As a landlord, you understand the importance of key control. You don't want a locksmith making copies of your building keys for tenants to distribute to friends or to keep once they have moved out. To remedy that problem, you should consider a restricted keyway system. To help you understand how it could benefit your business, ADA NY Locksmith Inc., the premier lock repair company in New York City, provides a brief overview of restricted keyways and their value to landlords.
What Is a Restricted Keyway?
A restricted keyway is a system that prevents unauthorized duplication of your apartment building's keys. It contains proprietary technology that can only be duplicated by the patent-holder or by a locksmith authorized to do so. Not only are the keys designed to be difficult or impossible to copy, but many restricted keyway systems are patented. This means that any locksmiths who attempt to violate the "Do Not Duplicate" instructions are subject to federal law and could find themselves investigated by the FBI.
Why Do Landlords Need a Restricted Keyway System?
A big component of any apartment building's reputation is its level of security. This can be difficult to maintain without good key control. For instance, a tenant you evicted could return using a copied key. Alternatively, tenants could distribute copies of their building keys to unauthorized roommates or visitors, and you'd have no way to regulate access. With a restricted keyway, any attempt at unauthorized key duplication will fail. Someone attempting to use a do-it-yourself key copying kiosk is destined to fail, and even skilled locksmiths can't duplicate the proprietary technology without violating federal law.
The benefits of a restricted keyway system include improved security and less frequent need to rekey your entire apartment building. To discuss this option, contact ADA NY Locksmith Inc. They've served NYC for more than 30 years and offer 24-hour emergency lockout service. They also have a storefront in Manhattan. Visit their Facebook page to view business hours and directions, or call (212) 689-1803 to ask about a restricted keyway system.