers and members of the staff. This means that you don’t have to leave a key behind so that they can get work done, which is a really handy tool for individual property owners who live far from their tenants.

Want to Increase Security and Have Greater Flexibility on Your Property?

Contact the experts at Great Valley Lockshop today about integrating an electronic access control system within your property. We’ll help you determine whether a wired, wireless or hybrid system best suits your security needs and your budget. Call us today at (610) 644-5334 to schedule a free consultation and get an estimate from our office.

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