Is your apartment building’s outdated key system putting your tenants at risk?

Mar 15, 2019

More Australians than ever are taking up apartment living and according to a recent census there is now around 1 apartment for every 5 houses. Whether through necessity or convenience, living in an apartment building can certainly have its appeal, being close to bars, restaurants, shops and even workplaces. But it can also have its own risks.

With so many people coming in and out of one building it can be a real challenge to keep the property and residents safe from undesirables.

How do you prevent previous residents from letting themselves back in with their old keys? How do you stop a delivery driver from returning now that they know the code for the front door after it was given to them by a careless tenant? What about that unreliable tradie that worked at the property once and now has the combination for the key safe?

Well this is the job of an access control system. Granting access into buildings for authorised residents by presenting an access credential to a credential reader. In short, it helps keeps the bad guys out and lets the good guys in.  Typically for an apartment building a proximity fob (credential) is used to grant residents access into communal entrance doors, or a remote control (another type of credential) is used to open entrance gates or car park roller doors. And each credential is individually coded and assigned to residents, property managers, trades, cleaners, and anyone else who requires access into the building.

A main point of difference compared to a traditional key and lock style access system is where if a key is lost or stolen you may have to go through the costly exercise of changing locks and re-issuing keys, an access control system allows you to quickly remove the individual credential from the system. Keeping the building secure and not inconveniencing anyone.

And working on the risk management principle of least privilege (PoLP) where only the minimum permissions required by a user are permitted, an access control system allows you to easily restrict who has access to where and when. For example, residents who live on level 1 are only permitted to gain access to level 1 in the lift. Or the company that collect the bins from the underground car park every Tuesday, are only permitted access into the underground car park on Tuesdays. It’s this kind of flexibility than an access control system provides that really helps secure an apartment building.

This all sounds great in theory, but how do you manage an access control system. Who issues out the credentials and deletes the old ones? If your building is lucky enough to have a concierge or fulltime property manager then maybe they could, otherwise an access control system can be managed off-site by your security provider (a service which at Red Flag Systems we offer our customers). Providing quick and efficient changes to the access control system without the cost of calling out a technician to program a fob, a locksmith to change a key, or the roller door guy to re-code a remote control.

If you have concerns for the security of your tenants or want to know how an access control system could be implemented in your building, get in touch with the team at Red Flag Systems on 1300 685 504.

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