Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Using Key Control

Magazine article Journal of Property Management

Using Key Control

Article excerpt

Simple, well-enforced key control policies are an important element In maitaining security at multifamily properties. In their recent book Spotligt on Security for Real Estate Managers, published by the Institute of Real Estate Management, authors Lawrence Fennelly and John Lombardl suggest the following steps to effective key controls:

* Store keys In a fireproof cabinet that is kept locked at all times;

* Avoid any identifying marks on master keys;

* Appoint one person to control the Issuance and replacement of all keys;

* Prohibit employees from removing property keys from the premises; Change locks at least semi-annually, and Immediately If a key is lost or stolen;

* Institute measures to prevent unauthozed removal of locks on cabinets, gates, and buildings.

Another useful tool in controlling key access is a computerized key tracking program. With such a system, a standalone PC sits atop a drawer that contains hundreds of apartment keys. …

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