Being a commercial property owner means you are responsible for the safety of the people and valuables within your building. Knowing when to replace your access control system is essential for reducing security risks.
With access control, there are so many options to choose from that meet your specific needs. Yes, replacing the system is an added expense, but it will never compare to the potential losses you could suffer due to theft or general intrusion.
5 Reasons to Replace Your Access Control System in 2021
Here are some of the top reasons we recommend our commercial clients replace their access control systems.
- More People Occupy the Building
If more tenants have moved in or new people will soon be working in your building, your current access control system may no longer be suitable. Instead of waiting for the system to malfunction completely, rather replace it to ensure it caters to your new requirements. The moment your access control system starts developing problems is when you should consider a replacement.
- The System is Generally Outdated
What was once a state-of-the-art system may now be old and outdated. The needs of commercial property owners are changing every year, which is why older systems are being replaced. Many older systems just don’t have the right attributes – real-time notifications being one example. We recommend contacting a reputable locksmith to evaluate your current requirements to ensure you install the right system.
- You Want Remote Control
The beauty of technology is that you no longer need to be in a specific place to have control over a system. Many of today’s access control systems can link to a smart device, allowing you to control the locks of your building from anywhere. Need to give someone access in the event of an emergency? No need to rush to the building to do so. If this is functionality you would benefit from, it is time to replace your system.
- Security Breaches Have Increased
Have building security breaches increased over the last year or two? What kind of losses did the businesses suffer as a result? Updating your access control system will not only make your tenants feel more secure but also keep them in your building. A simple upgrade can reduce any risk of financial losses for you as the property owner.
- Tenant Requirements Have Changed
For many businesses, only a handful of employees are granted access to specific floors or rooms. If a tenant’s access requirements have recently changed, you may need to consider upgrading your system or have additional systems installed. Again, we recommend consulting with a reputable locksmith to determine the best setup for your building.
What System to Choose
As you look at your access control options, opt for tried and trusted systems instead of brands that are new to the market – unless they come highly recommended that is. The reason for this is that many new systems still have bugs to iron out, so you may want to stay one or two upgrades behind.
Overall, if you haven’t revaluated your building security in a while, a security audit is the next best step. Get in touch to schedule an audit with one of our qualified locksmiths.