Choosing the right door locks for any commercial property is a vital part of the security process of the building and requires a good deal of research. Let's take a look at some of the most salient points you should consider whether you are looking at a commercial electronic door lock system or a more traditional locking system.
Are you concerned about your main entry points?
Deadbolts are popular when considering the main entry points, but there is no single deadbolt that will fit all of the needs of all buildings. In a commercial building, you need a lock that is designed to provide the best security, so it should be ANSI Grade One certified, which shows that it is resistant and durable. You also need to determine whether electronic or regular deadbolts are required.
For large companies, consider a commercial electronic door lock system
A keyless commercial electronic door lock system is ideal for a large commercial building with many staff members coming and going. Keyless systems can provide a sense of freedom while providing easy access to all authorized people. Access can be granted using a card and reader, or access codes can be provided, which can be changed easily if people's access rights change.
How do we evacuate safely?
When you need to evacuate a building, especially one with lots of people on site at any one time, it is vital that people can leave quickly, efficiently and safely. Installing panic or crash bars allow pinch points at doors to be avoided, so people can leave freely from any of the exit points.
AODA compliance and fire and safety compliance
The provisions of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA) are designed to ensure swift and safe evacuation for everyone, including people living with disabilities, in the event of a fire or other life-threatening events. Buildings must be compliant with AODA standards by 2025. Requirements include visual, auditory and sensory notifications and assistance with the location of all exits. Inclusivity must extend to all signage, fire safety and evacuation planning and rehearsal.
What about internal security?
The first thought when installing commercial locks is to ensure that all access points are secured, but it is equally vital to make sure that all secure areas of a building are kept that way. While the main entrance and exit are definitely the first line of defence when it comes to a building's security, there are often areas that you will not want the public going into.
Many businesses have parts of their building that are out of bounds for staff to enter, so a series of electronic locks with a key fob or an access card entry system will be required. The system has the ability to track and record movements, adding a further layer of security monitoring.
Are you determined to continue with mechanical locks?
If you still feel safer with real live keys, you should consider the use of a tailored master key lock system. In this way, critical locks can be opened with a selection of master keys, negating the need for a large bunch of keys. Using master keys can allow access to be granted where required, with keys for executives, custodial or cleaning staff that allow access to all areas while providing keys only to the areas required to the rest of your employees.
There could well be more key points that apply to your own business, but these five areas will provide a great starting point when thinking about how to secure your commercial premises. There is no single solution, so ensure your security system provides the right coverage for your building/s.